Welcome all incoming freshers and current team members! Trials for this years uni teams will be held on the 11th October. We are now accepting written applications for the team (please include photos/videos) and will be informing successful candidates of their place at trials (on the 11th) soon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with applications.
PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR CRSID IN YOUR APPLICATION
DEADLINE – 5th of October
Being on the team is a great way to ride at uni and meet new friends. Anyone can apply who is jumping confidently at 90cm, can ride a novice dressage test and is comfortable riding a range of horses. Whilst competition experience is not required, be sure to include a bit of background in your application. Of course, if you are not interested in competing then the club runs regular lessons and cuppers too.
We look forward to meeting you all,
Eve and Connie
(Ps you can drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or find us at the freshers fair)”
All riders must take part in team trials to be part of CUET. Selection for the team is based on riding ability as seen at trials, and relevant experience and competition record. You can view our selection policy here.
To trial for the team you should be comfortable riding a wide variety of horses of different temperaments and standards. For the team competitions it is necessary to be able to ride an Elementary level dressage test and complete a course of up to 110 cm show jumps. If you haven’t competed at a high level though, please do not be put off from applying to trial – many talented riders may not be able to access good horses!
There will normally be a CUET squad consisting of three teams of 4, plus reserves. Those selected for the squad, including reserves, must become members of CURC (competitive membership: £60/year). Once selected, it is important that you are able to train regularly (minimum of 4 sessions per term) and attend the BUCS matches on Wednesdays (4 per year) and Varsity (unless exceptional circumstances, in which case reserves will compete). There will also be socials for the team and clinics with outside professional riders – it would be great to have the whole squad getting involved with these.
The club pays for our competition entry fees and the hosting of our home match and Varsity. However, contributions to travel costs to matches can mount up and the training (£40/session in 2022/23) and purchase of team clothing is self-funded. I am currently trying to source sponsorship to help with these costs. So please do not be put off trialling if you are concerned about the cost of competing, I am very aware that riding is an expensive hobby and trying to reduce this issue!