New Footing for The Georgia International Horse Park

British Show Jumping Sensation Gemma Paternoster jumping in the Olympic Arena
British Show Jumping Sensation Gemma Paternoster jumping in the Olympic Arena

The Classic Company is pleased to announce that the Georgia International Horse Park, home of the 1996 Olympic Games, has resurfaced its arenas. "We are so pleased that the City of Conyers and the Georgia International Horse Park have committed to the installation of new footing in the arenas at this iconic facility," commented Bob Bell, President of Classic Company. "It is fitting that in celebration of its 20th anniversary, new footing is installed which will undoubtedly contribute to the Horse Park continuing to be an international equestrian landmark," he added.

Each year during it's off season, the staff of the Georgia International Horse Park complete tasks in anticipation of preparing the facility for the upcoming season of horse shows and other events that take place at the facility built for the 1996 Olympic Games. The major challenge for the 2014-2015 off season was upgrading select arenas at the park, many of which had top-grade, original footing that was designed for use at the 1996 Olympic Games in which the Georgia International Horse Park made its world debut.

The Olympic Arena has been resurfaced in time for the Atlanta Spring Classics that start March 18th!
The Olympic Arena has been resurfaced in time for the Atlanta Spring Classics that start March 18th!

Since facility maintenance staff began improvements in late November, many arenas at the Georgia International Horse Park have seen substantial, major repairs. The equine industry is the Horse Park's largest revenue generator and it was time to rebuild the base material, upgrade the footing and improve drainage conditions in several arenas, most notably the Grand Prix Stadium, Charles Walker Covered Arena, the warm-up arena, Arenas 4-7, 14 and 16. The footing boards and fences in all arenas, longing rings and warm-up areas also underwent minor repairs.

Lonnie Abercrombie, Facility Manager at the Georgia International Horse Park said, "The natural material placed in each arena will be ideal for multiple equine disciplines, accommodating the Horse Park's varied scheduled throughout the year."

The Georgia International Horse Park is also in the process of making technology advancements in regards to Wi-Fi access. The bandwidth was increased to allow more users to enjoy the Wi-Fi service while visiting the Horse Park. Work is currently underway to install conduit carrying fiber optics to provide more improvements for Wi-Fi access and the possibility of live streaming for future events. 

The Atlanta Spring Classics offer a class for everyone in your barn!
The Atlanta Spring Classics offer a class for everyone in your barn!

"We have received so many emails and phone calls from riders excited about the new footing at the Georgia International Horse Park," said Bell. "I am confident that riders and their horses will be very happy with the improvements," he added.

The Atlanta Spring Classic kicks off March 18 for two weeks of AA shows. More than $200,000 in prizes and awards will be handed out, so be sure to send in your entries soon! If you don't have a prize list available, just click here and download a copy from the Classic Company Documents and Downloads link from the website.

All are welcome to enter online at horseshowsonline.com for no additional fees! Avoid the post office and enjoy the ease of entries with horseshowsonline.com. If you have any questions, email jonathan@classiccompany.com.

The Classic and Gulf Coast Classic Companies are USHJA's Members Choice Award winners, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at www.classiccompany.com.




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