By Abigail Hollander
course and you know that both you and the horse worked together to get it done.”
Carley Perez ’14 says that she made some lasting connections with the horses she got to ride with the club. “I’m so glad I got involved, the horses are better friends than my real ones,” she said.
While much of the team has been riding since they were adolescents, they all compete in a wide range of circuits catered to their strengths.
Recently, the club hosted well-known horsewoman and trainer Leslie Desmond. Desmond worked with the team to develop a stronger sense of feeling while training their horses.
Aude Bechu said this sense of feeling is one of her favorite things about riding, because you get to “work with the horses and get to know them individually, both in the ground and in the saddle.”
She commended the college for this club, because it allows her to keep pursuing riding, a passion that she developed at a young age.
The equestrian team has traveled throughout New York state to compete and observe other colleges’ riding programs, hoping to glimpse potential competition and commend techniques.
Not only does the team practice to compete regionally, they enjoy leisurely trail rides together. They recently traveled to Lake George and are anticipating a day trip to Saratoga Springs. In Saratoga, the team will be visiting the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, as well as the Saratoga Horse Show.
Members who are interested in competing often take advantage of the opportunity to showcase their skills and training, and partake in such events. Additionally, all members are eligible for competitions. Katherine Christopher explained that for a small school, and an even smaller team, the Union College Equestrian Club performs quite well.
“The team has done exceedingly well; girls often receive first, second and several place in third, fourth and fifth. Most of the shows have a lot of contestants, so our small team does really well individually,” said Christopher.
The team has competed against several New York state colleges, such as Skidmore, Hartwick and Morrisville, to name a few.
Christopher extends her warm welcome to anyone interested in joining the equestrian team, because there is always room for another horse lover in the club! She asks all inquiring minds and anyone keen on riding horses to send her an email at: [email protected]