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Rain at the USET Foundation Headquarters

Steffen Peters and Legolas 92

Young Rider Kalie Beckers smiles despite the downpour while Carush takes it in stride.

Laura Graves and Verdades

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WestWind Surfaces Footing Holds Up Against the Elements at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

Written by: AnLi Kelly-Durham
Client: Westwind Surfaces
Release Date: 2014-06-17

Wellington, FL – June 17, 2014 – Thanks to the WestWind Surfaces footing, torrential downpours did not stop the world-class dressage competitors at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corporation.  The competition, held at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ, continued despite a deluge of rain. WestWind’s footing remained in perfect condition and garnered great compliments from the riders.

When the USET Foundation decided to replace the arena footing, Dan Carr, owner of WestWind Surfaces, was recommended for the job.  The newly installed WestWind Surfaces’ footing proved itself during the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions held June 12-15, 2014. Carr oversees the maintenance of the footing for the USET Foundation and was onsite for the duration of the championship.  Para-Equestrian competitors also had an opportunity to enjoy the new footing during the USEF Para-Equestrian National Championship that was held June 2-5 at the USET Headquarters.

Steffen Peters is a household name in the dressage world. This top ranked rider on the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team took home a bundle of accolades this past week, including a clean sweep of the Grand Prix classes aboard Legolas 92. Peters praised the footing for its secure feeling while astride.

“A big compliment to Jeff and his gang and to Dan,” Peters remarked. “It was fantastic – absolutely fantastic. I always felt secure with the footing, so a big heads up to the crew who maintains it.”

According to Laura Graves, an accomplished international FEI competitor and USDF Gold Medalist, the sign of quality footing is one that you do not have to think about. Luckily Graves was able to keep all of her focus on her mount Verdades as she rode to second place finishes in the FEI Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix Freestyle.

“After all that rain, the footing rode great today,” raved Graves, who is currently ranked second on the Short List. “You know, if you are not thinking about the footing when you are riding, it is good. You want to think about your ride, not what is under it, and I didn’t, which means you can count on it.”

Olympian Jan Ebeling, the third-ranked rider on the Short List, also noticed a positive change with the addition of WestWind Surfaces footing.

“The crew that works on the footing is fantastic. There is not a hole, it is not slippery when it is wet, and there’s no dust. I mean I love the footing, it was great, and they’ve done a fantastic job.”

USET Foundation Executive Director Bonnie B. Jenkins was thrilled with the results of switching to WestWind Surfaces footing.

“The footing has held up perfectly,” commented Jenkins. “We had a range of weather this week and all of the horses have performed so well. We have not had one complaint, one issue, and I think it’s been the best we’ve ever had it.”

When it comes to footing, Dan Carr’s WestWind Surfaces puts the welfare of the horse first, standing out as the premier custom footing company with its dedication to quality and safety. WestWind Surfaces specializes in custom footing for all equestrian disciplines worldwide and has become a staple across the globe as the leader in custom footing.

For more information on WestWind Surfaces, please visit or call 561-537-0662.


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