Riding hall in harmony with both culture and nature
When Annette Hemberg at Råbäck began planning her riding hall, there were two important aspects to consider. The first was location: the riding hall must be adapted to the setting around the manor house and its other buildings in a natural way. The other was to show consideration for the estate’s natural surroundings in the Kinnekulle area, which have long been classed as a nature reserve.
“We decided to hire an architect, who helped us with the location of the riding hall and suggested the surface finish on the building. We had an idea of the colour scheme ourselves. It was important to us that the building should be distinctive in character, without encroaching on the natural landscape,” says Annette.
Råbäck Estate currently runs an active horse-breeding business with a focus on pace horses for dressage. The concept also includes breaking in and training offspring before they are offered for sale, as well as open courses. The entrance section of the new riding hall offers the option for visiting riders with horses to stay overnight with a kitchenette and a pleasant café area. The grounds at Råbäck have plenty of riding paths to explore in very picturesque surroundings. Access to a modern riding hall and a good working environment have been important factors in developing Råbäck’s breeding and training operations.
“The collaboration with Borga has been excellent throughout. Not only do they understand construction, they also understand horses and could meet our needs.
Their project manager has been receptive to my wishes, and the construction was very quick and simple – from initial delivery to the finished, assembled riding hall,” Annette concludes.
|Råbäcks Egendom AB
The Råbäck Estate, which is located in Hällekis near the Kinnekulle ridge in the Swedish county of Västra Götaland, is owned and run by the Hemberg family. It is home to a horse-breeding business with a focus on pace horses for dressage. Depending on the space available, horses can be accommodated on pasture land, in open stalls or with full board and lodging. As well as making it easier to train the horses, the new riding hall makes the facilities available more complete. The spacious estate also features a lit outdoor course and a virtually endless variety of riding paths. The horses can also benefit from Råbäck’s large enclosed pastures all year round and its own coarse fodder harvested from good grazing land.