Competitive dressage involves progressively difficult movements that must be performed by the horse and rider. Each movement is scored by a judge. Dressage competitors use mirrors to evaluate how they and their horse are doing. The Equestrian Center Dressage Arena has nine 8′ x 7′ mirrors along the West end of the arena. Unique amenities require unique repair solutions. This week we replaced wood on the dressage frame to properly support the mirrors.
The Cabot Arena footing was replaced last week. This arena off Cabot Road is accessible via trail heads on Hitching Rail & Cabot, Nellie Gail Road & Cabot or Hitching Rail & Prairiestone. Cabot Arena is watered daily and groomed three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
The Cabot Arena will be closed Monday through Wednesday next week for replacement of 125 tons of sand footing. This Association Arena, funded by Association assessments, is located on Cabot Valencia Trail and is available for use by all Nellie Gail Ranch homeowners, guests, and private boarders. Private boarders and guests are required to complete a waiver which they can do by scanning this QR code which is also on the trail signs and arena signage. The arena will be re-opened in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend. Enjoy!!
Last week we completed work to supplement the Upper Arena with 53 tons of sand and fiber footing and this week we are completing work at the Middle Arena with 78 tons total. New footing is added every 2-3 years to keep it at appropriate depth. This is an Equestrian Center reserve project. Association assessments do not contribute to the Equestrian Center funding as Equestrian Center boarding and training fees offset costs associated with the Equestrian Center. Did you know that if you rent your personal stalls to private party boarders they can utilize the Equestrian Center amenities via a $45 per month membership. Contact Charee Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-831-5041 if interested.
The Moulton Arena will be closed today, June 17 and tomorrow, June 18 due to an irrigation leak.
Thanks for your patience as we complete the necessary repairs.
As you walk or drive through Nellie Gail Ranch, you may notice some of the wood fencing materials along the trail system have different colors. All of Nellie Gail Ranch’s trail fencing, which totals approximately 11 miles, is made of pressure treated pine lumber. Pressure treated wood is widely used for outdoor construction projects because of how well it resists the elements. The lumber is treated under high vacuum pressure that forces chemical wood preservatives into the fibers of the wood. The color of pressure treated lumber depends on the chemical that was used during the pressure treatment process.
GREEN (Discontinued Product)
Chemical used – Chromated Copper Arsenate
The most common preservative used to pressure-treat lumber when Nellie Gail Ranch was first developed was chromated copper arsenate. However, due to its harsh chemical properties, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned the use of this type of lumber for residential use in 2004. Nellie Gail Ranch stopped purchasing this type of treated wood six years earlier around 1998.
BROWN (Currently Used)
Chemical used – Copper Azole
Copper azole mixtures, which combine copper with a fungicide from the -azole (nitrogen ring-based) chemical group, are considered a safe and effective replacement for chromated copper arsenate. Wood treated with copper azole mixtures is light brown when new, but its color fades to a silver-gray as the wood ages.
In this photo taken on one of our trails, you can see the lighter green (almost white) board which is an old piece of fencing that was used as a patch. The brown boards pictured are new treated lumber patches and the predominant color you see, dark brown/silver-gray is the aged brown treated wood. In a few years, the newer brown patches will match the older fencing color as it fades.
To efficiently use Nellie Gail Ranch resources we try to balance when we should replace full sections of fencing and when repairs should be performed to extend the overall life of the fencing. This does result in some fence color variations that take some time to fade together.