Thank you everyone for the compliments on my arena. Yes, I fully realize I am one spoiled gal when it comes to my arena. The arena is 100′ x 225′ with all weather footing, six stadium lights, an electrical outlet on each light pole and water on both long sides of the arena. With the exception of a few days in the winter I can ride in it year round as the ground doesn’t freeze here in the winters (except for the mentioned few days).
As far as the footing I don’t remember exactly how the whole thing was built. There is a big french drain under the arena. A lot of ground work was done to prepare for the actual footing. The ground itself was laser leveled and then watered and compacted over and over for a couple of days. Then a big piece of geotextile fabric was put down and the layers of screenings were added. I know there is bigger rock (but still not big) on the very bottom layer that was again watered and rolled/compacted repeatedly. Then several inches of quarter down were added, with each new layer being watered and compacted/rolled repeatedly as well as being laser leveled, and then finally a layer of sand was added on top. I have nine pairs of jump standards and accompanying poles.
The catch with this lovely and very well-built arena is the footing does need to be worked regularly or the sand can get a bit packed down. As long as it is drug on a regular basis this is not a problem. Which is why I finally purchased the DR Power Grader. After years of dragging the arena being a huge pain it is now quick and easy!
This picture was taken in May a couple of years ago
Jo and Mina, world’s cutest fainting goats