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Alex Granato Teams Up with Premier Equestrian to Get a Jump on the Competition

Alex Granato Teams Up with Premier Equestrian to Get a Jump on the Competition

Grand Prix show jumper Alex Granato

Grand Prix show jumper Alex Granato is officially sponsored by Premier Equestrian (Photo courtesy of Lili Weik).

 

Tryon, NC (August 10, 2016) — While touring through prestigious jumper rings around the world, professional show jumping rider and trainer Alex Granato repeatedly cleared courses but ran into a common denominator at many top show venues. “I started noticing some of Premier Equestrian’s jumps at competitions,” said Granato. The jumps first caught his eye in 2015; a year Granato will remember for his win at the inaugural Longines Global Champions Tour of Miami Beach, for making the top 25 of the Rolex USET Ranking List, and for qualifying and competing for the U.S. in the CSIO 3* Nations Cup in Lisbon, Portugal, where he jumped the first clear round for his team.

“Later, I became aware that Premier Equestrian also creates top quality footing for dressage and jumping arenas, and barn equipment,” Granato recalled. In turn, Granato’s outstanding achievements and dedication to the sport of show jumping caught the eye of Premier Equestrian. The innovative manufacturer of equestrian arenas, arena footing, and jumps takes pride in sponsoring high-level competitors who exhibit superior sportsmanship and horsemanship, like Granato. The company recently proclaimed Granato as its newest “Premier Equestrian,” or sponsored rider, and provided him with a full course of jumps to train on. This season, when Granato isn’t competing at top show jumping competitions, he is training over his own Premier Equestrian outfitted course, which includes jump standards and poles, gates, walls, roll tops, liverpools, and more from Premier’s PolyPro jumps.

Manufactured using innovative polymer technology, these jumps are more durable, safe, and maintenance-free than traditional wood and aluminum. Premier Equestrian also builds a multitude of customized jumps, complete with artist renderings or simple add-on panels printed with custom logos or designs. Considering the jumps’ attractive appearance, lightweight maneuverability, and resistance to fading and decay, their popularity amongst top professionals in the field is no mystery.

In becoming an official Premier Equestrian, Granato has joined an elite group of international equestrians who love Premier products, including Todd Minikus, Steffen Peters, Laura Graves, Tamra Smith, amongst others.

Grand Prix show jumper Alex Granato

Grand Prix show jumper Alex Granato is officially sponsored by Premier Equestrian. (Photo courtesy of Alex Granato – No photo credit necessary)

 

Granato, who shares his home town of Salt Lake City, Utah with Premier Equestrian, currently has 18 horses in training in his business Mad Season LLC, which is based out of Bedford Hill Farm in Tryon, North Carolina for the summer, and Wellington, Florida in the winter. Granato concentrates on training and competing in the jumper ring, while Mad Season’s hunter horses are under the guidance of fellow professional Josh Dolan. “For the past six years I have focused my career towards jumpers so that I can compete in international competitions and Nations Cup teams,” said Granato, who has proven himself to be a gifted trainer, bringing a number of award-winning horses up the ranks to realize their full potential. He developed his first Grand Prix horse, Mad Season, from a green seven-year-old to compete at the NAJYRC, win National Grand Prix classes, compete in his first World Cup Qualifiers, and win his last Grand Prix of his career when he was 19 years old. Granato’s many accomplishments also include developing a number of young jumpers who can be found competing on the circuits and in many victory gallops. Granato also commanded headlines this past competition season, when he won the Winter Equestrian Festival $10,000 Equiline Open Welcome at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida in April aboard Carlchen W.

Premier Equestrian looks forward to helping career-driven Granato achieve his professional goals, which he defines as “to develop horses and students to the high end of the sport, as well as to compete again for the U.S. teams.”

Ambition and high-level achievements aside, one of the most important qualities Premier Equestrian recognizes in Granato is his genuine love of horses and the generosity he has demonstrated in giving back to the equestrian community. Granato is a co-founder of The Peeps Foundation, a non-profit miniature horse rescue, along with professional rider Josh Dolan. “We were showing in Lexington, Kentucky in 2014 when we came across a field of more than 60 miniature horses that were in desperate need of food, water, and general care,” Granato said. “We bought 38, many of them stallions so we could geld them to slow down the breeding, and we re-homed them for better lives. That made us aware of minis everywhere that are in need of help. We’ve now rescued minis from all over and are continuing to find them homes as turnout companions, kid’s pets, and barn mascots.”

Premier Equestrian is proud to support riders like Granato, who make a positive impact on the equestrian community while competing at high levels. For more information about Premier Equestrian and the company’s footing and products that leading equestrians love, visit www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 800-611-6109.

Premier Equestrian Recognizes Jonathan Holling for Excellent Sportsmanship at The Event at Rebecca Farm

Premier Equestrian Recognizes Jonathan Holling for Excellent Sportsmanship at The Event at Rebecca Farm

Jonathan Holling awarded as Premier Equestrian for good sportsmanship

Kalispell, MT (August 5, 2016)—Internationally successful eventer Jonathan Holling traveled over 2,600 miles from his home base in Ocala, Florida to compete in the recent Event at Rebecca Farm CCI3*, held in Kalispell, Montana. Like the hundreds of other equestrians who made the trip for the annual eventing competition— the largest equestrian triathlon in the United States— Holling was looking forward to enjoying the venue’s famous scenery while competing on world-class arena surfaces alongside some of the nation’s finest eventing horses and riders. Unfortunately, Holling was in for a major disappointment when his horse developed a sore leg after his arrival in Montana, rendering him unable to compete over the weekend. But Holling, who had brought his wife and son along, decided to make the trip worthwhile by taking the opportunity to give back to the equestrian community. He and his family stayed around for the entire weekend, coaching other riders and doing volunteer work at The Event. “I wanted to give back to the sport a little bit, considering how much I get to compete and travel,” explained Holling. “I’ve been around the world, and there are countless volunteers that make it possible for me to do what I do, so it seemed to make sense that I should stay and try to help everybody else out this week.”

In recognition of his outstanding sportsmanship and generous contribution to the eventing community, Premier Equestrian, the Official Footing Supplier of The Event at Rebecca Farm, selected Holling to win the Premier Equestrian Award. The award, established to encourage a positive all-around show environment, is presented at venues across the country to highlight equestrians who are not only successful in the saddle, but who also go above and beyond to make a positive impact on the equestrian community. In honor of his dedication to the sport, Holling was presented with an official tri-colored ribbon, an engraved plaque, and the title of “Premier Equestrian.

Brentina Dressage Arena at the Event at Rebecca Farm

“I couldn’t be any happier to be here, and I can say that after coming out here and bringing a horse, I certainly am going to be back every year,” said Holling. “I can’t think of any place more special than Rebecca Farm. The venue is beautiful, the staff and the Broussard family are just amazing, and I get to ride and compete on the best footing in the world.”

Since 2013, Premier Equestrian, the Official Footing Supplier and Dressage Arena of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), has generously supplied Rebecca Farm with world-class Master’s Blend footing. Master’s Blend footing is a premium proprietary blend of textiles and cushioning agents that creates a superior surface for performance.

All of the footing was updated this year after the venue added several new arenas to accommodate the event’s rapidly growing number of competitors. “We remixed all the surfaces and tweaked them for optimum performance,” said Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian. “We followed our own guidelines of firmness, cushion, rebound, cupping, and grip. There were over 600 entries, and the arenas took a huge amount of traffic. The surfaces held up well to the horse show traffic, yet still kept the biomechanics in place.” The company also supplied Rebecca Farm with its advanced Pro Groomer to ensure that an ideal riding surface was maintained for all competitors throughout the event.

The arena footing was a big hit among competitors, many of who took the time to seek out the Premier Equestrian vendor booth to thank the company for its generous sponsorship. Olympian Gina Miles said, “The Master’s Blend footing is completely consistent. The horses love it. It gives you that extra spring, and you feel that your horses have a little bit of lift to their stride. Most importantly, it is absolutely consistent from the first competitor to the last competitor, so it really is a level playing field.”

While Jonathan Holling was unable to compete over the weekend, he had a chance to sample the footing and is eager to compete on it next year when he returns to Rebecca Farm. “Occasionally I go to competitions and the footing is very tight. It’s okay to compete on occasionally, but it is very hard when you are going to be riding on it day in and day out,” he said. “These would be one of the few rings that I’ve ridden on where you feel like you could not only compete on it but also train on it every day.”

For more information on all Premier Equestrian products, including world-class arena footing, dressage arenas, revolutionized horse jumps, and stable accessories, visit their website at www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 800-611-6109.

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