Horse Riding

What we’re all about

The Horse Riding Club offer riding lessons for all abilities as well as great socials, days out and the chance to represent the University in one of three equestrian teams which compete in the BUCS league. Lessons and training are held at Harrogate Riding Centre which is just 30 minutes from Leeds (we provide transport).

About us

We ride at a Harrogate Riding Centre, who have superb facilities including 2 large indoor arenas, 120 x40m outdoor arena, conference room and cross county course. We are very excited to offer lots of activities at Harrogate including Lessons, Horse Ball, cross country lessons, hacking and gymkhana fun days. We also organise trips throughout the year to various events such as Horse of the Year Show and Bramham Horse trials. We have regular socials, anything from nights out to wine and cheese evenings to our christmas meal out.

Give It A Go

Our GIAG will be on Saturday 29th September approx. 9am-4pm. This is a chance to get back on a horse or saddle up for the first time if you wish to try out the society before buying membership. Spend the day at the stables, meet the horses, learn about their care and get riding. Transport will be provided. Sign up by midnight on 25th September!


Lessons are offered every week and members can attend as often as they would like. Lessons are organised via this facebook group:  so please join that if you would like to get involved! Please note you will need to have bought membership to take part in our lessons.  Once you receive a confirmation that you are booked onto a lesson then you can pay for your lesson on this website. Click 'shop' and then select the lesson you want to pay for. Please note, lesson times are assigned on a first come first served basis so check the facebook group regularly. Any questions, don't hesitate to email us or message us on facebook.

The levels and times of our lessons are described below (please note these times may change):

Beginner: Riders who have never ridden before or have barely ridden. Wednesday 2.30-3pm, Saturday 3-3.30pm.

Novice: Riders who can walk and trot and are learning to canter. Wednesday 2.30-3.30

Intermediate: Riders who can walk, trot, canter competently and are learning to jump. Saturday 3-4pm

Advanced: Riders who can walk, trot, canter and jump competently. Wednesday 2.30-3.30pm


We normally try to organise car shares to lessons, but if there aren't enough spaces the club will pay for a coach. Please let us know if you are a driver (and willing to drive people!) when you sign up for a lesson. We give drivers a discounted lesson price.

Team Training

We have three teams (each of four riders) in the BUCS league, as well as a development team who compete against other universities. Team training takes place separately from normal lessons. It is once a week and each team has four competitions per year. Riders on teams can choose between the following training times: Wednesday 2.30-3.30pm, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Saturday 4-5pm. Competitions are on Wednesdays and require early starts so may require missing lectures 4 days a year. 

First round of team trials- 3th & 6th October (Wednesday & Saturday)

If you are an advanced rider and would like to be part of the University Riding Teams you will need to sign up to our first round of trials. At the trials you will be asked to ride two horses on the flat for around 10 mins each. Successful riders will then be asked back to 2nd Round trials which will involve jumping a course of around 80cm. Once signed up we will send you more details on times and travel. Please note you will only need to attend one of these dates- 3th or 6th October. To attend trials you will need to purchase a ticket from our online shop.


Each team has four competitions per year (dressage and show jumping), one of which is hosted by us. See below for the dates of our home competitions. The host university provides horses, so you do not need your own horse to compete. Riders are randomly allocated one of four horses, and one rider from each team must ride each horse.


If you would like to help at one of the competitions or come and support our teams please get in touch, we would love to have you!

Horse ball

We also offer Horseball lessons and matches against other universities. For those of you new to Horseball it’s a game that’s something between rugby and basketball but all on horseback. It has been compared to quidditch but without all the extras. There are six members in a Horseball team, four on the pitch at a time. They have to pass a ball three times between three different team members before shooting through a 1m hoop, 5m off the ground. Players can also tackle each other to defend and steal the ball, just like in rugby, and line outs and other tactics are used to defeat the other team. Lessons are on a Saturday 3-4pm and cost £20. You don’t need any Horseball experience but riders must be intermediate or advanced level. We welcome you to join our Horseball taster session on Saturday 29th September. This will be a great introduction to the sport, tickets will be available on our 'shop' page.


Keep an eye on our facebook page for upcoming socials! In the past we have done a trip to HOYS, Ascot races, a Christmas gymkhana as well as nights out in Leeds.

Our first social of the year will be at the Old Bar pub quiz on Thursday 4th October! As this is our first social of the year you do not need to be a member to attend, just come along and get to know everybody. It will be held at Old Bar in the University Union. Keep an eye on our facebook page for more details coming soon!


Every Sunday the volunteering branch of our society organises trips to a local yard to help with the Riding for the Disabled Association lessons. This is a brilliant day out helping with children and ponies and looks great on the CV.


Membership for the year is £30 (or only £25 if you join in fresher's week) or just £20 if you join for one semester. The price covers free boot and hat hire, subsidised lessons and access to our socials. Our lessons cost from £14-£20 for a group lesson for up to an hour.


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