Winning Dressage Surfaces
Winning Dressage Surfaces

Our range of dressage surfaces have been specifically created to be safe, perform and to last. Whether you train to compete or to enjoy dressage in its classical form, it is important to select a surface which lets you achieve your potential.

We understand that, for Dressage, you need to be confident that the surface will Emile Faurie - Dream of Heielberg - High Performance Dressage Surfaceprovide:

  • A secure footing, allowing your horses to perform more confidently
  • Exactly the right balance of stability and energy return (spring) to encourage your horses to be expressive in their paces and develop top line, while performing to the best of their ability.
  • Martin Collins arenas are precision-installedMartin Collin Durable dressage surfaces.

  • Our surfaces are individually blended to your requirements and geographic location
  • With correct maintenance, we fully expect our arenas and surfaces to perform consistently for many years.  Some of our customers with heavy use surfaces, are still getting great performance more than 15 years after initial installation.
  • We know how:Martin Collins Safety First Surfaces

  • tough Dressage can be on your horses’ joints and how important your arena surface is to keeping your horses sound.
  • older, more advanced horses, tend to prefer surfaces that provide greater stability
  • important it is for the surface to have sufficient shear,  to reduce the likelihood of splints and filled joints developing in younger horses.
  • Our surfaces are designed to replicate good turf and reduce injury risks.

    Identifying your dressage arena needs

    arena surface size hamburg derbyThe level you compete at, or what you do with your dressage horses, will determine the ideal arena size for you:

    • 20 x 40 Dressage arena for  training (short arena)
    • 20 x 60 Dressage arena (long arena)
    • 25 x 65 Dressage arena (over size).  This allows you to prepare your floor plan and for your entrance in Dressage to Music / Free-style competitions.

    If you would like to know more about the dressage surface solutions provided by Martin Collins, visit our Ecotrack, Activ-track Or Clopf pages, or contact us now.

    Dressage clients who trust us

    This is what Laura Tomlinson says about her various Martin Collins surfacesLaura Bechtolsheimer at Olympia

    "A good quality surface is hugely important when you are riding and training top class dressage horses. We train on a Martin Collins surface at home, and to compete at a venue on a Martin Collins surface is fantastic, as it gives me the confidence that we can perform to the very best of our ability".

    Or read other testimonials

    This is what Bishop Burton College say about their Ecotrack surfaces

    "We are delighted with our Martin Collins surfaces and have been since they were installed during 2010 for the FEI Pony European Championships, both from the point of view of being used for high profile competition in a variety of disciplines, and from the heavy usage that the waxed surface in particular gets during our normal busy day to day activity. We have found them straightforward to maintain, and well received by the competitors at our many and varied competitions, and indeed anyone riding on them". Kim Knightley, Equine Director.

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    This is what Barleyfields Equestrian Centre said about their Activ-Track surface

    “We are delighted with the surface and thank you so much - we had our first dressage competition today (6 Nov) and it rode absolutely beautifully - everyone was very complimentary. Our first lessons were held on Thursday afternoon - it was then in solid and constant use until Saturday evening. The school horses love it - and our steadier ponies have found a new lease of life!” Fiona Holton, owner.

    Or read other testimonials

    "The Activ Track surface supplied by Martin Collins has exceeded all our expectations. The service provided was excellent, from initial contact through to completion, and I would not hesitate to recommend Martin Collins to anyone" - Clive Halsall 

    Clive has produced and ridden horses to Grand Prix level, and is an International 3* Dressage Judge.

    Based in Lancashire, Clive’s base at Walton Fold Farm is a purpose built dressage training facility, with extensive stabling, and international sized indoor and outdoor arenas. Clive teaches dressage training at all levels. 

    Read our other testimonials.

    All budgets catered for

    Whether you are an event organiser, professional rider, livery yard owner or a keen amateur looking to:

    Martin Collins can offer a quality solution for all budget levels and can be more affordable than you might think. Contact us now.

    We're here to help

    Despite being involved in arenas and surfaces at top venues across the world, Martin Collins’ staff still have their ‘feet firmly on the ground’. We are all approachable and experienced horse people who want you to achieve the best for you and your horses, whatever you do with them.  Whether you are looking to:

    • put in a new arena for the first time and just want to talk through your ideas, or
    • improve your current surface, or
    • are confused by all the different types available on the market today

    Why not call 01488-71100 or contact us now for some initial, informal advice.

    Following a telephone consultation, an initial site visit can be arranged if required. UK site visits will be free of charge*

    *subject to location and project scope

    Choose the service level to suit you
    Martin Collins offers four types of service:


    We use our own experienced team of arena builders who work across the UK, so you benefit from a joined-up approach from start to finish, across the construction, surface installation and fencing of your arena.

    Proper maintenance and ‘grooming’ are key to the longevity of your surface. So, following installation, we help to ensure your surface continues to provide optimal performance by offering:

    • FREE ongoing after care support and
    • A choice of flexible maintenance packages.  Contact us for more information.

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