Amy Momrow wins USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by Neue Schule USA at The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
Wellington, Florida (December 22, 2016) – Given her successful track record, it was no surprise when Amy Momrow placed first and second in the Neue Schule USA $5,000 U.S. Hunter Jumper Association’s National Hunter Derby at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. Amy has been competing her champion horse, Curb Appeal, since he was young and is a seasoned rider as well as a professional horse trainer at her home base, Stepping Stone Farm of Albany, New York and Wellington, Florida.
This National Derby class was sponsored by Neue Schule USA, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation distributed in North American by Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery. In addition to the prize money, Momrow was also awarded with the bit of her choice from Neue Schule USA’s extensive array of professional bits. When asked which bit would go home with her, Momrow conceded that it might be a difficult choice because of the variety and technical skill with which each bit is designed.
In addition to honoring the legacy of the hunting horse, the International Hunter Derby Program provides today’s horses and riders with a place to gain experience jumping fences 3 to 3.5 feet high. Two judges score two rounds. Round one includes marks for performance, hunter pace, jumping style, quality, substance and movement. In round two, horses must show brilliance of pace and handiness. Jumps include natural obstacles such as stone walls, white-board fences, gates and coops.
“Curb Appeal is a 6-year-old going into 2017,” Momrow explained. “I’ve been training him since he was a young horse, and since day one he just had the best attitude and a great look to him.” A handsome Dutch Warmblood, Curb Appeal is like “a little dog in the barn,” she says, and he is her “best friend. I love him!” Stablemate Belfast is a different kind of ride. “He is a little bit more of a sharper jumper,” she says, “more of a spunkier horse, while Curb Appeal is very straight forward.”
As a professional trainer at Stepping Stone Farm, Momrow says she has become very familiar with Neue Schule bits in the past. “We have a large barn and a wide variety of clients from walk-trot to the Grand Prix. We do a lot of sale horses. It’s a big operation.” With so many horses to train and compete, the Neue Schule USA Derby prize bit will surely be a welcomed addition to the tack collection at Stepping Stone Farm.
Neue Schule USA also makes frequent appearances at the Wellington showgrounds each year, as well as major equine expositions and local tack shops around the country. The company’s extensive product lineup includes an innovative range of high-performance bits made from a new patent-pending formula called Salox Gold® which increases conductivity, creating warmth and promoting bit acceptance and comfort for the horse. The bits’ designs are the result of the latest engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies, and are ergonomically engineered to fit the horse’s mouth for greater comfort.
Neue Schule USA is the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). To learn more about the company, visit Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery at www.bitbybitusa.com or call 631-252-5574. You can also find Neue Schule USA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Neueschulebits/ or on Instagram @neueschuleusa.