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t was time to build a covered arena enabling us to ride during the winter and rainy days. Since my daughter and sons ride, we decided to open a small equestrian training facility in upper Squamish. We chose to go with an arena by WeCover Structures as we liked the way it looked with the A-frame, and the white roof was a bonus to let the light in and use less power to light the structure. We also wanted to have an open look to the covered ring. We were so excited to have lights and be able to ride at night. One of the biggest benefits for us is that with the environment in our WeCover arena, it allows us to ride comfortably and do lessons all winter long. Our footing was amazingly well preserved all winter, we kept the sides open and the horses are very happy in the environment. The arena measures 72 x 120 with open sides and will have kick boards with fencing surrounding the riding area. We have sand footing with a rock base which has been perfect the whole winter. A rainwater collection system is in the plans and will be installed providing abundant supply for equestrian needs. In addition, we purchased a barn package including 12 x 12 box stalls with in/out access to a 12 x 29 gravel paddock. The paddocks will be adjacent to and provide access to grass turnout that will be used year-round. There are 40 x 120 summer grazing turnouts for horses, in addition to having both indoor and outdoor rings available for turnout. We also offer a 100 x 200 outdoor ring and flat 600’ x 200’ cross country field. Surefyre has partnered with Trinity Equestrian and coach Jinny Antilla. Together we support our riders that board here and any haul-ins for lessons, and will offer horseback riding lessons from beginner through to competitive coaching.  - Kimberlee Labrenz, www.surefyre.ca 34 • MARCH 2016

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