Depending on which discipline you ride, the size of you riding ring will change. Also, the number of riding rings on a facility can change depending on how many people are riding there.
The size of a riding ring will change depending on what you are planning to use it for. Here are some general sizes of rings for certain disciplines:
- Small Dressage ring: 20mx40m
- Large Dressage ring: 20mx60m
- Calf roping ring: 100'x300'
- Team roping ring: 150'x300'
- Pleasure riding ring: 100'x200' to 150'x250'
- Barrel racing ring: 150'x260'
- Jumping ring: 150'x300'
- Driving ring: 150'x250'
Most of us tend to forget about how important good footing is in a riding ring. If you don't have level ground with a good cushion, the horse and rider could get hurt. That's why the footing is the most important part when building a riding ring.
The ground is composed of three layers; subbase, base and footing. The subbase is the levelled earth. The base is anywhere from 4 to 12 inches thick and is compacted so that horses have a solid and levelled ground to move on. The footing is the 2 to 6 inches of sand that you see in the ring. It isn't compacted and give a nice cushion to both you and the horse.
So there you have it, now you know a little bit more about the riding ring. Maybe next time we all go out riding, we'll appreciate all the hard work and designing it takes to keep our horses and ourselves safe.
I wish you all the best with your equine adventures. Thank you for reading my blog and be sure to come back next week for the next blog post.
Until then, happy riding!