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    Fabric Buildings for Equestrian Arenas—It’s All About Loving Your Horse(s)

    Our equestrian clients are a special breed. They absolutely love their horses, and it shows when we talk to them about building a tension fabric riding arena. Everything about our structures—the natural light, the quiet acoustics, the protection from heat and cold—makes your riding arena perfect for your equine friends. 


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    tension fabric riding arena

    Custom to the Core

    Legacy buildings are custom designed to meet the specific needs of your horses and the riding needs of our clients, whether that is dressage, jumping, show, or even polo. For our equestrian customers, it's all about their horses and we get that. 

    Suppose you and your facility, either a racetrack or fairground, is looking at adding or expanding stables, barns, or a riding arena. In that case, some factors should go into your decision-making process, such as:

    • Building Rigidity
    • Building Ventilation
    • Building Atmosphere

    Why Choose Legacy Fabric Buildings

    Built for Permanence

    Legacy's tension fabric structures are built with solid steel I-beams, making them long-lasting and weather resilient. Solid steel is the best material for a structure you can use for decades. Our rigid steel frame design give our buildings customizability and engineering certainty. 

    Engineering certainty means our structures can withstand snow loads, high winds, and seismic conditions. With buildings in the Andes, northern Alberta, and hurricane alley Florida, are testimony to the building expertise we offer to our clients. Our Florida Product Approval, one of the strictest requirements in the building sector, tells you we know buildings. 

    Add to that our proprietary Exxotec™ PVC fabric; our buildings are creating a new standard for equestrian structures. 

    tension fabric horse arena in Florida

    Building Ventilation

    A Legacy fabric barn or fully enclosed riding arena is custom designed to provide maximum airflow, reducing moisture buildup and condensation. Gravity ventilation is the most cost-effective source of cool, fresh air to keep horses and riders comfortable. 

    Riding pavilions can allow a slight breeze through the building, supplying a constant fresh air source. Legacy designs buildings with a higher roof, allowing more air intake and clearance for warm, wet air to rise. 

    Options for rooftop ventilation include an entirely open ridge and various-sized exhaust ports. A constant airflow ventilation system can be created using roof vents and ground-level air intake. 

    Overhangs extend beyond the structure's sidewalls, mitigating moisture and repelling precipitation. With the additional building height and higher overhangs, your barn or riding arena will have ample clearance for tractors, stacked hay, or equipment to pass underneath. 

    roof vents on tension fabric building

    Building Atmosphere

    Horses have more sensitive hearing than humans but can also multitask and pay attention to multiple sound sources simultaneously - their sophisticated hearing raises the importance of acoustics in an equine environment. Fabric structures are naturally quieter, with reduced reverberation - especially compared to traditional steel sheeting materials. Customers report that their horses are much calmer in an enclosed tension fabric arena, barn, or open-air riding pavilion. 

    The fabric walls and roof panels are also thermally non-conductive, meaning it generally stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. 

    Legacy's white  ExxoTec™ PVC fabric provides 12% translucency. Choosing a Legacy open-air or uninsulated structure would allow natural sunlight to enter, which can be beneficial for horses. Additionally, the light that enters can reduce shadows, which can spook horses. Not only does natural light create a beautiful environment, but it can also make humans more productive and horses more serene. 

    Our customers are reconsidering how barns and arenas can look and operate as a result of the new trend Legacy has started in these structures. You can be confident you get an ideal solution for you, your horses, and the equestrians using the facility. 

    Legacy structures can be tailored to your horses' needs. Options include insulation, attached barns, wash bays, and tack rooms. Our tension fabric equine structure offers superior performance compared to traditional buildings and other fabric structures in horse care. 


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    Our Process

    Design 01

    Whether you have a complete building spec or just an idea in mind, our team will lead you through the design process with expertise and efficiency.

    Engineer 02

    Our in-house engineering team leads the charge on creative solutions that benefit all project stakeholders—namely you.

    Manufacture 03

    Legacy is an end-to-end manufacturer, meaning your project will be built right on site in our 87,000 sq ft facility in St. Cloud, MN.

    Install 04

    Now to the good stuff. Your installation benefits from our safe, effective process in one of two ways—your Legacy rep onsite with local crews or full install services.

    Case Study

    Silver Drache Farms Dressage Arena

    22,000 sq ft Professional Riding Arena | Palm City, FL

    Silver Drache Farm is a private equestrian facility used to train and board dressage horses in Palm City, Florida. The highly trained horses require daily exercise – which is not always possible with an outdoor arena. “The type of training that we do would require us to be in the sun for an extended period of time,” said Andrea Eppley, owner of Silver Drache Farm LLC. “In south Florida that’s just not practical.”

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    Silver Drache Farms Dressage Arena

    Winnemucca Rodeo and Event Center

    54,400 sq ft Equestrian Event Center | Winnemucca, NV

    This structure provides the advantages of an open air design with protection from the elements for the cattle. An adjustable vent system keeps it dry and cool inside.

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    Winnemucca Rodeo and Event Center

    Seahorse Run Covered Riding Arena

    20,000 sq ft Covered Riding Arena | Suffolk, VA

    Seahorse Run is an equestrian boarding and training facility that provides a full range of services to riders of all disciplines, including training, clinics, and competitions. As a top class riding facility, Seahorse Run uses specialized footing that allows the horses to perform their best and prevents injuries. Protecting this footing is a high priority for Seahorse Run owner Flynn Gladden. “If you don’t have a cover, the ground is too inconsistent to ride,” said Gladden.

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    Seahorse Run Covered Riding Arena

    Kuka Equestrian Center Riding Arena and Barn

    50,400 sq ft Riding Arena with Attached Barn | Maple Plain, MN

    This combines a barn area with a riding arena, so it does it all. Natural light and horse-friendly acoustics are just two benefits of working with fabric.

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    Kuka Equestrian Center Riding Arena and Barn

    Palm Meadows Training Center

    118,192 total sq ft horse barn pavilions

    These four barns were built at Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach, Florida. These barns are 83 feet by 356 feet, each housing 96 stalls in each barn.

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    Palm Meadows Training Center

    Red Tail Ranch Equestrian Center

    30,800 sq ft Fully Enclosed Riding Arena

    Red Tail Ranch is a state-of-the-art equestrian center located in Colorado. The center features full service horse boarding, outdoor riding area and an 140x 220 indoor riding arena designed, manufactured and installed by Legacy Building Solutions.

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    Red Tail Ranch Equestrian Center

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    Their mission is customer service.

    My family owned and operated Kuka Equestrian Center LLC. From the get-go, Legacy Building Solutions has been absolutely wonderful to work with. Their mission is customer service. If you have any questions, you don't get the runaround and someone is on it right away, and they stay in communication with you. If you are in need of a building, look to Legacy Building Solutions and let them put together the perfect building for you.

    Mike Kuka

    It's kind of like being outside all the time but still having shade.

    I love the amount of sunlight that you still get through the roof. It stays pretty warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. It͛s very quiet inside. When you get rain or hail or wind, there's no banging or clanging, no sharp or rough sounds. The acoustics are good. It's fresh and dry and clean. You don't ever have condensation dripping off the roof. It's a controlled environment, yet you still get the benefit of the daylight coming in.

    Joel Marr

    Amazing amount of light.

    You stand inside and have this amazing amount of light. It’s hard for me to imagine that anyone would want to have a metal roof over them.

    Lynda Krogh Highland Farms
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