The Nottingham Trent University Equestrian Club caters for all abilities; ranging from those who have never ridden a horse before, to those who have ridden all their lives. With weekly recreational riding, the options of polocrosse and horseball, there is something for everyone.
The NTU equestrian club are one of NTU Sport designated performance programmes. As a performance programme, a selected squad of talented student athletes receive access to the following benefits:
- A programme lead by either a Full or Part Time Head of Sport/Head Coach
- Access to coach lead Strength & Conditioning programmes – both face to face in the High Performance Centre at Clifton Campus and via remote programming
- Free access to physiotherapy/sports therapy both via online consultation, face to face treatment and on pitch/on court support when returning to activity
- Free NTU Sport Performance kit
- Free off – peak membership to NTU Sport facilities
- Access to group interventions in sports psychology and sports lifestyle
The NTU equestrian club have three successful teams that compete in BUCS championship and trophy leagues representing Nottingham Trent University. Teams who take part in BUCS training receive access to:
- Transport to away fixtures/events across the country
- Priority access to training sessions, held where possible on NTU facilities
- Support from the NTU Sport Co-ordinator in the organisation and facilitation of all elements of fixtures/event organisation
The team has had much success over the years, including being BUCS National Champions in 2017. Our B team also made it to the nationals in 2018 and came 2nd. Our past team members include GB event riders Sam York, Kate Bleloch and Kirsty Short, as well as European young rider Lizzie Baug.
NTU Equestrian Club holds weekly recreational riding, the options of polocrosse, horseball and BUCS competition teams. Away from riding we organise weekly socials which is a great way of meeting new people with a passion for horses.
For the slightly more competent rider there is also the option to play horseball, for which there are two teams. It’s an exciting sport that enables you to play a team game on horseback whilst learning new skills.
NTU Equestrian also offers members the opportunity to play polocrosse which is a mixture of Polo and Lacrosse, building on teamwork and horse-riding skills.
More experienced riders have the opportunity to apply for our very successful equestrian teams, who compete against other universities across the country in both show jumping and dressage.
Alternatively, the ‘Development Squad’ is available for those who still want to practice their riding at a high level but from a more flexible point of view, where the instructor will run the session based on what skills the group wants to improve on.
Additional competitions include Local Horseball & Polocross Competitions.
Training takes place at Brackenhurt Equestrian Centre, Trent Valley Equestrian Centre, Long Lane Equestrian Centre and Upper Hattons Equestrian Centre.
- BUCS Team: Tuesday 2-3 pm & Wednesday 1-2 pm & 2-3 pm
- Horseball: Wednesday 4-5 pm & Thursday 4-5 pm
- Recreational Riding: Wednesday 11.30-12.30 noon
- Development Team: Wednesday 4-5 pm
Sessions are available to book on an individual basis so times vary. For more information please contact the club using the contact details below.
Equestrian BUCS Team Riders get access to physiotherapy, sports Psychology & Equine Pilates.
- Head BUCS Team coach - Lucy Field-Richards
- Head Horseball coach - Hayley Quinton
- Head Polocrosse coach - Tim & Gill James
How to join
The cost of NTU Equestrian is a £75 Joining fee then £15 pay as you train fee. Memberships purchased at any point during the academic year are only valid until the end of term 3.
Riding hats must meet the current competition standards and include the PAS 015 (1998 or 2011) with BSI Kitemark VG1 01.040 (2014-12) with SEI mark ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards) with Official SNELL label and number (E2001 or E2016) with the SAI Global mark AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards).
Riding hats and boots can be borrowed from the yard.
The Outdoor Activity Bursary is designed to provide financial support in order to assist NTU Students to achieve NGB Instructional Awards, Level 2 equivalent or higher, while studying at University. Successful recipients of a grant will be expected to play an integral part in the development and training of other students within their chosen activity and club. Applicants will be required to submit an application form.