The first step was digging a trench for the buried wire from the electrical
box to each light pole. A mechanical trenching machine was used, along
with hand digging where large rocks made mechanical trenching impossible.
Here, Matt from Country Estate Crafters as well as the Walker's of LM
Walker and Son assemble the light poles, including conduit for the electrical
wiring, switch boxes, and the light fixtures.
It takes a big drill to make a hole deep enough to set these massive
The pole truck lifts the post, and crew on the ground direct it into
Clay is shoveled back into the hole, while a pneumatic tamper (right)
is used to pack it down for a tight fit. The packed clay in the hole
is much harder to dig through than the original earth was!
One of the finished light poles looks down over the arena.
The lights were adjusted after dark using the bucket truck, so the light
path could be optimized to illuminate the ring.
The arena is lit up and ready for a ride!