Choose Your SiteAn all-weather arena needs to be fit for purpose, so spend time choosing the best location. The area that you choose needs to be as level as possible to avoid additional work, such as cutting and filling the area in order to get the base level.
Consider construction machinery and delivery vehicle access, and the condition of the ground that the machinery and vehicles must travel over. It will be cheaper for the construction material to be delivered in articulated vehicles rather than eight wheel tippers; however, larger vehicles may struggle to gain direct access to the arena site. Consider the season when you construct the arena as poor weather may hinder construction.
Take into consideration any trees and/or hedgerows that surround the arena. It’s best to avoid areas where trees will overhang the ménage; falling leaves will contaminate the surface, and during winter it may take longer for your surface to thaw due to the shading from the trees.
Ideally, your riding arena should be situated near the stables for ease of access within the yard. Take into account the extra area required around the perimeter of the arena for posts and rails, and for maintenance access.
SizeThe size of your planned arena will depend on the intended style of use, for example, 40x20m for novice dressage, 60x20m for advanced dressage and a minimum of 25m wide for show jumping. Opt for the largest arena that the budget permits, without compromising on the raw materials or construction quality as extending an existing arena can be costly.
If you plan on doing a lot of lunging, the surface will be prone to additional wear, so it can be beneficial to create a separate lunging area at one end of your arena, or to build a separate 20m dedicated lunge ring.
Arena SurfaceAt Day Equestrian we manufacture non-coated and wax-coated riding arena surfaces that can be used for training gallops, lunge rings, horse walkers, outdoor sand schools and indoor riding arenas. Easy and quick to install, these surfaces are ready to ride on immediately after installation. The following are examples of the different surfaces we can supply, depending on your budget and the intended use:
Premixed Wax-Coated Surfaces
Daytrack is a mixture of high quality silica sand, PVC granules & fully synthetic fibres, coated with specially blended wax. Daytrack is a durable, highly stable surface with excellent energy return. This surface is particularly good for jumping, but can be used for all purposes.
Fibreride is a mixture of high quality silica sand and three different types of synthetic fibre, coated with a specially blended wax at high temperature. Fibreride is a highly stable arena surface with minimal tracking, which is ideal for dressage.
Fibrewax is a mixture of high quality silica sand and carefully selected carpet fibre. This mixture is coated with an equestrian grade wax at high temperature, providing a highly stable all-purpose surface.
Premixed Sand and Fibre Non-Wax Coated Surface
Fibremix is a non-coated blend of high grade silica sand and recycled fibre. It is blended to a high degree of accuracy for a consistent surface with simple installation. This surface does require some irrigation.
Planning PermissionThe four key steps are as follows:
- Contact your planning department for advice. This involves them from the outset and you can find out if they have any specific guidelines.
- Submit your application and drawings to the planning authority.
- Wait an average of six to eight weeks. The first three to four weeks are the consultation stage, when the site will be inspected. Neighbours may also be consulted.
- This is the recommendation stage, when your local authority will either grant or refuse planning permission. They may come back with amendments, such as additional landscaping. Once you have your answer, you will either be able to proceed with your build, or consider the proposed changes.