Rocky Knoll Stables

Challenge – Expansion
Solution – 83′ wide x 165′ long Hercules Truss Arch Building 28′ wide x 48′ long Storage Master SolarGuard Building
Application – Indoor riding arena and horse barn

David and Carolyn Vadeboncoeur are happy to help their daughter, Ariel V. Channell, run Rocky Knoll Stables. While Ariel handles the day-to-day chores, lessons and training, David assists with chores and maintenance and Carolyn provides support to keep everything running smoothly. In order to expand the business, Ariel needed to find a way to work around the cold and snow of Vermont winters. Carolyn explains, “We didn’t ride much in the winter due to the snow and ice. We had to have an indoor riding arena to develop the business and to keep our animals working all winter to be ready for show season.”

After conducting research on the internet, the economical price of ClearSpan Fabric Structures led Ariel to purchase an 83′ by 165′ ClearSpan Hercules Truss Arch Building for use as an indoor riding arena. With the existing wooden barn located too far away from the site where the arena was to be located, “we needed stalls closer to the new ClearSpan arena,” says Carolyn. To solve this problem, as well as add more space to the business, Ariel bought a 28′ by 48′ ClearSpan Storage Master SolarGuard Building to use for more horse stalls and tack rooms.

What most surprised Ariel and her parents about the buildings is the light that passes through the fabric walls. “The light is totally amazing.” Carolyn adds, “We expected it to be light, but it has surpassed our expectations.” She also notes, “We’ve been pleased by the special attention we’ve received from ClearSpan representatives” to fix any issues that have come up along the way.

Using a little ingenuity, she explains that David, a “physicist, turned ‘pharmer’ (his spelling, of course), designed a tunnel between the two buildings” to further protect horses and people from the elements.

By purchasing these two buildings, Ariel was able to add an indoor riding arena, six horse stalls, four pony stalls, two tack stalls and one wash stall to Rocky Knoll Stables. For the goal of expansion, Carolyn says, “the ClearSpan buildings are suiting our purposes just fine.”