In early 2000, Todd Cunningham designed and constructed the first ELD Full Spec. Dressage Arena. This design consisted of two base layers, ELD Surface, Sleeper Surrounds and all earthworks included and to this day has proven to be a successful recipe (and copied by many). ELD has been constructing on average one arena per week since its inception and have over the years developed their own specialised equipment, machinery, materials and processes specifically for Equestrian Arena Construction.

Each arena is an individual, which must not only suit our clients requirements for their chosen discipline but also fit aesthetically into the property and be built suitable to the site conditions including soil types. We offer a range of ELD arena surfaces, including the renowned ELD Surfaces; ELD Gold, ELD 3, ELD 4, ELD Arena Mixed Surface and the ELD FRS (Fibre Ready Surface).  Through ongoing research and development ELD are constantly working on improving the surfaces available to suit Australian conditions and the varying requirements for different disciplines.

Considering Synthetic Surface Options:

(ELD do not recommend placing synthetic surface products on arenas located in waterway/watercourses due to EPA issues that could arise). 



A large percentage of the work at ELD is in Rebuilding, Restoring and Renovation of poorly, cheaply and incorrectly constructed arenas. A lot of constructions are designed using processes that are more suited to European conditions, including drainage systems underneath the arena, incorrect use of geotextiles and other materials which cannot always cope with Australian weather conditions and soil types.

If you have an existing arena that is not performing to its full potential, ELD provides a restoration service that includes:

  • Reconstruction
  • Resurfacing
  • Developing improved drainage systems


Often customers may decided to extend the length of their arena years after construction. For a well designed and constructed arena this can be easily transformed.

Latest News

  • End of Year Closure Dates

    End of Year Closure Dates

    As 2022 comes to an end, ELD will be closed from Friday 23rd December and Re-Opening Monday 16th January 2023. Please email all enquiries to our office and they will be responded to on our return. Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From Todd & The ELD Team.

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    Equitana 2022

    Todd will be attending Equitana 2022 in Melbourne as an educator on Friday & Saturday. Check out the website for further details and scheduling.

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