The Princeton University EquestrianClub offers English horseback riding lessons for all levels. The fee for one semester of instruction is $480 and includes 10 one hour group lessons. Princeton owns horses for the students to ride in lessons. Lessons are organized by the coach according to each student's academic schedule and experience level. Students carpool to and from the barn. A lesson is approximately a three hour time commitment to get to the barn, tack up, ride, untack, and return to campus. The rider should wear long pants and a hard soled shoe with a heel. The club provides hard hats. Opportunities are available to lease a horse, and/or show in this area for riders who have previous experience and wish to be more active in their riding.
The Princeton University Equestrian Club offers intercollegiate team competition for all levels of rider. (At least one semester of prior instruction is recommended.) Princeton is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IS). We compete in 4-5 shows per semester in NJ, PA, and DE. Each rider and the team as a whole accumulates points throughout the year toward qualifying for Regionals. From there, riders qualify for Zones and finally Nationals. A rider's division is determined by previous experience and is specifically defined in the rules. The divisions range from walk-trot classes to 3'6" over fences classes. The team members carpool to the shows. Everyone rides the host team's school horses in the show by drawing a name from a hat for each class. The team tries to cover all IS show expenses for the riders. Members usually loan show clothes to other members who don't have their own. Our team hosts a show every other year. Throughout the year, the team also holds fund-raisers, study breaks, and other group activities.
Lesson Sign-ups are held in Dillon Gym during Physical Education Registration. Look for announcements in the Daily Princetonian for the dates. At sign-ups, look for a meeting announcement. At the meeting, we will complete membership forms and the first show entry.
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