The Equestrian Club at Oakland University is the latest of our come-back clubs. The club existed at Oakland before, but due to a lack of structure within the organization, fizzled out after student leaders graduated.
This time around, equestrian has everything figured out. They are already a member of the collegiate association for their sport, the IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association). They have competitions lined up, having competed in a few already, and they have the number of required members that go to Oakland University to form a club sport.
President, Samantha Buckert, has been riding horses since she was 6 years old and is reviving the Equestrian Club at Oakland University. Having quickly formed an executive board and started recruitment efforts, Buckert says “We plan to grow the club as much as we can, to get riders in every level offered at our shows, and to continue competing on the IHSA circuit”.
The circuit requires the club to participate in five shows before regionals and when they compete, they are going up against teams “from University of Michigan, Michigan State, Grand Valley, Saginaw Valley, Albion, Adrian, Hillsdale, Calvin and more from the region”, as Buckert tells us.
If you’re worried about your level of horse riding affecting your chances of joining, you have nothing to worry about. Buckert says “[the club] takes riders of all levels, from those who have never sat on a horse to those who have been around horses their whole lives”.
Want to just be around the riders and horses? Berkert explains that “students can be non-riding members, who assist at shows and still attend team functions, riding members, who take lessons with the team but can choose whether to compete or not, or competitive members, who take weekly lessons with the team and compete in all team shows”.
All riders pay for their own lessons “out of pocket” and there is a membership fee associated with the IHSA if you want to compete, also the price of show clothes and gear if you do not have any already, but aside from that, all competition and travel costs are covered by the club.
The team practices at Bayside Equestrian Center in New Haven, MI, under head coach Aimee Latsch. Students can get involved or request for more information by contacting Samantha Buckert at (586)899-9875, or by contacting their instructor, Aimee at (248)808-9975.
Also, keep an eye out for the club’s fundraiser selling used tack and riding gear at Bayside Equestrian Center sometime at the beginning of November. You can also find them on Facebook here.