EQ Arena Sand


Horse Drawing


Outdoor Sand Arena


Blyth Tait with Santos

Blyth Tait and horse Santos using the all weather sand arena at his Chesterfield equine facility. This arena was built using base course and EQ2 Arena Sand supplied by McCallum Bros Ltd in August 2010.


Our arena sand products have been in the market since 2004. We now have three grades of sand for horse arena surfaces with slightly different properties.

There are a number of factors to consider when selecting the correct sand for a horse arena surface. Almost every arena design and local environment is different and factors such as base construction, drainage system, site location and rainfall criteria should all be taken into consideration when choosing a surface material.


McCallum Bros Ltd supply three grades of sand that will meet most requirements.


EQ1 – A clean white fine sand. This sand grade was originally developed for customers wanting a product similar to grades used in European arenas. This grade can be used with or without other footing materials and is normally applied at 50-75 mm in depth. Has good drainage capability with hydraulic conductivity of 500 mm/hr.

EQ2 – A coarser white sand suitable for mixing with other footing materials and all round applications.  Has less than 5% shell content and excellent hydraulic conductivity of 800-900 mm/hr. Is normally applied at 50-75 mm in depth.

EQ3 – A mix of sand particles and crushed shell. Can be used “neat’ or can be mixed with other footing materials. The hydraulic conductivity of this product is 1,200 mm/hr. Normal application is at 50-75 mm depth.




Particle shape, cleanliness and durability
All EQ sand’s have been screened and washed and are free of clay and silt particles. Our products are entirely free of pumice and the particle shape is classified as angular to sub angular.

EQ products are available all year round in the Auckland, BOP, Waikato and upper north island region.

We recommend the top layer of McCallum Bros Ltd equine mixes should be about 75mm deep for jumping arenas and 60mm deep for dressage arenas and lunging pens.

On a standard 60 metre by 40 metre jumping arena, this will require about 180m³, weighing approximately 232 tonnes (8 truck and trailer loads or 23 truck only loads).

For a 40 by 20 metre dressage arena you would need about 48m³ of sand, weighing about 58 tonnes (2 truck and trailer loads or 6 truck only loads).

The initial depth can exceed target depth75mm however compaction of 3 to 4mm may occur.

The density of the sand is 1.32T per metre when the sand is bulked and dry, but this density will increase with compaction.

    Transport options
We can provide cost effective solutions for green field sites, arena renovation and top up projects.
  For further information or a free quotation call free on
0800 733 7625


Recommended Contractors:

Company Contact Phone
KMJB Harris Ltd Ken Harris 021 794850
P&T Contractors Trevor 027 473 6217
Stephen Boler Earthmoving Stephen 021 412 842, AH 09 832 7554
McCallum Bros Ltd does not guarantee work undertaken by these providers.


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