Wellington, FL– March 28, 2016 – Nick Granat provides course design services for show jumping events and private clients. Granat is a horseman, rider and licensed “R” United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) course designer and the youngest member of North American Riders Group (NARG) approved course designer list.
Granat discovered his passion for course building after assisting the legendary horseman and course designer Conrad Homfeld at the Hampton Classic in 2007. He went on to attend the Aachen School of Course Design where he studied with Arno Gego and Olaf Petersen Sr. and has been influenced by the great designers of the sport including Frank Rothenberger, Alan Wade, Steve Stephens, Linda Allen, Guilherme Jorge, Michel Vaillancourt, Olaf Petersen Jr. and Uliano Vezzani, to name a few.
At top show jumping events like Silver Oak Jumper Tour, Ox Ridge and The Ridge Turf Tour, Granat has course designed and assisted. He collaborated with Olympic gold medalist Chris Kappler and Bobby Murphy to design and build the course for the coveted ASPCA Maclay Finals at the 2015 National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky.
Granat has developed a following of show jumping competitors, trainers and top amateurs. Here’s what a few notables have to say about him and his work as a course designer.
“Nick Granat is the best American course designer since DeNemethy and Homfeld. Nick combines his passion for course building with a lifelong study of the history of the courses that shape our sport.”
– Peter Leone, Olympic silver medalist
“Nick’s courses are consistently very thoughtful and thorough. The questions that he poses are based on an understanding of correct horsemanship and conscientious training.”
— Missy Clark, renowned trainer of ASPCA Maclay and USEF Medal Finals winners
“Nick is a thoughtful and knowledgeable course designer. He has a great way of understanding the group he’s building for and the type of questions he should present. I respect the time he has put in with the great course designers of our sport. He is an asset to any competition.”
— Rodrigo Pessoa, three-time World Cup Finals champion and Olympic gold medalist