Spruce Meadows Riding Arena

Spruce Meadows Riding Arena


Equestrian arenas are often built without correct drainage in place making them prone to wet, muddy conditions which can be harmful for horses and riders alike. Spruce Meadows is a top tier facility in Calgary, Alberta, looking to build a clean, safe, free draining outdoor arena.


This riding arena at Spruce Meadows was prepared by grading the ground with a slight crown, leveling the area by using a few inches of clear gravel.


The sub-base was prepared with minimal excavation and gravel required. The Ecoraster grid was installed with sand as an infill to create a barrier between the sub-base and the footing area. This created a safer and cleaner riding environment.


Ecoraster immediately provided the proper drainage for the arena to allow the absorption of water into the ground. The correct drainage that Ecoraster provided eliminated puddles and mud and extended the riding season into a traditionally wetter time of year. In fact, after two weeks of consistent rain, this arena was the only ridable space in the facility. The interlocking and elastic nature of the grid created a comfortable and much safer surface for both the horses and riders, which has seen additional benefits including the reduction of stress on joints.

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