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.
Everyone is welcome at NTU Equestrian. We hold recreational riding lessons every Wednesday and finish each term with pony games or jumping competitions. We also organise termly hacking trips to get away from daily stresses, which are always great fun.
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 – think of it as a mixture of basketball and rugby on horseback.
NTU Equestrian also offers members the opportunity to play polocrosse. Polocrosse is a mixture of Polo and Lacrosse, which is an incredible sport that builds 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.
Away from riding, there are other aspects of the club that provide a great way of meeting new people and unwinding from studying, including weekly socials and termly meals.
BUCS teams are lucky to receive a very high level of coaching from a number of well-established trainers and competitive riders. Our current coach Lucy Field-Richards is the owner of Ride Fit Equestrian. Lucy now focuses on dressage after previously competing as a British Event Rider. Lucy believes in correct riding ensuring all riders are fit in order to enhance performance. We are also lucky enough to be supported by the coaches at Trent Valley Equestrian Centre.
The Horseball Team have a separate trainer, Hayley Quinton and Polocrosse riders are trained by Tim and Gill James.
British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS)
The Equestrian Club also have three successful teams that compete in BUCS championship and trophy leagues. The team has had much success over the years, including being BUCS National Champions in 2018. Our B team also made it to the nationals in 2015, with numerous individual successes. Our past team members include GB event riders Sam York, Kate Bleloch and Kirsty Short, as well as European young rider Lizzie Baugh.
Training / Session times
Recreational rising lessons – Wednesdays throughout the day
Development Squad training – Wednesday evenings
BUCS Team training – Monday evenings
Horseball training – Wednesday evenings
Polocrosse training – Sunday afternoons
Weekly recreational lessons, development riding and team training take place at riding school and show jumping yard, Trent Valley Equestrian Centre.
Our Polocrosse training takes place at Oakland’s Stables in Upper Tysoe. Horseball training takes place at Long Lane Equestrian Centre in Kegworth.
Sessions are available to book on an individual basis so times vary. For more information please contact the club using the contact details below.
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.
Outdoor Activity Bursary
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.
Throughout past academic years, NTU Equestrian Club has built a strong relationship with the Riding for the Disabled Association.
The RDA provides therapy, enjoyment and achievement to those with disabilities throughout the UK. Our local yard, Ling Lane Riding Stables, have given us the chance to help others and give back to the community, even if it is just for a couple of hours a week.
The different levels of riding ranges from those just content walking around on ponies to others competing in the Countryside Challenge. It is an extremely rewarding aspect of the club to get involves in as we are able to see the progress of the riders grow in strength week by week.
President – Jack Bailey
Secretary – Rebecca Gent
Treasurer – Chloe Sproston
Development Officer – Jess Robinson
Participation Officer – Jasmine Kok
Polocrosse Captain – Jack Bailey
Horseball Captain – Robyn Eadie
Social and Wellbeing Officer – Morgan Littler
Marketing and Communications Officer – Valeria Sparano
Please email NTUEquestrian@ntu.ac.uk for any information.
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