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How Much Does It Cost to Build a Riding Arena?

For horse enthusiasts, having a riding arena on your property can be a game-changer. Whether you’re a casual rider or run a horse boarding business, an enclosed riding arena offers numerous benefits, especially during the harsh winter months. In this blog, we’ll explore the costs involved in building a riding arena and highlight the advantages of having one on your property.

exterior of a large riding arena with barn doors

Why Build a Riding Arena?

Having a riding arena provides several significant benefits:

  1. Year-Round Riding: With an enclosed arena, you can ride all year round, ensuring your horses stay active even during winter.

  2. Convenience: Avoid the hassle of trailering your horses to other facilities during bad weather.

  3. Business Opportunities: Charge for arena usage and potentially offset the building costs. This is especially beneficial if you already have barns or stables.

  4. Community Hub: Create a space where other riders can come and use your facility, fostering a local riding community.

Factors Influencing Riding Arena Pricing

The cost of building a riding arena can vary widely based on several factors:

  1. Size: The larger the arena, the more materials and labor are required, which increases costs.

  2. Customization: The level of customization, such as insulation, lighting, and specialized footing, will impact the price.

  3. Materials: High-quality materials will cost more but offer greater durability and functionality.

  4. Location: Local construction rates and material availability can affect overall costs.

interior of a large riding arena in Kelowna BC

Cost to Build a Riding Arena

  1. Basic Riding Arena: A simple, smaller arena with open sides and minimal customization might start at around $200,000.

  2. Mid-Range Riding Arena: For $400,000 to $700,000, you can expect a well-designed arena with partial enclosure, better materials, and some custom features like kickboards, extra doors, or lighting.

  3. High-End Riding Arena: For those looking to build a fully enclosed, top-of-the-line riding arena with all the amenities, costs can exceed $1,000,000. This option provides maximum comfort and usability, regardless of the weather.


Building a riding arena is a significant investment, but the benefits of year-round riding, convenience, and potential revenue make it worthwhile. By understanding the factors that influence pricing and knowing what you want out of your arena, you can create a space that meets your needs and fits your budget.

If you’re considering building a riding arena, reach out to us at Farrow Built. We’d love to help you design and build the perfect arena for your needs.

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