Forest Edge Arena, near Swaffham in Norfolk, is investing in its indoor and outdoor arenas to provide riders in East Anglia with an improved competition experience.
The peat-based surface in the 75 x 35m indoor arena is being upgraded to a new Andrews Bowen Pro-wax surface, while the addition of a new outdoor surfaced practice arena will enable the venue to hold long-arena dressage competitions and make the most of its large indoor arena for show jumping shows for the first time.
Owner Penny Garrett explains: “We want Forest Edge to be a credible and professional venue that can host competitions at the highest level, so we are investing the time, money and effort to make it happen.”
The new indoor surface is being installed on 27 July, while work on the outdoor practise arena will begin in the next couple of weeks.
“In the past we have had to use a section of the indoor arena as a warm-up and collecting ring, where as the new outdoor warm-up will allow us to use the whole of the indoor arena for competition,” continues Penny.
The centre also has two new fenced grass arenas, with a purpose-built grass arena, incorporating a Derby bank and water jump, due to be added next year.
Other recent developments include a new café, seating up to 60; a new snug area with woodburner and leather sofas, overlooking the indoor arena; and electric hook-up points and new showers for those wishing to stay overnight.