Neue Schule, a leading manufacturer of innovative, comfortable bits to promote performance, is beginning a new adventure in the western United States by sponsoring the Colorado Horse Park’s 2016 Summer in the Rockies hunter/jumper show series, as well as the facility’s summer dressage and three-day eventing series. Distributed throughout North America by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, Neue Schule has been named the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and supports riders of multiple disciplines in their professional and amateur endeavors. Neue Schule will be presenting the much-loved Neue Schule Best Hands Award throughout the summer at the Colorado Horse Park.
“We are excited to bring the Neue Schule Best Hands Award to the Colorado Horse Park,” says Mette Larsen, founder and president of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery. Neue Schule representatives and show judges will watch riders during each week of competition in the show ring to determine which riders use their hands most effectively and softly when communicating with their horses.
“The Best Hands Award recognizes riders who demonstrate a perfect connection between their hands and the bit,” Larsen explains. “The Colorado Horse Park provides a great opportunity for Neue Schule to support the eventing, show jumping, hunters, and dressage 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 Neue Schule Verbindend loose ring snaffle bit. The Neue Schule Best Hands Award has been presented at other Equestrian Sport Production shows in the U.S. throughout the years, so the company is excited to debut the award at the Colorado Horse Park.
With over 15 weeks of competition each year, the Colorado Horse Park is a haven for equestrians based in the central and western United States. The premier facility is comprised of 11 arenas and 300 permanent stalls for hunter, jumper, dressage, and eventing disciplines.
The first competition of the summer season will be the Colorado Horse Park FEI CCI** /FEI CCI* presented by Adequan® – FEI CIC** and Horse Trials, alongside the High Prairie Dressage I, II, and III show. The three-day eventing competition will begin on Thursday, June 2, and continue through Sunday, June 5. With increased prize money for FEI competitors, the CCI* and CCI** divisions will each offer $7,500 in prize money, while the CIC** division will offer $5,000 in prize money. The dressage show will be held Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5.
Honoring excellent equestrians with the Neue Schule Best Hands Award is important to Metlar, as the company knows that 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 Neue Schule’s 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.
Riders that are interested in Neue Schule bits can learn more about what makes these bits so unique at the on-site Colorado Horse Park Feed & Supply Store. Neue Schule will offer many popular bits, including the new Hunter D bit, designed specifically for the American Hunter horse, at this tack store, which is conveniently located in the center of the horse show grounds.
To learn more about Neue Schule bits and their North American distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com or call 631-252-5574.
Photo: Tori Colvin and Don Juan won the $10,000 Neue Schule Open Welcome Stake at the Equestrian Sport Productions Spring Series (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)