The Equestrian club was founded 10 years ago by a student who wished to continue riding while at Champlain College and offer other students the same opportunity. Since its founding, the Equestrian club has grown in size and popularity on campus, welcoming members from a wide range of years, majors and riding experience. Some members are like its founder looking for a way to ride while at college, while others are returning to riding after a long break, and still others use the Equestrian Club as jumping point to begin riding for the first time in their lives. It is this opportunity that is so crucial to the foundation of the Equestrian Club: we wish to provide a means to pursue a love of horses and horseback riding to all students regardless of experience, year, or major, offering them an ease of opportunity to pursue something they love should they choose.
The club is funded by Champlain's Student Government Association and uses the funding to pay for riding lessons. Beyond just riding at the barn on weekends, the club tries to set aside money for apparel and hosting an end of the year party to celebrate the riding accomplishments of each member.
The club rides with Erin Longworth at Erin Longworth Performance Horses in Milton, VT, and at Breakaway Farm in Grand Isle, VT. Besides getting a weekly lesson, the club helps out with barn chores and enjoys spending time with the horses.
The club meets Wednesday night at 8:30 PM in the MIC Vista Room.