East-West Arena Construction Blog

An indoor riding arena has numerous benefits

Posted by East-West Arena Construction on May 30, 2014 11:42:00 AM

An excellent idea is to have an indoor riding arena for the comfort of the horses as well as the humans who are involved in their care. Such a versatile and durable arena can be professionally designed and constructed or refurbished according to your individual desires and budget.



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Topics: Arena Construction, Arena Lighting

Do I Need Different Horse Jumps if Both Hunters and Jumpers Use My Arena?

Posted by East-West Arena Construction on May 9, 2014 12:00:00 PM

For many equestrians, no arena is complete without a set of safely constructed horse jumps ready to be set up. From grand prix jumpers to green horses still learning to move with even, powerful strides, horses at all levels (and their riders) benefit enormously from schooling over jumps.



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Topics: Arena Construction, jumpers

Fieldstone Show Park Spring Festival

Posted by East-West Arena Construction on May 6, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Fieldstone Show Park gets its 2014 summer series underway with 4-star and AA rated USEF competitions. Fieldstone’s event lineup includes the Fieldstone Spring Festival, Fieldstone Equitation Show, Plymouth Rock Hunter/Jumper, FSP Equitation and Summer Showcase. The professionals at East-West Arena Construction are refurbishing six of the arenas at Fieldstone to ensure the best footing for all the performance horses and riders.



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How Long Does Arena Construction Take?

Posted by East-West Arena Construction on Apr 30, 2014 12:00:00 PM



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Tailoring Your Dressage Arena Layout to the Needs of Your Facility's Users

Posted by East-West Arena Construction on Apr 18, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Getting serious about making your facility dressage-friendly comes with some important decisions about dressage arena layout. There are several elements to a professional-grade dressage arena, and the needs of the riders who will be using the arena will determine how these elements look at your facility.



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Topics: Arena Construction, Dressage

Small and Standard Dressage Arena Dimensions

Posted by East-West Arena Construction on Apr 9, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Dressage, a highly skilled equestrian sport is often referred to as ‘Horse Ballet.’ Horse and rider form a balanced team that demonstrates strength and accuracy in performing a series of movements. When you see competitive dressage, it appears that the horse and rider can read each other’s minds when they perform extraordinary movements and pace, such as the pirouette, schaukel , flying changes and piaffe. These impressive movements can be performed in arenas with small or standard dressage arena dimensions.

Small and Standard Dressage Arena Dimensions

Small dressage arenas, often used for amateur or low-level dressage competitions, are 20-meters wide by 40-meters long (66 feet by 131 feet). All the basic dressage movements and gaits can be practiced in a small dressage arena but advance figures and jumps require a standard dressage arena of 20 meters by 60 meters (66 feet by 197 feet). The standard dressage arena dimensions allow for competing in dressage, as well as eventing, such as, show jumping, cavalry testing and cross-country. 

Caption: GGT footing for small and standard dressage arenas guarantees the proper stabilization and cushioning needed for the high impact and elaborate footwork of dressage testing. 

 

GGT Footing Blends for Indoor and Outdoor Dressage Arenas

Surface selection is of utmost importance in both small and standard dressage arenas. Dressage requires the horse and rider to perform spectacular movements with the horse seeming to float effortlessly around the arena. Although these extended gaits and lateral movements appear effortless, they require strength, stamina, traction and reliable footing. Dressage arenas need quality footing to ensure the safety and sure footing that horse and rider require for optimum performance.

GGT footing for small and standard dressage arenas guarantees the proper stabilization and cushioning needed for the high impact and elaborate footwork of dressage testing. This sand and fiber blended footing absorbs the weight of the horse and adds to the stability of the ride. GGT footing also retains moisture and resists compacting for competition dress arenas that need a quality surface for all the competitors.

Contact us, the footing experts at East-West Arena Construction for information on the best surface footing for your arena. Our footings are meticulously selected for each arena and designed with a blend of sand and fibers for achieving your dressage arena goals.



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Equestrian Arena Consulting to Build Solid Footing for Your Program

Posted by East-West Arena Construction on Apr 1, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Every aspect of an Equestrian program requires an investment of capital, planning and expertise.  The most crucial aspect is specifically in the arena.  Equestrian arena construction and consulting requires a broad breadth of experience and knowledge, yet also the capacity to focus on the impact of the local area and specific program for which it is being constructed.   



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Topics: Arena Construction, Footing

High Quality Arena Construction - An Investment You Won't Regret

Posted by East-West Arena Construction on Mar 14, 2014 12:00:00 PM

In the equestrian world, there's a lot of investment that goes on, horses, tack, transportation, lessons - not to mention the emotional investment. And, if you're the one providing the venue for dressage, jumping, or both, then you need to invest in high quality arena construction in order to best serve your clients. 



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The Benefits of Constructing a Round-Pen Arena

Posted by East-West Arena Construction on Feb 11, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Over the past 10 to 15 years, the English equestrian sport has adapted an old Western training tactic: training horses using a round pen. The round pen offers fantastic training opportunities for both young and old horses. Are you interested in learning why your next arena construction project should be a round pen? Check out the following top round pen training techniques. 



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The 5 biggest mistakes made when building a horse arena

Posted by East-West Arena Construction on Feb 7, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Arena construction is an exciting time for any type of barn. It offers the promise of a new ring complete with new footing and a revitalized look for the entire barn. If horses could talk, they would surely be neighing in support of any arena construction project. But before you get the excavator or backhoe out, be sure to avoid making any of the following costly mistakes.



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