Riding

If you've never sat on a horse before or you're an experienced rider looking for a challenge, Riding is the club for you! We hold weekly club lessons at Snowball Farm for all abilities every Wednesday afternoon (excluding reading week), ranging from beginner to advanced. We also offer further riding opportunities to those who want them. For more experienced riders looking to compete, we field 3 of the strongest BUCS teams in our region, as well as a Reserve Squad, providing the opportunity for 16-18 team spots. Our teams compete in dressage and showjumping across the South East, and you don't need your own horse to compete! There are weekly training sessions in small groups with experienced coaches that fit around your timetable.

Off the horses, we aim to offer as many opportunities to our members as possible, not only encouraging the formation of strong friendships but also to help with post-university life! We hold multiple events based around charity work and fundraising; each year, we try to organise at least one big charity event, shoot a naked calendar, and stage many smaller events! Our performance across the board has been recognised continually at Colours Ball, having been awarded Club of the Year in 2016, the Skills and Employability Award in 2018, the Bronze Spotlight Award in 2019, and the Sophie Christiansen Award for inclusivity in 2017 and 2020!

Our club is entirely focused on its members getting completely immersed in university life and having fun. Despite the unusual circumstances of this year, we still aim to provide you with as many opportunities as possible!

 

 

SOCIALS

We may be one of the largest off-campus clubs, but we still pride ourselves on being a close-knit, sociable group. We host a range of regular socials to suit all our members, such as movie nights, meals out, games nights, and we're not adverse to the SU either, particularly getting involved with Come In Your Kits, Alumni Day, and Varsity - of course, subject to regulations. The suits and dresses usually come out each year for a mix of black-tie events, most notably Colours Ball. We hope to round our year off with a 3-day camp at the yard as well as a tour to France, both of which are proving increasingly popular!

We take pleasure in being a very inclusive club and maintain a no-pressure policy when it comes to alcohol – we want to see as many faces at each of our events as possible, and this will only happen if you are comfortable. We always welcome feedback and ideas for socials since they only run effectively if they are what you want to do. Please get in touch with our Social Sec if you have any suggestions for online/socially distanced events! 

Non-riders are welcome at all of our socials. This year, we are offering free social membership to come to all of our online and unmounted activities!

  

 

TEAMS

We have 3 competitive teams and a reserve team for our top riders. At the beginning of each year, try-outs will be held for freshers who sign up; newcomers will have to attend both flat and jump try-outs, whereas returners will not have to re-tryout this year. The try-outs are usually held in the weeks following freshers fair, but more information will be provided with exact times if you come and see us during freshers week. After tryouts, teams will be selected, and those chosen will then have training once a week and represent our university at competitions.

  • Our A Team competes in the Championship League and has been highly successful over the past few years, qualifying for Regionals for the past 4 years. In recent years, our A team attended Regionals placing a respectable 4th with several individual placings.
  • We also had one rider from our A team progress through to Nationals, where she placed 4th overall.
  • Our B and C Teams compete in the Trophy league and have also been very successful in the last few years.
  • Every year we have Varsity where Royal Holloway goes head to head with Surrey University. Our best riders are put forward to compete against the Surrey team and represent the Bears.
  • We also have the reserves team, which is a fully-functioning part of Team. All the riders are expected to train and ride to the same standard as other team members and are fully involved with all aspects of being part of Team. They are expected to step in for competitions, and most riders in reserves will compete in at least one competition throughout the year.

Although no BUCS competitions can be held during the first term, training will be taking place as normal in preparation to start competing in term 2!

 

  

 

LESSON TIMES

 Day  Time  Location  Riders
 Wednesday  1:30pm- 3:30pm  Snowball Farm  Club

 

Once you have booked your lessons, more information will be given regarding transport!

 

GETTING INVOLVED

For this year riders do not need to get a Sports Pass to take part in riding as we are off-campus sport.

Follow our public Facebook page, join the relevant yearly private Facebook group (e.g. ‘Royal Holloway Riding Club 2020-21) and follow our public Instagram page @rhriding to stay up to date on everything going on throughout the year, including when lessons are available to purchase!

To become a Social Member: Free social membership

To become a Club Member: Club membership + block lessons (bought via a button on the Riding SU page every term)

To become a Team Member: VERIFIED Team membership (after try-outs) + block training sessions (bought via a button on the Riding SU page every term)

 

ALUMNI

Keep in touch with everyone after you graduate by visiting all our Alumni events! Details of these can be found on the Alumni Facebook page ‘Royal Holloway Riding Alumni’.

 

  

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us:

Email: riding@royalholloway.su

Facebook: Royal Holloway Riding

Instagram: @rhriding

Twitter: @RH_Riding

YouTube: RH Riding 

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Opportunities Secretary
Emmy Clark
President
Afreen Shaikh
Secretary
Lauren Sutcliffe
Social Secretary
Immy Small
Team Captain
Ellie Hyland
Treasurer
Emmy Clark
Vice Captain
Mona Lamotte