King's Hill

Jim & Marilynn Dammon
W. Lafayette, Indiana
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Indoor and Outside Arenas Rebuilt

  • Layered base per USDF plans in the 2000 edition of Under Foot 
  • Indoor ring clay base with 50/50 mix of sand & rubber
  • Outside ring compacted crushed limestone base over stabilized clay with a course sand riding surface
  • HID metal halide lighting installed indoors increasing brightness 800% to allow action photography without flash 
Indoor Ring work
On the indoor ring we scraped the rubber surface into a windrow down the middle of the ring.  A layer of old wood footing product was then removed.  This old material had broken down to a fine power and packed under the rubber.  It would collect water over time resulting in slippery spots.  We replaced this with 1.5 inches of course manufactured lime sand.  Particle size is 2 - 4mm.

Indoor Ring Sand Addition
Conveyor trucks spread the sand uniformly over the surface.  By not dumping in piles, it made the initial leveling easier.  Also with only 14 feet of clearance, we would have had to use many small trucks to bring in the sand.  Rubber was re-spread and mixed.  The ring is complete and open for use.  Everyone seems pleased with the results.        

Outdoor Ring
All old footing was removed down to a surface of clean clay.  The surface was leveled with a drainage slope to one side and then compacted with a vibratory double drum roller.  

Outdoor Ring Base
A second layer was added over the clay sub base.  This was crushed limestone with fines to aid in packing.  It was sloped to the same 1% side to side grade as the sub base and compacted with the road roller.  Finally, 2.5 inches of stone sand was added as a riding surface.   The new ring has a very uniform feel and is no longer dusty when dry.