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Welcome to Leicester University's Equestrian and Polo Society!

 

Riding lessons:

We're a friendly club that offers riding lessons and hacks for all abilities. Our riding lessons are held at Somerby Equestrian Centre. This yard caters for all levels with a huge range of horses. Our team riders train on a monday night, and beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons are held on a wednesday afternoon. We offer both flatwork and jumping lessons.

Riding taster sessions:

(For 2021 we will update here when taster session dates have been comfirmed, follow our instagram and join our facebook group for updates)

Abilities:

Beginner - Never ridden before, or at walk and trot level

Intermediate - Can walk and trot confidently and can canter or starting to learn to canter and/or jump

Advanced - Can walk, trot and canter and confident in dressage/jumping

Polo lessons:

Our Polo yard is located in Offchurch Bury. Here the horses are polo ponies and we have an experienced polo instructor who teaches members with various riding abilities. Polo is an exciting, fast-paced sport but no previous riding experience is needed. Come along to one of our taster sessions and have a go!

Our Polo lessons usually take place on a Wednesday (4:30pm) and Sunday (12pm).

 

All information regarding lessons are posted on our Facebook page, where links to purchasing your ticket can be found. 

Polo taster sessions:

(For 2021 we will update here when taster session dates have been comfirmed, follow our instagram and join our facebook group for updates)

 

Competitions - Riding

We have two teams that compete in BUCS, A team compete in the Championship League and B team compete in the Trophy League. BUCS works a little bit differently for Equestrian than it does for other sports. Instead of being in one big league, we're split into mini-leagues where there are four universities in each and each team consists of four members. The competitions require every rider to complete a dressage test and a show-jumping round that are judged on style and the team with the lowest penalty score wins.

We also have a development team for those not as confident. Development competitions are held like a BUCS competition but with smaller showjumps.

Being in a team is great fun and a good way of being involved in the club, however we also hold other activities such as intraclub competitions so that both team and non-team members can enjoy the excitement and involvement of attending competitions.

 

Polo Matches

Teams compete in polo in both SUPA competitions and regular friendly matches. Every lesson also ends with practise matches for you to improve as a team.

For the past 2 years we have been sending teams to Summer and Winter Nationals and we look forward to sending more this year!

 

 

Social

We are a very social club and offer lots of different socials from bar crawls and nights out, to meals and trips to ‘horsey events’, such as the Your Horse Live. We always have a great mix of nights out and non drinking socials so there will be something for everyone.

 

 

Committee 2022/22

 

Captain: Kerryn Schilling

Vice Captain: Megan Bingham

Treasurer: Emily Clifford

Lesson Coordinator: Emily Carsberg

Social Sec/ Events Coordinators: Hannah Hansen

Wellbeing and Inclusion Ambassador: TBC

Polo Captain: Jessie Smart

A Team Cap: Madeleine Young

B Team Cap: Issy Scott

Email: su-horseriding@leicester.ac.uk

 

Membership

You can pay your membership fee online at shop.le.ac.uk

Membership fee: £40

 

Hidden Costs

Memebers of Team Lecester clubs, ours included, are required to purchase a Team Leicester membership. Bronze, Silver or Gold are suitable for our club, prices range from £100-£200 (full details of membership can be found at https://le.ac.uk/sports/membership )

Then to join the club you are also required to purchase a club membership which is £40

For our club members are required to purchase a ticket to each lesson they participate in which is £20 per lesson (this price is subsadised by the uni. Travel costs are also subsidised so drivers are offered lessons at a reduced price)  

Equiptment (such as hats and boots) for riders can be borrowed from the riding school and Polo yard so is not neccesary to purchase outright however we reccomend riders to have their own equitment where possible, especially advanced riders, mainly for saftey and hygeine reasons. 

For and idea of basic equiptment prices:

Jodphurs £25+

Riding Helmet £60+

Riding boots £50+

For advanced riders looking to compete they will need their own compition wear 

This is usually:

White/beige Jodphurs £30+

Competition Jacket £40+

Riders are allowed shirts and ties or stocks £20+

 

Our club also has Team leicester sportswear however none of this is required to purchase for training or competitng.

Where to find us

Find us on Facebook and Instagram

 

 

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