Welcome to the University of Reading Riding Club!
We are a fun and friendly club open to riders of ALL abilities; from complete beginners who've never been on a horse, to experienced and accomplished riders!
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!
We run lessons each week at Wellington Riding split into ability groups of between three to seven riders taught by BHS trained instructors. Lessons are an hour and cost £25, and must be booked in advance via Facebook or email. They can vary from flat work, dressage, show jumping, cross country and even hacks. Groups meet an hour before lessons start on campus so everyone can get lifts to the stables together and on time.
Reading University Riding Club have our own club stash which we like to wear and show off around campus and when we're off riding horses at Wellington. The clothes range from customised polo shirts and hoodies to thick waterproof coats and gilets. Details for buying stash will be available after freshers week.
We run a series of in house competitions throughout the year, usually one at the end of each term. These are fun, friendly and great experiences for everyone to get involved in. These include dressage, showjumping, pony gymkhanas and Mini Badminton (a one day event) at the end of the summer term. All of these competitions are open to all members regardless of experience.
We have a number of riding teams who compete against other University teams around the country throughout the year. We have two affiliated BUCS teams and one friendly team. The competitions are combined training (dressage and showjumping) and are ridden on the host University horses, so you DO NOT need to own your own horse. Trials will be run during the first few weeks of the Autumn term.
We run a whole bunch of socials throughout the year, including day and nights, alcoholic and non-alcoholic to include trips to the union, pubs, bowling, cinema, Sports Awards Evening, Christmas Meal and more horsey events such as Olympia and trips to Robinson to stock up on horsey gear. They are a great opportunity to get to know all of the members and generally have a good time!
Each year in the Easter holiday we go away as a club for a few days of hacking across the countryside. For the past two years we have gone to Springhill Farm in North Wales (http://www.atspringhill.co.uk/) which included two and a half days of hacking across the Ceiriog Valley, bbqs, horse demonstrations, archery and lots of fun :)
For a real taster and insight into the Riding Club watch our youtube video displaying all the activities and events the club has put on and enjoyed over the last year :) Just click on the link below.www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GN16fRDpcU
PLEASE NOTE: Sports Federation insurance MUST be held by all members and is available through the HUB in the students union or online from the SU homepage.