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Custom Solutions for Stables and Arenas for 30 years!

What our clients have to say: 

Quality Products. Competitive Pricing. Exceptional Service. Extensive References. 

“Sandy and F.I.C.S have been a part of First Choice Farm for decades. From servicing our sprinkler system and installing and maintaining the fly system to the help with our footing over the last few years, F.I.C.S. has been invaluable. They found affordable solutions without sacrificing the quality. Most of all, their friendly helpfulness makes them part of our team.”

—Felicitas von Neumann Cosel, FEI Dressage Trainer at First Choice Farm, Woodbine MD



​“I have been working with F.I.C.S. of Maryland for several years at a few different facilities. Sandy is incredibly knowledgeable about new installs and how to rehab existing footing. She is mindful of your budget, current equipment, and time for maintenance to create the best surface for your needs. My horses are sound and the footing is vet approved!” 

—Alexa Derr, Vue de Lou Dressage LLC, Grand Prix Dressage Trainer 



​“I highly recommend Sandy Hart-Long of F.I.C.S. As a new farm owner, I reached out to Sandy for help to completely rebuild our indoor arena footing and to plan and build the regulation outdoor dressage ring. Sandy provided expert advice and quotes and I’m pleased to say that after 5 years, both our indoor and outdoor ring footing are holding up really well. Sandy is always available for questions and advice and she is great to work with.” 


—Trisha DeRosa, Edgemont Dressage in Westminster, Maryland



“For the past four years, Sandy Hart-Long and F.I.C.S. of Maryland, have played an instrumental role in the success of the Maryland Horse & Pony Show. Through their generous sponsorship of this show, we have been able to offer exhibitors a first-class event, at a very reasonable price. We appreciate the support of Sandy and F.I.C.S. in aiding to keep one of the oldest, and largest, locally-run horse shows operating at such high standards.”   


—Jessi Lohman

 
“Sandy of F.I.C.S. was spot on with our estimate, grading, and completion. They are knowledgeable and were wonderful to work with.” 


—Dr. Nicholas and Stephanie Meittinis

 
“Working with Sandy at F.I.C.S. was a great experience! She has helped me with everything from stall mats to arena footing. She is knowledgeable and easy to work with. She helped me select the right footing for my sand for both my round pen and my arena and set me up with all of the equipment that I would need to properly maintain it. She answered many questions along the way and has always been available to help me to further improve my facility. I would recommend her without hesitation.”

—Sarah Fulton-Smith, Wild Bay Farm Brandywine, MD

 
“A Bit Better Farm cannot recommend Sandy Hart-Long/F.I.C.S. highly enough. We have taken advantage of their services since 1997/1998 with everything from ring footing to leveling to advice on what to do next to buying equipment to maintain our rings indoor and out. They are always happy to come out and look at what we want to do and provide helpful suggestions. Easy to work with and very attentive to the quality of the service provided. We look forward to continuing our relationship in the years to come.” 


—Pat Mansfield, A Bit Better Farm, LLC

 
“We did two projects with Sandy Hart-Long of F.I.C.S over the last 10 years. She was extremely knowledgeable about the products and educated us on what would work best for our arenas. She and her father have always been available for any questions or concerns I had on my footing and arena drag. I highly recommend F.I.C.S to my colleagues and would use them again for any future projects.”

—Kelle Lerch


“F.I.C.S. installed the footing in our new large outdoor arena as well as updated and improved our indoor arena footing. Sandy was very easy to work with and they were quick to get the job done and our footing is excellent.” 


—Rick Harris, Director of Riding, Garrison Forest School

 

“F.I.C.S. has done the footing in two outdoor rings and two indoor arenas for me over the years. I have always been extremely pleased with the customer service that Sandy has provided. Our clients and our horses have been thrilled with our footing, and we consistently get compliments on our footing from visiting customers. I strongly recommend F.I.C.S. to anyone who is either in the market for a new arena or looking to refurbish an existing arena.” 


—Kimberly Burke, Hunter/Jumper Trainer in Boyce, Virginia

 
“Sandy has been a true professional in helping us with all of our footing needs. As well she has been enormously helpful in advising for the correct arena drag. Her team was timely in delivery and work efforts. More important, they did not stop until the job was completed to our satisfaction. I highly recommend Sandy and F.I.C.S.”


—Jane Gaston

 
 “F.I.C.S. of Maryland has been my ‘go to’ company for riding-ring maintenance for years now. Bill and Sandy helped correct a footing problem at my farm and also recommended and sold me the proper footing harrow for the riding surface that we installed. Sandy has also been instrumental in helping maintain the footing at The Prince George’s Equestrian Center where I have held my Black-Eyed Susan Horse Show Series for the past 13 years. We have never missed a scheduled day of horse showing due to footing failure, even during the heaviest rain.” 


—Jamie Suchoski, Owner and Manager, Baywood Farms, LLC, BEST Horse Shows, LLC, Jamie's Jumps

 
“The new dressage footing has been a hit by many. Of course, our chickens believe we installed the F.I.C.S.  footing with rubber as a large chicken box for sunbathing and dust baths. It has also been comical to watch the local farmers lean on our fence and study the footing with looks of envy. But most important our horses love it. It has a good springy feel and not at all slippery like sand. We highly recommend the rubber addition. We are so pleased with both the footing and service that Sandy provided.” 


—Polly Irons

 
“Working with Sandy at F.I.C.S. to complete my riding arena with high-quality footing and grooming tools was a wonderful experience. She is very knowledgeable about the footing needs of sport horses, and helped select and install the right mixture for us. She has remained helpful any time I have questions about the care and maintenance of the footing, and is very prompt to communicate and resolve any issues that have come up.”


—Tracey Bienemann, Tracey Bienemann Eventing 


“Sandy was a great support when we built our arena. Her knowledge and advice went well beyond footing. She introduced us to excavators, helped us select the footing and advised us on a system to maintain the arena over time. She was a sounding board from start to finish.” 

—Sisi Gallagher, Spout Run Stables, Millwood, VA

 
“Sandy helped me select an awesome footing for my dressage arena. She is helpful with anything I have called her about. She’s very knowledgeable and reliable.” 


—Julie Willis 

 
“Sandy was the first person when calling around for footing for our new indoor arena, that spent the time to explain the options in detail. She was thorough, which helped us choose the best option for our needs. Sandy even took the time to speak to the excavator to help explain the needed process to have the arena done correctly. The delivery was even perfectly timed as Sandy had told us it would be. I cannot express enough how happy we are with the service and the actual footing in the arena. We even went back to Sandy for our aisle-way mats!” 


—Kelley Pulisic, Tranquility Stables, Lebanon, PA

 
"I have used F.I.C.S. for over 15 years to manage my barn fly-spray system and to keep my arena footing managed and in great shape. I really appreciate their extensive knowledge of farm and arena maintenance/development and their customer service is excellent. Highly recommend F.I.C.S. to anyone that wants to keep their horse farm in top condition!” 


—Melissa Palmer, Echo Hill Sport Horses LLC

 
“Sandy was phenomenal to work with from start to finish. Her professionalism is impeccable and the crew who installed the ring were very courteous and highly skilled with attention to detail.” 


—Holly Geelhaar


“Sandy worked with us on numerous footing projects, from installing new footing to rejuvenating existing arenas. In each case, her suggestions were excellent, workmanship timely and professional, and the results left our boarders giving rave reviews. It’s a win-win for everyone. Other than always coming back when we need advice, the best thing to say about F.I.C.S. is that we trust them explicitly to only sell what we need and when we need it. They make it about us, our horses and our happiness.”

—Owner, Wyndham Oaks

 
“We recently built a new indoor dressage arena. I looked at a number of different footing options and selected EquiFibre and a Red Master harrow from F.I.C.S. Sandy and Tim have totally stood behind their products and have visited in person multiple times to help us get the footing and the harrow set up perfectly. I have never done this before and they’ve been incredibly helpful and patient. I would happily work with them again, and recommend them, not only for their products, but especially for their customer service.”


—CW, Waterford, Virginia

 

“Graceful Acres is dedicated to empowering and bettering the lives of children and young adults dealing with developmental, physical, or emotional challenges by providing a unique horsemanship experience. Our experience with Sandy and her team has been tremendous. Everyone involved has been professional and nothing but top notch. Sandy was willing to answer any questions we had during the instillation process and was even willing to send her crew up to make sure our footing was correct.”

—Graceful Acres, Halifax, Pennsylvania

 

“Sandy Hart is exceptional. She is communicative and collaborative and brings her thoughtful expertise to all projects while keeping in mind the goals, needs, and parameters of her client. We are grateful to have her part of the Caves Farm team!”


—Katie Cooper

 
“When I bought my farm almost 10 years ago my trainer recommended F.I.C.S. to replace the small indoor arena footing. Working with Sandy was very pleasant—I found her to be very knowledgeable and willing to work with my needs. The footing was excellent. Within the first year, I had a large outdoor arena installed for which F.I.C.S. provided and installed the footing additive. A few years later I had a large indoor arena built; F.I.C.S. provided and installed the footing and additive and provided the overhead lighting. I then added an overhead sprinkler system, again done by F.I.C.S. So, you can say I am a pleased multiple repeat customer! If there is a problem, they address it quickly and correctly. It has been a pleasure to work with F.I.C.S. and I would use them again for additional projects and I frequently recommend them to others.” 


—Leslie Raulin, Blue Horse Farm, Jefferson, Maryland

 
“Sandy has always been wonderful to work with and very quick to respond to my phone calls. She has always treated me very well.”


—Woodberry Farms

 
“I’ve had very kind and expert help from Sandy and F.I.C.S. for at least 30 years and I’ve never been disappointed.” 


—Lynn Sheehan, Thistlecroft, Barnesville, Maryland

 
“Sandy and F.I.C.S were amazing to work with. Her professionalism and knowledge of her products made our decision easy. We absolutely love our new footing of sand and EquiFibre and our Master Harrow with Paddlewheel drag.” 


—Tracey Gay, Molly Hill Farm, Whiteford, Maryland

“Sandy and F.I.C.S. have been absolutely vital for proper footing management and enhancement over the years. Sandy is always available to come for a site visit and discuss potential areas for improvement and she is very well versed in navigating different price points and limitations. Sandy has worked on three different riding arenas and each has resulted in a wonderful finished product, each very different due to different disciplines, uses, etc. Sandy is extremely knowledgeable about the different footing additives and how they would work with your specific arena, conditions and equipment. She is very honest about what will get you the most bang for your buck and she is always concerned with customer satisfaction. It makes a huge difference that Sandy is an equestrian herself and understands the various needs for different disciplines and surface applications0—she knows exactly how you want your arena to ride and handle the elements. I appreciate F.I.C.S. and will always call on them and recommend them for footing and other arena needs.” 


—Rokeby Farm. 


“F.I.C.S. was fast and easy to work with. We just bought a new farm and knew we had to call Sandy to get it in order. Our indoor is now amazing and the horses jump great on this new footing!”


—Jetstone LLC
 

“When I moved my Dressage business to its current location I was excited to have a lovely large indoor ring. Although this facility had a good structure the ring surface had issues with its surface evenness and footing. Sandy generously spent time consulting with me to find answers that were effective and within our budget. I found her to be pleasant, honest, and respectful to work with.”


—Cathy Echternach, Echternach Dressage at Broad Run Farm 



“Sandy was incredibly easy to work with when we were looking for footing to place in our brand new indoor. She was responsive, answered all questions, and sent samples of the products to help me choose. It’s been almost 18 months since we installed F.I.C.S. footing, and we couldn’t be happier! The horses go well, the clients are happy, and the maintenance required is very reasonable. Now that we’re ready to build a new outdoor arena, Sandy was the first one I called to discuss our options!” 

—Torrey Wilkinson, Alterra Farm/Alterra Equestrian


“I happily and without reservation recommend Sandy Hart-Long and F.I.C.S. for all your arena needs. Sandy and her crew were so easy to work with and they listen to any concerns you may have; your arena will be done correctly! I am thrilled with my indoor product and have recommended Sandy to many of my friends.” 

—Carolyn “Dilly” Jackson, Mandrake Farm, Charles Town, WV

 
“My husband and I built our small dressage boarding facility over 2 decades ago. There was so much more to creating our dream than just building a barn and indoor. From the beginning, F.I.C.S. and Bill Hart were there. The fly spray system that Bill installed as soon as our barn was completed is still operational! One of the comments visitors to our farm always make is “you don’t have flies!” Bill, and now Tim, have supported the system twice a year ensuring that the spray heads are clear and working well when the system is turned on and then gently putting it to bed in the winter. They are always right on hand as soon as I call and ask for service.

I admit it. I am a footing nut. Bill brought us fabulous fiber/rubber footing to add to our outdoor. He and Sandy are wonderful at looking at what you have and making the most cost-effective recommendations so that the footing meets your requirements. In our case it was maintaining moisture in the outdoor so that the arena is comfortable in the driest summers. They also levelled our indoor to make sure that the ride was a comfortable and safe as possible for our equine athletes.

And no arena is complete without a good harrow! Our Red Master with all of the additions is perfect for keeping our arenas groomed. Again, Bill looked at our footing and made the recommendation for the best harrow for our arenas. You know things are right when arenas are still looking and riding great after 20 years with minimal additions.

Lots of people come in and out of our farm and many are looking for suggestions to improve their own places or are thinking about building their own facilities. I always wholeheartedly recommend F.I.C.S., Bill, Sandy, and Tim. Many of the people I send call me after they have contacted F.I.C.S. and thank me for the referral. Customer service and quality products are a way of life for this family. THANK YOU for all you have done for my farm over the last decades. Here’s to many more.”


 

—Aviva Nebesky, Owner/manager Horsepen Hill Farm, Bowie, MD (www.horsepenhill.com)


“F.I.C.S. and Sandy were wonderful to work with. She tailored the footing to my needs and equipment beautifully. It has been easy to maintain and has held up to a very busy show barn.”


 —Terri Wherley

 

“Sandy has helped us in a lot of ways, from installing our fly system to helping with our footing. It has been a great ride. She also gave us advice and sold us the perfect drag for our rings. We highly recommend Sandy and F.I.C.S.” 


—Jenny & Mike Graham, Cedar Creek Farm, Sterling, VA

 
“Sandy is my go-to footing expert consultant! She has helped me change two outdoor arenas with significant drainage issues to year-round functioning arenas! Everyone who comes absolutely loves our footing! Even more so if they have had the misfortune of falling off their horse in it! Comments like ‘wow, the footing is so soft!’ is proof to me that it’s providing the best shock absorption for our athletes, whether we are jumping or practicing our collection and extension flatwork. Our farrier has never walked in the arenas, yet raves about our footing. He tells me that he recommends Playland to anyone who asks him about new boarding facilities based on our footing. One of my favorite things about working with Sandy is her easy-going nature. She doesn't have a sales bone in her body. Her product sells itself, and she is happy to help you on any level, from complete project management to just delivery of product and consultation. She is definitely a valuable resource that we are lucky to have in this area!

—Glenda Player, Playland Equestrian Center

“Through the years, Sandy and her crew at F.I.C.S. have provided several products and consultation. She fixed the footing in our old indoor arena by adding sand and a felt-mix, recommended and installed a sprinkler system and helped us maintain it, and provided the harrow for the upkeep of the indoor. Sandy also provided consultation services on the footing in our outdoor arena and has taken charge of the footing in our new indoor arena in a cost-effective and very efficient way. We have been very pleased with everything Sandy and F.I.C.S. have provided.”


–Carla MacLeod


“Sandy and F.I.C.S. helped us seriously unbungle our outdoor arena with not only their exceptional surface, but also their phenomenal expertise. They worked with us to solve our problems and then create a superior riding experience, within our budget and our timing restrictions. F.I.C.S. also helps us with our fly-spray system, performing our annual maintenance and troubleshooting, working around the business hours of our busy riding and training program so as not to disturb our daily activities. I cannot say enough good things about them!” 


—Lauren Sprieser, Sprieser Sporthorse

 

“Sandy Hart-Long and F.I.C.S. have been a part of ring building and upkeep here at Centurion Farm since we broke ground. I had the pleasure of working directly with Sandy in November of 2018 when we made the decision to revamp our indoor arena footing and welcome the addition of a new drag. Sandy and her team were incredible. I happened to be showing in Raleigh at The Duke Children’s benefit during this project and Sandy and her team did an outstanding job, overseeing the entire project, kept an open line of communication and taught my staff how to properly operate the new arena drag. Sandy and her team are back for 2021 to keep our indoor arena surface in top condition and begin work on revamping our outdoor. I can’t recommend Sandy and F.I.C.S. enough; her promptness, professionalism, and high-quality work keep us happily continuing to work with F.I.C.S.”


—Kimbreley Hill, Trainer/Manager, Centurion Farm LLC Poolesville, MD 


“I have known Sandy Hart-Long and F.I.C.S. for many years and when my husband and I bought a farm and needed to put in an all-weather outdoor arena, I called her straight away. Everything about the project went smoothly, with Sandy guiding us each step of the process and her team of the two Mikes who worked tirelessly until the arena was done. I love my arena and would recommend F.I.C.S. highly!”

—Mimi Mack, Summer Breeze Farm, New Windsor, MD


 “It’s the ring of my dreams. F.I.C.S. is responsive to any questions regarding maintenance of my ring and the equipment needed to keep the ring in great shape. They are very knowledgeable in their field.”

—Patti Schindler, Adult Amateur Hunter Competitor


“Sandy is one of the best on the business. She’s very reliable, always prompt to come when we call, and her experience and vision in terms of footing and setting arenas up is amazing. We appreciate her and her team a lot.”


—Nuno Santos


“We love F.I.C.S.! They are professional, responsive, and true experts at what they do for Summerfield Farm. We have used them since 2013 and they have never failed us once. They bring that rare combination of good both on the ground and in the office. We truly rely on them for our fly-spray system—installation, maintenance, supplies, and repair. We recommend them without reservation. Do yourself a favor and call Sandy at F.I.C.S.!”


—Dave Hale, Owner, Summerfield Farm

 
“F.I.C.S. and Periwinkle Farm LLC have had an ongoing relationship for many years! They keep both our fly-spray system going as well as our sprinkler system in the indoor arena. We have purchased stall set ups and ring harrows from F.I.C.S. and just recently had our indoor and outdoor arenas renovated by them. I guess one could figure out we’re very happy with their cheerful, responsive professionalism.”

—LuAnne Levens, Owner, Periwinkle Farm LLC
 

“Sandy Hart-Long has demonstrated incredible professionalism and patience when helping us with our footing. The product she found for us was perfect, and all was completed in an incredibly timely fashion, which made for a stress-free experience. I highly recommend working with F.I.C.S., even if you are not sure exactly what you need, because all of your questions will be addressed, considered carefully, and worked out according to your budget, whether it is a small update to your existing ring or large overhaul of an equestrian facility. 


—Deloise Noble-Strong

 

“Sandy is wonderful to work with! We love the footing for our large indoor. Sandy is always quick to respond when we have a question or need help. It’s also great to not have to worry about maintaining our fly-spray system. Sandy and her team keep track of when things need to be done and show up to take care of everything. I never have to worry about a thing!” 


—Donna Wayson, Hopewell Farm, Anne Arundel, Maryland


“Sandy has worked with our equestrian center footing for over 15 years, providing the footing and maintenance for three outdoor arenas and two indoor arenas; providing a red master harrow for daily maintenance of the footing; and also installed a fly-control system and the annual maintenance associated with that. We have always enjoyed working with Sandy. Our farm hosts year-round riding lessons, clinics, and horse shows. We receive constant compliments on our footing, and we have referred Sandy and F.I.C.S. many times through the years. 

—Christine and Mark Vitkus, Owners of Red Gate Farm, Bluemont, VA 

 

“I’ve known Sandy for more than 10 years. She has helped me multiple times, from rehabbing an old ring to designing my current ring. She’s fantastic—super responsive, willing to problem solve and to stay within in the scope of the project and on budget. Sandy’s willingness to work with every size client gives her a breadth of experience to make any project work. She’s also willing to come back to make things right, which is hugely important to me. Sandy is a rider who competes, so she knows what may or may not be applicable to what you need. She has the background in horses and understands the nuances of what’s important and why. That’s a huge value to me. I can’t say enough positive things—she and the F.I.C.S. team have been excellent to work with and I wouldn’t call anyone else.”  


—Tanio Family, Avalon Farm


“Sandy of F.I.C.S. is the best! Easy and fun to work with. Stall mats, indoor and outdoor footing, and my fly-spray system all from F.I.C.S. I highly recommend them!” 


—Cate and Theresa

 

“For over 20 years, Sandy and F.I.C.S. have been an integral part in keeping my arena footing in great shape! I have complete confidence in her knowledge and experience. 


—Kim Williams, Willow Wood Farm


“In 2016 I rode on F.I.C.S. footing during a lesson with an FEI trainer. I remember being impressed with the evenness, traction, and spring of the footing. As a dressage rider of 30 years, I have ridden on many brands of footing. In 2018, when it came time to decide on what footing we were going to install in our indoor and outdoor arenas, I knew that I wanted to use F.I.C.S. Sandy Hart-Long of F.I.C.S. determined what types of sand to use and what proportion of sand and fiber. She spoke with our installers and came to the site after the installation to evaluate the footing and provide guidance on how to best manage the footing. Sandy has provided excellent customer service to help us maintain the footing for optimal performance. Approximately 15 sport horses work in our arenas daily, and the footing has held up beautifully. F.I.C.S. is the “perfect blend” of great customer service, value, and superior quality.”


—Marianne Campano, Meadow Lark Dressage


“Sandy did a fabulous job with our ring! The ring was very unlevel, and the footing was worn out. Sandy and her crew came in and made our ring outstanding, and all the work was done in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Sandy for any arena job!” 


—Kim Hopkins at Hidden Brook

 

“I met Sandy by phone a few years ago and asked her to advise me on what type of footing additive would work best for new my outdoor arena. She drove a few hours to come in person and inspect the sand I already had and to help choose the best type of rubber to add. My sensitive horse was finally happy once it was installed! Sandy has also helped me with the Red Harrow drag and a fly-spray system. I have referred several people to Sandy and she is always so willing to help. I’ve even asked for advice on how to properly maintain my outdoor arena and she is so glad to coach me over the phone. She is an unusually helpful person, and certainly a rare gem!”


—Kristi of Pennsylvania


“F.I.C.S, under the direction of Sandy Hart-Long, has been very helpful to our business Shady Dell Stables for the past 10 years. We have used her expertise to upgrade footing in our indoor arena, once having her team do a complete overhaul and leveling of the base. We were very happy with the outcome, and feel it adds to the riding experience at Shady Dell, improving safety to the horse and the rider. We also purchased our arena water wagon through F.I.C.S. as well. After consulting again with them about our watering needs, they let us try their water wagon for several weeks, which resulted in us purchasing one from them that we use regularly to maintain dust control for out two arenas. Sandy always gets back to you when you call and is courteous and professional. I would highly recommend F.I.C.S to any stable owner.”


—Bob, Carole and Sara Henry, Shady Dell Stables
 

“Sandy at F.I.C.S. is a great resource. She has consulted and provided the footing on my ring restoration projects. She takes into consideration any limitations and takes the time to listen to what your needs will be to find a footing solution that will last and work for you and your horses. She is also a great resource for new ring projects. Sandy is always my first phone call when I need advice on footing and ring-related questions—new or restoration projects.” 


—Kat Urban, Urban Ridge Farm
 
“We have had a great experience working with Sandy and her dad, Bill. They went above and beyond what was needed to improve the footing in both our indoor and outdoor arenas. Our horses are much happier! Bill even made some special trips to repair our water wagon. I would highly recommend them and will definitely continue to use their services as needed.” 


—Michelle Staub, Barn Manager at Leg Up Farm in Mt. Wolf, PA