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Premier Equestrian’s Heidi Zorn to Present “Footing Facts and Figures” At The 2018 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention

Premier Equestrian’s Heidi Zorn to Present “Footing Facts and Figures” At The 2018 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention

Heidi Zorn Premier Equestrian Inc. president and dressage arena footing expert. (Photo courtesy of JRPR no photo credit necessary)

Salt Lake City, Utah (November 19, 2018) – She’s back by popular demand. Premier Equestrian Inc. president and dressage arena footing expert Heidi Zorn has accepted an invitation to speak on ‘Footing Facts and Figures,’ at 5:30 pm on Friday, November 30, during ‘Dressage Elevated,’ the 2018 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention, November 28-December 1, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Sand is the key ingredient to great arena footing but the footing products you choose to combine with new or existing sand can improve that surface tremendously,” she says.” People think that just adding some name-brand ingredient to their sand will produce a great arena and that’s far from the case.”

Zorn, who first addressed a USDF Convention in 2005, says that the ‘figures’ behind good footing are about more than just the cost of the raw goods involved. “The cost in the long run, from not investing in good footing products up front, comes in greater loss of use, or higher incidences of injury.”

‘Footing Facts and Figures’ will be an in-depth look at the effects of footing surfaces on our equine partners, sand characteristics, types of footing surfaces, common construction practices and costs, as well as the emotional “cost” of riding on various surfaces over time.

“As equestrian hobbies and competitions evolve and progress, it is becoming increasingly more important for us to be aware of the surfaces we ride our beloved equine partners on.” Premier Equestrian is the Official Dressage Arena of the US Dressage Federation and Official Footing Supplier of US Equestrian, and provides footing and dust control products, grooming equipment, and OTTO Sport Ebb&Flow and PerforatedMats.

Zorn and co-owner Mark Neihart launched Premier Equestrian almost two decades ago to supply riders with well-researched footing solutions, dressage arenas, and arena groomers. Today, every product sold by Premier Equestrian is measured against a passionate standard for safety, practicality and the wellbeing of the horse. To learn more about footing and biomechanics, or to request a free catalog or a sand analysis consultation from Premier Equestrian, call (800)611-6109 or visit www.premierequestrian.com.

Sue Minton-Edison and Zo’dan Win the USDF Region 6 Intermediate I Championship and Head to USDF National Finals

Sue Minton-Edison and Zo’dan Win the USDF Region 6 Intermediate I Championship and Head to USDF National Finals

Sue Minton-Edison and Zo’dan showing their true form in the competition ring. (Photo courtesy of Mary Cornelius)
Eugene, OR (October 30, 2018) – In 2013, Sue Minton-Edison heard news that horse owners everywhere dread the most. She learned that her gorgeous Dutch Warmblood, Zo’dan, whom she had just imported a few months before, had broken his knee, and therefore should be put down. At that time, nobody could ever have imagined that this horse could be brought back from the brink of disaster. Nobody, that is, except his owner who, against all odds refused to give up on her beloved new friend. Now, five years later, Zo’dan is ranked #4 in the nation in Intermediate I AA Musical Freestyles, ranked #1 Dutch Warmblood in Adult Amateur I-1 Musical Freestyle and capped off the regional season by winning Intermediate I AA Championship and placing 3rd in the Intermediate Open Freestyle Championship at the USDF Region 6 Championships. They are now preparing to do the same at the USDF Nationals next week in Kentucky.
In spite of all the excitement of being in the winner’s circle and preparing for Nationals, Minton-Edison never loses sight of how far she and Zo’dan have come. She often reflects back to the awful time of the injury. Zo’dan had undergone a CT scan at a major equine hospital and he panicked when he came out from under anesthesia. “He had fractured the intermediate carpal bone,” she recalls, “He must have hyper extended his knee trying to get up.” Minton-Edison didn’t realize that he was injured until her first rider after bringing him home. “He simply could not trot. He was throwing himself from side to side in the effort,” she remembers. She immediately called the vet who determined the the full extent of the injury.

The week following this dismal news was agonizing for Minton-Edison. “During that week, I had to make a decision whether or not to put him down,” she remembers. She consulted with experts and vets from around the county, and they all said the same thing, “There’s no way,” she continued, “Two of the top vets said, “Even if it does heal, he will never, ever be stable. That leg will never be safe.” There was also the practical, financial issue to consider. At the time, Zo’dan was covered by an insurance policy that Minton-Edison purchased to cover his cost and that of the trip when she imported him. Everybody said, “You have to put him down. You will never recover your money otherwise,” she adds. “The pressure to do it was intense.”

However, with the odds stacked against her, and against everyone’s advice, Minton-Edison made the decision nobody expected. “I can remember sitting by his stall and he gave me a little shove,” she describes, “I looked up at his face and thought, ‘I have a relationship with this horse!’ I mean, he was playing with me. He trusts me. I looked in his eye and said, “I’m going to try. I’ve got to try!”

Throughout the next several months, Minton-Edison devoted herself to Zo’dan’s healing. She and Laura Fredriksen-Park of Silver Tail Farm stayed at his stall night and day, to ensure that he didn’t lie down, because bending the knee would cause the (hopefully) healing bone to re-fracture. She provided nearly every therapy imaginable – from electrical stimulation to experimental stem cell treatments, from massages to psychic consultations, along with the obvious special feedings, and “hoof” holding required to keep Zo’dan happy and sane. Then, after 4 ½ months of stall rest, he was ready to come out and be evaluated. “We X-rayed him and when we all looked at the x-rays, we started crying,” she remembers. The leg was healing perfectly. “At 6 months, I began hand walking him, and after weeks of that we began trotting in hand.” Eventually, she received the go-ahead to get on him. Everything was going beautifully, until the pair suffered another setback. Zo’dan developed head-shaking syndrome and a UV light sensitivity. “I think his system was so overloaded,” Minton-Edison describes, “It was clearly allergy based. He was so weak from his injury and recovery that he didn’t have the ability to fight anything off.” Fortunately, this was just a temporary condition, and there has not been a recurrence since. Although, to this day, Zo’dan is not turned out during peak UV hours in order to stay on the safe side.

“This horse is a testament to his sire, the stallion, Olivi,” Minton-Edison proudly states, “He’s got such a good mind. He’s strong-willed and he’s stoic and he’s solid. I absolutely feel honored that he came into my life,” she adds, “This horse has changed me at very basic levels and made me a better person. He just made me dig deep. He is what this is supposed to be about – if we just pay attention.”

In his continued soundness, Zo’dan has been working on Silver Tail Farm’s Premier Equestrian brand footing which is another way Minton-Edison has provided only the best for her miracle horse. Premier Equestrian honors equestrian athletes whose culture demonstrates kindness, support, and exceptional sportsmanship and believes Minton-Edison transcended these qualities for her equine partner. Minton-Edison and Zo’dan added the Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award to their many wins which included their success at Regionals and FEI AA High Point win at the Dressage at Devonwood.

Sue Minton-Edison and Zo’dan posing after their winning Region 6 Intermediate I AA Championship. (Photo Carolyn Bunch Photography)
Minton-Edison is grateful to the “village” of equestrian practitioners, friends and trainers who helped Zo’dan make the amazing journey to not only full recovery but to the enviable show record that has qualified the team to compete in USDF National Finals. “It is a dream come true that I hope inspires other horse owners facing these same challenges. I am especially grateful to my trainer Debbie Evans of Riverside Farm who has been with me every step of the way, Veterinarian, Dr. Chris Camp, and to Heidi Zorn of Premier Equestrian whose faith, friendship and footing contributed to the journey. Both Evans and Zorn will accompany Minton-Edison and Zo’dan to the USDF Finals.

Premier Equestrian a sponsor of the USDF National Finals 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.

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)
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.

Premier Equestrian & ReiTex Lay Down The Foundation To Help Girls Conquer Life With Bridle Up Hope

Premier Equestrian & ReiTex Lay Down The Foundation To Help Girls Conquer Life With Bridle Up Hope

The girls at Bridle Up Hope gathering together on their new OTTO-Rei-Tex footing. (Photo courtesy of Premier Equestrian)

Alpine, UT (September 21, 2018) – When Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian first heard of Bridle Up Hope, she was beyond enthusiastic about the chance to give their horses the best foundation to help their riders long term. When the challenge of providing the perfect footing for the facility’s new indoor arose, Zorn was up to the task of obtaining the right product. Zorn and the team at Premier Equestrian went a step further and came up with an exceptional footing from Germany and the resources to make it achievable to get the footing to Bridle Up Hope.

Premier Equestrian is the Official North American distributor for OTTO Sport, the makers of OTTO-ReiTex – a unique high-tech footing product that requires practically zero maintenance. “It actually brings tears to my eyes to see what they do for these young women. I myself was a wayward child, and if it wasn’t for horses my life may have been very different. Horses save a lot of people,” said Zorn as to why she is part of the team behind Bridle Up Hope.

Premier had provided their proprietary Athletex footing mix for the outdoor arenas at Bridle Up Hope; however, for Bridle Up Hope’s new indoor arena, which attaches to a barn, offices and yoga studio, they needed something that required as little maintenance as possible and had even less dust then any sand additive footing. OTTO-ReiTex was the perfect solution as it is a waterless footing that requires almost zero upkeep. “Being in Utah in the winter we can’t really water the arenas because it will freeze,” said Premier’s president Heidi Zorn, so OTTO-ReiTex makes the arenas functional all year long. “The biggest advantage is the lack of dust, especially since the arena is connected to the rest of the offices, and barn. It’s mostly inexperienced riders, so in case of a fall it offers a little more cushion for them,” said Steve Mills of S&S Barns, the builder for the new arena and barn at Bridle Up Hope. The team at Premier Equestrian and OTTO Sport were honored to be able to donate a portion of the cost to get this ideal footing from Germany to the Bridle Up Hope facility in Alpine, Utah.

Bridle Up Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on transforming the lives of girls, ages 12-25, who struggle with all variety of mental and emotional challenges. The program is 14 weeks of hands-on learning about horse care and riding, and developing life skills through The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, which are naturally integrated throughout the riding lessons and serve as the foundation of the program curriculum. The majority of young women that come through the program lack connection, whether it be with family, siblings or friends, and through their newfound connection with the horses they re-connect with others and gain a new perspective on life. Once the girls complete the 14-week program they are celebrated and honored at an Advancement Ceremony, where they receive a professional photo shoot with their favorite horse, a digital photo book, videos of them on horseback, a Hawaiian lei, and a certificate honoring their hard work.

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 800-611-6109 or-visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Premier Equestrian and TherAplay Come Together for the Children

Premier Equestrian and TherAplay Come Together for the Children

Part of the TherAplay and Premier Equestrian team celebrating the completion of the new arena. (Photo courtesy of Premier Equestrian)

Carmel, IN (July 17, 2018) – For the volunteers and staff at Children’s TherAplay, the kids’ needs come first; but without horses they would not be able to make such a lasting impact. Thanks to Premier Equestrian and a generous grant from United Way International (UNICEF), the horses and handlers now have state-of-the-art footing to work on.

The mission at Children’s TherAplay, located just north of Indianapolis, is to provide children with special needs a foundation for developing life skills through innovative therapies, including equine-assisted physical and occupational therapies, in a safe and caring environment. With over seven hundred treatments a month, the horses, handlers, and side walkers spend a lot of time in the arena working with the children to tackle strength, balance, coordination, and sensory processing challenges. With all that time on their feet, or hooves, they needed to renovate their old “footing” which was a thin layer of dusty dirt set on an uneven base.

TherAplay Arena completed and ready to support its two and four legged walkers and handlers. (Photo courtesy of Premier Equestrian)

The team at Premier Equestrian and Austin Wood from Diamond W Contracting, LLC came to the rescue with the perfect solution to meet the specific needs of Children’s TherAplay. The arena received the full upgrade treatment, starting with laser levelling the base before installing the OTTO Sport-PerforatedMats. This state-of-the-art mat system will hold moisture throughout the day and reduce the concussion for both four legged and two legged workers. With the addition of ArenaAid to the silica sand, Premier created a grass root-like surface that not only provides cushion, cupping, rebound, and grip as well as increased moisture retention.

Premier Equestrian was thrilled to be involved with this project. “TherAplay has put an emphasis on creating a solid therapeutic center for children while creating an inviting, safe and non-clinical environment. The arena is a critical part of the total therapies offered. By creating a stable, clean, non-dusty surface we helped them provide a superior place to heal,” said Premier Equestrian footing expert, Keri Homer. The walkers and horse handlers walk and average of eleven to thirteen miles per day on this surface. Most are volunteers and the new footing has helped them along with the horses.

United Way International has been involved with Children’s TherAplay for quite some time. They provided the grant that enabled the arena upgrade as well as a revamp of the therapy rooms and offices for the organization. Children’s TherAplay center has the potential to be a cornerstone for other equine assisted therapy centers in the future.

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 800-611-6109 or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

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