Premier Equestrian, Inc., is pleased to announce their involvement in recent improvements and footing upgrades made to the facilities at Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) in Thermal, California. These endeavors further position DIHP as a world-class horse show venue with one of the best riding surfaces in North America. This year, DIHP is hosting two consecutive 5* competitions, setting a new standard for show jumping on the West Coast.
In the Grand Prix Ring and Grand Prix Warm-Up Ring, Kyle Gould of Four G Surfaces installed Premier Equestrian’s new Arion Smart Arena™ in combination with Premier ProTex Footing Product and OTTO Sport Base Mats. Additionally, Premier ProTex Footing Product was also installed by Four G Surfaces in the hunter rings at DIHP.
“The Desert International Horse Park is an important and vital facility for the Western United States,” said Mark Neihart, Premier Equestrian CEO. “The improvements happening there will have a long-lasting, positive impact on our sport. We’ve worked closely with their team to develop and design the footing systems to meet FEI standards. Personally, I am looking forward to the start of the season—it’s a great place to be this time of year. Premier Equestrian is incredibly pleased to be a part of the Desert Horse Park’s success.”
The Arion Smart Arena™ by Premier Equestrian utilizes innovative technology to provide a consistent and perfectly hydrated riding surface all year. Arion waters the arena surface from below the footing layer, creating the most efficient equestrian arena base system available. Additionally, Arion provides high-capacity drainage to the arena during rainstorms.
Premier ProTex Footing Product is a premium, high-performance horse arena footing product. Premier’s carefully crafted blend of textiles and fibers protects horses by offering excellent impact absorption, high traction, and stability. Premier Protex Footing Product is featured at the best horse show facilities across the U.S., including the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC)—home to the annual Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF)—and now at Desert International Horse Park—home to the annual Sunshine Series, Desert Holiday, and Desert Circuit.
Premier Equestrian is the exclusive North American provider of OTTO Sport Base Mats, which provide drainage, stability, shock absorption, and arena longevity. In tandem with the Arion Smart Arena and Premier ProTex Footing Product, the OTTO Sport Base Mat System creates a top-notch riding surface for horse biomechanics, safety, and performance, which is ideal for the many riders and elite competitors at Desert International Horse Park.
About Desert International Horse Park
With nearly 1.6 million square feet of competition and riding space, the Desert International Horse Park is one of the largest equestrian facilities in North America. Offering multiple weeks of world-class equestrian competition from October through March, the facility is a destination location for thousands of equestrians and their horses, family, and friends for several months annually. Competitors from all over the world travel to Thermal, California to not only compete but to enjoy everything the desert has to offer.
About Premier Equestrian
For over 20 years, Premier Equestrian has been studying how equestrian arena surfaces interact with horse biomechanics. All Premier Equestrian arena and footing products are formulated with biomechanics and injury prevention in mind.
Premier Equestrian is North America’s leading supplier of high-quality footing products, horse arena base systems, arena drags and groomers, and arena construction consultation. Premier Equestrian is a recognized expert in horse arena footing as it relates to equine biomechanics. This knowledge is used daily to help horse owners across North America improve arenas and footing. Learn more by calling 800-611-6109 or visiting PremierEquestrian.com.
For more information contact:
Heidi Zorn, Premier Equestrian
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