Welcome to Staffordshire University's Equestrian Club!
We welcome everyone regardless of ability - whether you've never been on a horse before or if you've been riding all your life! We can cater to your needs. We welcome both able bodied and disabled riders with one of our main aims being to establish and develop good horsemanship whilst developing riding ability.
This years membership will be £35. The membership fee gets you:
- Opportunity to horse ride
- Opportunity to compete for the University
- Club Kit
- Free transport to and from lessons
- Paid BUCS entry fees
Our Riding School
For the 2017/18 year, Courses For Horses is the base of the Equestrian Club and where we hold all lessons, competitions and fun days! We have incredibly supportive and high level instructors that teach us here, along with having fantastic facilities and horses available to suit all abilities!
Lessons take place Wednesday afternoons from 1pm and are averagely priced at £15 for a group lesson.
We are also looking at getting Club members a discounted cost on lessons giving everybody the chance to horse ride by making it as feasible as possible.
Phone: 01782 5055664
Address: Courses For Horses
Lower Stonehouse Farm
Competing and Riding for Staffordshire University
There are always opportunities to represent the University in riding competitions through the Club. Our instructors and commitee select team members based on their riding ability and competition suitibility seen in the lessons throughout the year. The aim of these competitions is to judge a rider’s ability to get the best out of an unknown horse in a limited period of time.
Our competitions involve teams performing a dressage test or showjumping round with riders competing on borrowed horses from the hosting University. These friendlies competitions range in difficulty meaning that riders of all capable levels will be in contention for being selected to represent the University!
We also have the chance of competing in the BUCS Sport League too, which consists of a team of four riders performing a dressage test and show jumping round that is marked on style and performance. There will be 4 competitions (one for each University in your area group) which are spread out evenly across the academic year so we will be able to train and improve on our performance throughout!
Socials, Hacks and Holidays!
As well as weekly lessons throughout the year, we will also have occassional
fun days, hacks and trips out. We'll also be having lots of awesome socials whether it's to go to the Horse of the Year Show, the University Sports Ball or fancy dress at Gobble! We've had our fair share of great socials...
We have also organised hacks taking place at Cannock Chase which is a great area to ride around in with some great scenery!
Last year, the Equestrian Club went on holiday to the Lake District where we rode horses and quad bikes, tried our hand at archery and got very competitive with go-karts! We also went on a drinking holiday, which happened to be in Magaluf! We hope to organise these holidays for our members this year - be it to re-visit or somewhere new entirely!
Horse riding is a risky sport but we do our best as a club to minimise any risks that may occur. Within the very first session you will be given a safety talk and told the do's and dont's about behaviour on the yard, on your horse and general safety. Suitable riding wear and shoes are also to be worn to the yard too.
President: Jess Hanbury
Vice President: Abbie Renwick
Finance Officer: Elle Smith
WE NEED DRIVERS!
Anyone who can drive and would be willing to collect/transport people to lessons would be a major help! You will be able to claim your petrol costs back from the Union.
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