Welcome to Cardiff Equestrian Club
The club welcomes all individuals, providing training and competitions for experienced riders, tuition for beginners and everything in between. Owning horses can be expensive, so the university aims to offer a range of equestrian opportunities at discounted prices that would not be possible outside such an organisation. From learning to ride, competing within a team or simply enjoying a relaxing hack, Cardiff provides something for everyone.
Riding lessons are open to all, including those who have never tried horse riding before. Riders are categorised according to abiliity (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and then grouped with others at a similar level, ensuring everyone gains the most from their time. Lessons take place at different venues which have been chosen specifically for their quality of horses and teaching. Intermediate and Beginner lessons take place at Cardiff Riding School, Pontcanna, whilst the advanced lessons and team training take place at Triely Fields Equestrian Centre.
The cut off point for refund for a lesson or a hack is 3 days beofre so for Wednesday lesson the cut off day is Monday and for hacks it is Wednesday If cancelation occurs after this then you will not recieve a refund unless you are able to organise a swap with another rider however the club cannot help with this.
Hacks take place on a regular basis, usually once a month and are a very popular branch of the club. A variety of both long and short hacks are avaliable, some lasting an hour or two whilst others may take all day and include a pub lunch. Places on hacks are highly sought after, in particular the beach rides.
Rides are flexible and booked via an online sign up. This means you are free to pick and choose when you want to ride in order for it to fit in with your studies, social life and bank account! Emails and posts on our club Facebook group will go out to alert you that the online sign up is open. Once you have been allocated a place on a ride, sufficiant notice of cancellation must be given so that place can be filled. Cancellation without notice may leave you liable for the fee. Rides are only able to go ahead if there is sufficiant interest.
Transport to rides varies from members driving in their own cars to use of the union's minibuses, each depending on avaliability. Petrol money for members own cars can be reclaimed from the club. Willing members are encouraged to partake in a simple training session which enables them to drive the unions cars/minibuses.
For those riding at an advanced level there is the opportunity to compete in the BUCS League Equestrian Competitions.
Within the first few weeks of term team trials are held and teams of 5 (4 members, 1 reserve) are selected. Due to the high demand and previous success of the club, Cardiff Equestrian now have 4 teams competing in the BUCS Mini and Trophy Leagues, and a Development Squad for 1st year students who show potential to be on a team for the following year.
Each team competes in a league of up to 4 teams, with the best team in each league qualifying for the regional and then potentially the national final. Each team in the league hosts its own home competition (Cardiff home competitions take place at Triely Fields Equestrian Centre). The competitions are essentially combined training, consisting of dressage and show jumping.
At each competition 4 dressage horses are provided and one member from each team rides one. The horse/rider combinations are drawn out of a hat on the day. The rider then has 7-10 minutes to warm up before completing their test. After a short break for lunch the show jumping commences. Four different horses are provided and the selection process is repeated. Riders have a maximum of 4 warm up fences before completing a round of show jumps. The showjumping phase is judged on style and accuracy as well as faults.
BUCS equestrian is fiercly competitive but Cardiff has an impressive history with teams qualifying for regionals last year and just missing out on national qualifiation. We aim to qualify this year, whilst also enjoying the competition experience!
The club encourages anyone who is interested to get involved in competitions. Whether you are competing, helping or just going along for the entertainment, competition days are always great fun and can't run without the support of club members. All involvement is greatly appreciated, whether it be helping to prepare the horses, writing for the dressage judge or timing those crucial 7 minutes!
The club is continously growing, 2014 saw the introduction of the first Welsh Equestrian varsity. Held in the same format as BUCS competitions, Cardiff proudly took home the trophy in 2014 and 2015 beating Swansea by a mile. The last two years we have not been so succesful, although Swansea only beat us by 5 points in 2017 - lets make 2018 the year that the cup comes back to us!
It goes without saying that no university club would be complete without socials - Cardiff equestrian is no different! Regular socials take place on Wednesday nights, often involving themed nights strating in the Vulcan and ending in the students union, culminating in the prestigous AU ball at the end of the year. A whole host of awards are up for grabs at this black tie event - some more desireable than others! In addition to nights at 'YOLO' (formerly the 'lash'), highlights of the social calendar include our introductory white t-shirt social at the beginning of the year, our christmas dinner and our sober trampolining social!
Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram for up to date information regarding the latest socials, and prepare to get creative with your fancy dress!
http://cardiffstudentmedia.co.uk/gairrhydd/sport/au-matters-equestrian-club/ - Link to Cardiff University's Independent Student Newspaper article on the previous success of the club.
Any queries please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of the committee. We look forward to welcoming all new faces and hope to be even more succesful this year!
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