Jul 172015

World-class equestrian sports rely on FauxColumns.com!

Horse jump designs made spectacular with faux stone columns.

Faux columns are a great way to make imposing competition jumps.

Faux columns were originally envisioned to bring the look of authentic stone and brick to houses, without the cost. But like all great products, people outside of that sphere have spotted their advantages, and are quick to create new uses for our products.

One particually exciting application is in equestrian sports. More and more world-class showjumpers and eventers are using the columns to create stunning horse jump designs for competitions and events.

There are many great reasons for ‘going faux’ when it comes to horse jumps. In shows especially, there’s a demand for jumps to be light and highly mobile so that they can be moved around to create entirely new courses time after time; and obviously that’s not something that would be possible with real stone or brick!

Horse jumps made with faux stone or brick columns are much safer for the horse and rider in cases of impact.

Lightweight, the columns make a much safer jump than using real stone or brick.

The jumps can also be designed to be adjustable – with pole mounts that allow you to increase or lower the height of a jump depending on the level of competition.

Traditionally, jumps have been created from wood, or even hay bales or other lightweight materials. Using faux columns also adds a fantastic visual element to them; providing the look and texture of real stone or brick.

This is especially useful in the higher tiers of equestrian competition, in which companies can actually sponsor individual jumps. In those cases, there’s a competition between sponsors to have the most visibly striking jump on the course; and our products allow for all sorts of incredible looks that you wouldn’t be able to achive otherwise.

Polyurethane columns flank a competition horse jump.

Polyurethane columns can be cut with regular wood tools, making them almost limitless in their versatility.

But perhaps the most important aspect is that they’re safe. Made from lightweight polyurethene foam, and mounted to wooden frames, the jumps won’t injure a horse in a collision, unlike real stone or brick. This is a serious safety concern; which is why most professional show jumps are designed to collapse upon impact.

Safer, cheaper and more versatile – the advantages of using our faux products keep adding up.  Whether you’re a fan of horse competition or not, make sure you keep an eye out the next time equestrian sports are on TV. Chances are increasingly likely you’ll see one of our columns out there!

Jul 112014

Why faux pillars work perfectly in the equestrian sport of Show Jumping

First appearing in the Olympic Games in 1900, the equestrian sport known as Show Jumping is now a thriving spectator sport in the United States.  Since gaining in popularity in the United States in 1917, it has come to be as well received as Thoroughbred horse racing.

Building horse jumps is very much of an art.

Horse jumps are works of art on their own, adding to the spectacle of competitions.

In the sport, the jockeys negotiate a circuitous and complex course of horse jumps, where every jump stands on its own as a unique work of art.  The result is nearly always a colorful and impressive course.  For many, the courses themselves are even as much of a spectacle as the competition is.  At big events, in fact, companies sponsor different jumps.

While every jump needs to be created as an individual work of art, they also need to be safe for the horses and their riders.  Additionally, convenience for building horse jumps is something that needs to be taken into account when jumps are built.  For these reasons, faux pillars and columns are gaining favor with show organizers.Faux pillars work perfectly for horse jumps.

Constructed out of highly durable MDPE (Medium Density Polyethylene), Ashford columns are perfect for use in horse jump designs.  In addition to possessing the classic look of natural stone, down to the smallest details, the columns possess advantages that real stone columns simply don’t.   Below, we’ll take a look at four advantages in particular the columns offer when used for this purpose.

First Advantage: Lightweight

Between competitions, the course circuits are changed.  Therefore, the jumps need to be moved regularly in order to accommodate each new circuit configuration.  Jumps made of real stone would pose a great inconvenience to the show organizers tasked with moving them.

The light weight of faux stone eliminates this problem.

Second Advantage: Safety

Building horse jumps with faux pillars gives them greater mobility.In competitions, jumps have a solid build, but are designed to break apart if a horse gets caught on one.  That way, the horse is able to save itself from falling.  Jump columns made of real stone, however, could seriously injure a horse and its jockey.

A jump built with faux columns removes this danger.  When struck, they come apart fairly easily.

Third Advantage: Customization

Horse jumps frequently need to be adjusted for varying heights and lengths.  Normally, this is done with the use of brackets built into the sides of the jump posts that the jumping pole can rest on.

With faux columns, the adjustable brackets can be screwed into the sides more easily than onto ones made of real stone.  This feature gives the jump more options for adjustments when it comes to the needs of the horse show.   It also helps it come apart more easily for safety purposes.

Constructed with a material that can be drilled and cut with basic tools, faux stone columns make it easy for designers to customize as they see fit.

Fourth Advantage: WeatherproofHorse jumps made with faux stone pillars are easier to adjust heights with.

With a weatherproof durability, the pillarsare able to stand up to the elements like no traditional construction material can.  With that in mind, they can be used again and again.

Taken together, these benefits demonstrate why more show jumping designers are adopting faux pillars for their own unique uses.  Have you thought of how they can suit unique uses of your own?