Find the right arena surface to suit your riding style

There is more to building a good riding arena than meets the eye, it’s not just a case of fencing off an area and filling it with sand, a complicated science goes into making a safe, durable and consistent surface. Why go to all that expense? Because your horses training environment can greatly influence not … Continued

Flexiride® – a proven and economical step up from traditional sand and rubber or fibre riding surfaces.

Flexiride® has had over 10 years in market usage and proving to be a superior alternative to traditional sand and rubber or fibre riding and gallop surfaces. Flexiride is well and truly tried and tested and becoming increasingly popular not only to use as a top up to traditional rubber and sand schools to improve … Continued

Building an Equine Arena

Thinking of building an arena or upgrading an existing one? In this issue the experts at Equestrian Direct Surfaces provide advice on the steps to follow… Equestrian Direct Ltd have a range of surfaces, fibres and additives to suit all requirements and budgets, making it possible to build your dream arena. Drainage Your new arena … Continued

Five Minutes with Ben Way

How did you get into eventing? I was born into an equestrian family and have been around horses all my life. My mum, Mary Pritchard, loved hunting and would take me out hunting on my first pony Tinker. My step dad, John Pritchard, was also heavily involved hunting and racing. I grew up taking part … Continued

Five Minutes with… Izzy Taylor

Tell us about how you got into eventing?. I was born in 1983 into an equestrian family and started riding from a very young age. I rode a huge variety of ponies and being out on the hunting field at just four-years-old put me in very good stead to be where I am today. My … Continued

Solihull Arena Eventing Winners Get Top Tips from Triple Olympic Event Rider Matt Ryan

THE Equestrian Direct Surfaces Arena Eventing series at Solihull Riding Club ran over the winter months and offered competitors the chance to prepare for the season ahead, culminating in a fantastic prize for the winners, a lesson with Equestrian Direct sponsored rider and triple Olympic event rider, Matt Ryan. The lucky winners that made up … Continued

Jodie Amos Takes on New Equestrian Direct Ride

After a fantastic year event rider Jodie Amos is developing and strengthening her growing team of event horses with support from Jocelyn Riley and Equestrian Direct Surfaces. A keen event rider herself Jocelyn has watched Jodie’s career closely and is to support the talented Northamptonshire based rider with a new ride under a joint partnership. … Continued

Izzy Taylor Strengthens Event Team After Successful Season

Following her best year ever leading event rider Izzy Taylor continues to strengthen her growing team of event horses with support from Jocelyn Riley and Equestrian Direct Surfaces. As a producer of world class event horses and a keen event rider, Jocelyn has followed Izzy’s rise to prominence closely and decided to support the talented … Continued

Matt Ryan Training Clinics Come To Solihull Riding Club

Want to train with a triple Olympic event rider and focus on your cross-country riding before the eventing season kicks in? Supported by Equestrian Direct Surfaces, event rider and trainer, Matt Ryan will be holding training clinics at Solihull Riding Club on Tuesday March 24, 2015. Based in the UK, Matt is a three-time Olympic … Continued

New Sponsor for Eventer Challenge at Aston Le Walls

Equine surface manufacturer, Equestrian Direct, is delighted to announce they will be the title sponsors of the Eventer Challenge series at Aston-Le-Walls. The event has already proven to be hugely successful with further dates having to be added to accommodate the huge number of entries. Horse and rider combinations will take to the outdoor all … Continued

Equestrian Direct Surfaces Sponsor Arena Eventing Series at Solihull Riding Club

Equine surface manufacturer, Equestrian Direct, is delighted to announce the sponsorship of the Arena Eventing series at Solihull Riding Club. The series is aimed at ‘grass root’ level eventing with 80cm and 90cm classes scheduled over the winter. The competition will take place on the large outdoor all-weather Equestrian Direct Flexiride Pro surface with a … Continued

WIN an Equestrian Direct Surface Top Up

Leading equine surface company, Equestrian Direct has launched a nationwide competition to win a Flexiride surface top up worth £1,500! Equestrian Direct are inviting horse riders up and down the country to enter via their Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning a brand new surface top up for a typical existing … Continued

Equestrian Direct Surface Up for Grabs in Pre-Novice Series at Aston-Le-Walls

Event rider Hayley Millington-Smith and her seven-year-old home produced mare, Pheonix Fire Dancer have finished the season in pole position in the Equestrian Direct Surfaces Pre-Novice Eventing Series at Aston-Le-Walls. This year three competitions were held at the prestigious Northamptonshire venue with a further three running next season. Hayley and Pheonix Fire Dancer, from Shropshire … Continued

Equestrian Direct Surfaces Expand Sponsored Eventing Team

Equine surface manufacturer, Equestrian Direct, is delighted to announce the sponsorship of three up and coming event riders; Ben Way, Colina Pickles and Bonnie Fishburn. International event rider, Ben Way, has a large team of horses working their way up through the ranks from BE100 level up to three star level. Ben also currently has … Continued

Frost-Resistant Arena Surfaces for Winter Riding

As the winter months approach don’t let the weather hamper your riding and training at home. However, riding aside, the continuous cold does raise questions for surfacing your arena and will mean you’ll be searching for an arena surface that can stand up against adverse conditions. Equestrian Direct supply arena surfaces for all weather conditions, … Continued

How To Ensure Your Riding Surface is Weather Proof

A lot of time, thought and preparation goes into creating the best possible riding surface for you and your horses so it’s vital that you know how to keep it looking great and most importantly how to keep it weather proof. Prevention and maintenance is the key to keeping your riding surface in excellent condition, … Continued

How to Properly Maintain Equine Arenas

As a responsible horse owner there should be one thing that is more important to you than anything else – your animal’s welfare. The proper maintenance of equine arenas is essential in ensuring that you safeguard against injury to the horse as well as enhance the longevity of the surface. At Equestrian Direct we can … Continued

Design an Equestrian Surface with Your Horses in Mind

When building an arena, choosing the right surface for your horse is vital. Here at Equestrian Direct we can help you choose and design the perfect equestrian surface for you and your horse. We are dedicated to providing quality riding surfaces to suit your requirements as well as your budget. So which surface is right … Continued

Choosing Cost Effective Ménage Construction

When choosing a ménage surface for your arena, it’s important you get the right one, that most adequately suits the requirements of your property and is set up to be maintained. Not doing so can lead to costly up keep and further expenses down the line, which could have been avoided. There are many different … Continued

How to Construct the Best Looking Riding Arena

If you’re in the enviable position to think about constructing your own riding arena or wish to refurbish your existing arena, it can be difficult to know where to start. You’re likely to want an arena that offers the very best riding surface in all weathers, as well as being visually attractive. Here at Equestrian … Continued

Frost-Resistant Horse Arena Surfaces for Winter Riding

Even though we are moving further into the summer months, it is highly likely that you could be looking outside the window at a dull, drab and cold scene that would be more suited to the tail-end of the year. Unfortunately that is the problem with British weather, but if you’re a passionate equestrian you … Continued

Ménage Surface – Many Choices Available to you

If you are an avid equestrian, you will without doubt realise the necessity of choosing the right and safest ménage surface for all of your equestrian needs, as settling for the cheapest option, or one that isn’t tailored for the specific use, regularly presenting a false economy that could prove fatal and will likely need … Continued

Equestrian Rubber for Indoor & Outdoor Arenas

When it comes to the surface of your indoor or outdoor riding arenas, you want to be sure that it is durable while offering comfort and safety to your horses. At Equestrian Direct, we have a fantastic range of equestrian rubber surfacing from Equiride, suitable for a range of disciplines and budgets. Just like with … Continued

The Importance of the Correct Horse Arena Construction

Many horse riders dream of having their own horse arena, as it’s something that will provide you with the freedom of riding whenever please, and can help to improve both you and your horse’s performance. In the equestrian world, horse arena construction is one of the biggest and most important investments you’ll make, so with … Continued