Choosing the Right Dressage Arena

When choosing a dressage arena the wealth of options can seem overwhelming, but if you read this short guide you will know everything you need to know to make an informed purchase.

Dressage Arena Information

There are two commonly used sizes of arena: small and standard. Both have letters assigned to positions around the arena to specify where movements are to be performed. Markers with letters on them are positioned on the sidelines of the arena to give riders visible reference points.

The standard arena is 20m x 60m, and is used for tests in dressage and eventing. The standard dressage arena letters are A-K-V-E-S-H-C-M-R-B-P-F. The letters are positioned as seen below. Horses enter the arena at an opening at position A. The small arena is 20m x 40m and its letters are A-K-E-H-C-M-B-F.

Arena Equipment Options

Here is a list of the types of dressage arena that we have available, along with pictures and details. Reading this will help you come to an informed decision on exactly what you need.

  1. Multi Surface Arena Boards
    • This option consist of separate boards that can be placed on the floor to create an easy to set up and pack away temporary arena
    • The boards are 2m and made from polypropylene, a highly resilient, lightweight and easy to clean material
    • Corner Sets are also available to provide a finishing touch and can hold plants, they can also be collapsed for ease of storage
    • With 17 boards you can construct a partially enclosed 20m x 40m arena or use 60 for a fully enclosed arena
    • 21 boards construct a partial 20m x 60m arena or 80 for fully enclosed
    • The most cost effective option for creating your own arena!
  2. Tower and Board Dressage Arena Kits
    • These kits consist of freestanding, stackable towers and 2 or 4m boards that slot neatly into the towers
    • They are maintenance free, portable and very easy to assemble
    • 20m x 40m, 20m x 60m or even 40m x 100m options are available
    • These arenas are high quality and look professional
    • Multiple options available including ones with Letter Markers
  3. Permanent Dressage Arena Kit
    • This is a professional, permanent zone for dressage events and practice
    • It consists of posts that are dug into the ground and plastic boards that slot perfectly into them
    • This kit creates a full, impressive looking arena that can happily withstand the elements
    • Perfect for consistent long term use, no need to constantly set it up and take it down
  4. CCI Professional Arena Kit
    • This arena is used at many professional dressage events
    • Designed to meet FEI requirements for height
    • Fence pieces slot together to make a seamless arena
    • Corner pieces can hold flowers
    • This set consists of 76 Standard 2m boards, 2 'Handed' 1m boards, 2 'Handed' Entrance support boards, 1 Entrance Gate Board, 4 Corners, 80 support brackets and 80 pegs for securing the support brackets

Letter Marker Options

We offer a wide selection of letter markers. Have a look at the options below to find the item that best suits you.

  1. Enclosure Marker Kit
    • Designed to be mounted to fences or the inside of Indoor Schools with screws
    • Can be simply wiped clean if they get dirty
    • Dimensions are 250mm by 300mm
    • Coloured sets available
  2. Standing Dressage Markers
    • Supported by feet that lodge into the ground
    • Strong and very durable
    • Different letter or number pack options
  3. Summit Marker Kits
    • Strong and easily portable
    • Each marker is 450mm x 324mm
    • Balanced weight through the centre handle make this easy and practical to carry and store
    • Easy to clean
  4. Dressage Letter Signs
    • Provides stable, clear and accurate signage
    • They fit neatly into our Arena Kit towers as shown below
    • Portable and strong
  5. Small Tower Dressage Markers
    • Strong and free standing
    • 35cm tall x 33cm wide
    • Portable and lightweight, making setting up an arena quick and easy
    • They stack together for ease of transport and storage
  6. Free Standing Dressage Markers
    • Made from polypropylene
    • These tall towers are maintenance free
    • No sharp edges
    • They measure 27" in height
    • They come complete with adhesive letters on all four sides
  7. Large Dressage Letter Towers
    • Made from high quality plastic
    • There is a round 15cm opening in the top which can be used for displaying flowers
    • Dimensions are 36cm x 36cm x 63cm
    • The letters are large and displayed on every side of the tower making them easy to read even from a distance
    • They have a sleek, professional look
    • Stackable for easy storage


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