Premier Equestrian Signs on as VIP Sponsor of 2013 Dressage Summit

Dec 13, 2012 - 10:49 AM

Dressage enthusiasts visiting Wellington in the winter of 2013 will have the opportunity to attend a very unique learning experience, which will feature an unmatched collaboration of the world’s top dressage masters and equestrian psychologists.  The Dressage Summit is a three-day event bringing together four modern-day masters in an unprecedented combination of classical dressage and contemporary equestrian training.  Featuring classical riding master Walter Zettl, renowned classical dressage author and clinician Charles de Knuffy, FEI “I” judge in eventing and dressage Christoph Hess, and natural horsemanship experts Linda and Pat Parelli, The Dressage Summit brings the historical art of dressage into today’s show ring for the benefit of both horses and riders alike.  Premier Equestrian will support the Summit as the official VIP host, and is dedicated to promoting and supporting dressage across the United States.

“Walter’s knowledge of classical dressage is unsurpassed,” explains Mark Neihart, CEO of Premier Equestrian. “He possesses information that came from the great masters hundreds of years ago.  Heidi Zorn, the President of Premier Equestrian, knew that Walter’s experience and knowledge were something that needed to be shared with dressage riders and trainers in conjunction with other top names in the sport.”  Zettl was trained for the cavalry using classical principles; the goal of training was to create an athlete while at the same time preserving the horses mentally, physically and emotionally.   Zorn continues, “Walter understands what a great animal and athlete the horse is.  His compassion for them runs deep.  The goal of his training is to inspire the horse’s confidence in the rider while developing his natural athletic ability, and The Dressage Summit is a way for this theory to reach some of the top competitive riders in the United States.”

Zettl will be joined by today’s modern dressage leaders and masters, Charles de Knuffy, Christoph Hess and Linda and Pat Parelli.  This combination brings together the best of classical dressage, contemporary equestrian sport training and natural horsemanship methods. Held on February 9-11, 2013 at the Global Dressage Festival’s indoor stadium, these three days will focus on working together to build stronger horse/human partnerships in classical and competitive dressage.  Zettl, the Parellis, de Knuffy, and Hess will demonstrate how to apply the fundamental principles of classical dressage to every level of the sport while respecting the dignity of both horse and human. This groundbreaking collaboration between dressage masters and top horsemen provides a rare opportunity for dressage enthusiasts of all levels. “We want horses to be honored for their amazing service to mankind,” states Zorn. “Premier Equestrian will help in any way to promote this goal.”

While Premier is known for their dressage arenas—they provided the dressage arena equipment for the new Global Dressage Festival in Wellington as well as the dressage arenas and dressage letters for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky—Premier is also known for their footing.  Premier’s website offers extensive and informative information designed to help horse owners understand the differences in horse arena footing and footing amendments.

Considered America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of equestrian arenas, Premier Equestrian’s website offers extensive and informative information designed to help horse owners understand the differences in arenas as well as arena footing. Premier Equestrian also offers a complete line of horse jumps and horse jumping equipment, including horse jump standards, sponsor jumps, and cavaletti. 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 or call 800-611-6109. 

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