Spotlight on Sport: Equestrian
We are the Equestrian Team. As a team, we take three of our teams to BUCS (British Universities & College Sports) competitions throughout the year and ending with our Varsity competition at the end against Leicester University! We go out on our socials on Wednesdays, and always have a fancy dress theme, which starts off at a bar and ends in the SU! We encourage people to come along to our taster sessions, even just to get a taste of the sport, we also offer beginner lessons if you want to learn how to ride and handle horses.
We also do a lot of volunteering; for example a small group of us go on Saturday’s to RDA Arden, which helps disabled children to ride. We go to help out and lead the ponies in the lessons. We also try to raise more money with our Naked Calendar which takes place in the yard, we sell the calendars throughout November and December until February.
What were the club’s accomplishments last season?
DMU Equestrian has had a brilliant year; with our A team placing 4th and our B team placing 3rd in their respective leagues, and riders from all three teams won individual placings throughout the year. Equestrian as a whole received the Team of the Term award and we also won the Most Improved Team Award at our Sports Awards Ball. And of course our Varsity victory against Leicester University!
What is your most memorable moment from last season?
Without a doubt the most memorable moment was when we found out we had won our Varsity, as it pulled together all the months of training every member had given to the team. And we wouldn’t have been able to do it without our wonderful helpers and social members, so it really was a team victory. (Although being on stage collecting our Most Improved Team Award comes a close second!!)
What are your aspirations for this season?
Obviously winning Varsity again is one of our biggest aspirations! But, we would also like to improve our team and society even more, by getting our teams placing higher in their competitions, run more friendly competitions for non-team riders, get more people involved and just keep on improving our team until it is the best it can be!
How much does it cost to join your club?
The first taster day will cost £10 and then group lessons from then on will be £19. These lessons are discounted if you are on one of our three competitive teams. You will need an active card to ride after the taster day which will cover you for insurance across all sports at DMU.
Why should students join your club?
Although it can be costly, the rewards of horse riding are incredible. You build a bond with your teammates and your horses, and the sport can really relieve the stress of exams and deadlines! Equestrian is one of the few truly egalitarian sports where both men and women and animal compete together in one competition, in true equality.
You don’t have to ride to join us either, we have a large amount of social members who just join us for the sports socials on Wednesday nights!
To join DMU Equestrian, find them at the Sports and Societies Fair on Thursday 1st October or get in touch via their links below:
FACEBOOK: DMU Equestrian Society
INSTRAGRAM: DMU Equestrian