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.

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Jerry Myer of Integrity Post Structures received the Movers & Shakers Award for 2010 from Alberta Construction Magazine.


Agri-Trade’s Equipment Expo Ag Innovation Winner – Integrity Post Structures with their winning submission Perma-Column.


Alberta Chamber of Commerce, Young Entrepreneur Award of Distinction Winner – Integrity Post Structures.


Jerry Myer, Owner/CEO has been selected to participate in the 2017 QuantumShift program. QuantumShift is an exclusive invitation-only leadership development program for 40 of Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs. Founded by KPMG Enterprise and the Ivey Business School at The University of Western Ontario, QuantumShift uses Ivey’s highly regarded case study method and award-winning faculty to help take the skills and talents of these entrepreneurs to the next level.

Integrity Buildings wins in two categories for the 2018 NFBA Building of the Year Awards.

The NFBA (National Frame Building Association) has awarded Integrity Buildings with two 2018 North American Building of the year awards. The winner categories are “Hobby Shop” and “Institutional Building”.

Jerry Myer, Founder & CEO of Integrity says “Since day one at Integrity, we have made it our goal to not only be the best post frame builder in Canada, but develop new and innovative ways to make the industry better. These awards are an honour and we are proud to win, but they are also a testament to the hard work and dedication of an entire team to achieve our goals.”

Myer also added “Every building Integrity builds is custom. That means our customers get our industry leading expertise and are able to add their own ideas to truly make their building something that can be proud of for generations”.