“I first became aware of the MC footings at the European Championships in 2009 at Windsor Castle in the UK. I was starting to research the finest silica sand footing additives and spent a lot of time looking at the footing at the major horse shows in Europe and the USA. At the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky I once again compared the MC footings to the other footings on the market. I was convinced this was the finest footing available in the world today.
Two years ago, at the beginning of 2011, we installed the Martin Collins Clopf Fiber as part of our arena footing at our farm in Driftwood, Texas. I have never seen or ridden on a footing better than ours. It is firm with just the right amount of dynamic energy absorption. It is basically impossible to slip on our footing no matter how fast or how steep a turn the horse makes because the footing absorbs energy, but does not give way nor does it slide. We ride five to six horse a day on the footing, 5 days a week, and have only drug the footing once in the past six months, we do weekly light raking of any high traffic areas, but this is minimal. The MC footing is extremely stable and in my opinion far more stable that the major competitors footing that is installed in arenas in our area, quite frankly anyone who rides on our footing always says the same: ” this is the best footing I have ever ridden on.”
There are two essential ingredients necessary to compliment the Clopf fiber…. very fine silica sand, and water. The engineers at MC England were very helpful in evaluating silica sand samples from Texas and helped select the perfect blend. I find that a light daily watering helps to keep the sand and fiber nicely compacted and the surface perfectly smooth.
I have no reservation about recommending the Clopf fiber to anyone who is serious about installing a world class riding surface.”
Dr. Guy Hodgson