In this issue:

New Jumping Arena

Show Schedule

Hay for the Winter

New Staff Member

John Dix, Prairie Lane Farm



We thought you might want to know how the new arena is coming along.
The attached pictures give an idea of the extent to which we will go to find good help!! Thanks, Hudson!!

In the last four days we have moved around 225 dump truck loads of dirt from the pond storage area to the construction site. At an average of
15 cubic yards per truck that's around 3,375 cubic yards of fill.
Before that we plowed up, then scraped away around 200 cubic yards of top soil, which due the 105 plus temperatures has now turned into a fine powder which cannot be moved under penalty of a cloud of dust choking man and machine alike. We'll have to have rain or thoroughly water this before we can think about spreading it along the perimeter of the arena outside the new fence.

With my dozer and Ron Stillion's, we've placed and spread all this fill in 'lifts' and compacted each as it was placed. The East end of the arena has been raised approximately 3 feet and the West end about 4 inches. This will give us a end to end and middle to side slope of just a little less than 1% which should allow the arena to drain well, but not be noticeable to horse or rider. This is what we have on the dressage court which is about perfect. On Monday we're going to place another 4 or 5 truck loads to cover some low spots that have made themselves apparent.

Once we're satisfied with the grades, we'll have another 10 or so loads of sandy loam footing brought in. Then we'll bring in 5 loads of masonry sand after which we will till all this together. At that point the footing will be about 3 inches deep. This should give us a consistency about like the indoor arena which works very easily, is a good cushion and traction for jumping or flat work, but does require frequent watering to control dust.

  • August 2010 Newsletter