The week kicked off with the taster session that ran at Witham Villa, with an amazing turnout from people who have never sat on a horse, to experienced riders who have owned their own horses and competed. A fantastic day was had by all and the staff, horses/ ponies and the committee worked hard all day to make sure everyone enjoyed their first experience of DMU Equestrian life. The dedication of Witham Villa is something that is definitely a central part of running the society and without their amazing horses, hospitality and motivated staff, the success of DMU Equestrian would not be where it is today.
The week then took a turn to looking at people for our university teams and the tryouts, with a large range of riders all hoping to secure a spot on one of our prestigious teams. The first lesson before tryouts was a swop round on the flat, to look at everyone for dressage abilities and to see how everyone got on with various horses at the yard. With the style of BUCS this has proved a challenge to some of our young riders, but like any good horseman or woman getting down to business is certainly something that our hopeful riders were more than capable of. In order to ride a successful dressage test, riders must ensure accuracy in all movements as well as suppleness and roundness of their horse achieving a soft, flexing contact with balance and harmony between horse and rider. The following week shall test riders on their jumping capabilities in preparation for the show jumping round of the tryout session where riders must complete a course of jumps including; dog legs, stiles, spreads, related distance, triples and cross poles.
So proving that through hard work comes reward, the Equestrian's are on a mission to have more fun, more thrills and more riders striving more than ever to be the best that DMU Equestrian can be. Keep your eyes and ears open, as there are big things to come from the Equestrian team this year!