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Cesar Torrente Recognized As Premier Equestrian During Adequan® Global Dressage Festival 7*

Cesar Torrente Recognized As Premier Equestrian During Adequan® Global Dressage Festival 7*

Cesar Torrente receives Premier Equestrian honors at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI 7 Joann Wieber Presenting on behalf of JRPR for Premier Equestrian

Wellington, FL (March 4, 2019) – To be successful in the world of dressage, kindness, positivity, and the welfare of the horse are of the utmost importance according to beloved International FEI Judge Cesar Torrente. It’s for this and so many more reasons that Torrente was recognized with the Premier Equestrian Award during Week 7 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. Premier Equestrian – an industry leader in manufacturing world-class footing, dressage arenas and accessories, values and recognizes equestrians with exemplary character through this prestigious award. As a part of being named a Premier Equestrian, Torrente was presented with a striking tricolor ribbon and engraved Premier Equestrian Award commemorative plaque.

Known in the dressage world as being a “rider’s judge”, Torrente approaches everything in a positive way. He knows firsthand what it’s like to work, ride, train and show. “I started riding at the age of 12,” he describes, “International competitions were always my dream. I’ve had good days and bad days,” he continues, “I know the feeling when you go out there and sometimes the horse doesn’t have a good day. I know how frustrated you can feel no matter the amount of work you’ve done, and I think it’s important that the judges understand that and are a little sympathetic to the effort the riders are giving.” Torrente goes on, “That does not mean we’re giving away marks, because that’s not correct either, but give the high marks when they come, and also give the low marks when they come, but in the end, I always try to give a little comment and a tip if I can as to how to improve the performance of horse and rider.” As a judge, Torrente has unquestionable integrity. “You have to judge mark by mark,” he says, “regardless of the horse or the person who is riding. It may be a fantastic horse who is always winning, or a horse that nobody knows, and it doesn’t matter the breed. You just have to judge what you see and that’s very important.”

Torrente is from Bogotá, Columbia and has become well known around the world through his blog and Facebook page where he continuously posts helpful advice, information and guidance for all levels of dressage riders. “I come from South America where we do not always have all the trainers or the judges to give good advice,” Torrente explains, “Sometimes the federations don’t have good ways to communicate what is changing in the FEI rules and what is changing regarding training methods. So, I started using my blog so that my community around my country would learn things like what rules have changed, or to be aware that if you do this in the ring, the judges will do that. But interestingly, what has happened, is when I go to every single show in America and even in Europe, some people run into me and say, ‘You know what, you probably don’t even know me, but I’m your Facebook friend and I read a lot of your blogs – please keep on doing them!’”

His followers know that Torrente always includes “Feeling blessed” in every one of his Facebook posts, and he has been teased because of it that he must be the most blessed person in The Americas. “I truly feel that I am,” he smiles, “I get to do what I like while being surrounded by wonderful people and wonderful horses in different places each week.” He goes on to explain that he feels it’s very important to treat everyone, horses and humans alike, with kindness. “I think it’s very important that we care about the welfare of the horse,” Torrente continues, “I think the welfare of the horse must always be present in our minds when we are training, when we’re helping, when we’re giving recommendations, and you cannot forget that.”

Torrente was the first judge to be promoted through the new FEI educational system to 4*. As a rider, he has had the honor of standing on the medal podium to receive the team gold medal two times in the Central American Games. He also won many gold, bronze and silver medals in Bolivarian and Central American and Caribbean Games. Torrente is also a corporate and arbitration lawyer by profession and despite traveling the globe to judge worldwide, he has maintained the precarious balance between his career and his passion for horses with apparent ease. He has recently accepted a position in the FEI Tribunal, which decides cases on doping, horse abuse and all disputes at the FEI level including all disciplines. He also explains that he has acquired all permits to work in the US and Canada, and is downsizing his legal practice in Columbia and is thinking about moving to the US. “I’ve been here for the entire season – using it as a try out,” Torrente says, “and I can tell you for the first two months I’ve been here, I don’t like it. I love it!” He adds, “It’s wonderful. It’s a wonderful community. It’s great to be here!”

Premier Equestrian is excited for Torrente and is looking forward to all that he will continue to bring to the sport of dressage. Premier wishes for all disciplines of equestrians and horse lovers to have enjoyable experiences with their horses, in or outside the show ring. The company is proud to offer an affordable choice for first-rate American-made products that enhance the equestrian performance of its customers. For more information about Premier Equestrian and its full line of products including footing, dressage arenas, and arena groomers, please call 1-800-611-6109 or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Amy Miller Wins Blankets of Roses And The Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award During The AHA Sport Horse Nationals

Amy Miller Wins Blankets of Roses And The Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award During The AHA Sport Horse Nationals

Amy Miller and AUR Mystic Illusion at AHA Sport Horse Nationals. (Photo courtesy of Steve Miller)
Nampa, ID (October 8, 2018) – All the glitz and glam of the Arabian Horse Associations Sport Horse Nationals was no match for the shining personality of one incredible trainer. Amy Miller caught the eye of the judges and spectators alike winning three championship titles and the Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award.

Always eager to give back to those who contribute to creating a positive and supportive competition atmosphere, leading footing and arena company Premier Equestrian was pleased to contribute to the excitement by presenting its Premier Equestrian Award to one lucky competitor at this year’s competition. “The award was voted on by spectators and show participants so it really means a lot.” Said Miller after winning the Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award.

Miller who is from Chino Hills, Ca. competed two horses over the weekend, and had her student with her one horse for their first ever nationals. Miller competed Jan Roeder’s eight-year-old Half Arabian gelding Aristocrat CD, who was bred by Barbara Pickering, to a top ten placing in 3rd Level, Reserve Champion in Show Hack and 4th Level, and took home the Champion title in Under Saddle. She also rode Emerald Hill Arabian’s ten-year-old pure bred stallion AUR Mystic Illusion, to Reserve Champion in 3rd Level, and Champion in the Under Saddle and Show Hack. “I was so impressed by how they dug deep and did their jobs all weekend.” Said Miller of her two mounts outstanding performances. Going forward to next year Miller hopes to bring both mounts up to the FEI level and continue their training in a positive manner.

Miller seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed her time at nationals, “Seeing everyone, catching up with old friends, cheering everyone on, it’s more than just another horse show.” Miller was also very quick to note and thank all the show staff, and volunteers for a wonderful showing experience that was capped off with a special award win courtesy of Premier Equestrian.

Just as 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.

Amy Miller and Aristocrat CD dancing their way to victory. (Photo courtesy of Steve Miller)
Monica Burssens Carries on Family Tradition to Earn The Premier Equestrian Award at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival

Monica Burssens Carries on Family Tradition to Earn The Premier Equestrian Award at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival

Monica Burssens riding Enidin in the National Prix St. George during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR, no photo credit necessary)

Wellington, FL (March 12, 2018) – “I’m just very excited about getting this award for horsemanship and a good attitude!” exclaimed Monica Burssens, the most recent recipient of the Premier Equestrian Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. “I think that it’s very, very important around the horse show because we don’t always have good rides, sometimes we have very bad rides, to keep a positive attitude for our clients, our horses, and everybody around us.”

World class arena company, Premier Equestrian was thrilled to present Burssens with their Premier Equestrian Award during week eight of competition. An official sponsor of the 2018 show circuit that draws elite competitors from all over the world year after year, Premier honored Burssens for exhibiting outstanding sportsmanship and remarkable horsemanship while campaigning three of her mounts at the FEI level. Monica Burssens’ positive approach to horse sport is undoubltedly a result of the example her parents set. Her father, Patrick Burssens and her mother, Marisol Burssens were the driving force behind the original IDA Farm and are beloved for their contribution to the equestrian community. The Burssens were best known for making everyone feel welcome and were always willing to lend their knowledge. Happily, that culture has been preserved by the new owners and operators of IDA Farms,The Knopp family, as well.

Originally from Mexico City, Mexico, Burssens has lived in the Wellington area for over 20 years and works in the family business. She is a mainstay of Paramount Horses and is in charge of riding sales prospects and training client horses along with fellow trainer Raul Corchuelo and her father, Patrick Burssens.

Monica Burssens receiving the Premier Equestrian Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. (Photo courtesy of JRPR, no photo credit necessary)

Short listed for the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Monica Burssens recently spent a couple of summers in Europe training with Klaus Balkenhal. She has also learned from some of the best teachers in the world, including Johann Hinneman, Conrad Schumacher, Steffen Peters, and Ebgert Kraak of the famous Craecken Stables, The Netherlands.

Grateful to be recognized for her professional demeanor both in and out of the show ring, Burssens added, “This award means a lot to me just because it’s a horsemanship award, and also because it is from Premier Equestrian, so it’s a wonderful recommendation.”

Along with winning the Premier Equestrian Award Burssens showed in the small tour over the weekend. “I showed the wonderful mare Enidin in the FEI Prix St. Georges, so I am really excited about that,” explained Burssens. Along with earning the first place finish with a top score of 68.824% aboard the nine-year-old Dutch mare (Zanzibar x Zanidin 431), Burssens campaigned two other horses, Sao Passionato and Elfentanz, at Prix St. Georges and Intermediate I during the same week. To see more follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZAXMvFlQhg

Premier Equestrian, a dedicated annual sponsor for the internationally renowned dressage competition circuit, congratulated Burssens for her success down centerline and for displaying impressive sportsmanship and a positive attitude with a commemorative ribbon and silver trophy. Headquartered in Sandy, Utah, but thrilled to once again be part of the intense excitement and superior riding taking place in Wellington, the company will continue rewarding deserving competitors with the Premier Equestrian Award throughout the rest of the winter season.

Premier Equestrian makes equestrian arena products that are built to last. These include dressage arenas, letters, and other dressage accessories, as well as arena surfaces. Premier focuses on the equipment that makes riding safe, comfortable, and enjoyable, and is known for its advanced arena footing solutions that can improve horses’ performance while always keeping their wellbeing at the forefront. For more information or to learn more, please visit www.PremierEquestrian.com or call (800) 611-6109.

“The Voice of Dressage” Nicho Meredith Receives the Premier Equestrian Award

“The Voice of Dressage” Nicho Meredith Receives the Premier Equestrian Award

Nicho Meredith receiving the Premier Equestrian Award during Week Seven of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. (Photo courtesy of JRPR, no photo credit necessary)

Wellington, FL (February 27, 2018) – When it comes to creating a positive show atmosphere in high-level equestrian sport competition, the trusted voice of an experienced announcer plays an important, and often overlooked, role. That’s why Premier Equestrian, the U.S. arena footing manufacturer, has honored renowned equestrian sports announcer, Nicho Meredith with the latest Premier Equestrian Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Designed to recognize the behind-the-scenes components of a spectacular show season, Premier Equestrian presents this award to those special people who contribute to a positive show atmosphere through exhibiting outstanding sportsmanship and horsemanship. Throughout his career of over 47 years as an announcer, Meredith has set the tone of countless horse shows with his smooth voice and charming British accent. However, it is his heart and love of horses that truly comes through in every call he makes.

“Horses, to me, are the most amazing domesticated animal that we can live with,” states Meredith. “They are a very important part of my life.” Originally from England, Meredith began riding at the age of 4. “I had a pony called Peter,” he recalls, “Peter and I had a lot of fun together, until I fell off and gave up riding. But then I realized, when I got a little older, that if I wanted to meet girls, I had better get back in the saddle and join Pony Club!” he laughs. Growing up with horses was Meredith’s natural way of life. His father was field master of the hunt, and so he did fox hunting during most of his early years. He was also in the cavalry of the British army and played polo during that time. Then, after he came out of the regular army and joined the Territorial Army, (the British equivalent of the US National Guard), he did a lot of jumping and cross country. “So, I’ve had a lot of fun with horses,” he fondly remembers.

Meredith explains that he was fortunate to have the chance to start announcing horse shows when he returned to his parents’ home after attending university in Austria and also traveling throughout the Middle East. “My parents were holding horse trials on their estate, and they asked me if I’d like to take the microphone,” he describes, “I had fun with it, and I got several announcing jobs from that.” Because he learned 6 different languages, Meredith was soon in high demand for international horse shows. One of his most prestigious jobs was as the announcer for the Burghley Horse Trials in England, which he did every year from 1971 until 1989 when he moved to the States. Here, he has announced shows such as World Cup Dressage, World Cup jumping at Del Mar, and of course, the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. “I love doing Global Dressage,” he states about the show, “there is something really special about dressage.”

Meredith’s keen understanding of the relationship between horse and rider comes through loud and clear in his announcing. “The first thing I look at when I see a horse and rider is the horse’s eyes,” he explains, “If they’re soft, that’s a good rider.” He recognizes that a good horse-rider relationship creates the foundation for outstanding horsemanship and great sportsmanship. “If you keep promoting good sportsmanship and keep educating people about its importance, more will become good equestrians. I think people never stop being educated, in all walks of life,” he continues, “but in the horse world, you always need educating. And believe me, the horse will educate us pretty well, because the horse is such a majestic, beautiful and giving animal.”

Over the years, Meredith has watched thousands of riders come and go, demonstrating all levels of sportsmanship. He often reflects on his father’s words and offers this advice, “My father always said that with horses, there’s always another day. So, if you’re having a bad day, and the horse says, ‘I ain’t doing this today!’ you know, there’s always another day” It is this experience and expertise that comes through the loud speakers at every show Meredith announces. Equestrians can rely on his trusted voice to set the tone of a positive atmosphere wherever they are in the world, and no matter what language he’s speaking, simply because it comes from his heart. That’s why Premier Equestrian was excited to present their award to this special man. To see more follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-5uqpfivcU

Premier Equestrian will continue rewarding deserving equestrians with the Premier Equestrian Award throughout the rest of the show season. In addition to focusing on the people who make riding horses a good experience for all, the company focuses on the equipment that makes riding safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. Premier Equestrian is known for its advanced arena footing solutions that can improve horses’ performance while always keeping their wellbeing first in mind. To learn more about Premier Equestrian, please visit www.PremierEquestrian.com or call (800) 611-6109.

Premier Equestrian Presents its Week Five Award to Juan Matute Guimon

Premier Equestrian Presents its Week Five Award to Juan Matute Guimon

Juan Matute Guimon receives the Premier Equestrian Award with Quantico Ymas his 5-star Grand Prix partner. (Photo courtesy of JRPR, no photo credit necessary)

Wellington, FL (February 15, 2018) – Week five of Florida’s legendary Adequan Global Dressage Festival saw Premier Equestrian, its long-time patron and renowned arena-footing specialist, give its coveted award for outstanding contributions to the sport of dressage to young Spanish phenom Juan Matute Guimon, Jr. Premier Equestrian is known for honoring riders who exemplify all the admirable traits that add to a positive show atmosphere, demonstrating good sportsmanship as well as excellent horsemanship.

The 19-year-old son of three-time Spanish Olympian Juan Matute, was very happy with the three horses he showed this week. “I’m riding Quantico Ymas in the 5-star Grand Prix and Diego Ymas in the 3-star Grand Prix. For Copernico Ymas, my 8-year-old, this will be his second CDI in Young Riders. So I’m quite looking forward to see what happens going forward.”

The Matute family has lived in Wellington, Florida, for the past few years, and their eldest son has impressed the dressage world with his remarkable talent. He has been very successful showing in Europe, and just this week at Adequan Global Dressage Festival he rode Copernico Ymas to win both Young Rider tests with over 71%. On Don Diego Ymas he won the two Under-25 tests with over 72 and 71%. With Quantico Ymas, he placed fourth in the Grand Prix with almost 70%, and in the Freestyle he scored a whopping 75% and placed third just behind veterans Tinne Vilhelmson and Shelly Francis.

Matute Guimon’s goals at Adequan Global Dressage Festival are consistent with Premier Equestrian’s philosophy: “In my rides, I’m trying to develop even a more sensitive feel—lighter and more subtle aids,” he says. “And I try to have my horses enjoy their time and performances in the ring and to eliminate as much tension as possible. Some horses, for example, like Quantico Ymas in particular, get fired up very easily and it can be difficult for me to keep him under subtle aids and soft riding, but like I said, it is one of my goals.
“Copernico Ymas turns 8 years old this year,” he continues. “This is his first FEI CDI Young Riders season, and the first week was unbelievable. So I’m hoping to keep up the scores and perhaps even make them increase a little bit, but my primary goal for him is to gain experience and get mileage.”

This young man takes winning the Premier Equestrian Award quite seriously. “I think it is very important to have a good impact on the people around you,” he explains. “It really tells a lot about the person. I believe true horsemanship and sportsmanship are all about being who you are, of course, but they are also about trying to enjoy the moment. It is important to realize that you are very fortunate to spend time around our lovely horses and the interesting and lovely people you meet in this sport. It’s important to always maintain your level of humbleness. I think that’s the key, and to realize that we are very fortunate to have the people and opportunities we have around us.” To see more follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_bGB3quyVk

Premier Equestrian will continue to reward deserving dressage competitors with the Premier Equestrian Award throughout the rest of the show season. In addition, the company also focuses on the equipment that makes riding safe, comfortable and enjoyable. Premier Equestrian is known for its advanced arena footing solutions that can improve horses’ performances while always keeping their well being in mind. To learn more about Premier Equestrian, please visit www.PremierEquestrian.com or call (800) 611-6109.

Dedication and Determination Earn Michael Klimke the Premier Equestrian Award at the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Dedication and Determination Earn Michael Klimke the Premier Equestrian Award at the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Micheal Klimke and Royal Dancer 33 share a moment while receiving the Premier Equestrian Award (Photo courtesy of JRPR, no photo credit necessary)

Wellington, FL (January 26, 2018) – Premier Equestrian, known as a leading manufacturer of arena footing and dressage arenas, has been a key sponsor of the renowned Adequan Global Dressage Festival for long enough to recognize the competitors that return every year in hopes of achieving even greater success than they did the year before. This year, Premier Equestrian presented the Premier Equestrian Award to Michael Klimke, a Grand Prix rider and trainer who annually travels from Germany for the winter show in Wellington, Florida.

The Premier Equestrian Award was established by the company to honor those riders who demonstrate admirable sportsmanship, strong work ethics, and devotion to their horses, even throughout the high-pressure dressage show series. After Klimke incurred an injury while riding in the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival – forcing him to sit out of following shows – he returned this winter more determined than ever to achieve high scores.

“I’m happy to be back here in Wellington at the Global Dressage Festival. I’m showing three horses in the CDI – Harmony’s Diabolo, Lemony’s Nicket, and Royal Dancer 33,” said Klimke. He is competing his own Royal Dancer 33 in the Grand Prix, while showing Harmony Sporthorses’ Harmony’s Diabolo and Lemony’s Nicket in the Small Tour.

To Klimke, getting back in the saddle after things don’t go as well as planned is just part of being a true equestrian. “I was born into a family of equestrians in Germany – my father, my mother, my sister, everybody rode. I began as a pony rider. I started with falling off, like I think almost everybody starts,” Klimke laughed. “You have to fall a couple of times to really learn. Last year here I broke my finger and my arm, but so far everything is going well this year, and I hope I at least stay on,” he joked.

Micheal Klimke at the jog for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival week 3.(Photo courtesy of JRPR, no photo credit necessary)

Premier Equestrian was proud to reward Klimke’s good sportsmanship and hard work throughout his career with a silver trophy and commemorative Premier Equestrian Award ribbon. “I’m thankful to Premier Equestrian,” said Klimke, referring to the award as well as the dressage arenas that the company provides for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. “I must say that the circumstances are perfect here at this show. The footing is good and the arenas are set up very well, so I really enjoy it here in both the national and international rings. As a rider or as a horse, you can’t complain.” To see more follow this link https://youtu.be/D1QLVlm6CcU.

Premier Equestrian will continue to present deserving riders with the award throughout the 2018 competition series. In addition to sponsoring top international shows like the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Premier Equestrian provides affordable, high-quality footing, dressage arenas, and innovative arena equipment. Premier Equestrian has provided dressage arenas for top competitions such as the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, the U.S. Dressage Finals, and the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Its arena footing is installed at The Del Mar National horse show.

To find out more about the Premier Equestrian Award or to request a free catalog, a free arena footing sample, or a free arena sand analysis, call (800) 611-6109 or visit http://premierequestrian.com/.

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