Q & A with Brett Cantle
Discipline or specialist area – Eventing – dressage, showjumping, cross country
Location – Gympie
- Brett Cantle is an EA Level 2 Eventing specialist coach based in Gympie
- one of Queensland’s most well respected and popular Eventers
- The Bundaberg region has a proud reputation for producing keen, skilled young riders
What size arena does your discipline typically require?? – eg 20 x 60, 50 x 80, 40 x 100?? Etc
The bigger the better but most would be very happy with a 60 by 20
What do you think makes a great indoor arena? eg Natural light, ventilation, surface/footings, PA access?
Good surface, good structure and a wall/fence around it so you don’t hit the poles!
If you could build a perfect covered arena for yourself – what key elements would you include? Eg Mirrors, lights, doorways, hose points, viewing platoform?
Size and affordability first, then a good surface, irrigation to wet the surface to prevent dust – so tanks on the indoor, lights, mirrors, a good fence, viewing platform would be awesome as well! Sounds great to me!
Have you experienced a badly designed covered arena – if so what did you not like – or what was the issue?
Bad surface – does not relate to the roof though!
Do you have any other preferences for arena fit out – kick boards, stables, seating, office/bathrooms, wash bays??
Of course! But it all cost money! Elevated viewing area with facilities to make tea/coffee, toilets, seating/small grandstand – don’t want wash bay too close to arena
Make sure the drainage is good so you don’t have storm water washing in.