Riding & Polo
- BUCS Championship winners 15/16 (1st team)
- BUCS Championship 4th place 16/17 (1st team)
- BUCS Trophy winners 15/16 (2nd team)
- BUCS Trophy winners 16/17 (2nd team)
- Winner of team of the year 16/17
Riding & Polo
With big discounts on student lessons and a large community of like-minded members, there will never be a better time to get involved in riding or polo than when you’re at Uni. Whether you’ve never ridden before, or you’re striving for national competition success, the Riding and Polo Club has something to offer you.
Club Riding Lessons
Our riding lessons are split into 5 levels: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced/Intermediate and Advanced. All lessons are held on a weekly basis at Foxes Riding School under the guidance of their extremely knowledgeable and friendly instructors such as Anna Davey, who has represented GB in Grand Prix Level Dressage.
If you have never sat on a horse, we thoroughly encourage you to give riding a go!! We start from the complete basics in our lessons and there will be opportunities for all of our members to take part in fun inter-club team competitions, such as our Christmas Gymkhana and we will also be holding friendly competitions against John Moores University in 2017/18. If you want to get out into the countryside, why not get involved in one of our beach rides and hacks or join us on our riding holiday, open to riders of all abilities. This year, our riding holiday took place in Snowdonia, where we enjoyed an amazing and very affordable couple of days trekking and riding in the Welsh mountains!!
Sign up for our club riding lessons opens on a weekly basis during term times. There is absolutely no commitment to ride regularly, you can simply sign up on the weeks that you want to ride. Equally, you can join the club at any time during the year- so even if you miss out in the hectic first few weeks of term, feel free to join us later on!
For more information regarding Club Riding Lessons, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the LURPC President, Hannah Daibell.
Our 1st team was selected as one of 6 performance teams here at Sport Liverpool, which includes benefits such as weekly strength and condioning training. Our BUCS riders enjoyed a great deal of success in the 2016/17 season with our second team winning the National Trophy Competition for the second year running, and our first team coming 4th at the BUCS National Championships finals (1st place in 15/16) and some fantastic individual achievements in dressage and show jumping . We have 100% success rate at the Varsity competition against John Moores University and hope to carry on with our winning streak.
Harriet Deeming, who rides with our BUCS team recently won the Student Riders Nations Cup, an international competition achieving gold individually and silver with Team GB, along with Rosie Alcorn, another of our riders. We are very proud of the fact that 2 out of 4 Team GB riders have ridden with our BUCS team!!
Although the squad consists of extremely ambitious and competitive riders, we are also known to be a very sociable and friendly sports team.
BUCS competitions are unlike any other equestrian competition you will have taken part in before. You are required to ride a dressage test and a show jumping round on a horse or pony you will only have sat on for 10 minutes before your round. Whatever your previous experience may be, competing in BUCS will help you improve your riding skills.
There are a number of places available in the first and second team for the 2017/18 season. You do not necessarily need to have an impressive competition record in order to be considered for the squad, but you must be an experienced rider. If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch with Hannah Daibell for more information on team trials which are held in the first week of October. Alternatively, visit our stand at the Welcome Fair during Welcome Week.
If you’re looking to try something a little different whilst you’re at Uni, or if you already play polo, why not get involved in our polo club.
Even if you’ve never played polo before starting University, you will have several opportunities to compete in tournaments throughout the year. You will have guidance from a top-quality coach, Glynn Henderson, who will quickly get your technique up to scratch. We have had members starting polo lessons in September, and after 6 weeks of training they have taken part in their first polo tournament against beginners from other Universities. This sport is ideal if you’re a competitive person looking for a new challenge!
However, polo lessons are equally enjoyable for those who simply want to get out in the countryside and have a bit of fun with friendly and encouraging team mates. During the Summer Months, training is held in picturesque locations such as Chester Racecourse. There is no commitment to train every week, and you can simply sign up for a lesson when you feel like it.
There are also opportunities for more experienced players to represent Liverpool University at a higher level at Winter and Summer Nationals. This year we had the largest number of teams from the University competing in Summer Nationals with all of our teams achieving impressive scores!
For more information, please contact Hannah Daibell via email.
Our club offers a diverse range of social activities which all members are encouraged to get involved in. From club meals, to AU night, to movie nights and formals, we aim to offer something for everyone to enjoy at LURPC.
You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information. Please do not hesitate to contact Hannah Daibell if you have any questions about any aspect of the club. I will either respond to your email as quickly as possible myself, or I will put you in touch with the relevant committee member to answer your questions. Remember to come and visit our stall at the Sport Liverpool Welcome Fair during Welcome Week in September if you’re interested!