Flowers and shrubs will dress up any jumping course, whether in your lesson ring or at your barn's next schooling show. At our family-run Tailwind Farm in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, we've developed a technique to get that special, decorated look in our ring--without the cost and maintenance required for living plants or the expense of ready-made artificials.
Instead, we construct potted "spruce" and "cedar" shrubs and flower boxes for our ring using inexpensive all-weather materials gathered from different sources--and you can, too. The local dollar store is usually a good (and inexpensive) place to find the artificial flowers and evergreen tips used in the jumps' flower boxes. Look for artificial garlands during the off-season at yard sales and second-hand or thrift shops. Check out summer garage sales for artificial Christmas trees. Then follow the easy instructions on the following slides and enjoy professional-looking, durable decorations for your riding ring. Our shrubs still look good after staying out in the elements for a couple of years.