Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), began winding down its summer sponsorship of the Colorado Horse Park by sponsoring the Training division at the August Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials eventing competition. Neue Schule awarded the two winning riders in this division with Neue Schule Loose Ring Verbindend bits and ribbons.
The August Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials was the second of three eventing competitions that are being held at the Colorado Horse Park over this summer. The event gave participating riders the opportunity to compete over an FEI level cross-country course, with professional-level options. The divisions of competition ranged from Novice to Preliminary.
The first winner of Neue Schule’s Training Division this month was locally based 15-year-old Coralee Richardson. The Legend High School sophomore was riding her 12-year-old mare, Cobblestone Ivy, who is a 14-hand Connemara pony. ‘Ivy’ and Richardson have been competing together since 2012, and have steadily moved up to Training level from the Beginner Novice level. This is the first year that the pair has been competing in the Training level division. “Ivy was amazing!” said Richardson after her win at the August Horse Trials. “We scored a 22.3 in dressage, which was our best dressage score yet. We have been working really hard on dressage because she is a pony, so we have to be accurate and consistent in order to compete with the large horses.”
Neue Schule makes it easy for pony riders to find bits that help them establish consistent connection with their ponies in all phases of eventing. Because Neue Schule bits come in one-fourth inch incremental sizing, riders can easily find a bit that is just the right size for their mount.
When asked what she does to help keep good contact with Ivy on course, even when the pony gets strong, Richardson said, “I really focus on riding ‘legs to hands’ in order to keep Ivy round and supple. I also try to keep a steady contact with my hands so that she feels consistency on the bit.” Richardson is looking forward to using her new Neue Schule Verbindend bit on her other Connemara Pony, Tuckaway Thunder. “Neue Schule is a bit that my dressage coach recommended that I try on my new pony, so I am looking forward to using the one that I won!”
The second rider to take home a Neue Schule prize in the Training Division this month was Anna Weatherford of Fort Collins, Colorado. Weatherford, who owns and manages Delacroix Equestrian, won the division on her five-year-old Thoroughbred Thaddaeus, who she has owned since he was a three-year-old. “He definitely had the best dressage test of his life at this show! Because he is so young he can be a little silly sometimes, but this time he went into the ring and was really business-like, which was great. I am really happy with him,” said Weatherford. After winning a Neue Schule bit as part of her prize, Weatherford took Thaddaeus out for a test ride in it after they got home from the show. “I used the bit on him in the field yesterday and he was great, which was a great surprise for me,” said Weatherford.
While recognizing winning riders at the Colorado Horse Park Eventing Series, Neue Schule also presented its signature Neue Schule Best Hands Award during the Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies hunter and jumper show series, which concluded just before the August Horse Trials. “It was a great experience to get our world-class products into the hands of obviously talented professional and amateur riders,” said Mette Larsen, the President of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, which is the North American distributer of Neue Schule products. “Neue Schule values effective communication between horse and rider, and we hope that our products help Coralee and Anna achieve their future goals with their horses.”
Riders that are interested in Neue Schule bits can find the bits at the on-site Colorado Horse Park Feed and Supply Store. Neue Schule provides many popular bits— including the new Hunter D bit, designed specifically for the horses that compete in hunter and equitation divisions.
To learn more about what makes Neue Schule bits so unique and find out more about their North American distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com or call 631-252-5574.
Photo: Coralee Richardson and Cobblestone Ivy won the Beginner Novice Level at the Colorado Horse Park August Horse Trials (photo courtesy of Colorado Horse Park- For higher resolution photo, contact JRPR).