How To Make Dressage Arena Letters
Setting up your own dressage arena is a whole lot of fun – and the letters are the finishing touches. It’s nice to have them looking good.
We’ve arranged some easy methods in order of difficult. (our favourite is the PVC foam method, which looks great and is cheap).
One – Waterproofed cardboard (Super easy & quick).
This is the easiest method – you could probably get it done in an hour or two using things you already have lying around. It looks pretty good from a distance, and is certainly passable.
- Cut the letters out of some corrugated cardboard.
- Paint over the cardboard with black paint.
- Put together a water and glue mixture. Dip the letters in the mixture and cover both sides.
- Clip to a line to dry.
- If you’re a perfectionist – go over the letters with black paint one more time to tidy up any irregularities.
Download the letters here to trace onto your cardboard.
Two – Soccer cones and mailbox letters (easy)
An easy, practical method if you can go to a store and get the right cones.
This is great if you’ve outlined a dressage arena on flat ground.
- Buy soccer drill cones & letterbox letters
- Attach the letterbox letters a little below the half way point.
- Cut off the top of the cones.
This is a nice way to get a professional looking dressage marker. For added flourish, you can put an upturned pot inside the marker and place some flowers on top so the poke through.
Three – Foam sheets (medium difficulty)
The hardest part of this method is sourcing the foam sheets. Some places like Bunnings sell them for about $10 for a pack of foam sheets.
- Trace and cut letters out of the black foam.
- Attach cut-out letters to a sheet of white foam or board.
- Attach to dressage arena.
This method takes some skill and precision, but can look good and last a long time.
You can use the same letter template as above.
Four – Wooden letters (difficult)
Hand-made wooden letters are a bit of a challenge – but if you’re handy with wood and have some left over slats, they last a long time and can look nice unpainted.
Your letters will be slightly blocky – but that can all be part of the charm.
- Print out the letter template below.
- Cut length of wood that match the template.
- Glue the wood together and allow to dry.
- Apply varnish if desired.
Download a template here for wooden block letters.
Five – Professional dressage letters (easy, expensive)
The easy but expensive way. Horse stores often sell letters pre-made. Wire framed letters can be stuck into the ground, while hang-over letters can be temporarily attached to a fence.
They’re useful & easy, but they’re also expensive and don’t always match the look you want for your arena.
For arena ideas and inspiration, download our brochure.
Seven Biggest Aviation Hangars in the World
Aircraft hangars are meticulously designed and engineered constructions, custom to protect and serve the pilot and the plane. Take a look at this array of the largest and most impressive hangars that the world has to offer.
This impressive hangar was built in the 1990’s in Brandenburg Germany. It’s purpose was to house the production and storage of the CL 160 CargoLifter airship. This enormous aircraft was never actually built and thus it is now a resort and waterpark named Tropical Islands. The Aerium Hangar is the world’s largest freestanding hall, being the size of 181,500 square feet.
This hangar is known as ‘Big Texas’, being placed on San Antonio’s Kelly Airforce Base. It is the size of 600,00 square feet. As it is actively used in the US military not much else is known to the public of its uses and purpose.
Hangar One is located in the San Francisco Area of California. It was opened in 1933 and roughly covers 348,964 square feet. Formally this large building housed the U.S.S. Macon but is now leased by Google.
Hangar B is situated in Oregon U.S.A. it was built in 1943 by the U.S Navy during the Second World War. It houses both aircrafts and blimps throughout this period. It is now part of the Tillamook Air Museum. Being as big as 317,000 square feet, it is still one of the world’s largest clear-span wooden structures.
Boeing Everett Factory
Washington U.S.A houses the Boeing Everett Factory which is technically a production plant instead of a hangar even though the factory does store newly finished Boeing planes. It is open to the public and is a popular tourist attraction being the world’s largest free-standing structure at 4.3 million square feet.
Lockheed Air Terminal
This hangar has been in use since the Second World War. It is 163,344 square feet. At the time of the war netting camouflaged the entire airport to ensure from the air it looked like rural area, to prevent bombing attacks from enemy forces. The image above illustrates the rural disguise used in the war over the airport.
Spruce Goose Dome
This unique structure is located on Long Beach, California. In the past it has housed Hughes Aircraft’s H-4 Hercules. This aircraft has the largest wingspan of any aircraft ever to be built. However it was never deployed as it was not yet completed by the end of the Second World War, for which it was developed. It covers 75,000 square feet and is now used as an event space for the Queen Mary Hotel.
This is an extremely famous hangar through Europe, standing in Salzburg Austria. It was built in the 1990’s by Dietrich Mateschitz, the founder of the energy drink Red Bull. It is 71,832 square feet and currently houses one of a kind planes owned by a group of aircraft enthusiasts known as the Flying Bulls. It also holds the Restaurant Ikarus, which is a famous high- class restaurant with rotating guest chefs.