Waxed Arena Surfaces

25th of Sep 2017

Any waxed arena surface consist of chemicals (commonly a by-product of oil refining) these chemicals could contaminate water streams.  The viscosity of the chemicals added is highly depending on temperature.  Low temperature will result in a hard surface and high temperature will result in a soft and sometimes sticky surface....view full article

NEW - Cascade Drainage

5th of Sep 2017

NEW drainage technology developed and available from Capricorn Advanced Arena Technology. The “Cascade Drainage” is a manual system used in combination with the Capricorn EBB & FLOW technology and is specially designed for fast drainage of large outdoor riding  arenas. ...view full article

Willinga Park "Dressage by the Sea" CDI

8th of Aug 2017

Capricorn Australia ‘Dressage by the Sea’ CDI event to be held in September. Capricorn Australia supplied Willinga Park with the Ebb and Flow systems used in all 4 of the sand and SOILTEX arenas. Perfect for Australian conditions, the water is applied from below so no dust, no uneven wet spots, and you can quickly drain them in wet weather. Simply raise the water level to increase...view full article

EBB & FLOW at Willinga Park

5th of Apr 2017

Lou from Capricorn Australia was proud to be a part of the recent Open Day at Willinga Park.  Our Ebb & Flow arenas showcased the latest in arena technology. This is what Terry Snow had to say: “We’d have to say that the whole weekend was an unmitigated success.  We can tell you that this would not have been the case if we hadn’t had your showjumping arena -...view full article

Australian Dressage Championships

11th of Oct 2016

Visit Lou from Capricorn (Australia) Pty Ltd at our Trade Display next weekend. See a working model of the Ebb & Flow Arena System. Ask about how SOILTEX can improve your arena. Australian Dressage Championships - SIEC....view full article

Equitana 2016

5th of Jul 2016

Capricorn Australia Pty Ltd will be exhibiting at Equitana 2016. Lou will have on display our popular SOILTEX Arena Surface and Ebb & Flow Arena System. Site 517 close to the Gippsland Quary Arena. Adjacent to Newmarket Saddlery and neighbours with our friends from ANKY....view full article

SYDNEY CDI - International Dressage Event

29th of Mar 2016

Visit the SYDNEY CDI - International Dressage Event from 6th- 9th April 2016. Capricorn Australia will be located in the Shopping/Trade Village site 33. Lou from our Europe Office will be there for the duration of the event. This is an excellent opportunity to see what's new at Capricorn Australia. Celebrate the launch of ADVANCED ARENA TECHNOLOGY with 15% OFF our SOILTEX Premix WHITE arena...view full article


22nd of Feb 2016

To celebrate the launch of our NEW identity as ADVANCED ARENA TECHNOLOGY Capricorn Australia Pty Ltd are introducing to Australia SOILTEX Premix WHITE. This is an exciting addition to our product range - the same great results and blend as our signature product SOILTEX Premix but with white fibres (no colours). Introductory offer 15% OFF for 20 x 60m arena = $8,500 plus GST and freight (saving...view full article

MULTICO SALE - 5 bales remaining

28th of Jan 2016

We are clearing out the last 5 bales of MULTICO to make room for a new shipment. These 5 bales are perfect for an 18 - 20m Roundyard. Reduced to $3,500 plus GST. Pick-up welcome from our Sydney Warehouse or freight can be arranged (at an additional cost). Call Kim on 0438 736 260 to discuss. These bales are now SOLD 29/02/2016....view full article

Jaanda Equestrian Centre - OPEN DAY

1st of Oct 2015

Jaanda Equestrian Centre and Capricorn Australia Pty Ltd will be celebrating the Opening of Australia’s first Ebb and Flow all weather riding arena AND raising funds for MND Victoria. Saturday 21/11/2015 from 5pm to 9pm. 15 Mitchell Road, Kialla West. (Shepparton) Master Class with Australian Dressage Team WEG member, Maree Tomkinson. * BBQ dinner and drinks * Music by DJ After Hours *...view full article


17th of Aug 2015

We have 3 bales of SOILTEX Black in our Sydney Warehouse ready for immediate dispatch. Each bale is 260kg. Total weight of the 3 bales 780kg. This quantity would be perfect for an 18m Roundyard. Please call Kim on 0438 736 260 to discuss....view full article

Limited Bales of MULTICO available

23rd of Jun 2015

We have decided not to continue with our supply of MULTICO. SALE price for the remaining stock is as follows: 60 x 20m arena $7,000 plus GST and freight 40 x 20m arena $4,800 plus GST and freight MULTICO is a lower grade of recycles product compared to SOILTEX, to compensate for this a larger quantity of material is required. SOILTEX is our leading arena surface / working surface product and...view full article

ISO9001 Certification

25th of May 2015

The supplier of SOILTEX (in Europe) holds Certificate of Approval - ISO 9001. Accredited by BELAC. ISO 9001 : 2008 This is the world's most recognised business management standard and has been adopted across all industry types....view full article


11th of Dec 2014

There is alot of homework involved in choosing a product. Please take time to read our testimonials visit our Facebook page and ask us to put you in contact with our clients in your area to visit their facilites and ask questions yourself....view full article

NEW in Australia - Automatic Drinkers

29th of Sep 2014

The Capricorn Drinker in manufactured from high grade Stainless Steel and is equipped with a silent slow filling automatic valve which will activate as soon the horse places its nose into the bowl to drink. The water connection can be made from the back of the drinker ensuring no water pipes have to be exposed. The drinker can be supplied with a protector to prevent damage from a horse...view full article

NEW Photos in Gallery

21st of Sep 2014

If you haven't already visited our Gallery Page have a look there are progres photos taken this weekend of our Stables being installed for a client on the Central Coast of NSW....view full article

Email from one of our clients

28th of May 2014

"We found Lou and Kim Verwey of Capricorn Australia an absolute delight to deal with. They were not only extremely professional but accurate, they provided us a service far beyond our requirements in order for the finish product to be to within and beyond the expectations of all concerned. Above all that, there wasn’t an option available amongst competitors that even got close to the quote...view full article

Elastic in SOILTEX

28th of Apr 2014

Have you ever used an Elastic Band to prevent a box from opening?  Did you notice that this band after a short time just lost all its elasticity and broke in pieces? Did you also notice the thinner the elastic band is the sooner it breaks? There is ALOT of elastic fabrics using fine fibres being manufactured - this fabric is used for stretch jeans etc. This means that there is waste...view full article


11th of Apr 2014

Capricorn has been supplying SOILTEX with some measure of success for over 10 years. With close co-operation with our supplier we have been able to continue to supply a high quality product over this period and will continue to do so.   With buying and selling in a foreign currency at the correct time we have been able to maintain a constant price level for this...view full article

1,057 views on Facebook

25th of Oct 2013

WOW - one of our recent Facebook posts had 1,057 views! Thankyou to all the people who "LIKE" us on Facebook, the feedback we are having is overwhelming.  Facebook gives us a great platform through which we can showcase completed projects and new products. Find us on Facebook - Capricorn Australia Pty Ltd...view full article

ECO Boards

3rd of Jun 2013

Quality through and through - ECO Boards are solid boards made from recycled plastic. A sophisticated production process means they are not only safe, strong and impact resistant but also durable. The boards will not break, crack or splinter. Height: 25cm Width: 5cm Length: 254cm  ...view full article

We are now on Facebook

8th of Apr 2013

"LIKE" Capricorn Australia Pty Ltd on Facebook and be updated with new products and see pictures from our current clients....view full article


4th of Feb 2013

NEW competitively priced arena surface product. MULTICO - applied to your sand surface at 4kg per sqm. $12,000 plus GST for a 20 x 60m arena. Special INTRODUCTORY PRICE of $11,000 plus GST....view full article

Supporting the McGrath Foundation in 2013

29th of Jan 2013

Capricorn Australia are proud to announce that we are supporting the McGrath Foundation in 2013. We are making a GENEROUS donation direct to the foundation for every tonne of SOILTEX sold. The McGrath Foundation raises money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia, as well as increasing breast awareness in young Australian women....view full article

The Horse Magazine - January 2013

8th of Dec 2012

Seasons Greetings from the Capricorn office in Rotterdam. Above is the Full Page that will be published in the January 2013 edition of The Horse Magazine. You can click on the link to view it as a pdf file....view full article

New Generation Arena Grader

4th of Oct 2012

Capricorn Australia is pleased to announce that an agreement has been made with a major manufacturer / supplier of arena grading equipment. The supplier is a European company who design and manufacturing arena graders for shows and competition arena as well  for private arenas used for different disciplines. Manufactured with years of experience by people that know about arenas and...view full article

Capricorn Stables - OPEN DAY

30th of Jan 2012

Tuesday 20/03/12 - come and see first hand the quality and durability of our Capricorn Stables. An Open Day has been scheduled for Tuesday 20th March, 2012 from 10am - 2pm. The stables are at Limitless Lodge Racing Stables 246 Yarramalong Road, Wyong Creek. If this date and/or time does not suit you please call Kim on 0438 736 260 to make an alternate appointment. ...view full article

New Europe Suppliers

11th of Jan 2012

Due to a short visit to meet with new suppliers in Europe our office may be unattended between 13th January to 23rd January 2012. We apologise for any inconvenience. Emails will continue to be checked regularly....view full article

NEW PRODUCT - Capricorn Easy Muck

13th of Dec 2011

Save time when cleaning/mucking out stables using the Capricorn Easy Muck. VIEW IT HERE ON YOU TUBE Please visit the above link to preview the Capricorn Easy Muck....view full article

Christopher Burton and Capricorn Newsprint are UK bound!

29th of May 2011

Talented Australian rider Christopher Burton and Capricorn Newsprint will later this month travel to the UK in an effort to gain a place in the Australian Team for the London Olympics next year....view full article

New Central Coast Office

11th of Feb 2011

Capricorn Australia Pty Ltd has expanded to include a new office on the Central Coast of NSW.  Contact details have been updated to incorporate our new mailing address and fax number.  Website, email and mobile contact numbers remain the same....view full article

ROBALI Stud offering lessons, camps and clinics

23rd of Dec 2010

If you are looking for a coach to help you to that next level with your riding, then here are two who are happy to work together to assist you and your horse to achieve your goals. Ali Soster (NCAS Level 1) Ali has over 30 years coaching and riding experience and today has a large following of riders who continue to impress in the Equestrian Competition world.  Ali's forte is correcting...view full article

Christopher Burton on the way to WEG

7th of Sep 2010

The Australian Eventing selectors have named the team for the 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG) to be held in Kentucky USA from 25th September 2010. Christopher Burton sponsored by Capricorn Australia Pty Ltd has been selected as part of this elite team. Christopher will ride Holstein Park Leilani owned by Jean and Jade Findlay. We wish Christopher and the team every success in...view full article

Exciting Grooms Position Available

9th of Mar 2010

We're currently looking for a groom firstly to help Paralympian Nicole Kullen who is also an EA NCAS Level 1 Dressage Coach & her Dutch WB Gelding Nikshar Nomination whilst at home training & out at local, interstate & possibly international competitions inc. WEG 2010 in Kentucky USA.Position includes things like saddling up & untacking, grooming, washing, plaiting, walking out,...view full article

Amanda Ross joins the Capricorn Australia Team

28th of Dec 2009

Amanda Ross is now representing Capricorn Australia Pty Ltd in Victoria.  Amanda is a well known Eventer representing Australia at the World Games in Rome in 1998 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Amanda is an FEI Dressage Rider, 4**** Eventer and Level II NCAS instructor, coach and educator. We are excited to work with Amanda for many years to come....view full article

Equestrian Festival featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Heike Kemmer

24th of Nov 2009

To be held at Boneo Park on Saturday 6th February, 2010. A day of equestrian activities for the whole family - the one day program will include demonstrations, stallion parade and trade village. Bronze Pass $20.00 - includes entry to day program. Silver Pass $90.00 - includes silver seating and entry to day program. Gold Pass $165.00 - includes table seating & dinner (food and wine...view full article


12th of Nov 2009

That the hoof landing on the heel on a soft sand surface pushes up a mountain of sand which will restrict a proper roll over of the hoof. A surface should be resilient, consistent, flat and even....view full article

Bates FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W

2nd of Nov 2009

The first 5 placings in the Bates FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W were won by riders using SOILTEX on their arenas at home. Congratulations to: Brett Parbery and Victory Salute Heath Ryan and Regardez Moi Rozzie Ryan and Jive Magic Charlotte Pederson and Come To Me Gitte Donvig and Port Said 10 "Capricorn SOILTEX does make a difference" Also congratulations to the organising committee...view full article

Christopher Burton wins the NSW State Eventing Championships

21st of Oct 2009

Christopher Burton wins the NSW State Eventing Championships for the 3rd time in a row. In 2007 and 2008 Christopher won with Capricorn Newsprint, this year Christopher and the lovely mare Leilani owned by Jean and Jade Findlay. Christopher was also the first to win the well organised, well run Baxter Boots Lynton One Day CIC*** Event back to back. Congratulations to Christopher, Leilani and...view full article

State Dressage Championships

11th of Sep 2009

Capricorn would like to say thankyou to all the organisers of the recent State Dressage Championships, it was a well run event in an impressive venue! Congratulations to all the winners and place getters. Capricorn is pleased to announce that he following winning combinations have installed SOILTEX on their arena at home. Parbery Performance Horses Prix St George - Robbie Soster and...view full article

Open Day at Mulawa Arabian Stud

2nd of Sep 2009

Visit Mulawa Arabian Stud on Sunday 27th September from 10.30am. Performance presentation and preview of the new performance horse barn and arena from 11.00am, lunch available from 12.30pm and presentation of the show team at 1.30pm. For further details contact Mulawa Arabian Stud on (02) 9655 1000 or visit full article

Regular Arena and Working Surface Maintenance

26th of Aug 2009

The aftercare of your surface is the most important activity you can do to maintain its performance. All surfaces are dynamic and respond to changes and workload. The surface should be harrowed or dragged in different patterns.  The 2 diagrams above illustrate 2 ways in which this can be carried out. For example: Day 1 you could use the pattern in Figure 1 (top left).  Start on the...view full article

PREVIEW Sydney International 3DE to be held September 2009

26th of Aug 2009

Check out the new DVD preview of the upcoming Sydney International 3DE scheduled for 10-13th September at Sydney International Equestrian Centre. Click on the Videos page of this website....view full article

New DVD footage - makes an IMPACT!

9th of Aug 2009

Our new posted DVD is an eye opener and makes an IMPACT - click here to view....view full article

Congratulations Robbie

26th of Jul 2009

Capricorn sponsored dressage rider Robbie Soster and Vivianno where placed first in the Australian Dressage Young Riders Advanced Championships.Robbie and Robali Razzamattaz won the Medium Championships plus Robbie and Robali Razzamattazz together with David McKinnon riding Woodside Lumiere where placed first in the Pas de DeuxCongratulations to all riders, horses, owners and coaches!...view full article


21st of Jun 2009

Did you know that Dr John Kohnke has recently published a new book "TALKING HORSES".  This is great reading, it covers all common problems and has over 150 HANDY HINTS.  I have been reading it I think it's one of those MUST have books.  Please visit John's web site full article

Adelaide 3DE 2009 Website

15th of Jun 2009

Visit for all the updated information for this years Adelaide International 3DE including ticket information and event schedule....view full article

2009 Adelaide International 3DE Set to Ride Again

12th of Jun 2009

The 2009 Australian International 3 Day Event appears to have been saved with tens of thousands of dollars being pledged by equestrian enthusiasts and public supporters from all across Australia and around the world. Event director - and dual Olympian - Mrs Gill Rolton said she was thrilled by the incredible generosity that the event had attracted since making the announcement three weeks ago...view full article

Help to save Adelaide 3DE

23rd of May 2009

The 2009 Australian International 3 Day Event looks set not to proceed this November, due to a squeeze on corporate sponsorship and a $100,000 budget shortfall. However you can help to save this unique event by donating to the Australian International 3 Day Event Survival Fund. AIHT Inc Fundraising Account BSB: 065 116  Account Number: 101 114 122 For further information and up to date...view full article


21st of May 2009

On an arena surface which is too hard, the hoof in the loading phase could slide forward if the surface offers insufficient friction resilience. On an arena surface which is too soft, the hoof could slide backwards in the push-off phase if the surface offers insufficient friction resilience. SOILTEX recognises the bio-mechanics of your horse and provides an arena surface with stable friction...view full article


16th of May 2009

At the recent CDI - 11 classes were won by riders using Capricorn SOILTEX in their arenas at home. Winners from the weekend include: FEI Prix St George - Rozzie Ryan Prix St George CDI-Y - Robbie Soster Intermediate I - Rozzie Ryan Grand Prix - Brett Parbery Young Rider Freestyle CDI-Y - Robbie Soster Advanced 5.3 - Heath Ryan Advanced 5.4 - Heath Ryan Team Competition - Rozzie Ryan...view full article


29th of Apr 2009

Did you know that by shovelling back the sand from the wall of your arena into the track of a 20m x 60m arena you move 20kg of sand per metre. This is a total of 3,000kg = 3 tonne for the whole arena! By using SOILTEX you eliminate the chanel forming and shovelling sand into the track is a thing of the past....view full article

Capricorn Australia - sponsor The Sydney CDI 3-Star

23rd of Apr 2009

Capricorn Australia is proud to be a major sponsor of the upcoming Sydney CDI 3-Star held from 7-9th May, 2009 at Sydney International Equestrian Centre. The Pewter Stable Plaques presented to all riders competing at the event have been funded by our sponsorship. You can visit the Capricorn display in the Trade Village for the duration of the weekend. Lou will have a display incorporating the...view full article

Rug Organisers - coming soon

15th of Apr 2009

One of many fantastic products seen at Equitana in Germany and soon available through Capricorn Australia Pty Ltd. Sturdy construction and can be wall mounted, hung over a door or on castors. Extra hooks available to add to your system - no more messy rugs lying around, piled in a corner or heaped over stable doors. Rugs are spaced out on the organsier to allow airflow between them preventing...view full article

Equitana in Germany

15th of Apr 2009

Lou and Marianne have recently returned from a trip to Europe encorporating busy days at Equitana and visits to first class equine properties. Equitana is a bi-annual event and this year was held over 9 days and spread through 17 exhibition halls.  There were some 850 exhibitors from more than 30 countries! Europe are the leaders in arena surfacing and SOILTEX is one of many products...view full article

New Capricorn Website

5th of Mar 2009

Thankyou for your patience while our new Website was being built. With Lou and Marianne's recent trip to Europe you can expect to see a variety of new, quality products available. The website will be updated regularly with new products available, exciting equestrian news, Capricorn Australia trade stand locations and Sponsored Rider information. Also included on our new site is a page os...view full article

Congratulations to Christopher Burton and Capricorn Newsprint

5th of Mar 2009

Winners at the recent Adelaide CCI****. It was wel deserved win for 26 year old Christopher Burton riding Capricorn Newsprint. They finished in second place after the dressage and put in an solid performance on cross country day to post the second fastest time and a clear round - this shot him to the top of the leaderboard. Christopher did everything right on the final day and showed nerves of...view full article

Did you know that...

For an arena the sand selected should HOLD some moisture.

We hear and see it advertised the so called well-draining arenas. REMEMBER if an arena drains well then it is also difficult to irrigate during dry periods.

If you have a poorly designed arena you will need to carry out intensive grading. With a Capricorn EBB & FLOW arena maintenance requirement are kept to a minimum.

Any waxed arena surface consist of chemicals ( commonly a by-product of oil refining ) these chemicals could contaminate water streams.

The better a conventional arena drains - the more difficult it is to keep the sand moist.

That with a "conventional arena" with a fall for drainage purposes the sand washes down to the lowest point during heavy rain.

An Ebb & Flow arena requires less maintenance.

After HEAVY rainfall an Ebb & Flow arena is ready to ride on within 2 hours of the rain ceasing.

10mm of rainfall on an arena is 12,000l of water. With an Ebb & Flow System this water can be collected the same as water can be collected from the roof of a covered arena.

Providing a suitable Arena Surface is an important aspect of horse management that effects both performance and soundness.

SOILTEX is a unique / quality product that is manufactured by a well known and established ISO 9001 accredited fabric recycling company in Europe.

That for an EBB & FLOW arena you DO NOT need a base or irrigation system.

The terminology EBB & FLOW comes from the Dutch language “EBB & VLOED “ which means low and high tide.

SOILTEX minimises compaction and allows extended full movement and stride length in all gaits.

The structure of the SOILTEX mixed with the sand provides the required cushion and the mix of the multi denier fibres mimics the root system of grass.

If the riding surface is TOO HARD there will be insufficient hoof rotation, increased chance of sliding and excessive concussion.

The hoof of the horse makes contact and leaves the riding surface in different speeds and gaits. From canter which is asymmetrical to a piaffe and passage which is symmetrical.

For an EBB & FLOW arena you do not need any kind of gravel or mat/s under the sand surface.

If a horse is restricted in its natural hoof slide injuries could occur.

A horse that is used to being worked on a good riding surface (imported horse) will deteriorate quickly when be worked on an inferior surface.

Photos taken from a horse on a light/er coloured sand surface show much better than on a darker surface.

If you don’t have to worry about spending time irrigating your arena you can ride more horses and increase your income - EBB & FLOW system does this for you.

That an area surface which is too hard results in excessive concussion of your horses joints.

That a deep arena surface puts alot of strain on the tendons of your horse.

If your arena is built to drain very quickly after rain - this same arena will require alot of irrigation during dry periods.

An arena base which is permeable drains the water out of the sand layer - this means alot of water is required to keep the riding surface moist.

When you loose the fines in the sand the surface becomes unstable underfoot and will not hold water when you irrigate.

The brown water that drains from the surface of your arena contains all the fines from the sand. These fines are there to provide the correct sand particle size distribution.

To add so called "Metal Dust" does not improve drainage - it will however make the sand a packing sand resulting in a surface that will compact easily.

Arenas with a "Crown Shaped" base for better drainage are difficult to maintain - in general the surface on the Centreline gets thin and the tracks too deep and heavy.

Well draining arenas are also difficult to irrigate.

On a hard surface the horse could slip forward as well as backward by take off.


Recent News

Waxed Arena Surfaces

25th of Sep 2017

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NEW - Cascade Drainage

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NEW drainage technology developed and available from Capricorn Advanced Arena Technology. The “Cascade...


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8th of Aug 2017

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