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)