Taster sessions: apologies for the delay, we are currently in the process of organising our riding taster sessions. Polo taster sessions are up and running, if you would like to get involved, please contact our Polo Captain, Edward (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If anyone is interested and wanting to look for other riders to share lessons with, please let Abby (email@example.com) know, who can put you in contact with others.
What We Do
While we are a little slow to get up and running this year, we are currently hard at work reestablishing links with our local riding schools after the disruption of COVID, and are also looking at organising some equine-themed virtual talks and webinars, as well as some in-person socials for the near future! If you have any specific interests or requests for topics of talks/webinars you would be interested in, or any virtual/in-person events you'd like to see from the riding club, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, we would love to hear from you!
We have something on offer something for everyone; whether you are looking to try something new this year, or are already an accomplished rider wanting to represent a University team!
We have both BUCS (British Universites & Colleges Sport) teams and friendly teams.
BUCS teams compete against other universities in the South West, aiming to qualify for Regional Championships and then onto the National Finals. The home ground and training facility for the BUCS teams is Summerhouse Equestrian Centre.
Friendly Teams are based at Warminster Saddle Club. These teams compete against other universities across the year in a friendly league, and act as a development for the BUCS teams.
Team trials will be held within the first few weeks of semester and sign ups will be available soon after freshers week. For more information concerning competitive teams, please contact our BUCS Captain.
Polo teams will play at Druids Lodge Polo Club. The Club holds regular University tournaments and there is also the opportunity to compete in Winter and Summer Nationals.
Lessons are currently being run by Warminter Saddle Club, we will keep you updated if this changes!
Weekly lessons are held at Warminster Saddle Club every Wednesday - these lessons are open to anyone, whether you wish to take up a new sport or want to improve your riding.
Typical lessons include flatwork, polework and jumping and riders will be grouped according to ability to ensure everyone has a worthwhile and enjoyable time. Generally, these lessons take place at 2:30-3:30 and 3:30-4:30 on a Wednesday, but other times are available if there is enough interest. These lessons cost £25-32 each time you go, however there is no obligation to go every week: you can go as much or as little as you like. Warminster is accessible by a short train journey, or someone may be available to drive riders there.
For any keen eventers, we also offer Cross Country lessons in the summer months. This will also only be on offer to more experienced riders as it involves jumping and horses can become very forward going on the course.
For more information regarding lessons, please contact our Secretary.
Lessons are currently being run by Druids Lodge Polo Club as normal for 2021/22, we will keep you updated if this changes!
This year we will be playing Polo at Druids Lodge Polo Club. Druids Lodge is a very accommodating club, with regular lessons on offer for all abilities. Even if you don't wish to play, Polo is a very exciting spectator sport and there will be games, tournaments and socials throughout the year open for all to attend.
For more information regarding Polo, contact our Polo Captain, Edward.
TRAIL/LONG DISTANCE RIDING
We hope to introduce this to the Riding Club this year, based at Pewsey Vale Riding Centre. This will only be on offer to the experienced rider as the horses can be very forward going and riders could be in the saddle from one up to three days.
For more information regarding trekking or trail/ long distance riding, get in touch with us.
We are delighted to add vaulting to our list of equestrain sports! If you dont know what it is, it consists of doing gymnastics on a moving horse (watching some vaulting on youtube is highly recommended for this to make sense!!) This is done at Tidworth Garrison Saddle Club.
You do NOT have to have any gymnastics, or riding experience to join us! Lessons will be organised dependant on interest, and the availability of drivers.
For more information regarding vaulting, contact our club email.
Meeting up and taking trips as a club is always a lot of fun: this year, we plan to attend many events including Races at Bath Racecourse, the nearby Badminton Horse Trials (hopefully running in 2022!), Olympia, and Polo Tournaments at Druids Lodge.
Aside from horses, we also hope to get together for many events including BBQs, nights out in town, ice skating, crazy golf and of course SCORE (if you don't already know, you'll find out soon).
Christmas and end-of-year meals are always a highlight.
For more information regarding Socials contact our Social Secretary, Mollie.
Reasons to Join Us
We are an OPEN and FRIENDLY CLUB.
We have on offer A WIDE VARIETY OF EQUESTRIAN ACTIVITIES FOR ALL ABILITY LEVELS - suggestions for other activities are welcome too.
We meet up for REGULAR SOCIALS - we like to make sure we do things for both those who like to drink and those who are not so keen. By participating in a club you form friendships across all years and courses of University! You are also more than welcome to bring flatmates to socials if you don't feel like coming alone.
There is the OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE - BUCS, FRIENDLIES & POLO.
If you want to stay updated, please do also join our Facebook Page as information goes up on there regularly - 'University of Bath Riding Club' and instagram @uobathriding.
Dean Milligan - email@example.com
Edward Webster - firstname.lastname@example.org