Liz Steacie’s Soft Contact Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W

Liz Steacie’s Soft Contact Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W

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Contact: Doreen Kula
Metlar – Neue Schule Bits
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Liz Steacie’s Soft Contact Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W

 

Wellington, FL (January 30, 2015)— Sympathetic, soft hands are the mark of an accomplished rider. Liz Steacie is not only accomplished, but is also the most recent winner of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award.

Steacie was chosen from an impressive number of competitors at the largest show ever in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival series, a CDI-W held January 22-25 in Wellington, Florida. Steacie and her own Callahan, a ten-year-old Hanoverian gelding, rode in the largest CDI Prix St. Georges class the festival has hosted in its four-year history— a class so large it was judged over the space of two days.

Steacie is based in South Florida during the winter show season, but calls Ontario, Canada, home. She trains with fellow Canadian Karen Pavicic— a Neue Schule ambassador— and credits Pavivic with discovering the secret to riding so effectively.

“I think having a really good coach is paramount,” Steacie said. “Karen is always quick to correct me if I do get a little bit stuck in my contact. She is really insistent on an elastic feel with the horse’s mouth and riding the horse from behind into your hand, and then just gently shaping what’s happening.”

Steacie has owned Callahan since importing him from Europe as a five-year-old and has campaigned him up through the levels to compete in the small tour. She rode him on a blustery day at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, where the wind popped the international flags displayed on one side of the arena.

“I was really proud of him today,” she said. “It’s kind of a scary ring. It’s only his second time in there, so he was really brave and stayed with me. He’s a great horse and I’ve really enjoyed having him and training him. It’s an honor, actually, to ride him.”

Steacie and Callahan were noticed by representatives of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributors of Neue Schule bits. Mette Larsen, founder and president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, was pleased with the selection for this week’s Best Hands Award.

“What is really important to us when we choose riders is how good they are to their horses, and having good hands is a big part of that,” Larsen said.

The Neue Schule Best Hands Award is given to a rider who demonstrates effective and soft hands when communicating with their horse. The 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival will award several riders for having Best Hands throughout its twelve weeks of world-class dressage competition in Wellington, Florida. The festival will continue to March 29, 2015, and will include eight CDIs (including five CDI-Ws, one 4*, and one 5*), the only non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and weekly U.S. National events.

Honoring excellent equestrians with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award is important to Metlar, as success in the arena stems from talented riders and horses working with quality tack.

“We make the bits and leave the rest to the rider’s hands,” Larsen said. “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse.”

With the bits’ innovative designs that promote comfort, softness, and relaxation in the horse’s mouth, it’s easy to see why professional dressage riders love Neue Schule. Top dressage riders including Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, Karen Pavicic, and Mikala Munter Gundersen endorse Neue Schule bits.

To learn more about Neue Schule bits and distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Liz Steacie and Callahan (left) receive the Neue Schule Best Hands Award with trainer Karen Pavicic (middle) at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

Liz Steacie’s Soft Contact Wins Neue Schule Best Hands Award at Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Ali Brock Wins the Grand Prix and Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W

Ali Brock Wins the Grand Prix and  Neue Schule Best Hands Award  at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W

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Contact: Doreen Kula
Metlar – Neue Schule Bits
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631-252-5574

Ali Brock Wins the Grand Prix and

Neue Schule Best Hands Award

at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI-W

Wellington, FL (January 19, 2015)- Ali Brock and Rosevelt claimed first place in the Grand Prix at the opening CDI-W of the winter season at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival January 8-11. The horse-and-rider pair was also noticed by representatives from Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributors of Neue Schule bits. Metlar proudly named Brock as the first recipient of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award of the season.

Brock, who uses both snaffle and bridoon Neue Schule bits on her mount Rosevelt, earned the highest score of 71 percent in the Grand Prix against an impressive field of competitors. She then scored a 71.706 percent to snare third place in the Grand Prix Special.

“I work very hard to do the right thing by my horses, and it’s paying off,” Brock said. “The results are starting to show that.” Brock and Rosevelt were also triumphant at Dressage at Devon in September when they won the Grand Prix with a 71.440 percent and the Grand Prix Special with a 72.961 percent.

Rosevelt is a 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Rotspon x Lore, Lauries Crusador XX) owned by Claudine and Fritz Kundrun, and Brock is a USDF Gold and Silver medalist based out of Wellington, Florida, and Keswick, Virginia. She took over the ride on Rosevelt at the end of his 7-year-old year. Brock began using Neue Schule bits when she worked for Olympic Games and World Equestrian Games medalist, Sue Blinks.

“Sue is a real horsewoman, bar none,” Brock said. “If she’s on to something, it’s usually because she’s on to something good. She told me about Neue Schule bits and I bought one bit for one horse. I ended up pulling the bit off the bridle and riding every horse in it because they all went so well and they were just happier with it in their mouths. And then I realized I needed more bits!”

Mette Larsen, founder and president of Neue Schule’s North American distributor Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, was pleased with the selection for this week’s Best Hands Award. “What is really important to us when we choose riders is how good they are to their horses, and having good hands is a big part of that,” Larsen said. “Ali Brock represents both to us and we are really pleased to give her this award this week.”

The Best Hands award is given to a rider who demonstrates effective and soft hands when communicating with their horse. The 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival will award several riders for having Best Hands throughout its twelve weeks of world-class dressage competition in Wellington, Florida. The festival is scheduled to run from January 7, 2015 to March 29, 2015, and will include eight CDIs (including five CDI-Ws, one 4*, and one 5*), the only non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and weekly U.S. National events.

Honoring excellent equestrians with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award is important to Metlar, as success in the arena stems from talented riders and horses working with quality tack. “We make the bits and leave the rest to the rider’s hands,” Larsen says. “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse.” With the bits’ innovative designs that promote comfort, softness, and relaxation in the horse’s mouth, it’s easy to see why professional dressage riders love Neue Schule.  Top dressage riders including Steffen and Shannon Peters, Laura Graves, David Marcus, and Mikala Gundersen endorse Neue Schule bits.

To learn more about Neue Schule bits and distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Mette Larsen (right), founder and president of Neue Schule’s North American distributor Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, presents Ali Brock (left) with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)

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Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Wrap up the Year with Top USEA Titles

Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Wrap up the Year with Top USEA Titles

For Immediate Release
Contact: Doreen Kula
Metlar – Neue Schule Bits
dkula@www.metlar-us.com
631-252-5574

 

Neue Schule Best Hands Award Coming Soon to the
2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Wellington, FL (January 10, 2015)— From January 2015 to March 2015, leading bit manufacturer Neue Schule is coming together with the world’s most talented dressage riders and finest horses at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributor of the internationally renowned Neue Schule bits, is demonstrating its dedication to the sport of dressage by once again sponsoring the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and presenting its Neue Schule Best Hands Award throughout the event.

“We are excited to once again bring the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival,” says Mette Larsen, founder and president of Neue Schule’s North American distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery. The company will watch competitors in the show ring to determine which riders use their hands most effectively and softly when communicating with their horses. “The award recognizes both riders who strive for a perfect connection between their hands and the bit, and riders who demonstrate that excellent connection,” Larsen explains. “The Global Dressage Festival provides a great opportunity for Metlar through Neue Schule to support the dressage community and applaud riders who have exceptional ‘hands’, because even a superbly crafted bit is only as good as the hands that guide it”. Competitors who win the Neue Schule Best Hands Award will receive a pair of Neue Schule reins to complete the ideal formula for excellent contact: Great hands with a top-quality bit equals ideal contact between the horse and rider.

The 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival will feature 12 weeks of world-class dressage competition in Wellington, Florida. The festival is scheduled to run from January 7, 2015 to March 29, 2015, and will include eight CDIs (including five CDI-Ws, one 4*, and one 5*), the only non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and weekly U.S. National events.

Larsen seems to be just as excited about the upcoming 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival as the competitors are. “It’s a privilege to be among such wonderful horses and riders, and to be part of this vibrant international community,” she explains. “This is exactly where Metlar and Neue Schule bits belong.” Many of the world’s top riders agree, and are sure to have Neue Schule bits at the end of their reins before entering the show ring. Mikala Gundersen, Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, Kathy Connelly, Nicholas Fyffe, David Marcus, Heather Blitz, JJ Tate, and Karen Pavicic are only a few of the many dressage champions that ride in Neue Schule.

Honoring excellent equestrians with the Best Hands Award is important to Metlar, as success in the arena stems from talented riders and horses working with quality tack. “We make the bits and leave the rest to the rider’s hands,” Larsen says. “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse.” With the bits’ innovative designs that promote comfort, softness, and relaxation in the horse’s mouth, it’s easy to see why professional dressage riders love Neue Schule.

To learn more about Neue Schule bits and distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Lars Petersen (left), with Melissa Taylor (right), is presented with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR- no photo credit necessary) BestHandsComingSoon

Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Wrap up the Year with Top USEA Titles

Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Wrap up the Year with Top USEA Titles

For Immediate Release
Contact: Doreen Kula
Metlar – Neue Schule Bits
dkula@www.metlar-us.com
631-252-5574

 

Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Wrap up the Year with Top USEA Titles

Fort Worth, Texas (January 7, 2015)— Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson has achieved an outstanding year of victories in 2014, and as the year drew to a close he earned recognition prestigious enough to match his eventing talents. At the 2014 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, Davidson was named the USEA High Score Rider of the Year. Davidson’s mount Ballynoe Castle RM was named the USEA Highest-Scoring Horse of all time—breaking the record held for the past eight years by three-time Rolex Kentucky winner Winsome Adante.

Davidson, the son of back-to-back world champion eventer Bruce Davidson, has led an impressive riding career in his own right. Just in 2014, he was named the 2014 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion, and finished third on Ballynoe Castle RM at the Rolex Kentucky 4*. The pair also made their second World Championship appearance as members of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. In 2013, the impressive duo received the Pinnacle Trophy for Highest Placed U.S. Rider at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****. Davidson says that fourteen-year-old Ballynoe Castle RM, an Irish Sport Horse gelding affectionately known as Reggie, is “without a doubt” his favorite mount. “Horses don’t do what he’s done. He gives the best effort every single time you ride him. He’s the smartest horse I’ve ever been around,” the champion eventer states.

For a world-class pair like Davidson and Reggie, fluent communication between horse and rider is the key to a perfect performance. Like many top-notch riders in the industry, including U.S. Olympian Steffen Peters and eventer Kim Severson, Davidson relies on the revolutionary design and proven quality of Neue Schule bits. Mette Larsen, owner of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery (Neue Schule’s U.S. and Canadian distributor), is proud to sponsor such successful competitors as Davidson. “We could not be more thrilled for Buck,” she said, congratulating him on his USEA High Score Rider of the Year title. “We are proud to be part of his team.”

Neue Schule offers an innovative range of high-performance bits constructed to increase comfort and rider-horse connection. The bits are ergonomically designed using the latest engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies. They incorporate a unique patented metal alloy called Salox Gold®, which is the most thermally conductive bit-making material on the market. This enables Neue Schule bits to reach the temperature of the horse’s mouth more rapidly, while the metal’s decreased bioactivity remains tasteless to the horse— resulting in a more relaxed acceptance of the bit. Through soft, consistent contact with the horse’s mouth, the Neue Schule design increases responsiveness to the rider and alleviates problematic issues that can occur between the horse and the contact with the bit. With a Neue Schule bit joining them, horses like Ballynoe Castle RM and riders like Buck Davidson can rise to the height of performance in their sport.

To learn more about Neue Schule Bits, the talented team of Neue Schule Ambassadors such as Davidson, and the company’s United States distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.

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Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson finished 2014 as the USEA High Score Rider of the Year (Photo courtesy of Mike McNally)

Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Wrap up the Year with Top USEA Titles

Neue Schule Ambassador Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Wrap up the Year with Top USEA Titles