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Premier Equestrian Congratulates Team USA Dressage Riders on World Equestrian Games Silver Medal

Premier Equestrian Congratulates Team USA Dressage Riders on World Equestrian Games Silver Medal

WEG Team USA riders Kasey Perry Glass, Laura Graves, Adrienne Lyle and Steffen Peters. (Photo courtesy of Kasey Perry Glass)
Tryon, NC (September 27, 2018) – Four horse and rider combinations of varying ages and experiences made up the outstanding Dutta Corporation US Dressage Team for the World Equestrian Games. Premier Equestrian athletes Laura Graves and her own Verdades, Steffen Peters on Four Wind Farm’s, Supenkasper, Adrienne Lyle on Betsy Juliano LLC’s, Salvino, and Premier Equestrian Winner Kasey Perry Glass on Diane Perry’s, Goeklintgaards Dublet. The games where held September 11-23 at the beautiful Tryon International Equestrian Center, in Tryon, North Carolina.

The incredible team of riders who are coached by Robert Dover, and Premier Equestrian Debbie McDonald secured a team Silver medal and their spot at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. With a final team score of 233.229 percent the Americans proved they are force to be reckoned with, and all four made into the next phase of individual competition. “I’m really proud of what we, as a team were able to accomplish here.” Said Graves, who went on to win the highest placing at a world championships for the US, taking a second silver in the Grand Prix Special.

Just as Grand Prix riders study, practice, and perfect their skills in the saddle, Premier Equestrian takes no short cuts in creating world-class footing surfaces. Premier Equestrian prioritizes the health and safety of equine athletes and has been studying how arena surfaces impact equine biomechanics for over a decade. All Premier Equestrian’s premium-grade footing materials are expertly developed and thoroughly tested to assure consistency and superior quality. The company also offers free consultations and sand analysis reports so riders of all levels can create the perfect combination of materials for optimum riding surfaces. For more information on Premier Equestrian, or to request a free catalog, a free arena-footing sample or sand analysis, please call 801-446-1857or-visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Turning Dreams into Reality – Premier Equestrian Salutes Laura Graves for Career Best Score in Grand Prix Freestyle at FEI World Cup Dressage Final

Turning Dreams into Reality – Premier Equestrian Salutes Laura Graves for Career Best Score in Grand Prix Freestyle at FEI World Cup Dressage Final

Paris, France (April 20, 2018) – Only four short years ago, Laura Graves and Verdades secured their spot among our nation’s best dressage riders by taking reserve at the U.S. Dressage Championships in Gladstone, New Jersey. Graves and Verdades have since claimed some of the most prestigious accolades in the sport and most recently captured their career best score at the FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Paris, France on April 13.

America’s sweetheart Graves made the most of her third FEI World Cup Dressage Finals by topping Germany’s Isabell Werth, the dubbed ‘Queen of dressage,’ with first place in Friday’s Grand Prix test. On Saturday’s Grand Prix Freestyle, Graves piloted her 16-year-old KWPN gelding Verdades (Florett As–Lilwilarda, Goya) through an impressively crafted and fairly new choreography to earn a score of 89.082 percent. With an uproar of applause from the AccorHotels Arena crowd, she had achieved the best score of her career so far. Although the pair’s freestyle finished only 1.575 points behind reigning champion Werth to claim second overall, it was a major win for Graves.

Graves understands that every step counts, in and outside the show ring, which is why she trains on advanced footing products formulated with biomechanics and injury prevention in mind. Premier Equestrian, the official footing supplier of the United States Equestrian Federation, has outfitted Graves’ training facility with their innovative footing surfaces Premier ProTex and ArenaAid. This has given Graves and Verdades a dependable foundation for perfecting their competitive movements. As a long-time sponsor of Graves, Premier Equestrian congratulates her and Verdades on their most recent accomplishments and contributions to the international equestrian community.

Graves’ exceptional dedication to advancing equestrian sport, correctly developing equine athletes, and upholding true sportsmanship are qualities that earned her the title of Premier Equestrian. Graves is part of an elite group of international riders who have also been honored with the “Premier Equestrian” title and utilize the company’s footing surfaces and arena maintenance equipment. This includes Debbie McDonald, Steffen Peters, Adrienne Lyle, and many more riders across disciplines.

Just as Grand Prix riders study, practice, and perfect their skills in the saddle, Premier Equestrian takes no short cuts in creating world-class footing surfaces. Premier Equestrian prioritizes the health and safety of equine athletes and has been studying how arena surfaces impact equine biomechanics for over a decade. All Premier Equestrian’s premium-grade footing materials are expertly developed and thoroughly tested to assure consistency and superior quality. The company also offers free consultations and sand analysis reports so riders of all levels can create the perfect combination of materials for optimum riding surfaces. For more information on Premier Equestrian, or to request a free catalog, a free arena-footing sample or sand analysis, please call 801-446-1857or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Premier Equestrian Laura Graves Makes Every Step Count

Premier Equestrian Laura Graves Makes Every Step Count

Premier Equestrian Laura Graves Makes Every Step Count

Laura Graves, aboard her Verdades, achieved two stellar scores of 80 percent in the Grand Prix at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival

Sandy, UT (March 20, 2017) – Laura Graves, currently ranked Number 4 in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings after earning two stellar scores of 80 percent in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida this winter, has added yet another well-deserved honor to her growing list of accolades. Graves has been chosen by Premier Equestrian – a leading manufacturer of world-class footing, riding arenas, and horse jumps – to receive the title of “Premier Equestrian.” This honor is reserved for individuals who not only make valuable contributions to the equestrian community, but who also embody the ideals of sportsmanship in and outside the show ring.

Graves, whose story echoes the fundamental ideals of the American dream, is no stranger to the pitfalls and obstacles that keep many from attempting to build a full-time career in the sport of dressage. When Graves decided she wanted to pursue riding professionally, she was working at a hair salon and lacked the financial resources to purchase a high-quality, trained horse. Instead, she purchased Dutch Warmblood gelding Verdades (Florett AS x Liwilarda) – a young, untrained, and temperamental wildcard – and put in years of patient, painstaking work to bring him along herself. Once Graves decided to follow her dream, there was no turning back. For her, giving up simply wasn’t an option.

Graves credits her tenacious spirit largely to her family and upbringing. “Both of my parents are small business owners, and I was taught from a very young age that you don’t give up. Our family was our team. We participated in the household because we were a team, and we didn’t get compensated for that in any way. We were very well prepared to work however hard we needed to in life to achieve the goals we set; failure is something we were never afraid of.”

As the top United States dressage pair currently and part of the U.S. Bronze Medal team from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Graves’ hard work with Verdades has obviously paid off.

Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian, was deeply impressed by both Grave’s story and character. “The thing that intrigued me about Laura from the very beginning is how she reached the top on her own. She is someone who worked really hard and had a goal, and through persistence and perseverance has obtained something many people only dream of.” Having created her own success story despite great difficulty, and with little on her side but determination, Graves is certainly representative of the true spirit of the American dream.

Even with her meteoric rise to fame, Graves maintains the importance of practicing good sportsmanship. “I was not accepted into this high performance dressage community for many years,” she said, “and I certainly haven’t had the budget to fit in. So when you have the opportunity, include everyone and make them feel like they matter. Or, in some way relate to them, whether they are having a bad ride or something terrible happens to their horse. In the end, we are all hopefully here for the same reason. Finding support within our own community is so important.”

When Graves recently had an issue with the arena base at her training facility in Geneva, Florida, Tony Judge of Olympia Footing – the preferred arena contractor for Premier Equestrian – arrived to help her out of a tough spot.

Judge described the steps he took to transform Graves’ arena: “We analyzed her base and found it needed an aggressive slope to drain, so we decided on a 1% slope. We installed an equestrian base material and graded it with our laser-guided machine. We compacted the base to 95% and also defined the borders of her arena. Then, we made a custom blend of Silica Sand with the textile-footing additives Premier ProTex® and ArenaAid from Premier Equestrian. With precision depth and mixing capabilities, we were able to ensure the right amount of cushion and rebound for Laura to work her horses.”

Premier Equestrian, with footing products that are formulated with biomechanics and injury prevention in mind, ensures that Graves has a top-of-the line surface for riding. “Graves has a rock star horse, and has to do everything in her power to preserve him as long as she possibly can,” confirmed Zorn. “The horse is every bit a high-end athlete as are our basketball and football stars. Those industries make ideal surfaces to lessen injuries, and that’s what Premier Equestrian is doing – trying to get everyone on ideal surfaces to lessen injuries and prolong careers.

Now the official footing supplier of US Equestrian and longtime supporter of the iconic Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Premier Equestrian is proud to recognize Graves and her outstanding contributions to the sport of dressage, and looks forward to watching the development of her prestigious career. For more information about the Premier Equestrian Award or to request a free catalog, a free arena footing sample, or a free arena sand analysis, please call (800) 611-6109) or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Premier Equestrian Arenas Featured at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals in Las Vegas NV

Las Vegas, Nevada (April 1, 2015) – As the world’s leading jumpers and dressage riders prepare to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete in the World Cup, the leader in equestrian arena products — Premier Equestrian — prepares to do the same. Premier Equestrian is proud to be a sponsor of the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in Las Vegas on April 15-19. The dressage arenas and letters in both the main venue and the schooling and warm-up arenas will be provided by this renowned manufacturer, which will also have a booth at the World Cup where samples of its arena products, jumps, and footing options will be on hand.

As a favorite arena company in the United States and beyond, Premier Equestrian has supplied arenas for the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY, as well as for the Pan American Games, Dressage at Devon, Adequan Global Dressage Festival, U.S. Dressage Finals, FEI Young Riders, and various USDF GMO shows. “We are excited to add the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in Las Vegas to our list of world-class competitions,” comments Heidi Zorn, president of Premier Equestrian.

For Premier Equestrian, being part of international equestrian affairs is common business. The company also offers one of Europe’s most popular and high-quality arena base mat systems as the North American distributor of German company OTTO Sport und Reitplatz GMBH. OTTO Sport’s Perforated Mat System is the ideal base layer for an arena while providing base stability and unparalleled benefits to the horse. Its unique design helps protect equine joints and tendons from damage and pain. The OTTO Sport mat system has been part of The World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky; Aachen, Germany; and Rome, Italy.

For more than a decade, Premier Equestrian has supplied premier dressage arenas, top-of-the-line horse arena footing, revolutionized horse jumps, and accessories to discerning equestrians. The company’s client list reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ in dressage and show jumping— including Steffen Peters, Adrienne Lyle, Bob and Debbie McDonald, and Todd Minikus.

“Debbie and Bob have had the OTTO Sport system at River Grove Farm in Idaho for years,” Zorn says. “Peggy and Parry Thomas, who are their sponsors, and for whom the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas has been named, have been amazing supporters of the sport of dressage. Parry will be in Las Vegas at the World Cup for the retirement ceremony for Wizard, Adrienne Lyle’s Olympic horse who is owned by the Thomases.” Parry Thomas will be honored both for his years as an ambassador of dressage and for all he has done for the city of Las Vegas.

Premier Equestrian will be showcasing their dressage arenas, flowers boxes, and letters in the warm up and competition arenas at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in Las Vegas.

Premier Equestrian is committed to providing exemplary products for safety and practicality. The company is known for offering the finest footing additives, such as GGT footing and base construction systems. Its top-notch customer service includes education to the consumer about the biomechanics of the horse and how it relates to proper footing, along with arena design advice. Premier Equestrian supplies everything equestrians need for the ideal arena. Learn more about Premier, the revolutionary OTTO Sport Perforated Mat system, GGT footing, and other products by calling (800) 611-6109 or visiting www.premierequestrian.com.

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