This past November we hosted our very first open house, or as I like to call it, an open arena. We co-hosted with Five Star Performance Horses in Guilford, CT and the event was definitely a success. It provided potential customers an opportunity to come see a Hercules Truss Arch Building in person and get all the answers to their questions from our onsite Truss Arch specialist. Due to the effectiveness of our first open house, we decided to host another one next month. I thought you’d enjoy learning about our co-host, Greene Acres Equestrian Center, LLC.
It’s no secret that starting a business takes a lot of work. The entire Hodgen family pitches in at Greene Acres Equestrian Center in Belchertown, MA, where they have been offering boarding, lessons, leasing, trailering and equine dentistry. Parents Ike and Kathy manage the company, while eldest daughter Amanda is a licensed instructor and certified equine dentist. Younger daughter Candace and Steven, the youngest, help with the day-to-day operations while older son Jeffrey handles most of the construction work.
To continue to develop their business, the Hodgen family decided that they needed an indoor riding arena. “If we were going into the horse business, we needed to offer year-round training and riding to be able to compete with other successful stables in our region,” Amanda explains.
She continues, “After doing research and speaking with a ClearSpan representative, we were sold on the idea of a fabric structure.” They chose a 65′ wide by 120′ long Hercules Truss Arch Building to serve as their indoor riding arena and added custom printing to advertise their equestrian center.
“When people found out that we were building an indoor riding arena, we started getting calls,” Amanda says. “All of the boarders that we have picked up chose us because we have an indoor arena, and having the arena also allows us to command more money for boarding.”
Amanda finds that the natural, daytime lighting and ventilation make the ClearSpan structure an ideal riding arena. “With such a good building and a great installation crew, we wouldn’t have done anything differently.”
We’re very happy that the Hodgen’s ClearSpan Fabric Structure has been working out so great for them. We hope that by hosting the open house, other customers can see just how well a Hercules Truss Arch Building will work out for them. The event is Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 10am-2pm. Kat Hayden, one of our Truss Arch specialists, will be there to give a presentation about our structures, as well as answer any questions you may have about our buildings. Refreshments and lunch will be provided, too.
For more information about this event or any of our events please visit our new events page on our website.
What questions would you want to ask the Hodgens at the open house?