We have a team and precision equipment dedicated to world class equestrian arena construction.
ARENA CONSTRUCTION METHODS
Choosing an arena base.
Choosing the right base for your arena is just as important as the final surface, and there are many options to choose from!
Sometimes options that might appear initially more expensive at the outset will actually work out more cost efficient in the long run - once all the infrastructure that is required to maintain them is taken into account.
Having the best performing base allows a greater choice in the riding surface, and the better the riding surface the more likelihood of sound healthy horses.
FREE DRAINING ARENA BASE
- A free draining arena consists of subsoil drainage constructed with layers of hardfill to allow water to drain quickly.
- Irrigation is necessary on sand and fibre surfaces, and preferable on other sand surfaces.
- Riding surface options are cushion ride, sand, or sand and fibre mix.
- Great drainage and performs very well during winter.
- Easy to maintain
- Requires reasonable infrastructure to irrigate from above the arena – pumps, power and good supply of water.
- Dries out quickly without regular, consistent irrigation.
EBB & FLOW ARENA BASE
This type of arena is built in a watertight liner and has pipework charged with water to irrigate from below, under a layer of drainage sand. The capillary action of the sand surface absorbs the moisture required to maintain an optimum riding platform.
Riding surface options for Ebb & Flow are sand or a sand and fibre blend.
- A consistent moisture level is maintained so the riding surface performs at an optimum level at all times.
- Water clears quickly after heavy rain.
- Low dust in Summer
- Low maintenance with the right equipment.
- When other infrastructure costs taken into account Ebb & Flow is often the most cost-effective long term.
- Can be built all year round
- Requires a good water supply
Words from clients
"After researching and talking to many others who have had an arena built at their property we decided that Harrison Lane was the company that fitted our needs and requirements the best. After our initial meeting with Laura and Scott we were once again reassured about our choice.
Not only have they done an outstanding job they have finished it well before the expected time. From start to finish the communication has been perfect and changes we made have been quoted and amended within a day which keep things moving smoothly.
We would highly recommend Harrison Lane, do it once and do it right! Thanks again team for your amazing work it is better than we could have imagined."
We are constantly seeking ways to improve equestrian arena construction methods.
Over the last five years we have developed a new blend for our fibre arena footing. Often arena footing consists of washed silica sand, but we have found that using a mix with black sand has better binding qualities. The compaction properties of this sand are quite different to washed silica sand, it has a much higher density and holds ten times its own weight in water.
We worked closely with Stable 88, the New Zealand distributor for the GGT fibre product and the German manufacturer, to perfect our arena footing blend for local conditions. Installing the new footing on Harrison Lane’s own 65x35 arena meant we could thoroughly test and monitor the product's performance.