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.
New for 2017/18
We have moved to a fantastic new stables, 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 new activities at Harrogate including Horse Ball, cross country lessons, hacking and gymkana fun days. This year we are also organising day trips to Horse of the Year Show, Aintree races and a riding holiday at Easter.
Give It A Go
Our first GIAG will be on Sunday 5th November, approx. 10am-4pm. This is a chance to get back on a horse or saddle up for the first time. Spend the day at the stables, meet the horses, learn about their care and get riding. Transport will be provided.
Lessons are offered every week and members can ride as frequently as they would like. Lessons are organised via this facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/115837242418600/ 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 3.30-4pm, Thursday 4.30-5pm, Saturday 4-4.30.
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 taxi. 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.
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 4.30-5pm, Saturday 3-4pm.
First round of team trials- 4th & 7th October
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- 4th or 7th 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.
B Team- Wednesday 22nd November
C Team- Wednesday 6th December
A Team Wednesday 14th February
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!
Horseball is new for 2017/2018. 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. Sign up through the usual lesson sign up emails. 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 14th October 3-5:30pm. This will be a great introduction to the sport, tickets will be available on our 'shop' page.
First Social - Old Bar pub quiz - Thursday 28th September
Join us for our first social of the year at Old Bar in the union. We'll be meeting at 7:30pm for a few drinks before the pub quiz starts at 8:30pm. This will be a great opportunity to meet old & new members, as well as the committee. We would love to see you all there, just turn up on the night.
Warehouse Wednesday social - 4th October
For our first night out we will be paying Warehouse a visit and will be providing lots of free drinks for pres. Warehouse Wednesday and free drinks, who can say no to that. Pres venue TBC via our Facebook. Hope to see you all there.
Trip to Horse of the Year Show - Sunday 8th October
HOYS is one of the longest standing horse shows and a spectacle in the equestrian calendar not to be missed. The Sunday timetable includes international Show Jumping, incredible displays of natural horsemanship, stunt shows and the finale of the pony club mounting games. If you are new to riding or and experienced rider this is set to be a fantastic day for everyone! The coach will be leaving Parkinson Step at 7:45am. Tickets can be purchased on the 'shop' section of our website.
Horse ball taster session - 14th October- open to non-members
Join us for a fun introduction to Horseball! We will start with some training exercises, then go through the rules and positions on foot, then on horseback. You don’t need any Horseball experience but riders must be intermediate or advanced level. Tickets can be purchased on the 'shop' section of our website.
Trip to Ascot races - 21st October- open to non-members
Join us for a day out at the races on 21st October. British Champions Day at Ascot is the culmination of the European flat season. It's an opportunity to witness some of the worlds sporting stars. It's a fantastic day out for everyone and the perfect excuse to get dressed up! We have been given free tickets so all you have to pay for is the travel. Tickets can be purchased on the 'shop' section of our website.
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.