Our family history
For more than 80 years our family business is extracting sand and gravel from our sand pits in Kirchhellen. Formerly only for the construction materials industry – but in the beginning of the eighties we discovered that stresan® has unique features which characterize the ideal surface for equestrian sports. After running some tests on our own and equestrian arenas in the near surroundings, the perfect sand mixture was found: today’s stresan® – Kirchhellener Sand! The new equestrian surface convinced riders from the surrounding area as well as the professionals. The at the time world’s most sought-after specialist for equestrian arena surfaces and builder of the Olympic equestrian riding grounds, Hermann Duckek, made our stresan® widely recognised beyond the borders of Europe which would prove to be our breakthrough as a superior supplier of sand for equestrian sports. With the target to offer the perfect equestrian surface for every occasion, our sand and aggregates are undergoing continuous tests and optimization – a passion which is also shared by the next generation. Therefore the corporate values are spread and the constantly high quality of stresan® is guaranteed. A family history we are proud of.
stresan® – Kirchhellener Sand
Due to diverse geophysical influences, silica sands from different mining sites are carrying different characteristics – that’s why not every type of silica sand is designed to be used as a horse riding surface. stresan® – Kirchhellener Sand has inherently the best properties to be used as a riding surface. The fine stresan® grain-size curve creates an excellent water retention capacity and only compacts the sand to such an extent that it offers horses‘ hooves optimal penetration and stability. At the same time, our silica sand is able to dispel excess water across the surface, where infrastructure allows. In order to provide the ideal surface for each equestrian discipline we select the correct raw materials for pour customers and prepare the sand individually for its demanding tasks. This includes not only manufacturing the optimal grain size, but also selecting and mixing the appropriate aggregates such as woodchips or fibres. Depending on the riding discipline it may also be necessary to mix in other types of sand.