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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.

Mette Larsen of Neue Schule USA is Honored with Premier Equestrian Award for her Commitment to Bettering Horses’ Lives

Mette Larsen of Neue Schule USA is Honored with Premier Equestrian Award for her Commitment to Bettering Horses’ Lives

Mette Larsen honored with Premier Equestrian Award

Mette Larsen of Neue Schule USA enjoys a quiet moment with her horses after being presented with the Premier Equestrian Award at High Performance Farms in Ocala, Florida. (Photo courtesy Christine Rose Photography)

Ocala, FL (March 31,2017) – Premier Equestrian, leading supplier of riding arenas, footing, and horse jumps, was pleased to recognize Mette Larsen, president and founder of Metlar, LLC & Neue Schule USA, the distributor of Neue Schule bits, as a “Premier Equestrian.” Individuals selected to receive this honor are chosen because they have demonstrated a keen commitment to bettering the lives of horses through their equestrian pursuits and career. As the most recent recipient of the Premier Equestrian Award, Larsen was presented with a tri-colored ribbon and an engraved silver award tray for her accomplishments and contributions to the equestrian community.

Larsen, whose pursuits in the equestrian world span an impressively wide range, is not only a dressage competitor but also president and founder of Metlar, LLC & Neue Schule USA, the distributor of Neue Schule bits, which are especially designed for a horse’s comfort. She also runs her own High Performance Farms in Ocala, Florida, where she offers training, retraining, and rehabilitation services. In addition to these pursuits, Larsen is a dedicated doctor of osteopathic medicine, and employs her depth of medical knowledge to benefit the horses on her farm.

When asked what drives her in her work, Larsen credits her innate love of the equine. “I’m driven by my love for horses and wanting to make a difference in how they are trained, treated, and thought of. At the farm, we train horses in all disciplines; dressage horses, hunter/jumpers, and the great horse that “stopped wanting to” because something went wrong or someone stopped listening. We break down the physical, emotional, and mental aspects of training and build a program that includes riding, turnout with or without other horses, what emotional support is needed, what physical support is needed, and what mental support or structure is needed. We also evaluate what equipment, saddles, and bits will help. Each horse is a new slate- a new creation, a new challenge for us to develop something both great and happy. This is what warms my heart.”

Larsen is pleased to use her medical expertise and experience to give horses the love, good health, and quality of life that they deserve. Along with her diverse training program, she has an extensive arsenal of medical modalities she utilizes in caring for and treating her horses; both as athletes, and in the restorative treatment of old and new injuries. Larsen said, “Horses in our program have access to shockwave therapy, acupuncture and acupressure, essential oils, homeopathic medicine, electro-magnetic therapy, lasers, bach flower remedies, herb blankets, stretching techniques before and after riding, myofascial release, chiropractic, cranio-sacral treatments, high dose vitamin C therapy and Ozone to list a few.”

“We pick and choose what a horse needs and add these treatments to their overall training programs” explained Larsen. “Ozone has been the most recent addition to our protocols, alone and in combination with other treatments. “It’s been amazing to see the profound response it has had in some really sick horses with infections, and in a recent case that was EPM positive with neurologic signs. It also expedites the healing progress that happens when treating injured horses. We also do a monthly maintenance protocol to boost their immune system and improve their overall well being, said Larsen. I just keep trying to learn how I can be a better horseman, healer, and champion for these incredible athletes we call horses.”

Larsen’s business pursuits with Neue Schule USA are also driven by a similar devotion to improving the lives of horses. When asked what sparked her involvement with Neue Schule, Larsen stated, “Neue Schule bits were the best made bits that I had ever seen anywhere in the world, and the company was committed to making good, kind, correct bits for horses. I needed to help get them known in the US and so here we are, bit by bit, one horse and one human at a time, working to make a difference.”

Larsen, who was thrilled to be selected by Premier Equestrian for the honor, recognizes the importance of good footing. “It’s all about the footing” observed Larsen. “Good footing makes for more confident horses and decreases the risks of injury. Thank you, Premier Equestrian, for helping our athletes have really good footing to train on.”

Premier Equestrian was pleased to recognize Larsen among its circle of exceptional equestrians who share in the company’s value of commitment to equine health and well-being. Premier Equestrian’s top-quality riding surfaces are designed with a foundational knowledge of horse biomechanics in order to prevent injuries and maintain a horse’s top body condition.

Based in Sandy, Utah, for over a decade, Premier Equestrian provides affordable, top-quality footing and arena equipment for all types of horses and disciplines. The company can drastically improve existing riding surfaces for a reasonable cost or can build a brand new state-of-the-art arena from the base up. 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 also installed at The Del Mar National horse show and its dressage arenas are being used at the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping & FEI Dressage Finals in Omaha, Nebraska.

The company also produces horse jumps, dressage arenas, barn and stable equipment, gifts, books, and DVDs. To find out more about the Premier Equestrian Award or to request a catalog, an arena footing sample, or arena sand analysis, call (800) 611-6109 or visit www.premierequestrian.com.

Premier Equestrian Laura Graves Makes Every Step Count

Premier Equestrian Laura Graves Makes Every Step Count

Premier Equestrian Laura Graves Makes Every Step Count

Laura Graves, aboard her Verdades, achieved two stellar scores of 80 percent in the Grand Prix at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival

Sandy, UT (March 20, 2017) – Laura Graves, currently ranked Number 4 in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings after earning two stellar scores of 80 percent in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida this winter, has added yet another well-deserved honor to her growing list of accolades. Graves has been chosen by Premier Equestrian – a leading manufacturer of world-class footing, riding arenas, and horse jumps – to receive the title of “Premier Equestrian.” This honor is reserved for individuals who not only make valuable contributions to the equestrian community, but who also embody the ideals of sportsmanship in and outside the show ring.

Graves, whose story echoes the fundamental ideals of the American dream, is no stranger to the pitfalls and obstacles that keep many from attempting to build a full-time career in the sport of dressage. When Graves decided she wanted to pursue riding professionally, she was working at a hair salon and lacked the financial resources to purchase a high-quality, trained horse. Instead, she purchased Dutch Warmblood gelding Verdades (Florett AS x Liwilarda) – a young, untrained, and temperamental wildcard – and put in years of patient, painstaking work to bring him along herself. Once Graves decided to follow her dream, there was no turning back. For her, giving up simply wasn’t an option.

Graves credits her tenacious spirit largely to her family and upbringing. “Both of my parents are small business owners, and I was taught from a very young age that you don’t give up. Our family was our team. We participated in the household because we were a team, and we didn’t get compensated for that in any way. We were very well prepared to work however hard we needed to in life to achieve the goals we set; failure is something we were never afraid of.”

As the top United States dressage pair currently and part of the U.S. Bronze Medal team from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Graves’ hard work with Verdades has obviously paid off.

Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian, was deeply impressed by both Grave’s story and character. “The thing that intrigued me about Laura from the very beginning is how she reached the top on her own. She is someone who worked really hard and had a goal, and through persistence and perseverance has obtained something many people only dream of.” Having created her own success story despite great difficulty, and with little on her side but determination, Graves is certainly representative of the true spirit of the American dream.

Even with her meteoric rise to fame, Graves maintains the importance of practicing good sportsmanship. “I was not accepted into this high performance dressage community for many years,” she said, “and I certainly haven’t had the budget to fit in. So when you have the opportunity, include everyone and make them feel like they matter. Or, in some way relate to them, whether they are having a bad ride or something terrible happens to their horse. In the end, we are all hopefully here for the same reason. Finding support within our own community is so important.”

When Graves recently had an issue with the arena base at her training facility in Geneva, Florida, Tony Judge of Olympia Footing – the preferred arena contractor for Premier Equestrian – arrived to help her out of a tough spot.

Judge described the steps he took to transform Graves’ arena: “We analyzed her base and found it needed an aggressive slope to drain, so we decided on a 1% slope. We installed an equestrian base material and graded it with our laser-guided machine. We compacted the base to 95% and also defined the borders of her arena. Then, we made a custom blend of Silica Sand with the textile-footing additives Premier ProTex® and ArenaAid from Premier Equestrian. With precision depth and mixing capabilities, we were able to ensure the right amount of cushion and rebound for Laura to work her horses.”

Premier Equestrian, with footing products that are formulated with biomechanics and injury prevention in mind, ensures that Graves has a top-of-the line surface for riding. “Graves has a rock star horse, and has to do everything in her power to preserve him as long as she possibly can,” confirmed Zorn. “The horse is every bit a high-end athlete as are our basketball and football stars. Those industries make ideal surfaces to lessen injuries, and that’s what Premier Equestrian is doing – trying to get everyone on ideal surfaces to lessen injuries and prolong careers.

Now the official footing supplier of US Equestrian and longtime supporter of the iconic Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Premier Equestrian is proud to recognize Graves and her outstanding contributions to the sport of dressage, and looks forward to watching the development of her prestigious career. For more information about the Premier Equestrian Award or to request a free catalog, a free arena footing sample, or a free arena sand analysis, please call (800) 611-6109) or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Terri and Devon Kane of Diamante Farms Honored as “Premier Equestrians” at the 2017 AGDF

Terri and Devon Kane of Diamante Farms Honored as “Premier Equestrians” at the 2017 AGDF

Terri and Devon of Diamante Farms awarded the Premier Equestrian award at 2017AGDF

Premier Equestrian presented Terri and Devon Kane of Diamante Farms with the Premier Equestrian Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. (Photo courtesy JRPR- no photo credit necessary.)

Wellington, FL (February 17, 2017) – As a longtime supporter and official sponsor of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, Premier Equestrian is once again recognizing hard-working members of the equestrian community during this year’s winter competition season. The company was pleased to present the most recent Premier Equestrian Award to mother-daughter team Terri and Devon Kane of Diamante Farms for the family’s generous sponsorship of the international dressage show series. The Kanes were presented with a tri-colored Premier Equestrian Award ribbon, engraved plaque, and the official title of “Premier Equestrian.”

Premier Equestrian, a company that specializes in manufacturing top-notch dressage arenas, footing, horse jumps, and more, presents the award to worthy recipients throughout the winter dressage competition season, which runs through March 25, 2017 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington.

Diamante Farms, also based in Wellington, has long been a dedicated supporter of the equestrian communities. In addition to acting as presenting sponsor of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival’s CDI 5* competition since its inception six years ago, Diamante Farms also sponsors the Under 25 Division at the show series and supports the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships and Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, amongst other organizations and events. In addition, Diamante Farms keeps up with a busy competition and training schedule while maintaining a world-class dressage facility, which has been designated as a US Equestrian Elite Training Center.

As another successful Diamante Farms CDI 5* week recently concluded at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, it seemed a natural choice for Premier Equestrian to honor the Kanes with the title of “Premier Equestrians.” The company is dedicated to the advancement of equestrian sports, and commends the Kanes for sharing this dedication. Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian, said, “Along with being committed to the sport of dressage in the Wellington community, Terri and Devon are two of the sport’s most personable and lovely people. Even under pressure at a horse show you will often find Terri and Devon pitching in for others and always sporting a smile. That means a lot.”

Based in Sandy, Utah for over a decade, Premier Equestrian provides affordable, high-quality footing and equipment for America’s arenas. The company can drastically improve existing riding surfaces for a reasonable cost, and can build a brand new state-of-the-art arena from the base up. 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.

Premier Equestrian offers world-class footing to suit every discipline, from dressage to hunters and jumpers. The company also produces horse jumps, dressage arenas, barn and stable equipment, gifts, books, and DVDs. 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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