First GumBits Happy Horse Harmony Award Presented to Mary-Cameron Rollins and Royal Prinz

January 19, 2015 | World Dressage News | Article Link

Wellington, FL (January 19, 2015) — A quiet mouth, soft expression, and suppleness throughout the back are cornerstone characteristics of a horse that is in harmony with his rider. Teresa Simmons’ Oldenburg Stallion Royal Prinz by Royal Diamond showed off these traits while being ridden by Mary-Cameron Rollins during week one of the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Rollins’s harmonious performance not only earned her the blue ribbon in Friday’s Prix St. George, but also earned her the first-ever GumBits Happy Horse Harmony Award.

As a sponsor of the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, GumBits (made by Gambit Atlanta, Inc.) will be presenting the GumBits Happy Horse Harmony Award to deserving riders at every CDI of the twelve-week international show. Selected horse and rider pairs must not only win their classes but— most importantly— must demonstrate a quiet, cheerful disposition and harmony between horse and rider.

Winning pairs, like Rollins and Royal Prinz, will receive a free package of innovative GumBits, as well as a GumBits/ Adequan Global Dressage Festival wool-blend cooler. GumBits are small, round treats that promote chewing and encourage salivation, helping to eliminate teeth grinding and encouraging horses to relax their jaws during intense competition. The treats are made with all natural, FDA-approved ingredients and are safe and palatable for horses.

Rollins, who trains with Oded Shimoni at OS Dressage and works at ShowChic as a contributing author to the monthly ShowChic ChicTimes, looks forward to implementing her GumBits prize into her routine with Royal Prinz. It is clear that Rollins emphasizes the happiness of her horse — and GumBits can only improve her impressive devotion to her horses’ health and well-being. “We do a lot of work at home to keep Royal Prinz fit and happy,” Rollins says. “He gets to play in the field once a week, and we work in different arenas. He really loves his job, too. He does a lot of the work for me in that way, but we do provide lots of carrots, apples, and treats — and he’s happy in his work.”

Owner Simmons comments that, "You can see the heart in the horse. That is obvious in his face."

Surprisingly, this was Rollins and Royal Prinz’s first show together and only Rollins’ sixth Intermediate I. Without doubt, the pair will continue to shine throughout the winter show season — especially with GumBits as a new tool to enhance their harmonious performances.

Many international riders — including U.S. Olympian Steffen Peters, Canadian David Marcus, and U.S. Pan American Team Gold Medalist Susie Dutta— champion the use of GumBits. With the new GumBits Happy Horse Harmony Award, CDI winners can join these professionals in using GumBits to promote happy horses and even better performances. To learn more about GumBits and to find a list of retailers in your area, visit www.gumbits.com.