Three Riders Named to United States Dressage Team Have a Bit In Common

The Dutta Corp. United States Dressage Team finished its last European Observation Event at the CDIO3*/CDIO5* 2016 CDIO Rotterdam, with high scores for all riders. On Monday, the United States Equestrian Federation named the five dressage riders who will represent the United States during the 2016 Olympic Games. Neue Schule Ambassadors Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, and Allison Brock will join Kasey Perry-Glass and Shelly Francis on the team heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation, has been supporting top riders in multiple disciplines for many years and is thrilled to have three ambassadors preparing to represent the United States in Olympic dressage competition. The Neue Schule Ambassadors are prime examples of the success that can be achieved through effective communication between horse and rider with the help of a Neue Schule bit.

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team of Laura Graves and Verdades, Steffen Peters and Legolas 92, Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet, and Shelly Francis and Doktor won the Silver medal in a close Nations Cup competition in Rotterdam on Saturday, placing second to the Dutch team. Neue Schule Ambassador Graves cinched the top placing for the U.S. by winning the Grand Prix Special with a score of 77.314 percent. “Diddy,” as Grave’s Verdades is lovingly known, relies on Neue Schule bits to keep him comfortable in the bridle ever since an accident as a young horse left him with a broken jaw.

Steffen Peters, another long time Neue Schule Ambassador, rode Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92 to second place in the CDIO Rotterdam CDIO 5* Grand Prix  Kur to Music after placing fifth in the CDIO 5* Grand Prix earlier in the week. “Today was a day for the history books for the United States here at Rotterdam,” said Peters. “I am most pleased about Legolas though. It was a full house in the arena with a very electric atmosphere. Going around the arena I was waiting for him to act up, but he was perfect. It was one of his best freestyles. It is so exciting to be second at Rotterdam!”

In the CDIO3*, the U.S. earned multiple top placings between Peters and the newest Neue Schule Ambassador, Allison Brock. In both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special, Peters and Four Winds Farm’s Rosamunde placed first, and Brock and Rosevelt, owned by Claudine and Fritz Kundrun, placed third.

Peters and Rosamunde achieved what Peters felt was their “best ride” together during the CDIO 3* Grand Prix when they claimed first place with a 75.920. “There was no need to ride conservatively today and I went for it and everything worked out,” said Peters.

Brock displayed an increasingly accurate performance to finish off the Small Tour competition with a Grand Prix Special score of 73.176 percent. “I am so proud of Rosie’s two third place finishes!” said Brock after the event. “He has become this very reliable, consistent guy who knows his job. One of the happiest things for me is that he walks out of the arena on the buckle with a big smile on his face, knowing that he has done a good job.”

Rotterdam was the last of three designated European Observation Events as part of the selection process for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team. The four team riders (Peters, Graves, Perry-Glass, and Brock) and the traveling reserve (Francis) were chosen almost immediately after the 2016 CDIO Rotterdam competition ended. Neue Schule wishes all riders the best of luck and is looking forward to the United States’ strong representation at the Olympic Games.

Neue Schule bits can be found in tack stores and at horse shows across the United States, including at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and the Colorado Horse Park. Neue Schule loves to help riders of multiple disciplines achieve the softest and most effective communication with their horses with thoughtful and innovative bit designs that keep the horses’ comfort in mind.

Keep up with all of the news and results from Neue Schule Ambassadors— including Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, and Allison Brock— on the road to Rio by checking in on Neue Schule USA’s Facebook page and Instagram. To learn more about Neue Schule bits and their North American distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit



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Photo: Steffen Peters is named to U.S. Dressage Team that will be competing in 2016 Olympic Games (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary).