Riverhead, NY - Neue Schule Bits presented central Texas teacher and Grand Prix dressage rider Anna Whit Watkins with its 'Best Hands' Award for Week One of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI series at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Watkins, and her 18-year-old KWPN gelding, Oublette (Amulet x Jinnardi), were second in Saturday's FEI Grand Prix Special with a youthful 63.157% after turning in a 67.30% performance on Thursday in their FEI Grand Prix. “He had a good energy. He doesn't always remember that he’s 18. He felt a little strong but still very rideable,” Watkins said of her 16.3 hand partner. “He's amazing. He tries so hard.”
“Anna and Oublette have the kind of relationship Neue Schule is seeking to recognize with its Best Hands Award. It's for riders who strive for a perfect connection between the hand and bit, and those demonstrating that excellent connection,” says Mette Larsen, of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery in Riverhead, NY and U.S. and Canadian dealer of the UK-based ergonomic bits.
“This is our first year as sponsor. It's exciting to get to meet so many wonderful horses and riders, and be part of its vibrant international community.” Each 'Best Hands' Award winner also receives a set of reins.
A favorite of U.S. World Cup Dressage veteran, Kathy Connelly, Neue Schule mouthpieces offer superior fit between the tongue and upper palate. Designs for the dressage horse include a Comfy Contact Eggbutt and Comfy Contact Baucher, with metal alloys and side-to-side responsiveness to soften jaws and polls and encourage contact.
Neue Schule also helps improves contact in shortened 'smiles' by sitting further back in the mouth while the unique revolving barrel 'sweetens' the tongue, promoting feel and acceptance, and encouraging 'lift' in the shoulder.
Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery specializes in superior quality equipment and prestigious accessories inspired by the equestrian lifestyle, with a focus on progressive and creative innovation, comfort and high standards.
Learn more about Metlar and Neue Schule at www.metlar-us.com or call (631) 252-5574.