Wellington, Florida - As competition heats up and the final Olympic qualifying events wrap up across the world, some of the top contenders for the 2016 Rio Games are entrusting the connection between their hand and their horse’s mouth to the Tota Comfort System. A patent pending, revolutionary bridle design intended to improve comfort for the horse and connection for the rider, the Tota Comfort System creates stability in the jaw, reduces poll pressure, and alleviates stress on the tempromandibular joint (TMJ) and facial nerves. Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Hester, 2016 US Olympic Dressage Team member Kasey Perry, and Canadian Olympic hopeful Karen Pavicic are relying on the benefits of advanced bridle design through the Tota Comfort System to help them on the road to Rio 2016.
While outfitted in the Tota Comfort System, the UK’s Carl Hester and the KWPN gelding Nip Tuck (Don Ruto x Irean) scored a personal best of 77.412% in the Grand Prix Special during the CDI 3* Jerez in March of 2016. Hester, who coached Charlotte Dujardin to Individual Gold and rode Utopia to Team Gold at the 2012 London Olympics, is currently a front runner for one of the four dressage spots up for grabs for the United Kingdom with Nip Tuck.
Decorated international Canadian rider Karen Pavicic and her 14-year-old Oldenburg Don Daiquiri are another pair that will be relying on the Tota Comfort System. A close race between Pavicic and Megan Lane has less than a tenth of a percentage point separating 2nd and 3rd, and with only 2 horse and rider combinations to represent Canada in Brazil, there is zero room for discomfort or instability in the bridle. Pavicic, who trails Lane by a hairsbreath in average qualifying scores, will travel to Fritzens, Austria in an attempt to boost her scores and gain the title Olympian. Don Daiquiri, outfitted in the Tota Comfort System, will compete in the Fritzens CDI4* July 1-3, 2016, barely within the official qualifying period for Canada, which ends July 3rd.
The USA’s Kasey Perry-Glass and her Danish warmblood Gorklintgards Dublet were recently named to the 2016 US Dressage Team for Rio, and wrapped up an impressive victory at the CDIO Compiegne in May of 2016. Their meteoric rise since exploding onto the Grand Prix scene in January of 2016 has put them in contention for a medal in this year’s games, and the pair have shown exclusively in the Tota Comfort System bridle. One report on their performance at Compiegne noted that throughout the test Dublet was “super in the bridle. He was supple and soft in the contact and very quiet in the hand, which is what real dressage is all about: lightness and harmony.”
And lightness and harmony was the inspiration behind the inception of the Tota Comfort System, as Olympians Ashley Holzer and Sue Blinks sought to improve unsteadiness caused by standard bridle designs. The unnecessary pressure applied to the poll, facial nerves, and TMJ restricted the horse’s comfort and ability to step freely into the bridle, detracting from overall performance. Holzer and Blinks brought their ideas on improving the traditional bridle structure to Charles Tota of The Dressage Connection, and together the three devised a curved cheek piece and stabilizing chin strap. The FEI approved the Tota Comfort System just before the 2016 winter circuit in Wellington, Florida, and the benefits of the advanced bridle design has brought improved comfort and connection to dressage arenas around the world.
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