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Premier Equestrian’s ArenaAid Tops List of Best Selling Arena Footing Products

Premier Equestrian’s ArenaAid Tops List of Best Selling Arena Footing Products

ArenaAid footing additive is Premier Equestrian's best seller

Premier Equestrian’s ArenaAid footing additive has quickly become a popular choice among equestrians due to its versatility and high value (Photo courtesy Premier Equestrian, no photo credit necessary

Sandy, UT (April 25, 2017) –Well-known footing and arena company Premier Equestrian has a new star among its lineup of top-notch equestrian products. ArenaAid, one of the brand’s most popular arena footing additives, has recently topped the bill of best-selling products for the company. The additive is quickly becoming a consumer and competitor favorite across disciplines, attracting attention for it’s high value and exceptional versatility. ArenaAid has been installed in the riding arenas of top professional riders, including dressage Olympians Steffen Peters and Laura Graves, dressage trainers David Blake and Sahar Hirosh, Olympic eventer Gina Miles and noted hunter competition judge Page Tredennick.

The additive packs a powerful punch of key factors that enhance a riding surface’s quality, including increased cushion, cupping, rebound, grip, and moisture retention. The textile-based additive contains a unique formula of nylon and polyester fibers that can be blended with a wide variety of new or existing sands. The blended fibers act as a stabilizer in sand by trapping loose, rolling particles to give the footing better structure. Additionally, the fibers work to reduce dust and decrease the need for watering by holding moisture at the arena’s surface. ArenaAid mixes well with most sands, making it an ideal solution for budget-conscious arena owners who can’t afford to compromise on quality.

For dressage trainer Sahar Hirosh, ArenaAid was the perfect solution to transform his existing footing into a world-class, professional riding surface. Hirosh had been struggling with dusty, dry footing that required watering three times a day to keep it in rideable condition. When he came to Premier Equestrian with his problem, the company examined his existing arena sand and recommended adding ArenaAid to keep the footing moist for longer and keep dust to a minimum. While Hirosh was traveling in Europe, Premier installed the additive in his footing, and the results were unquestionable.

“Premier’s solution, ArenaAid, was very affordable, and now I water my arena with the automatic sprinklers only one time each day and drag it one time. It was amazing what they did,” recollected Hirosh.

ArenaAid was also installed in the outdoor riding arena of Olympian dressage star Laura Graves, in combination with another Premier footing additive, ProTex®. Graves consulted with Premier Equestrian to find a solution for some lingering issues in her existing arena, and the company worked with Graves to design a solution specifically to meet her riding and training needs.

In addition to making for a cleaner, lower-maintenance riding surface, ArenaAid can breathe new life into old footing by increasing several factors that support a horse’s natural biomechanics. The textile additive increases cushion, which absorbs the force exerted by a horse’s footfall, as well as provides rebound, which reflects the energy of the horse’s step back upward, helping to propel it forward in a continuous motion. The stabilization created by the ArenaAid fibers also increases grip, keeping the horse’s feet from slipping and maximizing the efficiency of its overall forward motion.

Just as top human athletes in sports such as basketball and football need ideal equipment to promote performance and lessen injuries, equine athletes also need the best quality footing. With that in mind, Premier Equestrian formulates a variety of arena products for equine needs, getting horses onto discipline-specific, ideal surfaces to promote equine fitness and prolong careers.

Now the official footing supplier of US Equestrian, Premier Equestrian is proud to be a longtime supporter of Florida’s Adequan Global Dressage Festival, and will also be supporting the Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies show series. The company 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 also installed at The Del Mar National horse show.

Premier Equestrian also offers a wide array of equestrian products, including dressage arenas, letters, accessories, and maintenance-free jumps and poles. The company also offers a wide variety of audio systems, barn equipment, horse toys, and more. You can learn more about footing’s effects on a horse’s biomechanics and ways to improve an existing arena in the Premier Equestrian footing arena surfaces guide. For more information about ArenaAid, Premier Equestrian, or to request a free catalog, arena-footing sample, or arena-sand analysis, please call (800) 611-6109) or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Premier Equestrian Coaches Utah State Equine Studies Students on the Basics of Good Footing

Premier Equestrian Coaches Utah State Equine Studies Students on the Basics of Good Footing

Premier Equestrian Coaches Utah State Equine Studies Students on the Basics of Good Footing

Heidi Zorn of Premier Equestrian spoke to students at Utah State University about footing and its effects on horse biomechanics. (Photos courtesy JRPR- no photo credit necessary)

Logan, UT (February 21, 2017) — Heidi Zorn, footing and arena expert and co-owner of Premier Equestrian, is a keen supporter of education on the importance of footing for both horse and rider. It’s no wonder that, when she received an invitation to share her knowledge and expertise with a group of equine studies students at Utah State University, Zorn was quick to enthusiastically accept.

Earlier this month, Zorn was asked to speak at the college by Kelli Munns, Equine Lecturer and English Equestrian Team Coach at the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences at Utah State. Eager to share her insights on this very important subject, Zorn prepared a detailed presentation for the class on the topic of footing’s effect on horse biomechanics, and how different footing types are needed for different riding disciplines and why.

Reflecting on the experience, Zorn observed, “The students and the staff were all very eager to learn. Breaking down the flight of the foot and how it interacts with different surfaces introduced new, key concepts to their studies.”

Premier Equestrian Coaches Utah State Students on the Basics of Good Footing

When asked why footing is such a crucial topic of education for equestrian students, Munns explained “It takes the students to another level in their education. Through this topic, students are educated on the science of equine biomechanics and the influence that arena surfaces have on it. It’s a part of the industry that combines science and performance. Without good footing, your horse’s performance and confidence will likely be compromised.”

Munns went on to expand on the importance of the topic, saying “When I think about my position as an educator, my ultimate goal is to inspire students to make the industry better for the welfare of the equine athlete. If we want horses to perform to the best of their ability, it is important that we examine all aspects of their training programs. Based on a horse and rider’s discipline, they’re going to need different arena surfaces; biomechanics say so. If you’re going to prolong the integrity of your horse’s body, it would be a worthwhile investment to examine the arena’s surface, where the horse spends the time training.”

Both Zorn and Munns felt the talk opened up a fundamental opportunity for the students to become more aware of the work that still needs to be done in the industry, as well as challenging them to continue with scientific research efforts on the subject of footing.

When asked what the chief takeaway from the talk was, Zorn replied, “We all agreed that how the horse is affected by different surfaces has very few studies; the current studies are still in their infancy. There have been many studies on racehorses, but not many on sport horses, and even less for the western horse. The industry as a whole is lacking in quantified and scientific studies. There may be an opportunity to work with Universities to research just how different types of footing surfaces are affecting the soundness of sport horses and western disciplines.”

Munns also echoed the sentiment, adding “My hope is that students left the talk feeling inspired to continue the research of biomechanics, promoting soundness and wellbeing of our equine athletes and how they can contribute to the science in the equine industry.

Heidi Zorn launched Premier Equestrian in 2000, which supplies riders with world-class footing, dressage arenas, jumps, and other equestrian products. Today, every product sold by Premier Equestrian is measured against a passion for safety, practicality, and well-being of the horse. To learn more about footing and biomechanics, watch Premier Equestrian’s video on their website.

To request a free catalog, free footing sample, or free sand analysis from Premier Equestrian, call (800) 611-6109 or visit www.premierequestrian.com.

Footing Experts Put Safety First As Presenters at The League Footing Academy

Footing Experts Put Safety First As Presenters at The League Footing Academy

Heidi Zorn and Bob Kiser present at the Footing League

Photo: Footing experts Heidi Zorn of Premier Equestrian and Bob Kiser of Kiser Arena Specialists present at The League Footing Academy in Jacksonville, Florida (Photo courtesy of JRPR- no photo credit necessary)

Jacksonville, FL (February 8, 2017) – No grain of sand was left unturned at The League Footing Academy, part of The League of Agricultural & Equine Centers Symposium recently held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, Florida. The League Symposium is an annual event attended by agriculture professionals and equestrian facility managers from across the United States. At The League Footing Academy, Heidi Zorn, president of Premier Equestrian (the Official Footing Supplier of the US Equestrian), and renowned equestrian footing expert Bob Kiser of Kiser Arena Specialists taught attendees how to turn ‘average dirt’ into footing that boosts performance and promotes safety and soundness for equine athletes.

Step by step, from soil essentials and arena maintenance to moisture and dust control, Zorn and Kiser taught facility managers and footing managers how to obtain optimum ground that enables horses to safely utilize their full athletic potential. Zorn and Kiser presented decades of knowledge and experience that addressed the needs of dressage riders and barrel racers alike, and every equine sport enthusiast in between. Good footing at the appropriate depth, texture, and moisture content simply makes a difference, and knowing what good footing is – and how to attain it – is key.

Zorn launched the company Premier Equestrian in 2000, and now supplies world-class riders with footing, dressage arenas, jumps, and other equestrian items. Zorn originally formed Premier Equestrian due to her dressage horse Serrano, who was struggling to perform on poor footing.

“Serrano experienced a lot of lameness issues, so I began working very closely with veterinarians and farriers to learn about the biomechanics of the horse,” said Zorn. “We started noticing that on a bad surface he had bad mechanics. We played with different surfaces to stabilize him, because he was such a big horse and fell over himself in deep, soft footing. Shoeing helped a little bit, but we began to look at the flight of the foot and arena surface qualities. We followed the FEI White Paper on Equine Surfaces guidelines, worked with other contractors and, more importantly, with people like Bob Kiser who are masters with touch and feel. They can feel a good step or a bad step. They know if something isn’t right.”

Given the company’s in-depth knowledge and expertise in creating the perfect riding surface, it’s no surprise that Premier Equestrian has served as the chosen footing provider for professional riders such as iconic Olympian dressage competitor Steffen Peters. Peters and his wife, USDF Gold Medalist Shannon Peters, both know well the impact that proper footing has on the quality of performance and safety of a ride. The two installed Premier Equestrian’s advanced OTTO Sport arena system in their competition-sized dressage arena at their twenty-two acre California training facility.

“We searched for quite a while to find the best footing, and not only do we think Premier Equestrian supplies the best footing, they are by far the most knowledgeable company we have found to find exactly the right materials needed for our arena,” said Shannon Peters, after working with Zorn to choose the best footing option for their needs.

Today, every product sold by Premier Equestrian is measured against a passion for safety, practicality, and well-being of the horse. Zorn focuses on five characteristics when she evaluates an arena: firmness, cushion, cupping, rebound, and grip. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Premier Equestrian has provided dressage and driving arenas for the 2010 World Equestrian Games, as well as footing for The Del Mar National and World Dressage Masters arenas.

Zorn was proud to join Bob Kiser in speaking at The League Footing Academy, which Kiser presents at annually. Remarking on the inherent differences among equine sports, yet the similarities riders share regarding arenas, Bob Kiser said, “We are all really trying to accomplish the same thing, it’s just that we have different footing to work with.” Kiser, who was inducted in the National Reining Horse Association Hall of Fame for his contribution in footing to the industry, operates his family-owned business in Gainesville, Texas. Kiser has worked on arenas in 42 states and multiple countries abroad, including the World Equestrian Games in Spain, Germany, and Lexington, Kentucky.

While there is no single recipe for building the ‘perfect’ arena, Kiser believes that safety – and avoiding injuries due to hazardous footing – is the number one priority. “Several of the western events are extremely dangerous. Riders get hurt riding barrel horses every year because of bad footing. Working cow horses is equally as dangerous because now you have two animals – a horse chasing a cow. If the ground is a little slick underneath, your horse can fall down. We can use similar footing for all of the western events,” Kiser continued, “but cutting footing has to be a lot sandier than barrel racing, so we modify what we have to make it work. At a show like the Quarter Horse Congress, we actually set up the ring just for cutting. We modify a ring for barrel racing because we will have western pleasure classes in there and we don’t want the ground to pack underneath those horses, or they will be really sore by the time those classes are over. So we actually keep that a little sandier, and might haul in some clay for the barrel racers to modify the ground.”

Whether riding in English or western disciplines, there is no doubt that gaining a better knowledge of footing could make a world of difference for horse and rider, in regards to safety, quality of ride, and overall results. To request a free catalog, free footing sample, or free sand analysis from Premier Equestrian, call (800) 611-6109 or visit http://premierequestrian.com/horse-arena-footing/.

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