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 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

Get a small arena footing test kitGet  a freight quote for horse footingquestionsFooting Test KitGet a small arena footing test kitGet a small arena footing test kit

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Meet Wizard - Adrienne Lyle gives an Introduction to Wizard 


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



0:39doesn'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


1:24like 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



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


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


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


3:22oh yes you're so tough



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!