Monday, November 11, 2013

Got Good Footing? Get a Free Arena Sand Analysis and Find Out.













Got Good Footing? Get a Free Arena Sand Analysis and Find Out.



Grab a pen and write down the address, then send in your arena footing sample


Premier Equestrian is offering free sand analysis of riding arenas through their new Premier Arena Footing Division. Mark Neihart, co-founder of Premier Equestrian, is heading up the new division. | Photo courtesy of Premier Equestrian


 



free sand analysis


Photo: Premier Equestrian, a leading supplier of dressage arenas, jumps, and stable accessories, is offering free sand analysis of riding arenas through their new Premier Arena Footing Division. Mark Neihart, co-founder of Premier Equestrian, is heading up the new division.



Premier Equestrian is offering free sand analysis of riding arenas through their new Premier Arena Footing Division. Mark Neihart, co-founder of Premier Equestrian, is heading up the new division. | Photo courtesy of Premier Equestrian.


Ask five different horse stable owners about arena footing for horses and you’ll get five different opinions. Determining whether your equestrian arena footing is good or bad is often a daunting task for horse owners. But now, thanks to Premier Equestrian’s new footing division, horse owners can receive a free sand analysis to determine the makeup of their equestrian arena.


Premier Equestrian LLC, a leading supplier of dressage arenas, horse jumps, arena footing and stable accessories, has recently expanded to include an Arena Footing Division, guided by Premier’s co-founder Mark Neihart.


“We are offering a free sieve analysis report for our customers’ arena sand. This can be existing sand or sand they are thinking about buying from the local quarry. The test will analyze the particle size of the sand, telling us if it is coarse or fine and what percentage of each size particle makes up the sand. We use this test to determine the suitability of the sand for our products GGT Footing, ProTex and Prostride Crumb Rubber,” said Neihart.


Here’s how you send them your arena footing sample:


Scoop up about a cup of your arena footing, making sure to get a good mixture all the way down to the base, and put it in a plastic bag (note: make sure the bag is well sealed before you mail it!).


Send the arena footing sample, along with your name, address, phone number and email address, to:


Premier Equestrian

8385 South Allen Street

Suite 101

Sandy, Utah 84070


Neihart has extensive arena footing for horses experience, recently constructing three equestrian arenas at the prestigious Al Asayl Equestrian Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. “No matter where you are located, most people experience problems with their footing,” Neihart said. “Sand comes in all shapes and sizes and some sands are much better than others to use in arenas. Depending upon factors such as access to water, climate, indoor or outdoor, and the footing product you are using in the sand, the sand type matters.”


The free sand analysis from Premier will determine what type of footing can be added to an equestrian arena to produce the best possible footing. “Our GGT Footing, ProTex, Master’s Blend, Athletex and Prostride Crumb Rubber can be added to the sand to help get the most protection and performance from an arena,” Neihart said. “One of the goals of Premier is to educate horse owners, including understanding what type of footing is best in an arena.”


Neihart said bad footing includes footing that rolls or is too hard or too deep. “Bad footing affects the bio-

mechanical movement of the horse and can prematurely wear out joints, tendons and ligaments. Some footings can permanently cause lameness. Of course bad footing also affects the performance of the horse,” he said. Good footing will protect a horse from lameness issues and enhance the horse’s performance by giving the horse a consistent surface to ride on. “Cushion, shear prevention, and the resulting traction are things to expect from a good footing surface,” Neihart said.



Premier Equestrian is considered America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of dressage arenas. Chosen as an official supplier to the World Equestrian Games, Premier Equestrian supplied the dressage arenas for the World Equestrian Games, as well as the dressage warm-up arena, driving arena, driving warm-up arena and the flower boxes and dressage letters. Premier is also a leading supplier of arena footing, and has supplied the new Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex, located in Wellington, with ProTex footing for its new 220 x 90 covered dressage arena. Premier Equestrian also offers Prostride Horse Arena Footing and GGT-Footing.


For more information on all Premier Equestrian products, including footing, dressage arenas, jumps and stable accessories, visitwww.PremierEquestrian.com or call 800-611-6109.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Protex Horse Arena Footing - River Grove Farm with Adrienne Lyle


Adrienne Lyle coaches rider and discusses how to begin the flying change. In this brief video clip we have a second level horse working on the flying change - just so she can move up to third level.


 


Transcript:


 


0:05in this brief video clip we have a second level horse


0:08working on the flying thing just so she can move up to third level


0:11like most horses when he starts he has a little bit of trouble coordinating all


0:15four legs at once


0:17and the specific buying change issue we're dealing with today is from the


0:21left lead to the right the change


0:22his first tends to change clean behind and then late in front


0:26this comes from the fact that this first ones to lean on the right shoulder be


0:30heavy on the right train


0:31and not respected writers right leg therefore causing her to have a little


0:35trouble getting true suppleness on that right side


0:37and getting him to balance himself upright in a place that he can do a


0:41clean fine change


0:42the first of the writer just pick up the left a counter canter


0:45attempt to fly in change to the right so we can see the issue we're dealing with


0:48here she asked for the change


0:52actually changes clean behind but never completes the flying change with the


0:55front leg


0:55so now he's out a balance she's gotta bring them back on a circle here


0:59get him back with her pretty common problem for a green her starting changes


1:04not a big deal she's gonna bring him back to the walk than ready to discuss


1:09the issue estar exercise


1:10and having the writer start by picking up correctly counter canter on a


1:1620-meter circle


1:17she's holding the weapon her right hand so she can gently tap them on the right


1:20shoulder


1:21encouraging him to lead your of that right side and take that way of it his


1:25right front leg


1:26therefore making him more balance so that is not meaning in around the corner


1:29like a motorcycle


1:30she can tell it gets more balance pretty fine remove that shoulder out


1:34the left becomes lighter and softer on the right train their when she feels a


1:37couple good steps and that softer connection the bright side she walks in


1:41praises him


1:42this preparation and this perspective that right leg


1:45and the suppleness on the right train is the most important before she ever ask


1:49for a change


1:49never asked for the change the moment when you feel the horses fighting in the


1:53connection are you feel there is tension or nervousness


1:55when she feels he gets here does good steps and he gets a walk break


2:02let her walk around for a minute on a loose rein let him relax


2:06think about that take the pressure off so the in everything so the changes are


2:09stressful situation


2:11after she's let him have a momentary break that walk to relax


2:16she picks up the contact again and back to that left three counter canter on


2:19that twenty meter circle to the right


2:21but she's looking for is at suppleness on the right side


2:27that reflection through the poll the neck in the shoulders to the right


2:30so that we know is not leaning through that right side and as she does she also


2:35I think about the canner quality


2:37he's getting here a little bit slow when the Cantor is losing a little jump an


2:42implosion so she's gonna try to pretend I'm a little with that right leg so that


2:45keep setting gauge met behind gets a little bit low here and strong out


2:49not why he has a little break there in a little mistake


2:52not a big deal she continues to make a step of the right leg that's the most


2:55important thing you stick with what you were asking


2:58now he's giving them a couple little caps behind here little match with the


3:01leg


3:02saying let's put a little more ballots in the scanner so we have a little more


3:05airtime in the moment at the change now that's better bounce in the canner


3:08and then a good change he had the energy and the implosion behind their


3:13in order to do a cracked flying change and she had him stepping enough of her


3:17right leg he was soft and not right


3:18rain and not dying down to the right infanticide horses just starting this


3:23fine changes that's enough for him today


3:25a little bit a counter canter a couple changes attempting


3:29he gave us a good one there at the end analogous to go home to his stall in


3:32think about it be proud of the work you did today you always want to keep it


3:36changes a happy thing


3:37never making them feel stressed or worried in them and you can tell he's


3:41quite proud to work to get there

Monday, November 4, 2013

Kid Jumps - Pretend Play Horse Jumps for Kids


Kid Jumps - Pretend Play Horse Jumps for Kids

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You have found the best kids jumps in America! Built by Premier Equestrian and designed for safety, long life, and fun!

We have recently redesigned our kids jumps line and now they are even better! Our new jump cup strips, new gate sizes, new ez-jump foot all come together to make our kids jumps easy to use, very safe, and most of all, boat-loads of fun!

Built with our 100% UV-resistant PVC, these jumps are safe, durable and attractive. The perfect addition to your child's playground. We also offer an extensive line of Jump Accessories to add to your jump course. All items include free shipping in the contiguous US

Recent studies show lack of exercise in adolescents a potential health risk! 
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Encouraging healthy food, love of exercise and fresh air are key factors in raising hearty kids. Eating well and exercising work in tandem. If your child neglects one of these components, the risk of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic conditions increases dramatically.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children, just as adults, should spend one or more hours a day exercising. The idea of daily exercise should be perceived positively by your child. Even children who are not overweight have become less fit over the past decade, according to research.

Obesity is not the only enemy of children's health, according to sports and exercise specialists writing in the medical journal, Archives of Disease in Childhood. They say that even those children who are not overeating are frighteningly inactive and may pay the price in
terms of their future health.

This is a global phenomenon – Studies find that children's cardiorespiratory (heart and lung) fitness is declining by 4.3% a decade across the world. Sedentary lifestyles and too much time in front TV’s and computer screens is blamed.

Federal guidelines recommend that children get an hour or more of moderate to vigorous
aerobic activity a day.


Premier Equestrian Kid Jumps are a great way to encourage your children to some healthy outside activity.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Olympians Turn to ProTex Footing by Premier Equestrian













Olympians Turn to ProTex Footing by Premier Equestrian



Sun Valley, ID (September 4, 2013) – Dressage Olympians Debbie McDonald and Adrienne Lyle turned to professional footing specialists, Premier Equestrian, to solve a 20 year old footing issue. River Grove Farms, owned by Peggy and Parry Thomas in Sun Valley, Idaho, was built in 1981 and has 4 full sized arenas.

 



Adrienne Lyle Olympian Footing - Dressage


“For the last 20 years we've been pounding the footing and it just seemed worn out. The sand in 2 of our arenas was tired, broken down and lifeless,” said Adrienne Lyle, McDonald’s longtime student and 2012 Olympic competitor.



In July 2013, Premier Equestrian was called upon to solve the footing issue for these Olympic athletes in an unconventional way. The arenas were already equipped with a sufficient base and sand but were in need of a makeover. After a sieve test analysis was done on their existing sand by Premier’s staff, Premier Equestrian determined that the low cost and highly effective solution would be to add the ProTex footing to the existing sand surface. This solution was a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire footing; Premier was able to completely revitalize River Grove Farms’ arenas and provide exceptional footing for these International dressage competitors.



Lyle stated, “I can't believe how much life Premier Equestrian was able to put back into our footing. The ProTex footing stabilized their surface, minimized the dust, retained more moisture thus reducing the need to water, and kept the surface from compacting. What a huge improvement.  The cost was a fraction of a complete redo.”



As a leader in the equestrian footing industry, Premier Equestrian strives to provide exceptional value and offer products that are safe, effective, and usable for the competitive sporthorse.  At River Grove Farms, Premier Equestrian added ProTex footing which protects horses by providing increased stabilization and maximum shock absorption.  The new footing offers the cushion and rebound needed as well as high stability by increasing traction and sheer strength. 



“We offer a free sieve analysis for our customers’ sand and use this test to determine the suitability for our arena footing products: ProTex, Master’s Blend, Athletex, Prostride, and GGT Footing,” said Premier’s CEO, Mark Neihart. He continued, “One of the goals of Premier is to educate horse owners so they can better understand and address their footing needs.”



Considered America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of equestrian arenas, Premier Equestrian’s website offers extensive information to help horse owners understand the differences in arenas as well as arena footing.



“Whichever Premier Equestrian footing product you choose, your equine athletes will be performing on the best material available and they will thank you for it!” assures Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian.



Premier Equestrian also offers a complete line of horse jumps and horse jumping equipment, along with state of the art dressage arenas and dressage letters.  Other Premier products include barn accessories, books & DVDs, as well as arena grooming and maintenance equipment. For more information on all Premier Equestrian products, including footing, dressage arenas, jumps and stable accessories, visit their website at www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 800-611-6109



 



Photo: River Grove Farms newly installed arena featuring Premier ProTex Footing.  (Photo courtesy of Premier Equestrian, LLC.)



 



Protex Horse Arena Footing - River Grove Farm with Adrienne Lyle


 




























ProTex Arena Footing



ProTex™ Arena Footing – is our private label brand of textile footing designed for light use arenas. We have formulated ProTex for the budget minded arena owner that wants the benefits of a textile footing but is constrained by budget.





ProTex Arena Footing for Horses by Premier Equestrian





Protex is manufactured for us by the GGT factory and is made from the same high quality felt and fiber materials. It is cut slightly smaller and has 10% fiber content. Use it for dressage rings and pleasure rings.



ProTex offers excellent impact absorption, high traction and stability to support and protect your horses hooves and legs, all this at an affordable price.



The GGT textile and fiber found in ProTex™ are made from new, not recycled, materials. This product is safe, non-toxic and non-allergenic and will not effect humans or animals.



When comparing other textile products to ours. Be aware that many competing products from other competitors may come from post consumer waste, i.e. carpet fiber, upholstery, and urban waste products. These waste products may contain mold, bacteria and residue that may be harmful to you and your horse.

Premier Equestrian only distributes GGT Footing textile products that are made from new polyester material. This assures that you are getting a clean non-toxic, non-allergenic material.



ProTex Arena Footing Premier Equestrian





  • Stabilizes sand particles and delivers high elasticity.





  • Gentle on the bare hoof (less horn abrasion) with great energy absorption for less concussion.





  • High slide strength and intermediate shear resistance delivers additional stability.





  • Improves and balances moisture absorption (longer intervals between watering).





  • High water storage capacity as well as good emission and drainage





  • Good resistance to compacting.





  • Year-round utilizable through extensive frost security (almost prevents freezing).





  • Significant dust reduction for indoor riding arenas!





  • Easy to care for and durable (up to 10 years, depending on usage & maintenance).





  • A neutral NON-TOXIC, NON-ALLERGENIC material which will not affect either humans or animals. 





  • Footing stays on top, hooves will not penetrate surface






*Please Note: Premier Equestrian can guide you to find a footing solution suitable for you and your budget. However, unless you are contracting our consulting services, choosing the correct sand and mixing the product is your responsibility. Results can and will vary depending on what material is available in your area. If you choose to perform your own installation, which many people do, Premier Equestrian can not be and is not responsible or liable for your installation. 

See tab: Recommended Sand or click here for sand quality and types of sand to determine if textile footing is right for you.



Sand Note: All our footings are designed to be mixed with sand. There are, however, significant variations in sand in each area. Not all sands are appropriate to use as footing for your equestrian arena. There are many factors you should consider in determining the appropriate sand, including, without limitation, your riding style, the number of horses using the ring and the duration of such ring use, watering capability for the ring, the status of any current existing footing materials, seasonal weather conditions, and whether you ride on an indoor or outdoor horse arena. Combining textile and fibers with the correct type and depth of sand is required in order to build a safe arena surface. Please choose properly sized arena sand based on your proposed use. Feel free to call and discuss your arena questions with one of our representatives today!



Premier Equestrian offers a free sand analysis test report to help you determine the best solution for your arena. 

Click here for free Sand report




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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Meet Wizard - Adrienne Lyle gives an Introduction to Wizard


http://www.AdrienneLyle.com 



 



Adrienne Lyle gives us an introduction to her Olympic partner Wizard. 


Q&A with Adrienne:


Q: What is Wizard's age, breed, sex and the name of his owners?


A: Wizard is a 1999 Oldenburg gelding. (Weltmeyer- Pica, Classiker). He is owned by Peggy and Parry Thomas.


 


Career Highlights:


2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions


 


Olympic Team: Olympic Grand Prix Special, Saturday 6/16 (74.889%) Gladstone, NJ. With "Wizard"


Olympic Team: FEI Grand Prix, Friday 6/15 (73.298%) Gladstone, NJ. With "Wizard"


1st Place Grand Prix Special (72.6%) Del Mar National, Del Mar, CA. with "Wizard"


1st place in Grand Prix (73.0%) at CDI 5* West Palm Beach, with "Wizard"


1st place in Grand Prix Freestyle (77.73%) at CDI 5* West Palm Beach, with "Wizard"


4th place in Grand Prix (72.5) at CDI World Dressage Masters, wit "Wizard"


1st place in Grand Prix Special (73.2%) at CDI World Dressage Masters, with "Wizard"


1st place in Grand Prix (73.7%) at CDN Gold Coast Opener, with "Wizard"


 


 


 


Video Transcript:


0:00for me


0:02you


0:21always


0:39doesn't like sharing his cross ties with other horses that's why he's making


0:42angry faces at them


0:43because he's pretty sure he's the king he should get it all to himself


0:52he's really secretly ever lace the horse that you won't show anybody else would


0:56be going to stall


0:57all by yourself no one else around you kneel down to come over and put his head


1:00in your lap and cuddle with you


1:02for anything and watch final charge installed or not really tough


1:05as he's got some street credit superb


1:09get him some licorice if


1:18normally we have bananas developing an is that they are you in the mall


1:21you


1:24like job give me a writer for it


1:27going to do that with your butt


1:32of the same foot very lazy


1:38thanks Aaron Walker on the cross ties watches friends go around in circles up


1:41there on the TV that's connected to our you're a walker


1:44so I think saw his friends are movie stars


1:48I've been writing wizard for eight years now and he's definitely been a


1:53it's been quite a journey on him he is a very emotionally complex course that we


1:57started it took a long time for


1:59can depend upon richest person but now we've traveled all over the country and


2:02all over the world together


2:04and now he's my special little me on


2:07he's pretty sweet and I love not to be around him


2:10and


2:14that


2:17how by why when I fly with and he's getting more relaxed than the airplane


2:20but


2:20all the other job programs like fun to me because I stand there with a look at


2:24in front of them and hold it for the entire eight-hour flight so we can sit


2:27there and look as like it and not get nervous because as you can see loves to


2:30lick things


2:30kinda this classifier when he gets nervous when mom leaves German starts to


2:34pass so there I am sitting on a bucket by the plain grey towers whatever else


2:38is


2:38seven first-class leaving things we do for rent


3:19of


3:22oh yes you're so tough


3:36stay


 


Premier Equestrian offers International Shipping on Dressage Arena Products & Horse Jumps, & horse footing. Including Books, Dvd's and Gifts. Call 1-800-611-6109 or order online with our secure international checkout!  

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Dressage Arena Setup - How to set up a Dressage Arena


Dressage Arena Setup - How to set up a Dressage Arena



 





 



Dressage Arena Setup - How to set up a Dressage Arena


 


MAINTAINING YOUR NEW DRESSAGE ARENA


Your new arena is made from sturdy PCV. This material is UV treated for sun,


and light impact. This is basically maintenance free aside from a thorough


cleaning from time to time. To clean your arena use water and a mild detergent. 


Use a sponge or soft cloth as abrasives may scratch the finish. To get out


real stubborn stains you can use mineral spirits followed by a water rinse. Go


lightly when using mineral spirits it can damage the finish.


When arena is set up, rails should be turned over every 2-3 months to prevent


sagging. When moving your arena, be sure to lay flat and not let rails bend


while in transit. Arena is safe to leave out in all weather conditions, however in


extreme cold, rails are more susceptible to damage with any impact.


Storage: Rail must lie flat on a smooth flat surface, be sure to wash sand off


rails to prevent scratching. Cones should be clean and free of sand and debris


before stacking.


 


SET-UP INSTRUCTIONS


SUNDANCE ARENA 20 X 40


Please take a moment to read through the entire directions before setting up


your Premier Equestrian Arena. These instructions will guide you step-by-step


through the process of assembly. If you should have any difficulty or question


please call us at 800-611-6109.


Included in your shipment: What you need:


30 Rails Hammer


26 Line Cones 40 Meter Tape Measurer


4 Corner Cones 160 Meters of Twine or String


2 2-ft. Stakes or Rebar


10 sections on 40 meter side


5 sections on 20 meter side


PREPARATION


1. Drag or blade the arena area — as level and smooth as possible.


2. Locate and count all parts. Separate line cones, corner cones


3. Deposit Rails and Cones – place the pieces around the outside perimeter


where the arena will stand. This is to get the pieces close to where they will be


installed.


 


LAYOUT YOUR ARENA


4. Find the Center Point – Assuming you want your arena centered atop the footing you will need to find the center point of your footing. Measure from edge


to edge of the long side. Mark the center point. Measure from edge to edge of


the short side and mark the center point. Bring the center points together to


find the center of your arena.


5. Locate Short Side Line – From the center point measure 30 meters toward the


short side, this is where your short side will line up.


6. Locate Long Side Line – From the center point measure 10 meters toward the


long side, this is where your long side will line up.


7. Locate First Corner – At the point where the two side lines intersect is the


corner of your arena. Set cones and rails to create your first corner


8. Square First Corner – Use the 3-4-5 triangle method to set up 90 degree corners. (see diagram). Measure from where the two rails meet in the corner,


(mark this the starting point). From the starting point measure one rail to 3


feet, use the inside top of rail, and mark the point. Again using the inside


edge top of the rail, from the starting point measure the other rail to 4 feet


and mark the point. (Remember, the rail is four meters long) To achieve a


correct 90 degree angle the distance between the two marked points must


be 5 feet. Move the angle of the rails on the short side in or out until the


distance between the marked points is 5 feet. Now the corner is square.


9. Set-up First Long Side – From the


squared first corner cone, lay a tape


or long string in a straight line to


help you. Keep in mind the center


point of the arena to make the line


square with the base.


10.Build Out First Long Side – Using the


string as a guide place the rails and


cones along the long side. Make


sure the rails butt up against each


 


other. Rails are pre-cut


and measured as long


as they are tight your


length will be correct.


40 Meter Side has


10 sections, 9 Straight


Cones and 2 Corner Cones.


11.Square Second Corner –


Use the same method


as before to square the


second corner. 20 Meter


Side has 5 sections, 4


Straight Cones and 2


Corner Cones.


12.Build Out Short Side –


Assemble cones and


rails along the short


side.


13.Build Out Original Short


Side – Go back to original corner and build the


short side there before


building second long


side. This corner should


already be squared.


Assemble cones and


rails along this short


side.


14.Square Third Corner


Use the same method as described above to square the corner.


15.Build Out Second Long Side Use your string or tape to line up both built out


short sides. This will help you to lay cones and rails in the direction you


need. If the last long side is off, it is


easy to alter one of the short sides to


fit. Assemble cones and rails to finish


the second long side.


16. Places and around lip of cone Finish your


set-up by placing your footing around


the lip of the cone. (You may also bury


the cone slightly). This will ensure


wind stability and secure each cone.


 


 Premier Equestrian offers International Shipping on Dressage Arena Products & Horse Jumps, & horse footing. Including Books, Dvd's and Gifts. Call 1-800-611-6109 or order online with our secure international checkout!  

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Premier Equestrian Sponsors Eventing Extraordinaire Kim Severson















Premier Equestrian Sponsors Eventing Extraordinaire Kim Severson



Charlottesville, VA (July 25, 2013) – Premier Equestrian is proud to announce their sponsorship of US Eventing extraordinaire, Kim Severson. As a Four Star international competitor and Olympic Silver Medalist, Severson is one of the finest event riders in the world.  Premier Equestrian is excited to be a part of her continued success, and was thrilled to help her with building her jumping arena on her new farm and home for Kim Severson Eventing, LLC in Charlottesville, VA . 




 

Kim Severson Athletex


“Kim installed our Athletex footing and the Premier Hydro-Keep in her new arena, and she loves it!” stated Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian, LLC.  “She had an arena contractor build a base, and Premier helped guide her to find the sand.  We went through many different sand samples, and in the end, Kim was able to locate great sand from a local quarry.  They were able to mix the sand and footing amendment and deliver it all completely mixed.”  Severson only recently purchased her new farm in the fall of 2012.  The farm is located on 32 acres of open land and includes two barns with 10 stalls, tack room, wash stalls, 10 paddocks, a dressage arena, and plenty of space for conditioning gallops.  She is very excited, now, to be able to complete the farm with the addition of her jumping arena.  Zorn pointed out that even with all these amenities, she does not have the capacity to water the arena, which is why Premier advised her to include the Athletex and Hydro-Keep products in the footing mix.



Athletex™ is one of the latest and most innovative of Premier’s footing products.  Athletex™ is made from recycled athletic shoes, and provides reduced shear, stable traction and durable cushioning to help set any horse on the road to victory ribbons. This very unique recycled product is made up of a mixture of rubber, providing cushion, as well as textile for stability. 



Athletex™ is suited for dressage, jumping, western pleasure, vaulting, and all other types of arenas.  Because of the traction and cushioning, it is perfect for multi-purpose arenas. Athletex™ is mixed with sand at one pound per square foot which is a ratio that gives the surface spring, cushion, and stability. Athletex™ is suitable to mix with a wide variety of sands and it will perform in course sand, fine sand or sand that falls in-between.



Hydro-Keep is Premier’s arena hydrating product.  Hydro-Keep is a safe, non-toxic chemical crystal that can reduce arena watering by 50%.  The crystals work by rapidly absorbing the water and retaining it.  Over time, and as the soil dries, the water is gradually released from the crystal, hydrating thesurrounding area.  The crystal expands when watered then contracts as the water is released.  As an added benefit, this continuous expansion and contraction reduces soil compaction as well. 



“Whichever Premier footing product you choose, your equine athletes will be performing on the best material available, and they will thank you for it!” assures Zorn. Considered America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of equestrian arenas, Premier Equestrian’s website offers extensive and informativeinformation designed to help horse owners understand the differences in arenas as well as arena footing. Premier Equestrian also offers a complete line ofhorse jumps and horse jumping equipment, including horse jump standards, sponsor jumps, and cavaletti. Other Premier products include barn accessories, books & DVDs, as well as arena grooming and maintenance equipment. For more information on all Premier Equestrian products, including footing, dressage arenas, jumps and stable accessories,visit their website at www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 800-611-6109



Photo:  Kim Severson working on her newly installed Athletex from Premier Equestrian (Photo courtesy of Premier Equestrian)










 


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Rebecca Farm Sets New Record for Competitors at Nation's Largest Equestrian Triathlon


 










The Event at Rebecca Farm




Rebecca Farm Sets New Record for Competitors at Nation's Largest Equestrian Triathlon



The Event at Rebecca Farm Kicks off July 25-28; Young and Future Event Horse Series July 24



 



KALISPELL, MONT. (July 15, 2013) -- Organizers at Rebecca Farm are putting their skills to the test after accepting more than 600 entries to the The Event, the largest equestrian triathlon in the nation that gets underway July 25-28.



 



"There's no doubt that this will be the biggest Event ever," said Sarah Broussard, event organizer. "With 720 entries, we knew we needed to make room for the most competitors we have ever hosted. This year, 560 competitors will compete in the Horse Trials and 45 young and future event horses will also be featured. By adjusting the schedule we will maximize our capacity and with cancellations, it is likely that we will be able to accommodate everyone who wants to come."



 



Changes in the schedule include running Novice cross-country on Thursday and additional show jumping competitions on Saturday. Organizers are bringing in additional temporary stables and looking at water availability and other infrastructure needs, as a small town literally sprouts up on the 640 acre West Valley farm.  RF logo



 



"People want to be here," added Broussard. "And we want them to be able to come. I thought that we were as big as we were going to be and was shocked when I saw that we had 200 entries on the wait list. I am really excited that by adjusting the schedule and getting help from the competitors and community to volunteer, we now have the wait list down to 15."



 



In the first 11 years of competition, the largest number of competitors has been 480. The Event features competition in dressage, cross-country, and show jumping, with horses and riders of all ages and levels from across the nation. The Event also features The Classic, or long-format, which incorporates roads and tracks, steeplechase, and cross-country.



 



Dressage tests obedience and the harmony between horse and rider. Cross-country demands endurance, courage, boldness, confidence, and stamina with horses running long distances at high rates of speed on a timed course with a variety of jumps and other challenges. Show jumping examines precision, agility, and technique while jumping over high obstacles in an arena.



 



This year, competitors at Rebecca Farm will now be riding atop Premier Equestrian's "Master's Blend" footing in all the arenas. The special blend gives exceptional stabilization along with maximum shock absorption, providing cushion and rebound for the horses, while offering high stability by increasing traction and shear strength.



 



The cross-country course was re-built last summer by Ian Stark, one of the leading course designers in the world. The sinuous, 4-mile course features over 150 obstacles and four water complexes. Stark has won multiple Olympic medals and was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.



 



Admission for spectators is free and Rebecca Farm also features an ever-growing trade fair tent and a variety of concessions that will be open all four days. A $5 parking donation is requested to support "Halt Cancer at X"-- an initiative to raise money for breast cancer research in memory of The Event's founder, Rebecca Broussard. Last year's inaugural campaign raised $65,000 for both local and national organizations.



 



Prior to The Event on July 24, the USEA Young and Future Event Horse Series will be featured. The Future Event Horse series judges the potential that yearlings, two-year-olds, and three-year-olds have to become successful event horses. The Young Event Horse series gives owners and breeders the opportunity to showcase the potential of their four- and five-year-old horses.



 



"There are so many people who are integral to the success of Rebecca Farm," said Sarah Broussard. "I am so thankful to the competitors, spectators, volunteers, judges, vendors, sponsors, and all the hard workers who have made our dream come true."



 



To access Rebecca Farm, from the junction of Highways 93 & 2, travel 2 miles north on Highway 93 to West Reserve Drive and go west 2 miles to Springcreek Road, then south on Springcreek. The entrance is 3/4 mile on the right.



 



For more information, visit www.RebeccaFarm.org. Media photography can be accessed at www.flickr.com/photos/rebeccafarm.



 



SCHEDULE OF EVENTS



 



Wednesday, July 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



USEA Young and Future Event Horse Series.



 



Thursday, July 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Dressage, all FEI levels. Dressage, National Horse Trial levels. Novice cross-country.



 



Friday, July 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Dressage, all FEI Levels. National Horse Trial levels dressage continues. Cross-country phase for Training, Training 3-Day, Novice 3-Day.



 



Saturday, July 27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Cross-Country phase all day. All FEI levels. National Horse Trial Levels continue. Show jumping for Training 3-Day, Novice, Novice 3-Day.



 



Sunday, July 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Show Jumping phase, all remaining levels. Awards ceremony at end of each division.



 



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Media contact: Brian Schott, press@rebeccafarm.org, (406) 261-6190


 


 


 








































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Sundance Dressage Arena 20 x 60

Sundance Dressage Arena 20 x 60

Rebecca Farm Sets New Record for Competitors at Nation's Largest Equestrian Triathlon

Rebecca Farm Sets New Record for Competitors at Nation's Largest Equestrian Triathlon

Press Releases and Articles by Premier Equestrian

Press Releases and Articles by Premier Equestrian

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Event at Rebecca Farm - Premier Equestrian Horse Arena Footing

Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana has chosen Premier Equestrian as the official footing supplier for the prestigious equestrian triathlon known as
The Event at Rebecca Farm.  This world-class event, drawing competitors from all over the world, features three 75m x 75m arenas used for the dressage and jumping portions of the Event. 

Rebecca Farm owner Jerome Broussard contracted Premier Equestrian to design the new footing, source the materials, and supervise the installation in time for the 2013 Event at Rebecca Farm held July 25 – 28 in Kalispell. 

Mark Neihart and Heidi Zorn of Premier Equestrian spent three days at the farm surveying the arenas, visiting local quarries, and discussing the arenas needs with Mr. Broussard and his daughter Sarah Kelly.  It was decided the best solution for the Event was Premier Equestrian’s new product Master’s Blend Arena Footing. 

Master’s Blend arena footing is a proprietary blend of sand, textiles, and cushioning agents. The quality of the footing provides both shear support and traction with cushion and rebound.  The old arena footing was removed while the arena bases were restored to accept the new Master’s Blend Arena Footing.  Premier Equestrian is proud to be part of The Event at Rebecca Farm. 

This article will touch on arena footing basics and describe the qualities of sand.


UNDERSTANDING ARENA FOOTING – BASIC FACTS:
If an arena footing is too hard the horse will tend to shorten its stride to minimize jarring or modify his jumping form to avoid the sting of landing.  Hard footing will stress their joints.  If the footing is too soft and rolls away under the hooves it will cause strain to soft tissues – tendon, ligaments, and muscles.  If the footing is slippery the horse may feel insecure and move cautiously. 

Sand Types:
Natural Sand:  Natural sand is eroded rock and is mined from where it was deposited.  The host rock determines the mineral composition. Most sand is composed of silica and is resistant to breakdown due to its hardness. Pure Silica will last longer as arena footing. 

Manufactured Sand: Rock quarries crush rock into various sizes. The smallest particles, ‘fines’, are sold as Manufactured Sand, Crusher Fines, or Stone Dust. These particles range from 5 mm to fine dust, are sharp and can tightly compact if used alone.  The mineral composition can range widely so it may be softer and break down sooner.  



Sand Shape:
Man-Made Sands will have sharp, or angular particle shapes.  Angular sand is prone to fit tightly together and compact. It can have good traction but will not offer cushioning.  Adding rubber products like Premier Equestrian’s ProStride or Athletex is a good solution for angular sands. The rubber in these products helps cushion the surface and reduce compaction.

Natural Sands have sub-angular and round shapes because of erosion. These shapes don't fit tightly together. Sub–angular grains lessen compaction while still providing some traction.  Round grains won’t compact because the edges are worn off.  Although round grains create voids and offer more cushioning, they are very unstable and will roll under foot.  This is where textile type products like Premier Equestrian’s GGT Footing or ProTex Footing can help. The textiles net the sand grains together that reduces shear and keeps the sand in place.





Watering:  An intermolecular attraction is formed between water molecules that holds wet sand together and may help to stabilize rounded sand footing that would otherwise roll if dry.   

And so…
There are an enormous variety of sand options out there. The combination of all the above sand qualities decides whether the sand is suitable as footing or not.  Sand that is well suited for a highly maintained indoor riding arena might be completely unsuitable for an all-weather, low maintenance outdoor riding arena.  Choosing the wrong sand can create a lot of problems and in the long run can be very expensive.


Premier Equestrian offers a free sand analysis report for customers to help determine the correct additive for a new arena or to improve an existing surface. Contact a Premier Equestrian footing specialist at 800-611-6109 or visit their website at www.PremierEquestrian.com

Friday, July 5, 2013

Premier Equestrian Provides Arena Footing for The Event at Rebecca Farm

Premier Equestrian Provides Arena Footing for The Event at Rebecca Farm

Kalispell, MT – On July 25-28, 2013, Rebecca Farm in Kalispell Montana will hold their annual equestrian triathlon entitled The Event at Rebecca Farm. This year’s Event features brand new arena footing supplied by Premier Equestrian, LLC. As a leader in the equestrian footing industry, Premier Equestrian was chosen to update the arena footing in Rebecca Farm’s three 75 x 75 meter arenas. Premier Equestrian is proud to be a part of this exciting equestrian triathlon and is a major sponsor of the event along with providing its products.

Jim Koford 2013 Florida Dressage Circuit
The Event at Rebecca Farm is a 3-day event that will feature competition in dressage, cross-country endurance and show jumping. Horses and riders of all ages and levels from across the continent will gather to show their talents on the 640-acre farm. Dressage will demonstrate the art and harmony between horse and rider. Cross-country demands endurance, courage, boldness, confidence, and stamina with horses running long distances at high rates of speed. Show jumping examines precision, agility, and technique while jumping over high obstacles.
Rebecca Farm easily accommodates all of these disciplines, especially with Premier Equestrian Master’s Blend footing installed in three of their 75 x 75 meter riding arenas. Additionally, the cross-country course was re-designed last summer by Ian Stark, one of the leading designers in the world. This sinuous, 4-mile course features over 150 obstacles and four water complexes, which is sure to up the excitement level of the event.
In addition to the competition, event organizer, Sarah Broussard is continuing the “Halt Cancer at X” fundraising campaign for the second year as an initiative to raise money for breast cancer research in memory of her mother, Rebecca Broussard. Last year’s inaugural campaign raised $65,000 for both local and national organizations. Admission to the event is free, however a voluntary $5 parking donation is requested to support this cause. Also, prior to the triathlon on July 24th, the USEA Young and Future Event Horse Series will be featured. The Future Event Horse series judges the potential that yearlings, two-year-olds, and three-year-olds demonstrate to become successful event horses. The Young Event Horse series also gives owners and breeders the opportunity to showcase the potential of their four and five-year-old horses.
Premier Equestrian is excited to be working so closely with Rebecca Farm on all of these initiatives. “Rebecca Farm is looking to the future of their event,” states Premier Equestrian co-founder, Mark Neihart. “Competitors are demanding world-class footing and now Rebecca Farms can say they have it. At Premier Equestrian, we choose products that work while providing a multitude of benefits to our customers and we always strive to provide an exceptional value. Most importantly, our products are safe, effective, and usable. We are excited to have the incredible horses and riders competing at this year’s triathlon experiencing our new Master’s Blend Footing for themselves.”
The event competitors at Rebecca Farm will now be riding atop the Premier Master’s Blend footing. Master’s Blend is a highly sought-after footing solution that gives exceptional stabilization along with maximum shock absorption. Master’s Blend arena footing provides cushion and rebound, yet offers high stability by increasing traction and shear strength. Footing of the past provided cushion but lacked the ability to bind and stabilize. Then textiles were introduced to offer traction and shear strength. However, too much traction can impede the horse’s movement and have too much grip. Premier has combined the qualities of both and the result is the best all around surface that supports health and performance. This all around, multi-purpose footing surface can be adjusted for jumping, dressage, combined training, or any other type of performance arena.
“Whichever Premier Equestrian footing product you choose, your equine athletes will be performing on the best material available, and they will thank you for it!” assures Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian. Considered America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of equestrian arenas, Premier Equestrian’s website offers extensive and informative information designed to help horse owners understand the differences in arenas as well as arena footing. Premier Equestrian also offers a complete line of horse jumps and horse jumping equipment, along with state of the art dressage arenas and dressage letters. Other Premier products include barn accessories, books & DVDs, as well as arena grooming and maintenance equipment. For more information on all Premier Equestrian products, including footing, dressage arenas, jumps and stable accessories, visit their website at www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 800-611-6109. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

“This is the Stuff” Premier Equestrian Debuts Master's Blend Horse Arena Footing



“This is the Stuff”

Premier Equestrian Debuts Master's Blend Horse Arena Footing



 



Salt Lake City, UT (April 10, 2013) – Premier Equestrian is pleased to announce a new premium quality footing at an affordable price:  Master's Blend. Master's Blend Footing is a new proprietary blend of textiles and cushioning agents that creates an ideal surface for mastering the art of dressage, jumping or any discipline by offering superior traction along with cushioning and rebound.  For every horseman, from the show facility manager to backyard owner, Master's Blend Footing is the result of years of testing to perfect an arena footing blend that offers the support and traction of textile with the rebound cushion of rubber.


Master's Blend Horse Footing


“This is the stuff.  This is what you've been waiting for,” says Premier Equestrian CEO, Mark Neihart.  In Premier Equestrian's latest video, the audience travels to Utah with Neihart as he visits Margo Gogan at Hilltop Dressage.  Viewers are given a chance to see Master's Blend Footing transform a'hard' arena into a praiseworthy new training surface for Margo and her guests USEF National Dressage Youth coach, Jeremy Steinberg, and Hilltop rider Alison Child, whose young dressage prospect, Woody, is ridden over both surfaces.  The episode, released March 26, 2013, is free to view on Premier’s website under Footing and Masters blend at http://dressagearena.net/pages/masters_blend.html.


“Master's Blend has helped my horses feel more athletic,” says Gogan at the end of the 15-minute episode.  The video introduces viewers to Hilltop's arena before the new footing, shows Neihart and his crew at work during the installation, and discusses multiple differences in qualityfelt by horses and riders after Master's Blend is in place.


Gogan continued, “It has not only helped my older horses but also our young horses like Alison Child's Woody, used for this video.  He finished his training season scoring in the 80s and has a great career ahead so we want to maintain his joints and avoid tendon or suspensory ligament injuries. It's all about the health of the horse so we can continue to push for big goals. I need my facility and footing to be as healthy as possible so I can produce competitive horses.”


“I could physically feel the difference in my body while riding his big, flamboyant gaits,” said Child, referring to the softness of concussion she felt while riding Woody over the new Master's Blend.


While Woody couldn't speak for himself, USEF Youth coach Jeremy Steinberg did note, after Neihart and his crew put in Master's Blend, how important good footing was to building trust and confidence in a horse's way of going:  “Quality concussion is important, especiallyfor downward transitions.  Horses need footing they can trust not only when they 'power up' but when they have to softly transition back down.”


Keeping pace with what equestrians need is why Premier Equestrian is one of America’s leading manufacturers and distributors of equestrian arenas. Premier Equestrian offers information, including free consultation and sand analysis reports, to help owners and barn managers understand differences in arenas and footing surfaces and in addition to Master's Blend Horse Arena Footing, has a complete line of arena grooming and maintenance equipment. Premier Equestrian also carries horse jumps and equipment, including standards, sponsor signage, and cavaletti.


For more about Master's Blend and other Premier Equestrian products, including footing, dressage arenas, jumps and stable accessories, visit  www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 800-611-6109.


Photo:  Premier Equestrian is pleased to announce a new premium quality footing at an affordable price:  Master's Blend. (Photo courtesy of Premier Equestrian)









Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Premier Equestrian Named as Official Footing Supplier of Del Mar National Horse Show


 
















Premier Equestrian Named as Official Footing Supplier of Del Mar National Horse Show



 



San Diego, CA (March 4, 2013) – Premier Equestrian is proud to announce that their latest, most innovative and eco-friendly solutions for equestrian arena footing have been selected as the official footing supplier for Del Mar National Horse Show. “We here at Premier Equestrian have been working with arenas and footing for a long time,” states Premier Equestrian co-founder and CEO, Mark Neihart about their expertise in equestrian arenas. “We choose products that work, products that you will find us using in our own arena that we trust and that also provide the cushion and traction to be used on the world stage. Most importantly, all of our products are safe, effective, and durable.  We are excited that all of the incredible horses and riders competing at Del Mar this year will be able to experiencePremier Footing for themselves, first hand.”



Del Mar National Horse Show Footing


This year, Del Mar will host a very significant moment in US equestrian sport when one of the most influential American dressage horses, Ravel, will step into the spotlight one last time to be officially retired.  Beloved around the world, especially by his rider, Steffen Peters, and owners Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang of Four Winds Farm, Ravel is a modern day American legend in the sport of dressage.  He has achieved international fame by representing the United States in two Olympics: the 2008 Bejing Games and the 2012 London Games, in addition to winning the 2009 World Cup Final, the 2009 Aachen CDIO, has twice been the US Grand Prix Dressage Champion, and has taken over 40 Grand Prix victory lapsthroughout his accomplished career.  Premier Equestrian is especially honored to be a part of this momentous occasion.



Premier is also proud to once again be sponsoring Olympic Dressage rider, Adrienne Lyle, who will be competing at the 2013 Del Mar National Horse Show as well. “Adrienne is a talented and amazing young woman and Premier is excited to be part of her amazing story as it unfolds. Her partnership with her horse Wizard is spectacular and we can’t wait to see what happens next with those two!” said Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian. 



Premier Equestrian, along with Del Mar operations staff, installed the GGT Footing at the Del Mar National Horse Show. GGT is a neutral non-toxic, non-allergenicmaterial that will not negatively affect either humans or animals. GGT Footing qualities include: good resistance to compacting; stabilizes sand particles and delivers high elasticity; gentle on the bare hoof with great energy absorption with less concussion; high slide strength and intermediate shear resistance delivers additional stability; improves and balances moisture absorption; and it offers significant dust reduction for indoor riding arenas. “GGT Footing is used at top venues all over the world,” Zorn said.



“Whichever Premier footing product you choose, your equine athletes will be performing on the best material available, and they will thank you for it!” assures Zorn. Considered America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of equestrian arenas, Premier Equestrian’s website offers extensive and informativeinformation designed to help horse owners understand the differences in arenas as well as arena footing. Premier Equestrian also offers a complete line ofhorse jumps and horse jumping equipment, including horse jump standards, sponsor jumps, and cavaletti. Other Premier products include barn accessories, books & DVDs, as well as arena grooming and maintenance equipment. For more information on all Premier Equestrian products, including footing, dressage arenas, jumps and stable accessories, visit their website at www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 800-611-6109



 



Photo:  Premier Equestrian is the official footingsupplier of the Del Mar National Horse Show. (Photo courtesy of McCool Photography)



The Dressage Summit, held in Wellington, Florida - Huge Success

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The Dressage Summit, held in Wellington, Florida, brought the best of the natural horsemanship world together with the best of the dressage world. The event was a huge success and featured, from left to right: Christoph Hess, Linda Parelli, Pat Parelli, Walter Zettl, Premier Equestrian CEO Mark Neihart and Charles de Kunffy.

It’s Dressage Gone Wild in Wellington with non-stop CDIs, symposiums, clinics, charity events and much more…and it makes you wonder when everyone sleeps! To make it to all the activities, Anna and Cindy Bovay have started Cinanna Concierge Service to cater to the busy equestrian’s every need.
Willowtree Farm in the Hamptons has a new trainer. Mette Larsen and Jenny Susser are excited to welcome Amanda Rossiter to their beautiful facility in Riverhead. If Amanda looks familiar, you may recognize her as the former head rider for the World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions.

Dressage riders and trainers Caroline Roffman and Endel Ots of Lionshare Dressage Farm in Wellington, Florida are excited to announce a new partnership with Der Dau Custom Boots. Both Caroline and Endel will be stepping up and stepping out in style with a new pair of show boots, as well as “everyday” boots from Der Dau. Riders aren’t the only ones stepping out in Der Dau – celebrities, Fortune 100 executives and more have been seen wearing Der Dau custom boots and shoes.

USA Olympian Adrienne Lyle, recipient of the Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize, has been preparing for her trip to Europe to compete and train with Klaus Balkenhol. She and Wizard have a full schedule of CDI competitions in California before their European adventure this summer. Also keep an eye out for Adrienne’s up-and-coming young horses – she’s been enjoying the process of bringing them along and hopes to start them out on the alifornia circuit. “I think we have some very talented youngsters on our hands. It is exciting to work with them and watch them learn and mature every day,” she said.

Olympic athletes Debbie McDonald and Mason Phelps came out of retirement to perform a disco-themed pas de deux at The Challenge of the Americas presented by SSG Gloves in Wellington, Florida. Dressed in white tailcoats with red satin lining, the two trotted down the centerline to a freestyle choreographed with the help of Carl Hester and set to music provided by Terry Ciotti Gallo. The Challenge celebrated its 11th anniversary in its fight against breast cancer with teams of top international dressage riders competing in freestyle quadrilles to raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer. Proceeds benefited the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play For P.I.N.K.
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Monday, March 4, 2013

Premier Equestrian Hosts Zettl Book Signing at 2013 Dressage Summit


 



 














Wellington, FL (February 26, 2013) Since the release of Dressage in Harmony in 1998 and The Circle of Trust in 2007, German Federation Gold Riding Medalist, Olympic Three-Day coach, and Toronto CADORA Hall of Famer, Walter A. Zettl, has been among the world’s most quoted horsemen, making the opportunity presented by Premier Equestrian all the more important to meet the man affectionately known as ‘WAZ’ and secure a personalized advance copy of his latest book on classical dressage, Ask Walter, during the USDF-accredited 2013 Dressage Summit which took place on February 9-11, 2013 at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington.  Ask Walter is set to debut in May of 2013.



 



Walter Zettl New Book - Ask Walter


The Summit’s groundbreaking collaboration – an idea more than a year in the making between Premier Equestrian and Linda and Pat Parelli – brought masters of dressage and natural horsemanship together including Zettl, classical master and Dressage Today contributor Charles de Kunffy and German FEI judge, Christoph Hess, along with natural horsemanship’s Linda and Pat Parelli, to demonstrate how fundamental principles of classical dressage apply to every level of the horse-and-rider relationship.



“Walter is a true master of the classical art and modern sport of dressage,” said Heidi Zorn, president of Premier Equestrian. “Premier offered advance, signed copies of his new book so the dressage enthusiast can take home a small piece of history.  His collaboration with the other presenters at the Dressage Summit was a unique opportunity for dressage and natural horsemanship to come together and we were proud to be a supporter and headline sponsor of the event." 



“One should only ask as much from a horse as is exhibited in turnout or play when they are showing off like a ‘great stallion,” Zettl has emphasized. “These movements are natural and the horse enjoys doing them. Movements in horseplay are exercises in our tests.  For me, this is classical dressage.”



In addition to partnering with the Parellis, Zettl, Hess, and de Kunffy for the inaugural Dressage Summit, Premier Equestrian has since 2000 offered affordable dressage arenas built from quality PVC materials and other quality products. Its dressage and driving arenas and flower boxes were featured at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and their arena footing is installed at The Del Mar National Horse Show and World Dressage Masters.  Learn more by calling 1-(800)-611-6109 or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.



 



Photo: Classical dressage master Walter Zettl (center) with Mark Neihart and HeidiZorn of Premier Equestrian during the book signing at the 2013 Dressage Summit. (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)



Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Brazilian Trainer Samira Uemeura Wins Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award During World Dressage Master CDI 5*/Wellington Classic Dressage Sunshine Challenge

Brazilian Trainer Samira Uemeura Wins Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award During World Dressage Master CDI 5*/Wellington Classic Dressage Sunshine Challenge 

 


All Smiles- Abbey MacLellan Takes Premier Sportsmanship Award at 2013 Gold Coast Dressage Association Opener CDI 

Wellington, FL (February 5, 2013) –
With an already impressive array of highlights to her career, including the2009 Central American and 2010 Pan American Games, trainer Samira Uemeura of Brazil added a Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award to that list while showing ahandsome string of young talent at the Wellington Classic Dressage SunshineChallenge, held in conjunction with the World Dressage Masters, January 24-27, in West Palm Beach, FL.

 
“I’ve been living in Wellington for about three years, this was the place to compete.  I have some wonderful new young horses and sponsors.  I cannot complain,” said the easy going and gracious Uemeura, whose stable of dressage talent includes showing her own eight year-old gelding, Tamarindo.
Underlining the very attitude epitomized by the tenets of good sportsmanship and horsemanship, the newly-minted Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award winner shared the secret to her success:  “Stay determined.  Believe in yourself and don’t give up on your dreams.  Sometimes, things won’t go your way.  But tomorrow is another day.”
The Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award included a $100 gift certificate towards Premier Equestrian’s deep catalog of trusted dressage supplies. Since 2000, Premier Equestrian has offered dressage arenas built from quality PVC materials, and top of the line Made in America products at affordable prices. Premier Equestrian dressage arenas, driving arenas, lettering, and flower boxes were featured at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, and its Arena Footing products are installed at both the Del Mar National Horse Show and World Dressage Masters.  Learn more by calling 1-(800)-611-6109 or visiting www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Photo: With an already impressive array of highlights to her career, including the 2009 Central American and 2010 Pan American Games, trainer Samira Uemeura of Brazil added a Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award to that list while showing a handsome string of young talent at the World Dressage Masters, January 24-27, in Palm Beach, FL. (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Premier Equestrian Raffle Winner at USEF Convention Gets the ‘Jump’ on 2013


Premier Equestrian Raffle Winner at USEF Convention
Gets the ‘Jump’ on 2013


All Smiles- Abbey MacLellan Takes Premier Sportsmanship Award at 2013 Gold Coast Dressage Association Opener CDI 

Wellington, FL (February 1,2013) –
Martha Murdock, of Martha Murdock Stables in Paris, Kentucky, was pleasantly surprised to learn that her jump arena would soon have a new addition thanks to Premier Equestrian.  Murdock had the lucky raffle draw for a custom jump by Premier Equestrian during the USEF Convention, January 16-19, in nearby Louisville.  Premier sponsored a breakfast during the convention, and raffled off one of their completely customizable jumps to alucky attendee.

 
“Premier Equestrian was proud to be a sponsor of this important annual convention,” said Heidi Zorn, “and to offer a custom jump.  I’m confident Martha will discover that our artisans can make any jump she can dream up!"
“The jumps are amazing,” said Murdock after an inspiring click through PremierEquestrian.com.  “It would be hard to choose but I think a gate or a coop would be lovely. My colors are blue and red so that would be my pick of colors and I love the bright jumps. I have been riding over fences the last two years on a pinto mare that I bred, named Last Goodbye, and she has brought me back to my youth with her talent for jumping. This year, she will compete at Nationals in Canada and in the U.S., and in 2012 was undefeated in Green Working Hunter.  A new jump will help me school at home.”
Premier Equestrian offers a completeline of horse jumps and horse jumping equipment, including horse jump standards, sponsor jumps, and cavaletti, and is also considered America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of equestrian arenas. Premier Equestrian’s website offers extensive and informative information designed to help horseowners understand the differences in arenas as well as arena footing. OtherPremier products include barn accessories, books & DVDs, as well as arena grooming and maintenance equipment. For more information on all Premier Equestrian products, including footing, dressage arenas, jumps and stable accessories, visit their website at www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 800-611-6109

Photo: Martha Murdock, of Martha Murdock Stables in Paris, Kentucky, was pleasantly surprised to learn that her jump arena would soon have a new addition thanks to Premier Equestrian.  Murdock had the lucky raffle draw for a custom jump by Premier Equestrian during the USEF Convention, January 16-19, in nearby Louisville. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Copping)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

All Smiles- Abbey MacLellan Takes Premier Sportsmanship Award at 2013 Gold Coast Dressage Association Opener CDI



All Smiles- Abbey MacLellan Takes Premier Sportsmanship Award at 2013 Gold Coast Dressage Association Opener CDI 


All Smiles- Abbey MacLellan Takes Premier Sportsmanship Award at 2013 Gold Coast Dressage Association Opener CDI 

Wellington, FL (January 29, 2013)
– Premier Equestrian, a leading supplier of equestrian equipment, footing and arenas, presented the Premier Sportsmanship Award to15-year-old Abbey MacLellan during the 2013 Gold Coast Dressage Association Opener CDI.  Riding in their first FEI Pony Test, MacLellan and her French Canadian Pony, Encore, earned a 61.375%, and had a great time showing at this new level.  “We want to get some solid scores under us and just keep getting better!” she said about her goals for the season in Florida.  MacLellan and her trainer, Cindy Matheson of Tea Hill Stables, are from Prince Edward Island, Canada, and so far they are enjoying the show season in Wellington. “It’s great! It’s hot!” MacLellan described.  She was awarded a beautiful tri-color ribbon and a gift certificate to Premier Equestrian for demonstrating this positive attitude throughout the show and winning the Sportsmanship Award.

The Sportsmanship Award is designed to recognize riders who bring exceptional character, sportsmanship, and a positive attitude to the sport, while respecting theirfellow rider and their mount. “We take pride in recognizing riders who not only are competitive, but also kind and friendly to fellow competitors, show staff, and who have put their horse first and contribute to the positive overall atmosphere at the show,” states Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian. “Premier Equestrian is dedicated to the sport of dressage and our core goal is to provide products that are safe and functional.  Our motivation is to promote the well-being of the horse and horse sport industry. Premier is proud to sponsor this award at events across the country,” adds Zorn.
Considered America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of equestrian arenas, Premier Equestrian’s website offers extensive and informative information designed to help horse owners understand the differences in arenas as well as arena footing. Premier Equestrian also offers a complete line of horse jumps and horse jumping equipment, including horse jump standards, sponsor jumps, and cavaletti. Other Premier products include barn accessories, books & DVDs, as well as arena grooming and maintenance equipment. For more information on all Premier Equestrian products, including footing, dressagearenas, jumps and stable accessories, visit their website at www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 800-611-6109.
Photo: Abbey MacLellan and her trainer Cindy Matheson after their test at the 2013 GCDA Opener. (Photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary)