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Exciting Developments At Harrison Lane For EQUITANA Auckland 2019

Sand & Fibre Arena by Harrison Lane

Harrison Lane are delighted to once again be a premier partner of EQUITANA Auckland 2019.

“To have a premier equine event in the centre of Auckland is no mean feat,” says Laura Daly. “We started the partnership in 2017 and have worked closely as a team. The knowledge and experience we both gained at the inaugural event has meant our preparation for this year has been ticking along in the background for the last two years.”

Each of the three arenas at EQUITANA that will be constructed for the event are in for a massive makeover.  Around 115 truck and trailer loads of sand along with three containers of imported fibre will be trucked in to construct the arenas, and will have a dedicated team of eight working on it 24/7 to prepare for the event.

Harrison Lane have sought out the very best of expertise to ensure the surfaces at EQUITANA Auckland are second to none, working together with Stable 88, the New Zealand distributor for the GGT fibre product and the German manufacturer to perfect a new blend for the surfaces.

This year the Hansen Products Indoor Arena will have an AstroTurf underlay topped by a new mix of black sand and fibre, with a stringent arena grooming schedule in place. The black sand has a much higher density and holds ten times its own weight in water, while a new fibre mix and improved process of mixing the sand and fibre has been developed over the last 18 months. “We have worked hard to improve a lot of areas in our arena footing construction and have invested heavily as a company into ensuring it is a success.” Says Laura

Previously the blend consisted of a washed silica sand but this time a black sand that offers better binding properties will be used. The compaction properties of this sand are quite different to what has been done before. The new blend has become the norm for Harrison Lane arenas.

Equestrian Arena by Harrison Lane

“I have been testing the footing on my own arena and I can’t wait to see it all in place at EQUITANA Auckland. Riders who would like to test-ride the surface prior to the event are most welcome to at Harrison Lane HQ in Waiau Pa”

The new blend offers benefits for clients who are close to Auckland with a price advantage on the black sand and reduced cartage costs. Harrison Lane have earth moving equipment and a team specifically dedicated to earthworks and arena construction.

“EQUITANA is a household name and they are experts in putting on top level equestrian events worldwide. We want to share this success to ensure Auckland continues to be on their calendar. Harrison Lane and EQUITANA both have very similar values, honesty, integrity and a desire to constantly strive to be the best of the best in our given industries.”

If you would like to make a time for a test ride on the new surface, contact Laura on 021 722 578

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The new blend is a mix of un-washed sand + fibre, with improved compaction & binding properties

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The sand used in the new blend is much higher density - holding ten times it's own weight in water

Earthmoving equipment Harrison Lane
Harrison Lane have earth moving equipment and a team dedicated to arena construction