Being on the team (CUET) is a great way to represent the university and meet new friends. 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 confident jumping a 90cm course and riding a Novice dressage test, and be comfortable riding a wide variety of horses of different temperaments and standards. While the level in team competitions goes up to Elementary level dressage and 110cm show jumping, we encourage everyone who is interested (from all backgrounds and levels of competitiveness) to send in an application – we recognise that many talented riders may not be able to access good horses!

Trials are held in early October and we are now accepting applications. Please send a written application (including your equestrian background and any competition experience) as well as videos of you riding (on the flat and jumping), to The deadline for applications is 4th of October, after which we will inform successful candidates of their place at trials. If you have any questions about trialling feel free to find us at the Sports Fair (2nd October) or get in touch via email at any time.

The CUET squad consists of three teams of 4, plus reserves. Those selected for the squad, including reserves, must become members of CURC (competitive membership). 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 we encourage as many of the squad to attend as possible.

The club pays for our competition entry fees and the hosting of our home match and Varsity. However, contributions to travel costs to matches, training (£42/session in 2022/23), and purchase of team clothing is self-funded. Many colleges will financially support university-level sport and we are always on the look out for sponsorship opportunities, but if you’re concerned about the cost of competing do feel free to get in touch and we can talk it through!