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Neue Schule Eventers Named to US Squad for 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
Ocala, FL (July 17, 2014)– The selections have been made and riders named to the Land Rover US Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and Neue Schule’s top riders are among those heading for the Games in France, August 21-September 9. With the exceptional design and proven communication of the Neue Schule bits to help them on their way, Buck Davidson and Kim Severson will attempt to make equestrian history on the shores of Normandy.
Davidson, of Ocala, Florida was appointed to the squad with Carl and Cassandra Segal’s Ballynoe Castle RM, a 2000 Irish Thoroughbred gelding. The two came off a recent 3rd place finish at the Rolex Kentucky 4*, and have proven themselves to be an impressive force in both cross country and showjumping. Davison was also named as an alternate aboard the Segal’s Park Trader, a 2002 Irish Thoroughbred gelding. In addition he and Ballynoe Castle were named to the USEF High Performance Summer and Fall Training Lists under the classification ‘World Class,’ meaning they possess the ability to be competitive anywhere in the world. As such, they will participate in training sessions with US Eventing’s Chef d’ Equipe David O’ Connor. Some of his many accomplishments include Alternate for 2012 US Olympic Team, #1 Ranked Rider in the US in 2011, 2011 Pan American Team Member, and #2 Ranked Rider in the United States in 2010 and 2009.
Kim Severson of Charlottesville, Virginia is another of Neue Schule’s sponsored riders to be named to the US Eventing Squad for the World Equestrian Games. She and her own Fernhill Fearless, a 2000 Irish Sport Horse gelding will be aiming for Normandy, and were also named to the USEF High Performance Summer and Fall Training Lists as ‘World Class’ and will participate in training sessions with Chef d’ Equipe David O’Connor. Severson is no stranger to competing on the international stage, having been named to the teams in 2010, 2004, and was part of the Gold Medal winning US Team at the 2002 Games in Jerez, Spain. She was also named U.S. Eventing Association’s Lady Rider of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005 and was short listed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
With the World Equestrian Games looming ever closer, Davidson, Severson, and their horses will now turn their attention to the preparation events to be held at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia, July 26-27. Mette Larsen, of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery and Neue Schule’s US and Canadian distributor, congratulated both on their success, saying, “We could not be more thrilled for Buck and Kim. We know they will do Neue Schule and the United States proud in Normandy and we are proud to be part of their team.”
Mette Larsen of Metlar Performance Saddlery, Neue Schule’s U.S. and Canadian distributor, is proud to sponsor such successful competitors. When riders and horses communicate effectively, the results speak for themselves. Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, comfortable bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies and incorporating a unique metal alloy with an increased conductivity, promoting acceptance and salivation.
Neue Schule has also made it easier for all riders to select the perfect bit by including informational tags on each product. These new product tags act as a guide to help select which bits are best to create a better platform for the rider-horse connection, and help address and solve potential problems each individual horse may be experiencing.
For more information on Neue Schule, visit their website at www.neueschulebitsus.com.
Photo: Buck Davidson. (Photo courtesy of Mike McNally)