When Hilo Nick came to California from Germany in the 1990s, she discovered that it was a challenge to keep her warmbloods sound on ordinary sand and rubber additives—the only thing available in the United States at the time. From that point on, building safe arena surfaces for horses became her mission. And so, in 2004, Footing Solutions USA was born.
Horses have always been a part of Hilo’s life. She grew up riding and jumping Norwegian Fjords in the woods of Germany, later progressing to more serious jumping in her teens. She switched to dressage after a bad fall and has since fallen in love with the sport.
Hilo has always kept strong ties to her native country. When she started Footing Solutions USA, she decided to build horse arenas and surfaces the German way—known throughout the world for their design, safety, and quality.
She began by experimenting with several sands and additives, eventually importing German geotextile sand additives to meet the standards she was accustomed to. Hilo was one of the pioneers in combining fine Silica sand with geotextiles in the United States.
Providing world-class footing and offering exclusive German equestrian products, Footing Solutions USA quickly grew beyond the California borders. While Hilo and her husband, Andre, run Footing Solutions USA together out of their headquarters in Santa Barbara, they also have a production plant in Atlanta, GA to better serve East Coast clients.