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How do I build my riding arena?

The practical how-to guide: Build your own riding arena. We’ll show you how.

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All products at a glance

We can provide all the products for your high-quality riding arena surface: Riding arena mats, footings and riding arena planners.

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Do you have any questions about your riding arena project? We will be delighted to help you!

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Our products at a glance

The OTTO-PerforatedMat™ for self-built riding surfaces
OTTO-IndoorMats are ideally suited to install yourself
High-quality OTTO-ARENATEX footing
Special OTTO ArenaTölt footing for Icelandic horses

Congratulations to Tina Hensel (GER) with PETITE FLEUR PJ on her victory.

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[Translate to Englisch:] CSI2*  21.-24.04.2022 - Springturnier

The international show jumping tournament in Stadl-Paura is celebrating its eagerly awaited comeback after a break of several years and is attracting…

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At this year's Easter CDI4* at the horse center Stadl-Paura we were allowed to present 2 dressage events at once:

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Laid OTTO-StableMats at the stud farm ISSELHOOK
Oliveira Stables outdoor riding arena
Pferd International München - International horse fair

Springplatz booth SP 52 (Jumping arena)

Munich, Germany

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[Translate to Englisch:] Pferd Wels Pferdefachmesse

Hall 5, booth 410

International horse fair

Wels, Austria

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Would you like to find out more about our products, build or renovate a riding arena, plan an equestrian event, require a riding arena planner or help in choosing the right footing? We have already published some of the questions here. We would be happy to discuss your requirements.


The OTTO Arena team is specialised in helping you if you wish to build your own riding arena. We provide installation instructions, valuable tips from experts and, of course, support via telephone, regardless of any questions you may have during your building project. A supervisor can also assist you on site if required.

This will enable you to find out how to construct our riding surface systems in advance.


The OTTO-PerforatedMat™ is a riding arena mat that has been developed specifically for equestrian sports and is suitable for almost all disciplines (dressage, show- jumping, gallop tracks, lunging circle, paddock, etc.). For all other disciplines, including the "Western" riding style, please contact our team for professional advice.


In classic equestrian arena construction with the OTTO-PerforatedMat, we recommend installing the footing with a layer thickness of only 8 – 10 cm, measured from the top edge of the knobs. If, for whatever reason, you do not wish to install the OTTO-PerforatedMat, the footing layer needs to be raised to a thickness of approx. 12 – 15 cm.

When constructing an OTTO-Ebb&Flow arena, a layer thickness of approx. 13 cm has to be calculated to ensure the capillary effect from the subbase up into the footing. After installation, the layer thickness also amounts to approx. 10 cm measured from the top edge of the knobs.

If you have a quartz sand works in your area or specific contacts you’d like to use, please send us a sample (approx. 500 g) of the sand you want to use. We will examine the sample in our laboratory for its properties and immediately notify you whether its composition is suitable for the requirements of your riding surface.


About OTTO Arena

Our expertise in your hands

Your do-it-yourself project: OTTO Arena will help you realise your dream of creating and building the perfect riding surface yourself.

2 strong partners: OTTO Sport specialises in the turnkey construction of riding surfaces, while OTTO Arena focuses entirely on the distribution of professional products for your riding arena. For over 30 years, OTTO Sport has been a byword among professional equestrians and leisure riders alike for high-quality and particularly durable riding arena surfaces, and OTTO Arena also benefits from this knowledge.

OTTO Arena: your new partner for self-built riding arenas. With us, you don't be leaving your project to chance: With patented products and practical knowledge, we will guide you during planning and construction. Whether riding arena, outdoor riding arena, paddock or round pen - OTTO Arena is your expert when it comes to perfection.