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Dressage Rider Enjoys the Convenience of Her Very Own Riding Arena


A pole barn riding arena with specially designed sliding barn doors and just the right building width lets this dressage enthusiast train right on her own property.


Check out this video on the project, then scroll down to learn more about the details.



Project Details


What the owner wanted


Jayme F. is an avid dressage rider who trains multiple times a week with her horse. Unfortunately, she had to spend numerous hours every week driving to and from a riding arena. That’s why she and her husband ultimately decided they needed to have an arena of their own.


What was special about the project


It’s true that there are standard widths for pole barns. But for Jayme’s riding arena, a typical 60-foot-wide building wouldn’t work. “I said, ‘Guys, I really need 66 feet wide just to meet the geometry of some of the requirements of my riding discipline.’”


Today, Jayme has that extra 6 feet she needs for her dressage training. On top of that, she also has a building that lets plenty of outside light come through. “I don’t need natural light, but I was hoping we could find some way to work that into the design.”


The builder (discussed below) found a way to do that with a set of specially designed sliding barn doors with extra-large windows. “I love them,” says Jayme.


Who helped build it


Jayme and her husband chose Ag Builders, an authorized Wick Builder that was also conveniently located nearby. But they did do their homework before making a decision.


“We looked at costs of different companies and Wick was comparable if not better than some of the others we looked at, and we knew the quality was good,” says Jayme.


She also says Brandon Pletcher from Ag Builders was great to work with—and the relationship continues today. “He’s always just, ‘Is there anything going on with the building? Is it doing what you need it to do?”


Why a pole barn from Wick Buildings was the right choice


Pole barns can be built faster than other options and work especially well when an unobstructed and expansive interior is a necessity—like in a riding arena. But not all pole barns are equal.


Jayme says her husband had experience with Wick buildings and was familiar with their quality. According to her, that’s why it was “a no-brainer” to go with Wick. Here are just a few examples of the advantages they’ve gained with a Wick building:


Superior lumber. Wick uses only lumber that meets or exceeds machine graded specifications for all structural components, from trusses and columns to girts and purlins. In addition to the visual benefits of this cleaner lumber, it’s at least 15% stronger than regular lumber.


Durable steel. All Wick pole barns include full-hard exterior steel, with 80,000 PSI hardness or better, resulting in less dents. That steel is also G-90 galvanized for better corrosion protection. Our paint is warrantied not to chip or crack for 40 years and comes in a spectrum of colors. Jayme and her husband chose white walls, charcoal gray wainscoting, and a charcoal gray roof.


Builders who bring a personal touch. Pole barns can be extremely versatile. But that potential for versatility requires a skilled builder who understands that every customer has unique needs. For example, that’s why today Jayme has a dressage-appropriate building width and a space with plenty of natural light.


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