Riding in the warmth: Rick Butler on his new custom riding arena
One of Rick Butler's main hobbies is horseback riding. But he was tired of riding outside in the cold during Alberta's harsh winters. He had seen Integrity Post Structures’ office many times while driving along Highway 2, and decided to contact them about building a riding arena. Butler already had a barn, which had been built many years ago.
He hired Integrity Post Structures to build a riding arena and a new barn, and he turned the old building into an equipment shop. “If anyone were to ask me, I would say phone these guys first. They were easy to work with and we’ve had no issues,” says Butler. “I would definitely use Integrity Post Structures for any further buildings. What we designed, we got.”
“Although I’m in the oil and gas drilling business, I also do rodeo events and rope as a sideline, so I ride often. I’m really enjoying being warm now while we’re working with the horses,” adds Butler. Butler’s riding arena is 100’ x 244’ x 18’ with two overhead doors, one of which is operated by remote. The barn was built to 48’ x 40’ and 12’. Both buildings are insulated to keep Butler and his horses warm.
“My father-in-law phoned me recently, asking if I knew of anyone to build an airplane hangar for him. I told him to definitely call Integrity Post Structures,” adds Butler. Integrity Post Structures leads in innovative riding arena design and construction, for any specialty—jumping, dressage, rodeo, roping or penning. The company uses Perma-Columns, precast concrete columns that allow for a concrete foundation on post frame buildings. These five-foot precast concrete columns keep wood out of the ground, ensuring building’s foundations will last. The Perma-Column is the first product to combine the economy of post frame construction with the durability of a concrete foundation.