If you're looking for a family feel sports society & have an interest or love for animals then try us out! Whether you are a total beginner, ride for fun, compete at all levels or just want to make a fantastic network of friends then the Riding and Polo Club has something to offer for you.
We are dedicated to providing all students with the opportunity to go horse riding. You don't have to have your own horse and as a society we do our best to find the best value for money to get your lessons. We can give you opportunities learn and improve flatwork and eventually jumping if you're a beginner. To try out and compete at Polo or Dressage & Showjumping in SUPA and BUCS leagues. Best of all, to join a group of like-minded friends and make great memories!
Our BUCS competitive teams trains weekly on Wednesdays and compete in the BUCS leagues at 85cm/90cm and dressage at a novice level against other universities around the country. These teams are determined via the trials day.
During this pandemic, due to COVID-19 guidelines, our socials are mainly virtual over zoom for example. Although this may not sound as fun to some people, it is still a great laugh and a really good way to meet new people at this time!
We have lots of socials we want to get back to doing as soon as the COVID-19 guidelines allow us. Including themed and non themed nights. We have a variety of socials so everyone across the whole club both riding and polo can get to know each other. Over the year we have drinks now and then in the SU or go to the sports night as a group every fortnight on a Wednesday night at Walkabout. We also have non-drinking socials, such as trips to Exeter Races, Christmas gymkhana, Beach rides and loads more!
For those who would like to try out for teams, we have trials in the first few weeks of term (dates and information TBC). From this our two instructors and 2 BUCS captains decide the teams who commit to weekly Wednesday training at St Leonards Equestrian Centre. These teams compete in the BUCS league. We also have a friendlies team which provides the opportunity in a friendly environment with your own team to have a go at competing!
If you are a competent rider and want to try a different equestrian sport we offer Polo Opporutnities. Previously we have competed in the SUPA league. We often do things together with Bournemouth Polo Club. Training is at Dorset Polo club, although it's a bit of a trip, the journey is always fun and definately worth it for an opportunity you don't often get.
For those who have never ridden, or just want to ride for fun, we have lessons squads. The squads are grouped on ability at our Lesson Taster day during the first few weeks of term (dates and information TBC). If you didn't get on a team or don't want to compete this is the option for you.
PLEASE NOTE - unfortunately, if you sign up to the club after we have held trials, you will not be able to ride for a team, although we will place you in an appropriate level squad!
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Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/universityofplymouthridingandpoloclub
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