As most equestrians know, the better the atmosphere of your arena, the more enjoyable each ride will be. The Baldines of Bella Rose Farm needed an indoor arena, but wanted to make sure the building they chose would offer the perfect environment for both horse and rider. A Hercules Truss Arch Building from ClearSpan had everything the Baldines were looking for, and even the horses love it!
Pete and Tammy Baldine, along with their daughter, Professional Trainer Laura Reist, are the owners of Bella Rose Farm, a hunter/jumper show facility located in Morris, IL. The Baldines needed an indoor arena that would provide a bright and peaceful riding environment, and that would also be able to endure the harsh Illinois winters. After extensive research, they decided to purchase a ClearSpan Hercules Truss Arch Building.
The Baldines are extremely impressed with the atmosphere of their ClearSpan building. “The lighting is great. You really don’t need to turn on any lights during the day because it is so bright. Also, there are no spooky areas or dark corners to scare the horses, so they love it,” says Tammy. They also enjoy the peacefulness of the structure, and she says, “Even when there’s heavy wind or inclement weather, the building stays very quiet.”
Pete admits that he was initially worried about the durability of a fabric structure, but now says, “The structure has proved to be extremely sturdy. We recently got two feet of snow in one night, and I was delighted to wake up the next morning to find that the snow had slid right off the sides and left the building completely unharmed.”
Another aspect the Baldines liked about the ClearSpan experience was their interaction with the construction crew. “ClearSpan was very diligent in helping us understand exactly what we were getting and how the installation process would work,” explains Pete.
Pleased with their purchase, Pete states, “The ClearSpan building was lower in price than our other building options, but after the benefits we have experienced, we would still choose a ClearSpan structure in the future, even if it’s wasn’t the least expensive option.”
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