Whether you are a complete beginner or have ridden all of your life, the Riding Club has something to offer you. When you sign up for lessons, you will be placed into a group with others of a similar ability to yourself and will head off to one of the local riding schools for lessons. Each group will have a driver, who takes the group to the stables as well as joining in with the lesson. We will do our best to place you into a group who want to ride on the same day as you, as frequently as you and who want to achieve the same out of their lessons as you do.
We have had a great success with complete beginners this year and hope to expand on this for the next academic year, starting with our Taster Session on 27th September 2017. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for the opportunity to sign up for this.
Lessons cost between £15 and £25 depending on which yard you ride at and for how long you wish to ride. Each of the yards gives us a significant discount off of their normal price - between 25% and 40%, depending on the yard.
There will also be opportunities for beach rides and hacks throughout the next year, with more information on our Facebook page as they arise.
The University of Bristol Riding Club have a history of success in BUCS competitions, regularly qualifying for regional finals as well as reaching the National Championships.
We train on Monday evenings with Australian Eventing Team member and Badminton Horse Trials winner Paul Tapner at his yard and compete throughout the year in BUCS competitions, held on Wednesdays.
BUCS competitions consist of 3 rounds: 4 mini-leagues over the winter term, regionals in spring term for the winner and then nationals for the regional champions. Each event consists of a dressage test followed by a jumping round on a horse that the competitor has not ridden before. Before each section, you are given time to work-in - 7 minutes before dressage and 5 minutes before jumping. Each round is based on the skill of the rider rather than the ability of the horse. The competitions are run at riding schools, so there is no need to have your own horse.
Team trials will be held a couple of weeks into Autumn Term (date tbc) and sign up sheets will be available at the Welcome Fair and online.
There is also the opportunity throughout the year for clinics with Paul for both team and non-team members.
There are also opportunities for non-team members to compete, namely at Varsity, our Club Competitions and friendly matches against other universities.
Varsity is held in Spring term and is a 'friendly' competition against UWE. It is run in the same way as a BUCS competition, but both BUCS and non-BUCS teams are entered, which gives everyone a chance to have a go!
After the success of our first Club Competition last year, we are hoping to run two competitions this year for riders of all levels to come and have a go in dressage and showjumping competitions. We are also running a friendly competition against Chester University, and hopefully against other universities throughout the year, for more experienced non-team members to have a chance to compete.
We will also be continuing to run our Sidesaddle Taster Sessions for members to experience this graceful way of riding for themselves. As with all of our events, you don't have to have ridden sidesaddle before, although there will be a session for those that have.
Socials are run throughout the year and are a great place to meet like-minded people or, if you are new to riding, to come and ask questions and get to know everyone. We also hope to run trips throughout the year to shows and events. Socials can be anything from BBQs in the park to film nights to cocktail evenings, we try to involve everyone as much as possible so if you have any ideas just let us know!
After the success of our first riding club trip this summer, we are excited to announce that next year we will be heading to Morocco! We will be riding along saffron terraces, perhaps through the desert, into the Atlas Mountains or along the coast. Expect sand dunes, Barb Arabian stallions, opportunities for fast riding and, most importantly, sun!
Dates and prices will be confirmed very soon, so keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more information.
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For the health and welfare of the horses, each of the equestrian establishments which we use may have weight restrictions (usually around 14st) in place, to which the club must abide
All riders must wear riding hats to current safety standards:
If you do not possess your own, you will be required to borrow one from the yard at the cost of 50p.
Footwear must be sturdy and with a slight heel. If we deem yours to be unsuitable, you will be required to borrow boots from the yard at the cost of 50p.
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