One our most exciting buildings of the last couple of years has been the new rodeo cover for the Stockman’s Hall of Fame.
It’s been a great privilege to work on what has been a fantastic project for an excellent organisation. From the foundations through to the finishing touches, we could not be happier with how this project turned out.
The Hall of Fame has had a very clear vision for what they wanted, and this new addition to a Queensland institution has been turned into something unique and excellent.
Below are the photos from laying the first foundations through to completion.
The frame, erected
Horse’s Unexpected Favourite Flavour
A taste testing session involving eight equine tasters was conducted to discover which flavour was their favourite.
A collection of flavours were mixed in with regular pellets of cereal meal to see which flavour the horses would eat most of.
The most popular flavour: Fenugreek.
This was closely followed by banana as a close number two.
A full list of the horse taster’s preference is below:
Favourite – Fenugreek
To see our horse arena photos, download an EquinaBuild brochure here.
Indoor Arena Etiquette
Quick note: People ride because they love it. Intentions are always good, so try to be kind and understanding if errors are made.
Always wear a helmet
Even if you aren’t riding. If you step into the arena, you need to have a helmet on.
Mount outside the arena or in the very middle
Otherwise, you risk getting in everyone’s way – which is dangerous. This is the same for making adjustments to your stirrups etc.
Ride in the direction of the other horses
Don’t ride against the flow, it will make things more difficult for everyone.
Close the gate behind you
Don’t leave any gaps open through which horses could escape.
Let faster horses/riders travel on the outside of the track
Fast outside, slower inside. This helps things flow best.
Don’t leave horses unattended
Sharing an indoor requires everyone to be aware and cautious of their horses at all times.
Announce your intentions
If you’re about to pass someone from behind, say ‘passing on your left’. Do this for all actions that it would benefit others to know.
Maintain a horse length from the horse in front of you
This allows everyone time to react to anything unplanned.
Don’t talk over the rail
Doing this will put you in the way of other horses and riders. If you need to talk to your trainer, make sure you’re out of others’ path.
No dogs on the arena
This could spook other horses. Dogs can also get in the way of riders.
Give your commands quietly
Don’t shout or yell when commanding your horse. This makes the arena more difficult for everyone to enjoy.
Clean up afterwards
Make sure that any mess you’ve made is cleaned up when your session is over.
Warm of any loud noises
If you’re going to do something you know will cause a loud noise, let others know. A loud sliding door could spook other horses.
Read more: 16 equestrian tips and tricks
Download: Dressage arena dimension sheet