University of Northampton Equestrian Club offers lessons for all ability riders; Beginners, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. We also have a BUCS team, that compete up to four times a year, along with a B and C team who compete against other universities in friendly competitions across the country.
Alongside the normal lessons, we also do extra activities some of which include polo lessons, gymkhana games, western riding, trick riding, horseback archery and cross-country training and much more. We are always open to suggestions!
We hold unique socials that can include days trips to horse trails, ice skating, movie and food nights, joint socials and of course nights out in Northampton.
We are a very friendly group of people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We welcome everyone from those who have never been on a horse to those who have their own. We look forward to meeting you!
We train at two stables in Northampton:
Moulton College hosts lessons for Intermediate and Advanced riders, as well as our BUCS, B and C team. Coaching is giving by Anna Hickling BSHII and Sam Lacey BSHII, who are full time members of staff at the college, teaching all aspects of horse care, management and training. We hold our friendly and BUCS competitions here. Lessons are £10 and normally take place on a Monday 4:30pm – 5:30pm.
Brampton Stables hosts the Novice and Beginners lessons. Coaching is given by Cameron Macintyre BSHII, BSH Chief Instructor, who is the most senior member of staff at the stables. We also hold our gymkhana games here. Lessons are £10 and normally take place twice a month for each group, on a Wednesday 5:30pm – 6:15pm.
Before you can ride with us you need to fill in a rider registration form, drop us an email and you can get started! Please also join our lessons group on Facebook, as all information will be posted on there.
Alice Daish, 3rd Year BA Fashion Marketing
This is my third year with the club and I am so excited to be in it for a fourth! Starting out as Planning Officer and now President. I have been riding since I was 4 years old and have never grown out of it, trying my hand at every discipline. Helping start the club three years ago it has been great to watch and help it grow and develop. I have met some amazing people and made some great friends, through competitions, riding activities and socials. We are the most supportive, fun and friendly club on campus and we cannot wait to see what happens next year.
Regan Madden, 1st Year BA Marketing Management
I have been riding around 17 years now, meaning horses are a huge part of my life. I have been lucky enough to travel to many different countries taking on new experiences and styles. I’ve been part of the club since I joined university last year and have loved all the experiences I have had the change to be involved with. I can’t wait to see what the upcoming year has in store for us.
Annabel Cremitz, 2nd Year BA Events Management
Hey, I am Annabel! I have been riding since I was 8 years old. Joining the University equestrian was the best decision I ever made. I ride at least twice a month, I have made some amazing friends, tried western, trick, polo riding and so much more! I can’t wait for my second year as part of a team that will help you have a fab year riding!
Emily Staples, 2nd Year BA Developmental Education Psychology
I have been riding since I was 8 years old, but sadly did not have enough time for it in sixth form. I joined the equestrian society in my second year of university and I have loved being able to pick up riding again. I love animals and feel that the time spent with horses through the society helps to boost my mood and reduce stress. I've loved being part of the club, making friends through the riding lessons and social events. My aim as social secretary is to help all members of the society have an experience as positive as mine.
Zara Brewer, 1st Year BSc Human Geography
I have competed for the club in BUCs this year and getting involved has been one of the best things I have done since starting University in September. I joined the club to still be involved in the sport competitively whist studying, and it has been the perfect way to balance sport and studies. I cannot wait to be involved in the committee, promoting a great sport and to inspire people of all levels to get involved.
Rachel Cross, 2nd Year BSc Developmental Education Psychology
This is my second year being a part of the Equestrian Club and have loved every minute of it. Horse riding has been part of my life since I can remember, and I have enjoyed riding with fellow members of the Equestrian Club. Taking on the role as the Communication Officer is something I love to do, my photography skills will help provide great photos of club lessons and events. As Communication Officer I will also help bring ideas to support charity fundraising and keep partnerships with our chosen charity.
All of our clubs and societies are run by a committee.
A committee is a team of people that lead, organise and publicise a group within your Students’ Union.
It can be really rewarding as well as being a great way to gain experience and invaluable skills for your future career.