The Construction Process...
We had thought of doing it ourself originally - boy am I glad we didn't toy with THAT idea for too long! The company was father and son business C.J.Arenas and we 100% recommend them!
So here we are, in pictures, from start to finish ....
|Middle Field, looking towards where the manége will be|
(along the far side of the central fence)
|The slope can be seen clearly here - the manége will run |
along beside the wire fence in the distance behind the pony
There's quite a drop in the level!
|A BIG hole appears....|
|The spoil from the hole builds up the other end....|
|Lots of levelling is involved|
|The sand and stones arrive|
|Baz absolutely ADORED his very own private beach!|
|The stones weren't so much fun though|
Baz's little face when he first discovered that his private beach had gone!
He was SO disappointed!
However he is now delighted with his very own football pitch! He loves playing ball in the school! (and of course, we built it just for HIM! LOL )
|The fencing arrives|
|and the posts are put in|
|and the channels are made for the drainage|
|the stones have gone down - and then the sand|
Our construction was more difficult because of the slope of the field
The school drops about 6 feet at the north end (ground going down into the school)
then drops about 15 feet at the south end (away from the school)
so to get it level that involved a lot of digging down one end a
nd building up at the other. B
|then the top rubber and fibre mix surface|
|finally the gate and the track up to it|
|And the manége is ready for....|
|Lexie to enjoy!|
|the western slope from the direction of the main gate|
and round to the south
you can see the height of the southern slope here
|and back towards the main gate|
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|The depth down at the north-east corner|
|looking over the end rail|
The south-west corner
it's so high up it's a bit like having your own hill fort!
Our thanks to Chris and John Gill for their hard work
(in a sweltering heat-wave!)
(couple more photos of the complete finished manége to come - call back in a couple of days!