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Official Sponsor of the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Premier Equestrian Returns to Recognize Outstanding Sportsmanship

Official Sponsor of the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Premier Equestrian Returns to Recognize Outstanding Sportsmanship

Premier Equestrian recognizes outstanding sportsmanship at the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Dressage rider Betsy Steiner won the Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award during the first week of the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. (Photo courtesy of JRPR, no photo credit necessary)

Wellington, FL (January 9, 2017) – Premier Equestrian is excited to return as an official sponsor of the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, during the twelve-week competition series in Wellington, FL. Premier Equestrian will be presenting the Premier Equestrian Award. Now in its seventh year, the Adequan Global Dressage Festival held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will feature seven weeks of international competition with the highlight this year being riders competing for a chance to make the USA World Equestrian Games team. Premier Equestrian is pleased to continue its role in producing this innovative world-class event that brings the world’s finest horses and riders to the equestrian epicenter of North America.

As an Official Partner of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), Premier Equestrian provides lightweight, durable, and high-quality dressage products for many elite competitions including the Tryon International Equestrian Center, Alltech World Equestrian Games, and Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals. Headquartered in Sandy, Utah, Premier Equestrian offers high-quality and affordable American-made dressage arenas and footing built to last a lifetime.

As part of its dedication to supporting the well being of horses and the equestrian industry, the company will be once again be presenting the Premier Equestrian Award throughout the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The award will be presented each week to competitors who demonstrate exceptional attitudes and qualities that contribute to an overall positive show atmosphere. Competitors worthy of the title “Premier Equestrian” are riders who positively impact the equestrian culture through their kindness, support, and exceptional sportsmanship. Riders who demonstrate these values will receive a tri-colored ribbon, an engraved plaque, and the title of “Premier Equestrian.”

Premier Equestrian uses the official title also in reference to the elite group of internationally successful equestrians it sponsors — including dressage riders Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, Debbie McDonald, and Adrienne Lyle — who go above and beyond to make a positive impact on the equine industry. These official “Premier Equestrians” can serve as role models to those who aspire to earn the Premier Equestrian Award at the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

Premier Equestrian is enthusiastic for the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival and the opportunity to demonstrate its support for the equestrian community by helping to make the annual Adequan Global Dressage Festival possible and taking the sport of dressage to the next level.

For more information about past winners of the Premier Equestrian Award, or to learn more about Premier Equestrian, visit www.PremierEquestrian.com/premier-equestrian-hall-of-fame or call 800-611-6109.

70% and Grand Prix Blues for Israeli Rider: A Magical Beginning For Sahar Hirosh and Whitman

70% and Grand Prix Blues for Israeli Rider: A Magical Beginning For Sahar Hirosh and Whitman

Sahar Daniel Hirosh on Whitman Wins the Grand Prix at the Gold Coast Dressage Association Summer Solstice

The Journey Begins — Sahar Daniel Hirosh on Whitman Winning the Grand Prix at the Gold Coast Dressage Association Summer Solstice with a score of 70% (Photo Credit to Joanna Jodko Photography)

Wellington, FL (June 26, 2017) – Sahar Daniel Hirosh and Whitman notched a first place finish in the Grand Prix at the Gold Coast Summer Solstice in Wellington, Florida this past weekend — marking their first foray together on a path toward the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG). In their competitive debut as a horse-and-rider combo, the pair earned the blue ribbon with a 70.00 percent, propelling Hirosh one step closer to realizing his dream to ride for Israel at the WEG. The Israeli-born Hirosh is an American citizen poised to seize the unique opportunity to bring glory to both countries.

He began preparing the 2003 KWPN gelding (Rhodium-Camora, Saluut) owned by Jane Suwalsky for competition this year at the beginning of the winter equestrian festival show season in Wellington, Florida.  Hirosh met Sulwalsky for the first time as when he was as a child in Israel.  “Jane used to live in Israel and when I was a child I was lucky enough to meet her there. She was one of the people who influenced the development of dressage in Israel. She is an extremely knowledgeable horsewoman who has taken horses up to Grand Prix and it’s amazing to ride for someone I respect so much,” Hirosh shared.

Hirosh had as much praise for Whitman as he did for his owner, “The best part of the test was how much he was with me,” Hirosh said. “The harmony. Whitman is an amazing horse. He took me out there and he did everything I asked. He’s hot, yet light. He doesn’t question what I ask. I think he was made for me.”

Now the duo is heading north to New Hope, Pennsylvania, where Hirosh hopes to continue garnering successful scores at Saugerties and Dressage at Devon.  “The goal is the World Equestrian Games and anywhere we can go, including the European Championships,” he said. “The sky is the limit.”

Hirosh also plans to compete Don Daiquiri, a 2002 Oldenburg gelding (Don Cardinale-Neastate III, Rubenstein I) owned by Beth Palmgren, in the Grand Prix at Saugerties and Devon and aim him for the 2018 World Equestrian Games, as well.  In addition, he rides Sakramenter (Samarant, Sandro Hit, Westminster), an Oldenburg gelding owned by Karen Ramsing-Bixler.

His formula of taking the time behind the scenes to ensure the horses are poised and well prepared before they go down centerline, is a recipe for success. Not only does he have a proven formula, but Hirosh knows it takes a team to help him achieve his goals, including the owners of his horses and his sponsors.  “I have amazing owners in Jane, Beth and Karen and wonderful sponsors,” Hirosh added.

Hirosh’s sponsors also helped him display his patriotism on his debut Grand Prix ride on Whitman. Custom Saddlery and KEP Italia helmets designed special tack and gear with Israeli colors and designs. Custom Saddlery created a saddle with the blue of the Israeli flag on the seat and trimming cantle of the saddle. Beth Haist of The Horse of Course introduced Hirosh to KEP Italia helmets and worked with the international company to design a helmet sporting the Israeli flag.

While blue designs begot blue ribbons for Hirosh, there was also a lot of craftsmanship to make sure the equipment not only looked the part but also was the epitome of functional. Custom Saddlery’s expert saddle fitters worked with Hirosh to be certain that the saddle fit perfectly, including making the knee rolls “in just the right spot” to create the best communication between him and Whitman.

Another sponsor, Premier Equestrian, installed the world-class footing in the arena in Pennsylvania where Hirosh will train again this summer.  The company also bestowed the honor of Premier Equestrians to Hirosh for his display of sportsmanship and his commitment to always put his horses’ needs to the forefront over his own.

One thing is certain, Hirosh has surrounded himself with a top team as he launches on the journey to bring pride to Israel in the 2018 World Equestrian Games. “It is said, it takes a village,” said a happy Hirosh after the first show, “But I feel lucky enough to have nations of support for this exciting endeavor.” Hirosh is now settling horses into their northern training stable in Pennsylvania and picking up their training regiment right where he left off in Florida a week ago under blue skies! To learn more about Hirosh and the horses and their Journey to the World Equestrian Games, log onto www.sdhdressage.com, and follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sahar.hirosh.

Betsy Steiner Wins the First Premier Equestrian Award of the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Betsy Steiner Wins the First Premier Equestrian Award of the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Betsy Steiner wins the Premier Equestrian Award at AGDF 2017

Betsy Steiner wins the Premier Equestrian Award during at the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of JRPR — no photo credit necessary)

Wellington, FL (January 20, 2017) – Official dressage arena of U.S. Equestrian, Premier Equestrian, believes that it’s just as important to honor riders who display exemplary sportsmanship and dedication to equestrian sports as it is to honor those who earn the highest scores in the show ring.

As a longtime supporter of the iconic Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, Premier Equestrian is once again spending the winter show season recognizing hard-working members of the dressage community who act as role models in their sport. The footing, dressage arena, and horse jump manufacturer is awarding selected riders with the Premier Equestrian Award throughout the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival competition season.

The winner of this year’s first Premier Equestrian Award is successful trainer and competitor Betsy Steiner of Frenchtown, New Jersey and Wellington, Florida. Steiner is a U.S. Dressage Federation gold medalist and has represented the U.S. in the World Equestrian Games. She and her daughter, Jessie, have a barn full of top students and horses at all levels of training.

Steiner was competing Swiss W, owned by Whitney Bailey, when she earned the Premier Equestrian Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. “I’m delighted to be able to show this lovely horse,” says Steiner. “She is a dream horse for me, and it’s her first season at the FEI level. This show was my first attempt at Prix St. Georges with her, and she behaved really well.” Steiner has plenty to keep her busy in Florida during the winter show circuit. “I have great horses, great owners, and great students,” she explains, “so we are really looking forward to a good season.” The Premier Equestrian award was a wonderful start to the weeks of competition ahead.

The 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, now in its sixth year, is held at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center from January 12 to March 25. It includes seven weeks of CDI competition with concurrent national shows as well as four weeks of FEI World Cup qualifying events. The Premier Equestrian award will be presented several times throughout the season. Winners receive a tri-colored ribbon, an engraved plaque, and the official title of “Premier Equestrian.”

Steiner has this advice for dressage riders who are working hard to progress up the levels: “Continue to love your horse. Be patient, and first and foremost take care of and love your horse and continue to love the sport.”

Premier Equestrian shares Steiner’s love for horses and dressage. The company, based in Sandy, Utah, provides affordable, top-quality dressage arenas and arena footing, as well as horse jumps and other barn supplies. Premier Equestrian’s dressage arenas are used at top competitions such as the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships and the U.S. Dressage Finals. Premier Equestrian also provided the dressage and driving arenas for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Premier’s dressage arena packages include rings built with maintenance-free, horse safe materials. The company also offers horse jumps, barn and stable equipment, gifts, DVDs, and books, including Betsy Steiner’s book, A Gymnastic Riding System Using Mind, Body, and Spirit, available for purchase on the Premier Equestrian website. Request a free catalog, a free arena footing sample, or a free arena-sand analysis by calling (800) 611-6109 or visiting www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Karin Hansen Wins Champion Honors and Premier Equestrian Award at 2016 IALHA National Championships

Karin Hansen Wins Champion Honors and Premier Equestrian Award at 2016 IALHA National Championships

South Jordan, UT (October 3, 2016) – Amateur rider and handler Karin Hansen’s generous spirit was recently rewarded by Premier Equestrian, a leading supplier of high-grade footing, striking dressage arenas, and horse jumps. At the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) National Championship Show in South Jordan, Utah this September, Hansen excelled in the competition arena, exhibited exceptional sportsmanship, and demonstrated true horsemanship. Premier Equestrian values outstanding competitors such as Hansen and strives to recognize their exemplary character by presenting them with the Premier Equestrian Award.

At the IALHA National Championships, Hansen competed with her two Andalusian horses, Padre and CDC Corazon. One-year-old filly Corazon, affectionately called “Cora,” competed in-hand and won the National Championship Spanish Fillies, 2 Years & Under. Cora also took top honors in the Get of Sire and Produce of Dam. Padre was honored with Reserve National Champion Geldings All Ages (Amateur to Handle) and Reserve Champion Andalusian Western Pleasure (Amateur). Padre also earned National Top 5 honors in Working Equitation.

Premier Equestrian – an industry leader in manufacturing world-class footing, stylish horse jumps, and quality arenas – strives to recognize competitors whose efforts in competition match their exceptional attitude and horsemanship. Known as “Premier Equestrians,” winners of the Premier Equestrian Award are presented with a striking tricolor ribbon and engraved Premier Equestrian Award commemorative plaque.

“The IALHA National Championship Show has such a positive vibe,” commented Hansen. Her bright personality was appreciated by her fellow competitors on more than one occasion during this year’s competition. For each of the classes, there are specific pieces of equipment that each horse and rider are required to wear. Hansen explained that a fellow rider forgot her required chaps, and was going to have to miss her chance to ride for a championship. Hansen stepped up and offered the chaps she was wearing. “Her class was right after mine. The minute I got out of the class, I just sat down, ripped off my chaps and put them on her. It was really cool to be able to share.” Later in the day, another rider wasn’t wearing a broach and was going to be held out of the class. Hansen noticed the conversation happening and offered the broach she was wearing, saving the day for another competitor.

Additionally, Hansen was extremely proud of her two mounts. “Not only are they beautiful horses and kind of fancy, but they are so, so smart,” said Hansen. “Padre has overcome so much. It is super fun competing on him. He was like a little show pony at the Nationals.” Hansen has been working with Cora since she was a foal. Of their work together, Hansen remarked, “It’s really fun. When Cora sees a pole on the ground, she knows she is supposed to go sidepass. I really love the intelligence that they show.”

Premier Equestrian wishes for all disciplines of riders, such as Hansen, always have an enjoyable experience 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 horse jumps, please call 1-800-611-6109 or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Premier Equestrian Set the Framework for Competition This Month at the Colorado Horse Park

Premier Equestrian Set the Framework for Competition This Month at the Colorado Horse Park

Premier Equestrian dressage arena equipment at Colorado Horse Park

Parker, CO (August 26, 2016) – Premier Equestrian, the Official Dressage Arena of the United States Equestrian Federation, was pleased to provide its American-made products for recent competitions this summer at the Colorado Horse Park. As an Official Partner and Sponsor of the Colorado Horse Park, Premier Equestrian provided its high-quality Sundance Dressage Arenas, Olympia Lattice flower boxes, and letter markers for multiple competitions set near the picturesque Rocky Mountains of Parker, Colorado.

Competitors in the Dressage in the Rockies and the August Colorado Horse Park Horse Trials eventing competition all rode their tests in dressage arenas made by Premier Equestrian. The Sundance Dressage Arena, as with all Premier Equestrian products, is easy to set up and made with completely horse-safe materials at Premier’s headquarters in Sandy, Utah. The company’s arena equipment has been previously used at world-class events such as the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, The Event at Rebecca Farm, and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Dani Sussman, who competed in the August Horse Trials Open Preliminary division, rode Thurston B Howell through the three phases. Sussman was thoroughly impressed with the facility’s overall appearance and impact on the surrounding equestrian community. Sussman commented, “The dressage arenas at the Colorado Horse Park were absolutely beautifully done, making the facility looked top-notch. Premier Equestrian’s products bring a level of quality and class that is second to none. The improvements that have been done this year at the Colorado Horse Park are incredible, certainly showing that the Colorado Horse Park should be a destination for world class showing.”

Premier’s Sundance Dressage Arenas and accessories were also used at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) presented by Gotham North, which was held this year at the Colorado Horse Park. Premier Equestrian was proud to contribute as an official sponsor of both the NAJYRC and the Colorado Horse Park, and was thrilled to support riders whose skills surpassed their ages as they competed at this prestigious event.

Premier Equestrian has not only laid the framework for dressage and eventing competitors at the Colorado Horse Park, but has also sponsored the 1.10m Jumper Division this summer at the Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies show series. Premier was proud to sponsor this table II-format division by rewarding each horse and rider combination that had a clear round with a blue ribbon. By sponsoring this division, Premier Equestrian hoped to further its mission of promoting horsemanship and sportsmanship in all levels and ages of riders at horse shows across the country.

In addition to the company’s world-class products, Premier Equestrian is also an educational outlet that offers informative books, DVDs, and tips from top trainers. The team at Premier Equestrian is dedicated to providing in-depth information on proper arena equipment and maintenance to benefit horses and riders. Premier Equestrian’s strong dedication to equestrian sports shines through in everything that the company creates, and in sponsorships like that at the Colorado Horse Park. For more information, visit www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 1-800-611-6109.

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