Equestrian expansion

Horse Riding 2010-2011

Swansea University’s equestrian club has played a key role in the creation of a new league that will see their riders gain much needed competition experience.

The club competition will run alongside the current Bucs league to give teams the ability to compete on a more regular basis.

Captain Victoria Hope said: “Basically we are going to do as we do for Bucs.

But because our second team has not been entered into Bucs, we have formed our own mini-league.

“The league will consist of Gloucestershire, Aberystwyth and either Bath or UWE – we are waiting to confirm which one.

“It is quite good as we are expanding our range of university competition.

We haven’t played Bath or UWE before, so it’s exciting to compete against someone different and to travel further afield.”

As the league is not being run through Bucs, the AU cannot fund the competition, so the club have been raising funds through cake sales.

The Swansea leg of the competition will take place on March 14, combining show jumping and dressage on the same day.

Hope added: “Unlike Bucs we are going to pick our own horses, as normally you pick out of a hat, so people will get to choose and get used to them.”

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