When designing an custom arena for training and for shows, proper dressage arena size is of key importance. Dressage arenas, like the arenas built for other professional sports, must conform to specific size requirements. An incorrectly designed or configured arena will make it impossible for your arena to be used for these events. Even if you are not planning to use your arena for dressage events, it pays to be informed as dressage arena size could impact any current design plans you may have.
Caption: Depending on which size of arena you choose, you will be required to provide professional letters and markers to indicate where the horses should stop in order to perform their movements.
Small v. Standard
A small dressage arena measures 66x131 feet and can be used for most minor dressage events.
A standard arena has a longer width of 197 feet and is required for professional events.
Dressage arenas, especially if you are also planning to house jumping events, requires specialized footing, in order to ensure that horses are properly rooted. When choosing a dressage arena size, bear in mind that there will be a per-square-foot cost.
Other Practical Considerations
Depending on which size of arena you choose, you will be required to provide professional letters and markers to indicate where the horses should stop in order to perform their movements. For small arenas these letters are A-K-E-H-C-M-B-F and for standard arenas these are A-K-V-E-S-H-C-M-R-B-P-F, with markers in the center of the arena as well. You will want to have these markers on hand as well as a clear idea of where they will be placed.
If you are seriously considering a small dressage arena, it may be better in the long run to plan for a standard arena, provided that you have room. For help in selecting the best dressage arena size, and for other questions related to custom arena design, contact us now and see how East West Arena can work for you.