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Metlar – Neue Schule Bits
Katherine Bateson-Chandler’s Wins Continue with
Neue Schule Best Hands Award
Wellington, FL (April 14, 2015)— “I use the Transform Curb bit from Neue Schule, and I love it. It really changed my horse’s mouth,” explains successful Grand Prix competitor Katherine Bateson-Chandler. Bateson-Chandler was chosen by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the North American distributer of Neue Schule Bits, as recipient of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. After achieving another first place in the FEI Grand Prix Special at the show, it was evident that Bateson-Chandler’s excellent contact is delivering results. Bateson-Chandler was happy to accept the award, as she is a fan of Neue Schule and rides in the company’s innovative bits. Bateson-Chandler has switched both her Grand Prix horses to the Transform weymouth because she saw such a difference in her winning partner Alcazar when using it. “He was having issues when he was younger, which had a lot to do with nerves but also a lot to do with the bits,” she says. With the Transform, the pair has proved hard to beat throughout the Wellington, Florida show circuit.
Alcazar, a ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Cantango/Polina) owned by Jane Clark, has made Bateson-Chandler proud this season with numerous Grand Prix wins. “I was really happy with my horse. He’s still very green but he is getting more and more honest in the arena, and learning what his job is as a real, genuine Grand Prix horse.”
The Neue Schule Best Hands Award is presented to riders who display exemplary use of their hand aids while riding. Using soft hands to communicate with the horse is encouraged by Metlar, which creates high-quality bits to help riders achieve ideal contact. Mette Larsen, president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, explains that she selects riders who treat their horses well both in and out of the show ring as winners of the Neue Schule Best Hands Award. “Horses deserve the best that we can offer them,” she says. A horse that enjoys his job will be a pleasure to work with and will offer a great performance. While using Neue Schule bits, Bateson-Chandler has experienced that attitude in Alcazar. “Good contact is something we all strive for,” Bateson-Chandler comments. “It is one of the basics that we all struggle with, and when it all comes together and you have that lovely contact with your horse’s mouth, the feeling of communication is amazing. I’m excited to be honored with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award, because good hands and good contact is one of the very most important things for dressage riders.”
As for her future, Bateson-Chandler is not planning to step out of the winning circle any time soon. “We leave for Europe at the end of April, where we will set up a nice European tour and some friendly shows, so we can get Alcazar some international experience. Obviously it would be great to do Rio next year. I think that is what everybody is ramping up for, so hopefully he will be on track for that.”
To learn more about Neue Schule Bits, contact Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery by visiting www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or calling 631-252-5574.
Photo: Katherine Bateson-Chandler, riding Alcazar, wins the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR— no photo credit necessary)