One of the newest clubs at Clarkson University is also one of the fastest growing groups at the school.
Clarkson Equestrian was founded in 2016 as a school club by a small group of individuals with a passion for horses. Just one year after its founding, the club was approved to show in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). The 2017-2018 season was the club’s first time showing as an intercollegiate team, and many of its members took home top ribbons in all divisions.
Despite its infancy, the club has more than 20 members, which includes a show team comprised of 11 riders. While officially the members are only teammates, many say the bond feels stronger.
“Not only do I get to do one of the things I love most, riding, but I also got a second family,” said biology major Kasie Stamp ’20. “I can’t wait to see this club grow and thrive for many years to come.”
The Clarkson Equestrian family is one that is accepting of anyone interested. Members participate in two lessons per week and tailor training to the skill of the rider. The first lesson is a team practice that emphasizes stamina, strength, and correctness of position. The additional lesson is taught based on individual riding level and provides more one-on-one instruction to improve a rider’s effectiveness and jumping ability.
The group is off to a promising start, but they also have their eyes fixed forward.
“This group has become more than just a team, this is more than just a club, to me this is a family,” said Elyse DuBois, an environmental engineering major. “I'm humbled to see how far this club has gone and thrilled to see what the future holds for the Clarkson Equestrian Club.”
Find out more about Clarkson Equestrian on the club’s website at clarksonequestrian.weebly.com/, on Facebook at @clarksonequestrian, on Instagram at @cu_equestrianteam, or by contacting club President Stacey Widera at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-240-0982.
[Caption: Front Row (left to right): Harley Heath ‘18, Lydia Wright ’19, Jerry Dean - Head Coach, Jordan Weber ’21, Megan DeRidder ’20, Stoan Bush ’20, Back Row (left to right): Cassandra Orr ’19, Laryssa Terleckyj ’21, Kasie Stamp ’20, Eylse DuBois ’20, Stacey Widera ‘18]