Riding

About our club:

The horse-riding club at the University of Liverpool has created a large community of like-minded menders and a breath of new opportunities; there will never be a better time to get involved in horse riding than when you’re at uni. Whether you’ve never ridden before, or you’re striving for national competition success, the riding has something to offer you. Come at visit us at the Welcome Fair!

Riding Lessons

If you have never sat on a horse before, or if you are a competition rider, we thoroughly encourage you to give riding lessons a go! Lessons are split into 4 groups: Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced. These groups are based on riding ability.

Beginner: Never sat on a horse before or has done basic riding on the lead rein.

Novice: Can walk and trot off the lead rein, learning to canter and jump

Advanced-Intermediate: Can walk, trot and canter confidently. Able to jump a single fence or small course up to 2”6. Knows the basics of lateral work (leg yield).

Advanced: Aims to improve the horse’s way of going. Can walk, trot and canter confidently and knows the basics of working a horse correctly over their back into the contact. Able to jump a single fence or course up to 3”.  Knows lateral work including leg yield and shoulder in.

Lessons are held weekly at Croxteth Park Riding Centre under the guidance of their extremely knowledgeable and friendly instructors. You do not have to ride every week, as lessons work on a first-come-first-serve basis over on our Facebook page during term time. 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!

Taster lessons will be running the first 2 weeks of term, so please see our Facebook page for more details and come and see if horse riding is for you!

We also run an annual riding holiday to Snowdonia during the Easter Break, where riders of any ability can enjoy an amazing and very affordable couple of days trekking and riding in the Welsh mountains!!

For more information regarding riding Lessons, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the LURC President, Tamsin (hstgamb3@liverpool.ac.uk).

BUCS Team

The club also has 3 competition teams that perform in the BUCS leagues. Our 1st team remains a performance team here at Sport Liverpool, which includes benefits such as weekly strength and condoning training. The teams train fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons at Bold Heath Equestrian Centre.

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 7 minutes before your round. Whatever your previous experience may be, competing in BUCS will help you improve your riding skills. 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 the BUCS Captain, Izzy, for more information on team trials.

Team trials will be taking place after the taster lessons, in early October. Please keep an eye on our facebook page for more information!

Social

The riding club offers a diverse range of social activities which all members are encouraged to get involved in. We offer bar crawls, club meals, AU nights, pizza nights and AU ball; we aim to offer something for everyone to enjoy at LURC. . This year we are sponsored by Revolution, so all of our members will receive a revs card when they join the club for exclusive discounts during our social events and on your own personal nights out!

You can find us on Facebook and Instagram for more information. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about any aspect of the club. We will either respond to your email as quickly as possible or 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!

RDA 

New to the 20/21 academic year we are hoping to introduce weekly volunteering with the RDA (Riding For the Disabled Association). This is a great opportunity to spend time around horses and give something back to your local community. You do not need to know how to ride in order to volunteer, but some experience of horse handling and care is preferable. If you have any questions regarding RDA volunteering, feel free to chat to our president, Tamsin, who has volunteered with the RDA for the past couple of  years.

Other Activities

We have lots of new activities in store for 20/21, such as friendly competitions, so watch this space! The best place to keep up-to-date with all that is happening with the club is to join our Facebook group!