For the Well-being of The Horse

Our Story

FootingSolutionsUSA was founded in 2004 to fill a void in quality riding surfaces in the US, which at the time were behind in comparison to European riding arenas. Building safe arena surfaces for horses according to German standards and specifications became a passion for founder Hilo Nick—a German native—from that point on.

Today, FootingSolutionsUSA specializes in more than riding arenas. We are your one-stop partner to build your dream barn, offering only the highest-quality, innovative equestrian facility products from Europe. Horse wellness, as well as safety for horse and rider, is our top priority.

To ensure the best experience and results for our clients, we work closely with American architects and contractors from the planning stages to the final installation.

Hilo riding a horse


President & Founder

Hilo standing next to a grey horse with a rider up

The Team

Hilo is a lifelong equestrian, having competed in jumping and dressage in Germany as well as in the US. As a compassionate rider, Hilo understands the biomechanics of the horse and has deep-seated expertise and a gifted feel for sand—the most important aspect in any footing. Because of this, Hilo hand-picks the sand for all of her FootingSolutionsUSA clients. “I LOVE sand,” she says. “You have to have the right feeling for good sand and combine it with the technical and engineering aspects. I never stop searching for even better sand blends and geotextile additives to provide friendly footing for the horses.”

André directs and organizes building projects for arenas with the HIT ActiveAqua Underground Watering System, Curved Kick Wall, and Diamond Arena Mirrors. André works closely with local contractors throughout the US.

Alex joined the FootingSolutionsUSA team in 2021 when the company expanded their product range to include Corton Horse Stalls, the SoftBed Comfort Stall Mattress, Kraft Horse Walkers, and Automatic Hay Feeders. Growing up with horses, Alex brings a natural understanding for horse wellness and happiness.



Sales & Construction Project Organizer

Andre at a trade show

Our Clients

Our clientele extends from private barns to boarding facilities to large show venues. We work hard to accommodate every customer’s needs and budget.

Hilo has been fortunate to work for over a decade with great jumper riders including Mandy Porter, Karl Cook, and Simon Nizri, just to name a few. In the Dressage world, she has worked with Kathleen Raine,  Sarah Lockman (now Tubman) in Murietta and Akiko Yamazaki,  just to name a few.

In 2018, Olympic rider Ali Nilforushan asked Hilo to build his own private jumping arena. He was so impressed with the new footing that he asked Hilo to install the Grand Prix arena footing at Galway Downs, a renowned international show facility in California. She jumped on this opportunity and built the best competition arenas on the West Coast.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your horse arena footing or integrate additional style and safety into your barn and arena, we are here to provide you with world-class results. Contact us today to discover the FootingSolutionsUSA difference.




Alex Brunek