International Dressage Rider Betsy Steiner Wins Premier Equestrian Sportsmanship Award at Palm Beach Dressage Derby

Betsy Steiner, who competed Joli Burrell’s Fino at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby, rode away as the winner of the Premier Sportsmanship Award during the show. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Wellington, FL (March 9, 2011) – Dressage rider and trainer Betsy Steiner, who represented the United States at the World Equestrian Games in Sweden, competed Joli Burrell’s Fino at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby at White Fences in Wellington and said the secret to each and every ride she takes is the simple fact the she loves her horses and competing. In addition to enjoying her ride, Steiner was awarded the Premier Sportsmanship Award, sponsored by Premier Equestrian, a leading supplier of dressage arenas, horse jumps, arena footing and stable accessories.

The Premier Sportsmanship Award is awarded to a rider who displays a high level of sportsmanship during a show and Steiner thanked Premier for the award. “The award really encourages riders and it makes you feel good about coming to the show and doing well,” she said.

Steiner added that she was really pleased with Fino’s performance at the show. “He was a great boy and I was really happy with him. It was the first time I’ve had him in the ring since June and he really came through for me,” she said, adding that she competed Fino in the FEI Test of Choice Prix St. Georges class.

When asked how she maintains a great level of sportsmanship, Steiner said she loves competing. “I love all of the horses I compete and Fino just happens to be one of the best,” Steiner said.

Steiner, who spends six months in Florida and six months in New Jersey, wrote the book Gymnastic Training System Using the Mind, Body, Spirit Approach and developed the Equilates program, a sport-specific Pilates-based exercise and body awareness program for equestrians. “Betsy has had a great career and just watching her at the show it is easy to see that she is a good sport, always smiling and willing to help other riders,” said Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian. “I am pleased that Premier was able to award her with the Premier Sportsmanship Award and know that she certainly fits the bill of someone who puts their entire mind, body and soul into competing with the right attitude.”

As the winner of the Sportsmanship Award, Steiner rode away with a pair of German-designed Roeckl gloves from Premier Equestrian. Roeckl Gloves, which are available at Premier’s website and in their catalog, are available in the Regent Glove, an all leather sports design made from buttery soft leather with an elastic wrist and snap. Considered Roeckl’s most comfortable schooling glove, they are also great for driving. The Chester is a German-designed synthetic leather glove by Roeckl that combines style and versatility and features a textured palm and Velcro brand closure.

Premier Equestrian is considered America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of dressage arenas. Premier Equestrian supplied the dressage arenas for the World Equestrian Games, as well as the dressage warm-up arena, driving arena, driving warm-up arena and the flower boxes and dressage letters. Premier Equestrian also offers Prostride Horse Arena Footing and ProTex Rubber/Textile Horse Arenas Footing as well as dressage arenas, which are made from construction-grade PVC and Polyethylene and provide years of value and service. Premier Equestrian also offers a complete line of horse jumps, gates, fills and jumping poles.

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

For more information contact:

Heidi Zorn, Premier Equestrian


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