Footing Upgrade Project
Update as of April 30:
Footing Upgrade: It's Happening!
RIGHT NOW, our new European Geo-Textile footing is being spread on all of our rings- View our Footing Upgrade photo album to see how this project has been coming together.
Come check it out! GMHA's rings will be open for schooling on May 7 after 4pm through May 9. Bring your horse and see the difference for yourself- and tell us what you think! All must check in at the office and present a current coggins and proof of rabies vaccination, and all riders must sign a liability waiver when they arrive.
We Need Your Help
The Good News: $80,000 has already been raised, and the project is expected to come in well below initial estimates.
BUT…. GMHA still needs your support! An additional $95,000 is needed to complete the project.
Read our UPDATED Footing Upgrade brochure...
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What's the Plan?
1. Install New Footing System in All Rings
GMHA will be working with Brian McNeil of E=MC Equestrian Arenas & Surfaces International to manage the footing selection and installation process.
Brian has over 15 years experience, and has completed more than 300 installations and designs worldwide.
GMHA will be starting the 2013 season with the European Geo-Textile fiber footing additive blended with a local high-quality, washed, angular sand!
This was made possible thanks to the generous support of our suppliers and sponsors St. Pierre, Inc, Pro-Equus, and Footing First! These two materials will be pre-mixed before arriving at GMHA, under the supervision of our footing consultant, Brian McNeil. The bases of all rings will be evaluated and faults will be corrected before spreading the new footing mix.
The fiber-filament additive retains elasticity and bounce, improves drainage and dust control, and provides great traction control over a long life span. This footing has been proven to protect equine ligaments and joints, thus reducing the risk of injury and prolonging the careers of performance horses.
The addition will put GMHA’s footing on par with the top competitions sites in the country.
2. Complete Turf Projects as Part of XC Upgrade
While funds raised during last year’s Cross-Country Upgrade Project went a long way toward improving footing and tracks...
There are additional areas needing attention.
There are several tracks which would benefit greatly from additional work, and the far water crossing and banks require reworking to increase versatility.
3. Protect & Maintain Our Improvements
A screen system will be constructed surrounding the low ends of the Dust Bowl and Upwey Ring to keep the fiber-filament blends underfoot where they belong. In the event of a flood, the screen will prevent the footing blend from leaving the ring and washing downstream.
GMHA will purchase a new arena groomer to properly maintain our new footing.
A roller will also be purchased, which will allow us to “seal” the footing during major weather events and create a firmer surface for carriage driving.
A manual of institutional knowledge will be created with the help of E=MC Equestrian Arenas to ensure consistent maintenance of our footing.
Last year, GMHA was able to purchase an aerovator to repair and maintain our turf. Additional funds are needed to institute maintenance programs to ensure the ongoing quality of turf footing.
Please Help Support the Upgrade!
Now accepting donations via Visa and Mastercard!
Naming Opportunities & Donor Recognition:
Donors at all levels will be recognized on a permanent display on the GMHA grounds. GMHA welcomes donations at all levels.
To make a donation quickly and securely with your Visa or Mastercard in these designated amounts, use these buttons:
The following special opportunities are available to individuals, barns, or businesses:
- $5,000-$9,999: Adirondack chair with plaque for spectator seating near the ring of your choice.
- $10,000 and up: A full section of the White Ring fence marked with your name.
- $100,000: Name a ring! Only three opportunities available: Dust Bowl, White Ring, Upwey Ring.
Create your naming opportunity by clicking on the button below and entering your donation amount... OR on our Footing Upgrade Donation form!
Pool Your Resources!
Enter Our Barn Fundraising Contest
Does your barn love coming to GMHA each year? Excited about the Footing System Upgrade?
The barn that competes together can give together! Enter the Barn Fundraising Contest with all of your barnmates to help the cause and receive some cool recognition for your efforts.
The barn that raises the most money will receive not only bragging rights, but a special set of saddle pads and fly veils from KLSelect.
To enter, just include your barn’s information on our Footing Upgrade Donation form. Want a recap of this crucial information? Download our Footing System Upgrade Brochure...