Solihull Riding Club

Solihull Riding Club in the West Midlands is home to 3 Equestrian Direct surfaces. The competition centre is believed to be the longest-established Riding Club in the UK. Solihull Riding Club is host to British Show Jumping Association, British Eventing and British Dressage events as well as other different sporting activities.

  • 2 Indoor Arenas – Equisilicasand™ with Turffloat™ Hair Fibres
  • Outdoor Arena – Flexiride Pro™ (Complete Flexiride™ with Equisilicasand™ and fibres)

“Our indoor arena has exceptionally high use, with competitions held continuously and private hire from 8am to 8pm so we need a surface that is able to cope with this demand. Equestrian Direct installed a Turfloat fibre and silica sand surface back in 2004.  The surface has performed consistently; it looks great, offers a secure footing for all disciplines and we always get encouraging comments from our clients. The Flexiride element in our outdoor arenas ensure the arenas don’t freeze allowing us to continue to keep the club open all day, all year.  The staff at Equestrian Direct are very helpful and continue to support us with all our surface requirements.”

Catherine Griffiths, Solihull Riding Club

Simon Lawrance – Eventing Coach & Rider

“I am a Central region U18 BE coach. BE accredited, UKCCC level 3 (eventing specific) Coach MFH, producer of event horses and have competed at 4* level.

3yrs ago I installed a 60×35 sand/fibre and Flexiride topping from Equestrian direct. My arena is on high ground and exposed, the soil type is clay.

I am thrilled with this surface and there has never been a day that I have not been able to use it. It has never frozen become water logged, dried out or blown away.

Horses work happily and confidently on this surface I have never had any issues with the surface moving or horses slipping.

Harrowing regularly with chain harrows has been a very easy and efficient way of maintaining this surface.

This surface is used a lot as I have 13 horses in most of the year and have people form outside coming in for training and I run regular clinics, the surface has received nothing but praise and I would have no hesitation in recommending it.”

Simon has been based in the Chipping Norton area of Oxfordshire for 25 years. He has produced and evented horses up to CCI 4 star level, having completed Badminton and Burghley on several occasions. He is a very well established name in Eventing and hunting circles.

Simon has trained with Emile Faurie, Lars Sederholm, Yogi Breisner and Ginny Elliot, and is a member of the British Eventing Coach Programme. He has trained all levels of riders for many years, and is a British Eventing accredited UKCC level 3 (eventing specific) trainer, and under 18 Coach for the Central Region.

Simon has been fieldmaster for the Heythrop Hunt since 2002, and Joint Master of Hounds since 2006.

Mary Verdon-Roe

I installed an arena six months ago for personal use. As a private individual it was a big investment decision. I spent some time doing background research across several companies before deciding to go with Equestrian Direct. I chose an EQ8c Equisilica sand base with a Flexiride topping. Having used it over the last few months I can say that the surface is just fabulous in terms of the cushioning provided by the Flexiride and the stability from the beautifully textured and well-draining sand. I find it very easy to maintain and would have no hesitation in recommending it. Liz Newey provided invaluable support throughout the process of the installation and nothing was too much trouble. For example, our access is limited to six-wheeler vehicles and Liz sourced the required transport within our local area in Dorset. Thank you to all at Equestrian Direct for providing a school which has surpassed all expectation.

Red House Farm Livery

Red House Farm Livery Stables is a small friendly run yard which has an Olympic size outdoor ménage, which has an Equestrian Direct surface. They are based in Ipswich, Suffolk.

  • Outdoor Arena – Equisilicasand™ (EQ8a), Hydrogel™ and Turffloat™

Small Wood Livery Centre

Smallwood Livery Centre is based in Sandbach, Cheshire. The livery yard is a family run business, which has 2 Equestrian Direct arena surfaces.

  • 2 Outdoor Arenas – Equisilicasand™ and Turffloat™

Anna Cheney Eventing

Anna Cheney is an ambitious rider currently competing at Intermediate/2* level. She is based on her partner’s family farm in the East Northamptonshire countryside.

  • Outdoor Arena – Flexiride™ on a sand base

Plumpton College Plumpton

Plumpton College is the home to 3 Equestrian Direct arenas. The college specialises in providing a wide range of land-based courses in partnership with schools, for those in further education and for those in higher education. A range of courses included Equine, Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing, Countryside Management and Rural Business Management.

  • Indoor Arena – Equisilicasand™ (EQ8a), Hydrogel™ and Turffloat™
  • Outdoor Arena – Equisilicasand™ (EQ8a) and Equiride™
  • Outdoor Arena – Complete Flexiride™ with Equisilicasand™ (EQ8a) through the top

Borland Quarter Horses

Borland Quarter Horses, a modern training facility, located in South Warwickshire on the edge of the picturesque Cotswolds. Shane Borland is 2008’s British Reining Year End High Point Champion, AQHA-UK Year End High Point Champion, AQHA-UK Open Reining Champion and AQHA-UK Senior Horse Champion with SES Smart Star. The Western Riding Team is continuously going to events and competitions and being very successful.

  • Lunge Pen – Complete Flexiride™ with sand through the top

Sheepgate Equestrian

Sheepgate Equestrian Centre is an extremely busy and popular competition centre in Boston, Lincolnshire. Sheepgate Equestrian is host to Affiliated and Unaffiliated British Dressage events.

  • Indoor Arena – Equisilicasand™ (EQ11a) and Turffloat™

South of England Showground

The South of England Agricultural Society, a registered charity, was founded in 1967 with the acquisition of its 150 acre venue in West Sussex. With events and shows regularly throughout the year it is an extremely popular showground.

  • Indoor Arena – Equisilicasand™ (EQ8a) and Turffloat™
  • Outdoor Arena – Equisilicasand™ (EQ8a) and Flexiride™