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Moisture level is the key to a perfect arena surface, think of what it’s like to ride on the beach at low tide!

The Ebb & Flow Arena System

Lady and bay horse canters across Ebb and Flow arena

The Ebb & Flow system is an arena base construction method that consistently maintains optimum moisture levels and surface performance through an integrated combination of:

  • Drainage pipes under the surface layer of sand and fibre.
  • A waterproof liner to contain the water.
  • A sump/balance tank to pre-set and maintain the perfect water level.

The combination of drainage and irrigation creates a continuous balance of moisture underneath the arena, to best prepare the perfect riding surface.


  • Can be built in difficult areas as drainage is not a problem.
  • No crown or slope required in the site cut.
  • Heavy rain is not a problem as water clears quickly.
  • Uses less water than overhead irrigation as removes external factors such as the wind.

An Ebb & Flow arena can be constructed with a sand, or sand & fibre surface, and requires access to a water source. Contact us to find out more.

"Choose an engineered surface that will reduce impact on your horse's musculoskeletal system"

“There are many ways riders can help keep their horses musculoskeletal system healthy and prevent injury. A diet that provide the correct nutrients to assist bone, connective tissue and muscle health, correctly fitted gear, a proper warm up before training, and a warm down period after work.

Another key factor to musculoskeletal health is the surface a horse is asked to work on. Safe footing to prevent sliding and stress on tendons and ligaments is so important. 

The impact on horses cartilage and ultimately their bones when performing at any level of equestrian sport can be affected by working on a poor surface. To achieve the best results in your equestrian endeavours as well as keeping your horse healthy, choose an engineered surface product that will reduce impact on your horses musculoskeletal system.”


Performance surfaces for performance horses.

Now you’ve got the perfect arena base, create the perfect footing with a blend of sand and GGT fibre. For soundness and performance.

Horse cooling down, walking across Ebb and flow arena


  • Extra cushioning for joints and ligaments
  • Prevents packing
  • Surface is stable with minimal shifting
  • Cushioning provides better “spring” and energy rebound
  • Facilitates a more secure landing for jumping
  • Retains moisture through high water storage capacity


  • Less glare
  • Minimised dust due to a very very low silt content
  • Water improves the binding properties. Just like at the beach the product binds together and increases density from 1.6 up to 2.3 tonne.
  • Woodhill Black Sand in particular has a very low iron content when compared with other black sands. This improves the density and heat properties of the sand.

Harrison Lane Ebb & Flow arena

65x35 show jumping arena with black sand and GGT Fibre performance surface blend.