LightRider Bitless bridles approved for dressage competition in the Netherlands
Official news - Sarah Joosten reports: the KNHS (Dutch Sports Federation) approved the bitless LightRider Bridle so it can be used as a bitless bridle at competitions in the Netherlands!
Bitless Bridles have been accepted for official dressage at the lower levels in the Netherlands since April 2014.
If you're in Europe and want to try a LightRider Bitless bridle, check out Sarah's websites: www.Equi-Focus.nl or www.Equi-Focus.com
Bitless Ambassadors Rewarded
A new initiative to reward bitless riders for competing successfully has just been launched. 'Why Not Bitless: Rosettes for Bitless Ambassadors" is being sponsored by 4 of the major bitless bridle companies (LightRider, Transcend, Circle X and Orbitless) to raise awareness of the achievements of bitless riders worldwide.
Bitless Riders who compete using genuine modern bitless bridles (that blend in with regular bitted bridles) are eligible for an Ambassador rosette when they win or place in approved mainstream equestrian events such as dressage, eventing, jumping, endurance, showing, working equitation, driving, western reining etc. (no rodeo or racing for eg.).
A list of acceptable events is being drawn up and will be published on the website www.whynotbitless.org as soon as it goes live.
This international campaign will raise awareness, be good PR with the equestrian associations and bitted riders, support the bitless riders and allow optimum media opportunities in individual countries as rosettes are rewarded.
It may also encourage other clubs, shows and organisations to allow bitless bridles when they see entries from bitless riders could boost their event numbers.
Here's how to enter:
From 1st June to 31st December 2018 Rosettes will be awarded to any bitless competitor for a win or a placing in a genuine modern bitless bridle* - one rosette per person per show.
Post your best picture from the event, with your rosette or certificate, with details of the event, date, and organiser, on the FaceBook page “Why Not Bitless: Rosettes for Bitless Ambassadors”
Please supply your address by Private Message to Sue Thomas until the website goes live for a formal entry.
A beautiful Rosette will be sent to you, then you need to take a picture with your horse wearing the new Bitless Ambassador rosette.
WNB Rosettes will not be awarded & pictures will not be accepted if the horse is BTV (behind the vertical) or if the horse is in clear distress, or if the tack is causing discomfort.
Each bridle manufacturer sponsoring this initiative will also award a year-end prize for the best win in their bridle so let's see your entries posted soon!
*no rope, shanked hackamores, copies or other harsh bridles.
Your Bitless Story competition
What’s YOUR Bitless story? Have you gone bitless with your horse? What were the challenges, and what have you accomplished? We’d LOVE to hear! Send in your story for a chance to win YOUR CHOICE* of these great prizes:
- 40” Equi-Spirit™ Ultimate Cordura Ball from Equi-Spirit Toys.
- Missy Wryn All-In-One Bitless Bridle and DVD set.
- Star Wheel Hackamore from The Horse's Hoof.
- LightRider Bitless Noseband in Leather.
*Prizes: 1st Place will receive their choice of 2 prizes from above! 2nd Place will receive their choice of the 2 remaining prizes, and 3rd place receives the final prize.
All 3 receive a 2-year subscription to The Horse’s Hoof Magazine, and their story published in next issue!
Suggested story length: between 600-2000 words, and include at least 2 photos. The story can be text or a doc file. Save photos as jpeg and email all to firstname.lastname@example.org - include your full name, contact info, and your horse’s name. By entering this contest, you agree to give permission to The Horse’s Hoof to publish your material. Thank you for supporting bitless horses!
Hurry, the deadline for Contest submissions is August 31, 2018!
All winners will be announced in our next issue, Fall #72.
Click here for PDF flyer with instructions: http://thehorseshoof.com/pix2/BitlessContest.pdf
We get so many testimonials like this - Go Bitless!
"I just wanted to let you know that I received the bridle and love it! My horse Blue also loved it. We went out on a big bush trek (after test driving the bridle in the round pen of course). I could feel he was much happier in himself and so responsive to the feel and listening to my seat and legs.
I'd been having trouble with him resisting the bit and not listening to other aids so the bridle went down a treat."
Hallie in New Zealand.
Hi, I'm Cynthia Cooper - inventor of the LightRider Bitless Bridle.
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