Welcome to Longwood Arenas

Welcome to Longwood Arenas

As an Olympic Training Facility, Longwood Farm South has always strived to provide state of the art surfaces for our equine athletes to train on. Over the last 20 years we have experimented with arena footing that has mimicked equestrian surfaces from all over the world.  This research and trial and error process has lead us to develop an extensive knowledge base about arena footing and what not to do when installing an arena.

What makes a great riding arena

What makes a great riding arena

Longwood Arenas will build any type of arena footing a client desires, but our specialty is Geo-Textile all weather arenas.  The construction of these arenas is a complex process that utilizes state of the art Geo-Textile separation barriers and drainage systems that date back to early Roman times.  This blend of modern technology and age old proven drainage techniques creates a state of the art arenas for horses to perform at the highest of their physical ability.

The best arenas start with the best materials

The best arenas start with the best materials

The only Geo-Textile fiber additive we recommend is imported from Germany. The name of this additive is German Geo-Textile footing or GGT. It is a specific blend of fine, hair-like particles and larger textile pieces blended to mimic the root structure of natural grass footing.  The stabilizing characteristics of this fiber provides equine athletes with a surface that holds moisture, has resilience to compaction and a higher shear resistance than sand alone. 

Featured installations

Featured installations

 

Featured Arena #1 

This is an arena built to cater to some of the finest ponies in the world.  The owner requested that the arena have a seamless transition between the artificial surface and the native grass jump field.  We achieved this through the importation and installation of a unique rubber curb to allow her students to transition between the Geo-Textile riding surface and the native grass safely and with ease.   

Featured Arena #2 

This is one of the largest German Geo-Textile arenas in central Florida.  It was built for a Three-Day Eventing Olympic Training facility, which also hosts Grand Prix Class horse shows, one of only three facilities in Ocala to do so.  It was designed with flowing boarders to allow the show staff to quickly groom the surface during shows without having to back into corners.  

Featured Arena #3 

This arena was built for the United States Olympic Team’s training facility.  It is a regulation size arena built to train the world’s finest equestrian athletes.  We worked closely with the U.S. Olympic Coach David O’Connor to develop this arena to cater to the exact specifications he requested.  

Round Pens 

This round pen uses another formulation of sand that has more binding qualities to allow the owner to not have to groom the surface as much as a typical round pen surface. 

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