Calling it a “landmark advance in racehorse welfare,” Dr. Robert Cook, creator of the Bitless Bridle, released this announcement in October 2011:
At a harness horse meeting of the Nordic group earlier this week in Helsinki, Finland, all four Nordic countries -- Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway -- approved the ‘Harness Horse Bitless Bridle with bit bypass straps’ for racing.
The approval follows two years of collaboration between Dr. Cook and a harness horse trainer in Sweden, Kerstin Kemlén. The first harness horse to race in the
Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle™ with bit bypass straps placed second at Bollnas Racetrack in Sweden on 11th September, 2011.