Amon Builders Win Award For Riding Arena

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The arena Amon Builders constructed for Whispering Hope Ranch won Star Building System's 2005 Master Builder Award, Best of the Intermountain District, competing against 122 nationwide entries.

The enclosed, roofed arena is a modification of a pre-engineered steel building.

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Mac the horse gives his friend Lynn from the Polio Echo Group a ride in the Geneva Fund and Dorrance Family Foundation fully-enclosed Therapeutic Riding Arena. Kelly Lundholm and Charles Motley help. The arena was built by Amon Builders of Payson at Whispering Hope Ranch.

"Most metal buildings don't have (windowed walls) or a raised center aisle at the roof line," said Michael Amon. "The windows on each side make it unique."

The windowed walls let natural light into the building.

It took Amon Builders, Inc. about three months to construct the arena and feed barn that was part of the expansion of the ranch. Amon specializes in the new construction of commercial, agricultural, industrial and warehouse steel buildings.

Whispering Hope Ranch brings the wonder of nature to children and adults with special needs.

The arena is roofed and enclosed because the ranch is now open year-round.

"We can do therapy riding in the winter if there is snow or rain," said Kelly Lundholm, WHR's office manger. "When the weather is bad we have a place for the horses."

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