Temecula, Calif. – May 18, 2018 – Nilforushan Equisport Events is proud to work with Footing Solutions USA, a California-based company, to bring world-class arena footing to warm-up and competition rings during the three weeks of the Temecula Valley National Horse Show. Each riding space was constructed specifically with the horse in mind to allow for the perfect combination of spring, stability and safety, making for happy horses and athletes. Thanks to the passionate work of Footing Solutions USA, the footing in the rings received rave reviews during the first week of competition, and the same will surely be true for the concluding two weeks of the circuit, taking place at Galway Downs May 23 – 27 and May 30 – June 3, 2018.
“Working with Hilo Nick and Footing Solutions USA was a dream,” said Ali Nilforushan, owner of Nilforushan Equisport Events. “We both shared the same vision of building arenas that were perfectly suited to the rigors of the show day, while ensuring that the health and wellbeing of the horses was of the utmost importance.”
With both a warm-up and competition arena to construct, Footing Solutions USA and Nilforushan Equisport Events worked together to concoct the best footing mixture for each specific ring and what its uses would be.
“Before we built the arenas, Ali Nilforushan and I talked a lot about the footing and how it should be for the horses. We thought about where the horses spend the most time, the warm-up arena, so that is a little bit softer, like a training arena at home, for the horses. When they go into the Grand Prix Arena, there is a bit more stability. I want the horse to have confidence to jump up, but the hoof needs to slide a bit into the footing when they land for the best shock absorption,” said Hilo Nick, owner of Footing Solutions USA.
Building the Grand Prix Arena from the base up, Footing Solutions USA employed the use of selective sand at different gradations as well as multiple types of geotextiles to create the perfect ring for the Temecula Valley National Horse Show. Thick geotextiles allow for spring, while the stability of the rings can be controlled with regular watering. In the Grand Prix Arena, only once-a-day watering was needed thanks to the precision of Footing Solutions USA and the excellent on-site maintenance crew led by Arturo Dias, with the footing ultimately holding up beautifully for hundreds of horses throughout the week.
“I was amazed at how good the footing was and how nice the horses were jumping. They were flying high and there were hardly any rails down, that’s how happy they were. I was so pleased because I built the arena for the horses. I don’t want them to get hurt or worn out,” commented Nick. “When I go back to Germany to visit, I take sand samples from top-rated horse shows there, I analyze it and come back to the United States and try to build the best. I wanted to recreate what we have in Germany here in California.”
Managed by Nilforushan Equisport Events, the Temecula Valley National Horse Show series is already poised as a revolutionary Southern California horse show during its debut year, thanks in large part to the creative vision of its founders in addition to the generous support and expertise of industry experts such as Footing Solutions USA. The mission of Nilforushan Equisport Events is to produce world-class events for athletes, horses and spectators, making California a top horse show destination.