Olympians Turn to ProTex Footing by
Premier Equestrian


Sun Valley, ID (September 4, 2013) – Dressage Olympians Debbie McDonald and Adrienne Lyle turned to professional footing specialists, Premier Equestrian, to solve a 20 year old footing issue. River Grove Farms, owned by Peggy and Parry Thomas in Sun Valley, Idaho, was built in 1981 and has 4 full sized arenas.

“For the last 20 years we've been pounding the footing and it just seemed worn out. The sand in 2 of our arenas was tired, broken down and lifeless,” said Adrienne Lyle, McDonald’s longtime student and 2012 Olympic competitor.

Adrienne Lyle Olympian Footing - Dressage


In July 2013, Premier Equestrian was called upon to solve the footing issue for these Olympic athletes in an unconventional way. The arenas were already equipped with a sufficient base and sand but were in need of a makeover. After a sieve test analysis was done on their existing sand by Premier’s staff, Premier Equestrian determined that the low cost and highly effective solution would be to add the ProTex footing to the existing sand surface. This solution was a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire footing; Premier was able to completely revitalize River Grove Farms’ arenas and provide exceptional footing for these International dressage competitors.

Lyle stated, “I can't believe how much life Premier Equestrian was able to put back into our footing. The ProTex footing stabilized their surface, minimized the dust, retained more moisture thus reducing the need to water, and kept the surface from compacting. What a huge improvement.  The cost was a fraction of a complete redo.”

As a leader in the equestrian footing industry, Premier Equestrian strives to provide exceptional value and offer products that are safe, effective, and usable for the competitive sporthorse.  At River Grove Farms, Premier Equestrian added ProTex footing which protects horses by providing increased stabilization and maximum shock absorption.  The new footing offers the cushion and rebound needed as well as high stability by increasing traction and sheer strength. 

“We offer a free sieve analysis for our customers’ sand and use this test to determine the suitability for our arena footing products: ProTex, Master’s Blend, Athletex, Prostride, and GGT Footing,” said Premier’s CEO, Mark Neihart. He continued, “One of the goals of Premier is to educate horse owners so they can better understand and address their footing needs.”

Considered America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of equestrian arenas, Premier Equestrian’s website offers extensive information to help horse owners understand the differences in arenas as well as arena footing.

“Whichever Premier Equestrian footing product you choose, your equine athletes will be performing on the best material available and they will thank you for it!” assures Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian.

Premier Equestrian also offers a complete line of horse jumps and horse jumping equipment, along with state of the art dressage arenas and dressage letters.  Other Premier products include barn accessories, books & DVDs, as well as arena grooming and maintenance equipment. For more information on all Premier Equestrian products, including footing, dressage arenas, jumps and stable accessories, visit their website at www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 800-611-6109


Photo: River Grove Farms newly installed arena featuring Premier ProTex Footing.  (Photo courtesy of Premier Equestrian, LLC.)