Wellington, FL - Neue Schule bits is proud to be supporting top riders during The Winter Equestrian Festival by sponsoring the Lunch and Learn educational program entitled “The Perfect Fit: The Right Bit for the Job” on Thursday, March 13 from 11:30am – 1:00 pm as a part of the 2013 Lunch and Learn Series presented by The Office Depot. This exciting program will feature Mette Larsen of Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, the US distributor of Neue Schule bits and Dr. Jenny R. Susser, Ph.D, of Power and Performance Sport Psychology. Neue Schule and Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery are excited to be sponsoring this program as it is a reflection of the level of dedication they have to researching leading-edge information and educating equestrians on all aspects of riding and performance as it relates to bits.
Larsen will discuss researched information about how bits fit and function in the horse’s mouth, especially as it relates to the ergonomics of performance horses, along with other topics relevant to equestrian sport. She will display a variety of bits, review the design and purpose of each, and speak of the specific features of the Neue Schules, including conductivity, ergonomic design, and the patented metal alloy.
Larsen has also invited top international show jumpers Henrik Gundersen and Danielle Goldstein along with dressage riders Mikala Gundersen and Kathy Connelly to share their experiences with the Neue Schule bits during the Lunch and Learn, as their schedules allow.
Dr. Susser will speak about the importance of psychology to competitive equestrians, and about the mind’s role in influencing performance. In 2012 Dr. Susser was named the USEF Team Sports Psychologist and worked with the 2012 Olympic Dressage Team in their preparations for the London Olympics, and has worked with riders of all levels and backgrounds during her two decades in the field. She will also touch on the mental aspects of how having confidence in your equipment and experience with it can positively influence your riding and showing.
Dr. Susser and Larsen’s participation in The Lunch and Learn program is one of the latest examples of how Neue Schule is supporting the equestrian community during the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Earlier in the season, Neue Schule sponsored one of the educational Ride and Learn clinics featuring international show jumper Candice King. King presented “The Efficient Jumper Ride” during the second week of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, and was impressed by the design and fit of the Neue Schule bits.
“We look forward to showing the selection of these amazing bits to riders throughout the Winter Equestrian Festival,” Larsen says. “All three of my horses use these bits. When my Intermediare I horse, Ulivi, immediately improved after switching him to the Neue Schule bits, I knew I wanted to sell them through Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery. He had tension issues, and the curb from Neue Schule helped with this and fit better in his mouth.” Larsen and Ulivi were the 2012 United States Dressage Federation KWPN Adult Amateur Horse of the Year Champions in the Prix St Georges and Reserve Champions in the Intermediare I.
Neue Schule offers a range of high performance, superior comfort bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies and incorporate a unique metal alloy that promotes salivation, acceptance and communication. The alloy also has a higher thermal conductivity, meaning it absorbs heat faster than other metals, and so reaches the same temperature as the horse’s mouth in a shorter period of time. Neue Schule’s sizing is also more dynamic, as each ¼ inch increment is created with its own mold, so the bit maintains its ergonomical correctness despite the size going up or down. “The better designed the bit is, the easier it is for the rider and the horse,” she continues, “Each bit addresses the various problematic issues that can occur between the horse and the contact with the bit, like pulling on the rider, hiding behind the bit, unevenness in the hand, and tongue issues. The bits are designed to help alleviate some of these issues so that the horse and rider get back to focusing on their ride or their training.”
More information about Neue Schule bits, including videos and computer images, can be found at www.metlar-us.com