Premier Equestrian Recognizes Robert Dover with Sportsmanship Award

Thursday, April 3, 2014
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Heidi Zorn of Premier Equestrian and Robert Dover
Heidi Zorn of Premier Equestrian and Robert Dover

Wellington, FL - Few people understand better what goes into dressage at its highest levels better than Heidi Zorn, president of Premier Equestrian (the Official Dressage Arena supplier for the USEF) and Robert Dover, four-time Olympic Bronze medalist (six-time consecutive U.S. Olympian) and now US Dressage Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor. So when Zorn warmly presented Dover with the Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award, not only for Week 12 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, but, as she joked, for being “Sportsman of the Season,” it was as inspired a pairing as peanut butter with chocolate.{C} “Thank you, you're so very kind,” Dover said with the same enthusiasm for his sport that has been his trademark since 1987, when he piaffed and passaged into U.S. and world history by defeating six-time German Olympic Gold medalist Dr. Reiner Klimke in front of a 65,000-seat house to win the Aachen Grand Prix.


Today, it's Dover who can be credited with bringing an Aachen-level of enthusiasm to American dressage, and nowhere has that been more evident than at Wellington.

“I love dressage and I'm thrilled with its success at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. I'm standing here and see thousands of people watching our sport and remember how, just three years ago, I had to fight to make the idea of competition at this level and caliber 'palatable.

“I'm so happy for this award, but the real reward is for everyone involved in our sport,” Dover told Zorn before the irrepressible coach had to get back to the business of coaching. “Thank you! And now, it's back to the warm-up arena!”

“Our philosophy of always providing ‘premier’ products at the best possible price to the consumer is in line with the growing number of dressage enthusiasts who want to minimize expenses without giving up quality or jeopardizing their horses’ safety and well-being,” Zorn added. Premier Equestrian is the Official Gold Sponsor of the NAJYRC and is the official dressage arena of the USEF and Adequan FEI NAJYRC, July 15-30, 2014 in Lexington, KY.

Considered America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of dressage arenas, Premier Equestrian’s website offers extensive and informative information designed to help horse owners understand the differences in arenas as well as footing. Premier Equestrian offers a complete line of horse jumps and horse jumping equipment, including standards, sponsor jumps, and cavaletti. Premier products include barn accessories, books & DVDs, arena grooming and maintenance equipment. For a free catalog, free arena footing sample or free arena sand analysis, call (800) 611-6109 or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.