East-West Arena Construction Blog

Building a World-class College Equestrian Arena

Posted by East-West Arena Construction

Mar 7, 2014 12:00:00 PM

In the riding arena world, the real workhorse is the college equestrian arena.  Rarely is there a facility that gets such constant and diverse use as the ring used by collegiate programs. And that arena can either be an asset for your program, or a liability. How you manage your facility will determine the quality of athletes your attract, and the willingness of sponsors and donors to be associated with your program.


College Equestrian Arena


If you ride in or maintain a college equestrian arena, you already know how difficult it can be to maintain.  Some of the concerns are:

  • Constant Use
  • Odd Hours
  • Multiple Discipline
  • Congested traffic patterns
  • Limited Space

The single best investment a college program can make in maintaining their school-owned equine herd and attracting the top student riders to their program is in a top-quality arena.  We design and build facilities throughout the country, and have expertise in every phase of arena design:

  • Site location and survey
  • Site Preparation
  • Material sourcing
  • Construction
  • Footing analysis/recommendations
  • Maintenance equipment
  • Lighting
  • Ventilation

If you're not yet ready to build a whole new facility, the footing in your existing arena can be enhanced immediately  The ground in the arena that your horses use daily is critical.  Adequate impact and shear resistance in the footing material will do more to prolong the longevity of the horse than any pad, shoe or injection therapy.  They simply must have the best footing available, and it must be able to meet the needs of multiple disciplines: reining, jumping, dressage, rail classes.  Some  footings that lend themselves more easily to multi-use facilities, and we can help you select the most appropriate for your facility, taking into consideration the following:

  • Conditions (indoor, outdoor)
  • Usage (durability/lifespan of footing)
  • Cost
  • Maintenance
  • Versatility
  • Environmental restrictions

If you are ready to take that next step with your program by building or  upgrading your existing facility,contact us.  We are experienced developers of equestrian arenas, and can guide you through every step of the process. 


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Topics: College Equestrian