Living in Manassas, Virginia one wouldn’t think of snowfall being a huge deterrent in running an equine business, but the opposite has been true during the past two winters for Anne Fontanella, owner of Brentsville Stables. Fontanella lost thousands of dollars as a result, due to the cancellation of private lessons from December till February.
Thanks to growing popularity, Fontanella needed a solution for inclement weather during the rainy and winter months. Fontanella explained, “We were thinking of just putting up a covered arena because of the cost and maintenance, but after looking into ClearSpan we saw that the price was about the same, and the ClearSpan building would require less maintenance.” A 73' wide by 120' long ClearSpan fabric structure made the most sense for Fontanella, and she went ahead and purchased the building.
Fontanella loves the new building, “The sunshine seeps right into our building giving our riders some great natural light, and also saves me a bunch in electricity costs.” Fontanella continued, “The building blocks out the wind, and will be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, which will only benefit my business and my riders.” Brentsville Stables no longer needs to cancel lessons due to weather concerns, which pleases Fontanella, “The ClearSpan equine arena was an investment in my business, and it provides me with peace of mind when any inclement weather enters the area.”
For prospective equine customers, Fontanella said, “I'd recommend a ClearSpan building to anyone with an equine business–and I already have.” Fontanella and her students are very much looking forward to a full year of riding and training, thanks to the new ClearSpan building.
For more information, contact a ClearSpan Truss Arch Specialist at 866.643.1010 or visit www.ClearSpan.com/ADPE2.