Teesside University Equestrian Club competes at Varsity

The annual equestrian varsity between Teesside and Sunderland University has taken place again this year at Leamside Equestrian Centre.

Unfortunately Teesside didn’t bring home a win, but B Team’s Emilia Austin placed individual second for B Team, making sure to bring home some rosettes for the university.

A and B Teams at Leamside.

After the win, Livy Lyall, a University of Sunderland Equestrian Club member said: “We’re thrilled, I love working as a team.”

Both A team and B team competed against their rivals in show jumping and dressage.

The team tried hard to succeed in the varsity, each riding two different horses in the dressage and show jumping that they had not ridden previously.

Teesside have been consistent with their placings in this year’s competitions, receiving rosettes at events against universities across the North-East.

The group has been running for over five years with new members continuing to join.

Recently the group has been struggling to gather membership to compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league but with recent success at the Olympics from Charlotte Dujardin in dressage and Nick Skelton in show jumping more riders are being motivated to compete.

Ella Davis, a Forensic Psychology student and member of the Teesside University Equestrian Club said: “Dressage has become more of thing recently because of Charlotte Dujardin and her book. Kids are a lot more interested in it as well.”

With the team holding weekly lessons anyone can join in, from experienced riders to beginners. The club aims to provide new experiences and friendships for everyone and will be holding try outs for Teesside’s BUCS team again in October.

To find out more search: Teesside University Equestrian Club on Facebook or visit the team at this years upcoming fresher’s fair.

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