I used to live in Virginia and was lucky enough to trailer into Lauren Sprieser’s facility to take dressage lessons. The indoor there was what dreams were made of: beautiful, full of light with windows in the winter that retracted in the summer for breeze. And of course, footing so incredible that you had to actually pick out your horse’s feet upon leaving the ring. I had never heard of such a thing and fell in love with the footing, only learning years later that it was none other than Attwood. Lauren does her footing right too, re-fluffing and refreshing once a year.
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Hold onto your hats because everything you know about FEI nomenclature is changing. Every rider with star tattoos is about to need another star added because eventing is about to match the other two Olympic disciplines by going to a 5* system. The current four-stars will now be 5* and now we’re just denoting CCI-L and CCI-S instead of CCI and CIC. It sounds crazy but my fingers which often typo between the two will thank the FEI shortly. [New FEI Star System Explained]
Can you believe Pippa Funnell is turning 50? Seems like just yesterday she was at Rio with Billy the Biz. Or winning Bramham CCI3* in 2010 with Redesigned. Or clinching third with Ensign at the first Pau CCI4*. Or rocking around the Athens Olympics in 2004. Or clinching the Grand Slam with Primmore’s Pride and Supreme Rock. Or winning her first Badminton in 2002. Or winning Blenheim CCI3* in 1995 with the paint superstar Bits and Pieces…Hmmm. [Happy Birthday, Pippa!]
The legendary Arctic Soul has a sweet spot and you better keep to it if you don’t want to get chomped. The famous British Thoroughbred has no problem with petting but it must be between the eyes on his head and it must only be there. He is such a fan of turnout that he makes his displeasure known when he doesn’t get it and one of the easiest things you can do on his back his hack out. [Behind the Stall Door]
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What a pleasure to work with one of the best, Marc Donovan, at Stable View’s inaugural FEI event last week. The event ran flawlessly and the horses were jumping great. #attwoodequestriansurfaces #whatmakesgoodfootinggood #goldstandard #myviewfromstableview #onestar #twostar #threestar #fancyfootingforfancyfeet
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Our background is in science and technology, and this has enabled us to create and develop carefully balanced products that perform consistently in any climate. We continue to invest in research and development to provide riding surfaces that perform day after day, week after week.
We use innovative scientific testing to characterize these properties so we can use objective assessment to create truly exceptional footing for the safety and well being of your horse.
We collaborate with the world’s leading independent equestrian surface academics to ensure we remain at the forefront of both technical and governance developments.
We are chem nerds and we are proud of it.
But we’re not just scientists. We have been an integral part of the equestrian community for over 25 years, working with amateurs and professionals, Olympians and Pan Am medal winners, and equine assisted therapy programs.
Hundreds and hundreds of installations later, from dressage courts to jump arenas, round pens and gallops, we believe we have the best and safest footing solutions available today.