What to bring to your taster day
Correct riding attire includes breeches or jodhpurs, shirt and tie. Hacking jacket or sweatshirt. Gloves, hairnet, and either riding boots or jodhpur boots worn with plain gaiters or chaps.
Your hat must be fitted by a BETA trained fitter and worn with the chin strap fastened. It must carry the BSI Kitemark, SEI mark or SNELL mark.
The standard indicated on your riding hat should read either:
- PAS 015 (1998 or 2011) and must have the BSI Kitemark
- ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a) and must have the SEI Kitemark
- SNELL E2001 and must have the official SNELL label and number
- AS/NZS 3838 (2006) and must have the SAI Global mark
Your Body protector must be a BETA Level 3 (purple label, 2009).
No jewellery: This includes earrings and all piercings, apart from a watch.
Your riding assessment takes about 40 minutes. It’ll consist of basic flat work in walk, trot and canter, with and without stirrups, and you should be able to jump a fence of 80cm. As part of the University’s health and safety policy, we will weigh all applicants before the riding assessment. The current weight limit is 14 stone. If you’re considering the non-riding option, you will be asked to perform a short practical task for example putting on a saddle and bridle.