More Than a Bit of Luck
US Bit Distributor Wins USDF FEI Level Yearend Championship Titles
Wellington, FL (January 7, 2013) – Mette Larsen is an exception to the rule in equestrian sport: an amateur rider experiencing success on a national level. Larsen and Ulivi, a gelding she bought as a three year-old and has trained herself, won the 2012 United States Dressage Federation KWPN All Breed Adult Amateur at Prix St. George Championship and Reserve Champion at the AA Intermediare-1.
Larsen’s 2012 year end awards come with a bit of a twist. In 2011, at an International Trade Fair for Equestrian Sports (SPOGA) in Germany, Larsen discovered Neue Schule bits. Impressed by the technology behind them, she decided to try them on one of her own horses. The results were so immediate in her horse’s comfort and willingness to work that she switched all her horses to the Neue Schule Bits. She liked the fact that the bits are designed with the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD), as well as the unique metal alloy that promotes salivation. In 2012 she took her passion for these bits a step further and became the U.S. Distributor for the Neue Schule Bits. Larsen says, “These bits make sense. These are the only bits in my tack room now.” When Larsen finds something she likes for her horses, she jumps in with both feet, or all four feet in this case.
An unrivaled work ethic is evident in all Larsen does. Hard work inspired by passion barely registers as sacrifice to Larsen, a doctor specializing in mainly Geriatric medicine, as well as a competitor of dressage. Larsen enjoys training and developing young horses and taking them up the levels. She finds it especially gratifying when she finds a tool like the Neue Schule bits that makes that journey easier on the horse. She has discovered that the Neue Schule Bits have helped her horse relax. She says, “The curb dressage bit fits better in my horse’s mouth. He is softer to connect with and I know he is more comfortable.”
Based on her yearend success at the USDF awards banquet, Larsen’s formula works! We got Larsen’s goals for 2013 straight from the horses mouth, “I am looking forward to continuing to train and compete my own horses and to spreading the word to all rider’s about the Neue Schule bits and the advantages and comfort they offer horses.”
Photo: Mette Larsen, Neue Scule US bit distributor, riding Ulivi won the USDF KWPN Adult Amateur at Prix St. George Championship and Reserve Champion at the Intermediare-1 AA. (Photo courtesy of Susan J Stickle)
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