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Equestrian club rides to success

Posted 8 April 2014

Sian Kirwin competing at the Worcester competition

Students from the Harper Adams University Equestrian Club are celebrating following a string of successes throughout the season, proving a huge improvement compared with previous years.

The club has around 50 members that ride every Wednesday afternoon, training at Telford Equestrian Centre and Prescott Equestrian Centre. These members form two teams – A team which competes in the BUCS Equestrian Championship, and B team which competes in the Trophy Competition.

Outgoing Captain, 19-year-old James Bradshaw from Wiltshire, said: “This year we have seen such an improvement on previous years and the club is really thriving.

“To compete, we have to travel to other universities and ride their horses, with the aim of getting the best performance out of an unknown horse in a short space of time.

“One of our successes has been first year veterinary physiotherapy student, Steph Gunn, who has qualified for nationals in the BUCS Equestrian Championship competition as an individual. She did extremely well in the regionals, coming second out of 18 with some tough competition.

“Although narrowly missing out on the regionals, our A team captain, first year REALM student Sian Kirwin, achieved a third and fifth in the league competitions, contributing to the A team success.

“The B team also had an improved year with a win at their home team competition, beating Bangor and Chester Universities. Harriet Tyler came second and Heather Danks came fourth.

“These are all great results and exciting for us as a club.”

The Equestrian Club is open to all abilities, from those that have never ridden before to accomplished riders looking to compete for the university.

James, who studies BSc (Hons) REALM, added: “We now hope to build on our success in the competitions whilst also making the lessons more affordable for people in the future.”

The club has recently welcomed a new executive consisting of Team Captain Emma Saville, Secretary Hannah Jones, Treasurer Rowena Minney and Social Secretary Hope Mann.

As well as James, the previous executive was Secretary Rachel Davies, Social Secretary Charlie Beaty, Treasurer Char Gabbitas and Club Captain Sarah Varnam.

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