The Princeton University Club Equestrian Team offers English horseback riding lessons for all levels. Prior experience is great, but not necessary, to join the team. A weekly lesson schedule is organized by the team captains at the beginning of the semester, according to each student’s academic schedule. A lesson is approximately a three-hour time commitment (transport to and from the barn via carpool, tacking, one-hour group lesson, untacking), and a team member can take one to three lessons per week. Lesson prices are calculated based on how many team members are riding, so they vary slightly each semester. We expect that lessons will cost around $50 per lesson. Lesson fees are paid at the end of the semester, based on how many lessons per week the rider selected at the beginning of the semester.
Members of all ability levels on the team compete at Intercollegiate Horse Show Association shows in Zone 2, Region 4 throughout the school year. The divisions range from walk-trot classes to 3'6" over fences classes. Our shows are usually in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or New York. The team carpools to the show; some of the shows require overnight stay, also organized by the team. There is an IHSA registration fee for team members who wish to compete.
For those lacking apparel and equipment for lessons and/or shows, the team has a borrowing/loaning policy to make it possible for everyone. Though riding is often viewed as an individual sport, the team works to emphasize teamwork and team bonding at the stable and at shows, as well as on campus with team dinners, social events, and other activities. We hope to see you at the Campus Rec Expo this fall! Please visit our website https://www.princeton.edu/~puet/index.html for more details as well as contact information.