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About Premier Equestrian

Premier Equestrian is dedicated to helping customers obtain the best arena equipment and surfaces at an affordable price. We go to great lengths to educate ourselves about materials, production, techniques, safety, and biomechanics so that we can help you make the best decision for your needs.

Why Do We Love Our Horses?

Why do we love our horses? At the core of this love is a relentless connection without beginning or end. It drives us to a higher purpose of care, consideration and compassion. It drives us to strive, to be better, to try harder, and to never ever give up.

Why do we love our horses? That question may never be answered, but the outcome is indisputable. Our lives are better for it, our connections deeper and our care unending.

– Premier Equestrian

Our Equestrian Company Story

EST. 2000

The roots of Premier Equestrian began in 2000 when the first Classic Dressage Arena was developed. In 2001 Heidi Zorn partnered with Mark Neihart, and Premier Dressage was born. The company changed its name to Premier Equestrian in 2004 and has become a leading provider of high-quality dressage arena equipment, horse jumps, arena footing, and arena maintenance equipment.

The Premier Equestrian Team

Premier Equestrian is a team of exceptional people dedicated to exceptional customer service. From our sales team to our logistics director each customer is regarded as ‘high-priority’ and deserving the best of care. We utilize the latest technology to provide our clients with timely, accurate, and efficient service.

Heidi Zorn Equestrian

Heidi Zorn

President & Co-Founder

Heidi, a lifelong equestrian, grew up in Sandy, UT competing in hunter/jumpers. As she transitioned into dressage, she recognized a  need in the market for safe and affordable arena products. In 2000 she engineered the first Premier Classic Dressage Arena, which led to a revolutionary line of dressage arenas, letters, flower boxes, maintenance-free jumps, and a line of synthetic footing and arena surface products.

Her constant drive to learn about all the aspects that go into keeping horses happy and healthy has made her a sought-after lecturer on equine biomechanics and the effects of footing on equine health and safety. Heidi is recognized as one of the leading footing experts in North America. She has given lectures at The Footing League Academy, Utah State University, USDF Annual Convention, as well as other events. Quoted widely in equine media Ms. Zorn’s expertise has been published in Riding Magazine, Dressage Today, and Underfoot, the popular arena guide published by the USDF.

“It all started when I wanted to have my own little white fence dressage arena, but the price at that time was far more than I could afford. So, I decided to make one for myself.”

Heidi Zorn
Mark Neihart 2018

Mark Neihart

CEO & Co-Founder

Mark’s business expertise and company operating skills have charted a streamlined business model for Premier Equestrian. Mark is recognized as a leading expert on arena design and construction. Mr. Neihart has worked around the world, consulting, designing, and building equine arenas in the Middle East, South America, The United States and Canada. With a background in engineering, Mr. Neihart directs building projects as well as design improvements in our groomer equipment.

Chris Neihart 2018

Chris Neihart

VP of Sales, Arena Consultant

Chris has been with Premier from the beginning. Chris has been in all aspects of our company from building jumps and dressage arenas in the beginning then moving to sales and focusing on the construction and design aspects. Chris has been instrumental in formulating arena building practices and high end arena systems.

AJ Nielson

Director of Operations

Dax Hardy

Arena Consultant

Haley Neihart

Arena Consultant

Karina Ibarra

Shipping Manager & Operations

Stefanie Day

Shipping & Operations

Alex Peterson

Kath and doggies

Kathryn Rustad

Marketing Manager

Kathryn started with Premier Equestrian in 2004, and later returned full time in our marketing dept. Kathryn has ridden jumpers her whole life, as well as dressage. Her unique in-depth knowledge and perspective on horses and the equestrian industry have helped make Premier a giant. Her attention to detail and desire to provide accurate information have helped customers all over the world learn about biomechanics, footing and how to improve your horses health. Kathryn shares a paint gelding, Frankie, with her mom and has two dogs, Leroy and Harley.

Tessa Woolf

Director of Content & Social Media

Blog & News