Tryon, NC (May 31, 2016) — In its continued dedication to supporting the development of equestrian sports across the United States, Premier Equestrian is proudly sponsoring the Tryon Spring and Summer Series at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina. Premier Equestrian is the title sponsor of the 0.80m Jumper Division throughout the hunter/jumper show series.
Premier Equestrian— a leading manufacturer of dressage arenas, world-class arena footing, and revolutionary horse jumps— knows that success is built from the ground up. The company greatly values the progression of riding up the levels, and congratulates competitors who have navigated the 0.80m Jumper Division course so far this Tryon Spring Series.
This month, many professional and amateur riders of all ages competed in the Premier Equestrian 0.80m Jumper Division to win blue ribbons. Division winners included Karen F. Wilber, owner and director of Virginia-based KFW LLC equestrian training stable. Wilber earned her blue ribbon on Grappelli, a seven-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Gail Sonnenberg. Like many other professionals who use the 0.80m Jumper Division to their advantage, Wilber found the course to be greatly beneficial for the horse’s confidence and overall performance in the long run.
“The courses were friendly and well designed, yet still challenging,” Wilber explained. “I appreciate when shows offer smaller height classes because it helps me build confidence not only with new riders but also with nervous or cautious horses. My ride, Grappelli, was a circuit champion in the High Adult Jumpers at HITS Ocala in 2015, and although she competes at a higher level, she likes to have trips in the smaller ring to help her feel brave. It is wonderful when horse shows offer these confidence building opportunities.”
This is Wilber’s first time showing at the Tryon International Equestrian Center since its inception in 2014, and Wilber has been entirely impressed with her experience so far. “The most memorable thing about Tryon is the overwhelming helpfulness of the staff. I have never met a single person who didn’t have a smile on their face; everyone genuinely seemed to be enjoying their job. The show is worth every minute and we will definitely be back this summer to show,” she said.
Premier Equestrian is proud to continue its support of horse and rider combinations of all levels as they compete in the Premier Equestrian 0.80m Jumper Division. Whether it’s a professional rider building up their prospect, or a young student’s first course, Premier Equestrian extends its support in all equestrian’s competitive endeavors.
Premier Equestrian is proud to be a part of the Tryon Spring and Summer Series at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. Premier Equestrian not only enhances the show community with such sponsorship, but also personally produces products for all disciplines at its Sandy, Utah base. The company produces premium quality arena footing, picturesque dressage arenas, innovative horse jumps, and additional educational tools for all. For more information, visit www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 1-800-611-6109.
Parker, CO (May 25, 2016) — Premier Equestrian is delighted to continue its role as an Official Partner and Sponsor of the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado this year. Premier Equestrian, known for its world-class footing, tailored dressage arenas, and exceptionally manufactured horse jumps, is proud to once again sponsor the Colorado Horse Park’s summer and fall show series, packed with jumpers, dressage, and eventing competitions. As the Official Dressage Arena and Footing Supplier of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Premier Equestrian is the perfect fit for the variety of equestrian competitions set in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
With over 15 weeks of competitions each year, the Colorado Horse Park is a haven for equestrians based in the central and western United States. The premier facility is comprised of 11 arenas and 300 permanent stalls for hunter, jumper, dressage, and eventing disciplines. With Premier Equestrian’s headquarters located nearby in Sandy, Utah, the company is excited to continue its support of equestrian events in the central and western U.S. Premier Equestrian is proud to once again be the title sponsor of the 1.10m Training Jumper Division, and provide the world-class Sundance Dressage Arenas with beautiful Olympia Flower Boxes for eventing and dressage shows. This arena equipment has been utilized at many of the most elite horse shows in the world, including the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games and the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals.
“Premier Equestrian is dedicated to the partnership that exists between horses and riders and the need for horse sports,” said Kathryn Rustad, Premier Equestrian’s Marketing Director. “The Colorado Horse Park provides opportunities for our equestrian culture to fulfill our passion of competitive riding. The facility allows for more areas of the country to attain a higher level of showing with a show crew that is conscious about the health and safety of horses and riders.”
With a strong loyalty to the promotion of horsemanship and sportsmanship, Premier Equestrian is proud to support the 1.10m Training Jumper Division and also provide a top-quality branded jump for the course.
Premier Equestrian is an active and substantial supporter of equestrian sports, sponsoring globally recognized competitions such as the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and the Tryon International Equestrian Center’s show series. Premier Equestrian also sponsors the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) presented by Gotham North, and is delighted that this year’s event will be showcased at the Colorado Horse Park show grounds.
In addition to the company’s world-class products, Premier Equestrian is also an educational outlet for all customers with informative books, DVDs, and tips from top trainers. The team at Premier Equestrian is dedicated to providing all the possible information on proper arena footing and additives for ideal riding surfaces that benefit horse and rider. Premier Equestrian’s products are popular among riders competing at any level. The company’s strong dedication to equestrian sports shines through in everything that Premier Equestrian creates, and in sponsorships like that at the Colorado Horse Park. For more information, visit www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 1-800-611-6109.
Sandy, UT (May 20, 2016) — Premier Equestrian, the Official Footing Supplier of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), has announced the company is discontinuing the sale and distribution of GGT products. Premier Equestrian’s team of global footing experts provide customers with extensive knowledge of riding surfaces, while always keeping the horse’s well being as the top priority.
Premier Equestrian, which had been North America’s largest distributor of GGT arena footing products, has spent the past 2 years specifically researching the biomechanics of riding surfaces and has been working on developing advanced high performance footing that meet the criteria of the latest footing research findings. With the goal of promoting the horse’s optimum health and performance, Premier Equestrian has chosen to no longer distribute German Geo Textile (GGT) footing.
“The very latest and quite possibly the best footing research available at this time comes from a study commissioned by the FEI,” states Mark Neihart, CEO of Premier Equestrian. “That study, called the FEI Equine Surfaces White Paper, validated much of our in-house research and added to our knowledge base. The study also confirms some of the concerns our team has had about GGT footing products.
Premier Equestrian has formulated all their footing products prioritizing the characteristics outlined in the FEI Equine Surfaces White Paper, specifically firmness, cushioning, rebound, and grip. “These are the elements we measure all footings by,” says Neihart, “With that in mind, we have decided to replace our GGT offering with our newly reformulated ProTex® Arena Footing. This move was made with the goal of assuring the health of our customers’ horses, provide the market with a superior alternative to GGT, and continue our reputation of providing high-quality products at reasonable prices.”
“The one thing about GGT is that it is widely used, giving us a very solid history of its performance, both good and bad. Our products ArenaAid® and Master’s Blend® specifically were developed to address GGT’s tendency to create a very hard surface and its’ requirement to use very specific and expensive sand,” Neihart said.
Premier Equestrian has been a leading provider of arena footing for the past decade. In pursuit of the ideal arena surface Premier Equestrian has compiled extensive footing research data from top trainers, farriers, veterinarians, and biomechanical engineers. The goal is to promote the health and longevity of all equine athletes. The materials used to create Premier Equestrian’s footing products are rigorously tested in their in-house research lab. The company takes a scientific approach to sand gradation and textile additives to create arena surfaces that enhance the performance and health of the horse. As equestrian themselves, Premier’s team also tests their footings on their own horses, making their motivation and quest for the best, a very personal goal.
For equestrians who are considering upgrading their footing, Premier Equestrian is working to make the transition very cost effective. “We are currently developing an incentive program for our customers who have purchased GGT in the past and want to upgrade to the next level of footing,” says Neihart. He also points out that Premier Equestrian offers free consultation and sand analysis reports to help our customers choose the optimum riding surface.
For people who want to know more about the science behind footing, Premier Equestrian has produced a video called How Arena Surfaces Affect Horse Biomechanics. The video has quickly become a must watch, explaining how an ideal arena surface allows a horse to move efficiently through every phase of footfall. The video’s easy-to-understand animations describe how surface characteristics — firmness, cushioning, rebound, grip, and cupping – work together to minimize concussion, absorb shock, provide support, and return energy back to the horse. Equestrians are encouraged to watch the video at http://premierequestrian.com/category/Horse-Arena-Footing.html.
Premier Equestrian strives to help all equestrians understand differences in arenas and footing surfaces. “We do it for the horse,” Neihart says with a smile. For more about Premier Equestrian footing additives, products, and consultation with footing experts, visit www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 800-611-6109.