Chapelstone Equestrian is one of the most favoured manège and arena constructors in the country. We constantly research new materials and technology, enabling us to offer our customers a wide range of surfaces and designs to suit all disciplines. The professional construction of a riding arena is an investment that should give years of life. Our project team provides a free and full estimate with no obligation.

The Build

Here is an outline of how we will build your new arena. However, this is just a guide and should not be followed for self-install as every site is different.

Groundwork starts by levelling the site using cut and fill techniques and laser technology. Once the area has been levelled, we cut drainage channels in according to site conditions. Then we lay perforated landrain pipe. Then we backfill trenches with drainage stone.


We then lay a membrane over the entire base. Perimeter posts are installed and we put a suitable angular aggregate down. We compact and roll this, which creates a firm, flat level surface. This is at a depth that will support the riding surface and the horse and rider even when jumping. Kickboards are installed and then a second membrane with all seams being sealed.

Next, we lay a suitable riding surface. With so many riding surfaces available, it’s important to make an informed choice. There are various types of sand, sand and fibre and of course rubber. We are pleased to offer free advice, so please pick up the phone to discuss your options.

We then move on to fencing. We secured rails using galvanized clout nails, then we machine cut post tops at an angle. This allows water run-off, which also assists in rider safety. Then we re-treat the cut tops with wood preserve. Gate posts are concreted in, entrance gates are hung (most just have one, but it’s entirely up to you) complete with Equi-catches.

Key Points: Arena Construction

  • Full site survey
  • Surface levelled using fill and cut techniques with laser technology
  • Drainage laid in according to site conditions
  • Membrane laid at base level
  • Non-woven membrane below riding surface with sealed joints (to stop migration of riding surface to drainage and for horse and rider safety)
  • Low fines angular aggregate used below riding surface (at sufficient depth to support the riding surface, horse and rider even when jumping).
  • Quality treated posts and rail fencing with 2.7m long posts being concreted in.
  • Three rails secured using galvanised clout nails
  • Cut post tops re-treated with wood preserve

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