Multiple of the Club Sports at Recreation and Well-Being are developing to be extremely successful. For the Equestrian Club here at Oakland University, they are quickly rising to have close to their whole team qualifying for regionals and other competitions around the country.
The Club currently has 11 competitive riders that compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Associate in equitation classes, flat and jumping. They practice at the Bayside Equestrian Center and with nine competitions during the season, the team is the overall high point champion and multiple individual performances have earned this achievement as well.
Excitingly, 9 of the 11 riders have qualified to go to regionals at Albion College this year, and they hope to place well in order to make it to nationals, which are held in Lexington, Kentucky.
For next year, the President of the team, Samantha Buckert, has similar goals for the participants in the Club. Her desire is to get as many riders to qualify for regionals and then of course nationals as possible. Individual goals of moving up in divisions are also a large part of the Club for members too. Buckert is trying to reduce costs of the team this summer by doing many fundraisers to make things more affordable for the riders.
Making it to nationals is just around the corner for the Equestrian team, and with the success they are having this far, they are fierce competition for what is to come. They are representing Club Sports very highly for Recreation and Well-Being here at Oakland University.