As Kasey Perry-Glass and her Danish Warmblood gelding, Goerklintgaards Dublet, entered the International Arena for their CDI-W Grand Prix test at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, the storms predicted for the day finally hit. Spectators ran for cover from the rain, but Perry-Glass kept her cool and confidently rode Goerklintgaards Dublet to a 74.5 percent— the highest score of all 20 competitors that day. Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), presented Perry-Glass with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award for demonstrating accurate hand aids and confident connection with Goerklintgaards Dublet throughout her superb ride.
After four years together, Perry-Glass and Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood by Diamond Hit, have developed a strong relationship, recognizable by all who have seen them compete. Perry-Glass and Dublet have held their ground throughout the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival show season, with two other scores of 72 percent and 71 percent before this week’s impressive 74.5 percent. Their success has no doubt stemmed from their strong connection both in and outside of the show ring. Neue Schule was happy to reward Perry-Glass for demonstrating such an excellent connection from her hands to her horse’s mouth. Perry-Glass’s performance showed that good connection truly does pay off.
“Having a good connection is really important, especially when you’re trying to establish a steady contact and thoroughness,” explained Perry-Glass as she accepted her award. “When I ride my horses, I feel like I actually have something in my hands, and that’s really important because if you can’t feel their mouth, you don’t know what you have.”
Perry-Glass attributes her growth with Dublet to the strong bond they’ve developed throughout their time together. “I do a lot of trail riding with Dublet, so having a strong connection allows us to work through distractions and really keep him focused by reassuring him through my aids.” This particular practice came in handy during the bad weather at the CDI-W Grand Prix competition. “The main thing we’ve been working on with Dublet is pushing him forward and then coming back to really engage his hind end and push him into my hands to establish that contact,” she said.
In addition to Dublet, Perry-Glass also competes 17-year-old Danish Warmblood mare Trostruplunds Scarlet. Dublet and Scarlet are both owned by Perry-Glass’s mother Diane Perry.
Perry-Glass’s natural talent for the sport of dressage is supplemented by her sense of exuberance and determination, which have allowed her to work tirelessly towards her goals of competing internationally. This drive, combined with the sense of sportsmanship and bond that she builds with her horses, are helping propel Perry-Glass toward further success.
As the Official Bit of the United State Equestrian Federation (USEF), Neue Schule believes in providing the best products for horse and rider to have a comfortable and strong relationship. The innovative bit company creates bits with horses’ needs in mind, understanding that a happy mouth equals a more trainable horse and confident competitor. This is why Neue Schule was pleased to spotlight Perry-Glass’s accurate hands and strong connection with the Best Hands Award.
The Neue Schule Best Hands Award that Perry-Glass received included a beautiful ribbon and Kathy Connelly Performance Products, distributed by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, which is also the North American distributer of Neue Schule bits. Neue Schule designs bits with three core components— warmth, correctness based on anatomy, and no bioactivity. These factors are key to Neue Schule’s success as a leading bit manufacturer.
Perry-Glass was excited to be recognized by such a respected company, and is eager to continue her journey with Dublet. Neue Schule will continue rewarding excellent connection with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award throughout the rest of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.
To learn more about Neue Schule bits and distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.NeueSchuleBitsUS.com or call 631-252-5574.
Photo 1: Kasey Perry-Glass was awarded the Neue Schule Best Hands Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary).