California Riding Magazine • June, 2012

Premier Equestrian
New footing earns high scores at
Del Mar National.

The new footing in the Del Mar Arena wasn't eligible for a ribbon at the The Del Mar National Horse Show, which ended May 6, but it earned something better: accolades galore from top riders. Upgrading the riding surface was one of the show's primary investments and it was accomplished with GGT footing mixed and installed by Premier Equestrian. Two-time Olympian dressage rider Debbie McDonald was among the end result's many fans. "We love coming to the Del Mar National," she says. "We've been competing here for years and with the new footing this makes Del Mar a top notch, world-class facility. We are so excited to have this venue on the West Coast."

Olympic hopeful, dressage rider Adrienne Lyle, chimed in on how great the new GGT Footing™ was. Showing at Del Mar, Adrienne and Wizard won the FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special with an impressive 72.6%. "The footing was great and gave me the confidence to turn on full power," Adrienne explains. "The footing was stable, Wizard felt secure and it was wonderful to ride on!"

Olympic hopeful Adrienne Lyle and Wizard,
showing at Del Mar. Photo by Patti Newton Photography

Guenter Seidel, winner of the FEI Intermediare I, adds, "The footing was the best and a huge improvement to the facility."

The footing's supplier, Premier Equestrian, LLC, is a leading supplier of dressage arenas, horse jumps, arena footing and stable accessories. The company became a proud Platinum sponsor of the Del Mar National Horse Show, one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in the Western United States.

"We are very excited to have a presence at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. It is the premier arena and show facility in Southern California," says Premier Equestrian co-founder Mark Neihart. Premier features an Arena Footing Division with products that include GGT Footing™, ProTex® and Prostride® arena footing. "We have installed a blend of GGT Textile Footing with a special mixture of formulated sand custom designed for the main arena at Del Mar, which will provide superior traction and cushion for the horses competing."

Olympian Guenter Seidel won the Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award at the Del Mar National Horse Show. Premier is a leading supplier of dressage arenas, horse jumps and stable accessories,
and will be supplying the horse arena footing at the California facility. Premier President Heidi Zorn presented Seidel with his award.
Photo courtesy of Premier Equestrian

One of the goals of Premier Equestrian is to educate horse owners and help them understand what type of footing is best. Mark says it is important to understand the difference between good and bad footing. "Good footing will protect a horse from lameness issues and enhance the horse's performance by giving the horse a consistent surface to ride on. Cushion, shear prevention and the resulting traction are things to expect from a good footing surface. Bad footing is footing that is too hard, too deep or rolls. Bad footing affects the biomechanical movement of the horse and can prematurely wear out joints, tendons and ligaments. Some footings can permanently cause lameness."

The Del Mar National also purchased Premier's signature Brentina Dressage Arena which was used at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for the United States Dressage Federation's National Symposium last year. "We love being on both coasts of the United States because, not only are we thrilled to be Platinum sponsors at the Del Mar National, we are also active in the show scene in Wellington, Florida. We are the Official Dressage Arena Fencing Provider of Wellington's new world-class dressage circuit, the 2012 Global Dressage Festival," Mark explains.

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