5 Indoor Riding Arenas That Will Blow Your Mind

Cold, sleety, miserable days like this make me hanker for an indoor–especially if it happened to be one of these.


Stork’s Nest Farm

Location: Czech Republic

Designer: SGL Projekt (Prague)

Dimensions: 112 feet in diameter, 41 feet in height

Why it’s amazing: Inspired by some 90 generations of storks that nest at this farm each year, the riding arena is built with arched timber beams covered in translucent polycarbonate and a woven nest of oak logs. This unique design, which includes a large operable skylight in the center of the arena, allows some natural daylight to filter through while providing enough shade to avoid overheating. The stands seat up to 200 spectators.

Source/photos: inhabitat.com






Reitarena Stubei 

Location: Fulpmes, Austria

Architect: AO Architekten

Why it’s amazing: Terraced into the hillside, the arena incorporates a sloped roof and boulders to harmonize with the surrounding landscape. The structure is enclosed by a windscreen that protects horse and rider from the elements while disclosing stunning mountain views. Very Frank Lloyd Wright… I like it.

Source/photos: meowa.com





Grand Central Farm

Location: North Salem, NY

Dimensions: 180 X 108 feet

Architect: Jeff Pearson of Pearson & Peters Architects (Lexington, KY)

Why it’s amazing: Who says indoor arenas have to feel claustrophobic? This arena’s laminated timber arches rise 55 feet into the air, giving it a cathedral feel, while radiant heaters can warm the indoor to 45 degrees. The arena was finished with Jolicoeur footing.

Source/photos: Grand Central Farm and unalam.com





Centre d’entrainement de Grosbois à Boissy-Saint-Léger

Location: Boissy-Saint-Léger en Val-de-Marne, France

Dimensions: 253 X 76 feet

Why it’s amazing: This equestrian center is on the site of a 17th-century French castle, the Château de Grosbois, purchased in 1962 by the Société d’Encouragement à l’Elevage du Cheval Français for conversion into a harness racing track, training center and equine vocational school. The contrast between the arena’s dark wood paneling and its inset skylights and windows is stunning.

Source: ecole-des-courses-hippiques.fr, wikipedia.org, cheval-francais.eu

Photos: CG94 via Flickrlacavalieremasquee.com




Winter Riding School

Location: Vienna, Austria

Dimensions: 180 X 59 feet

Architect: Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach

Why it’s amazing: Home to performances of the Spanish Riding School, this celebrated hall was built between 1729 and 1735 and is one of the oldest maneges of its kind in the world. Drenched in sunlight, the white hall dazzles with hues of silver and gold while chandeliers glitter overhead.

Source/photos: Wikipedia.com



Go Riding (indoors, if possible).

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