Organization Spotlight: Equestrian Club

Mercer hosts a variety of clubs and organizations that span a broad spectrum of interests. For students trying to get plugged into extracurricular activities, it’s easy to find one that suits individual preferences. There are some clubs, however, that are not high on the radar.
Mercer Equestrian Club is one such organization that lacks participation only because it is not well known. Erica O’Neal, a sophomore Journalism major and active member of the club said, “I had heard about it my freshman year and wanted to join, but it was very difficult to find and get involved.”
The Equestrian Club is a great way for students to get involved in the local horse community, regardless of experience, and meet other horse fanatics. Members can participate in various horse-related events including lessons, volunteer opportunities, pony rides at University special events and day trips to shows.
Club President and senior Technical Communications student Alesa Webber said, “If we could get more members to participate, we would like to go on more trail rides and help out with LEAP service weekends.”
Currently there are only four members, and they are looking to recruit more students to increase participation.
With more members, there would be a larger selection of opportunities for on and off-campus activities. There is also an Intercollegiate Hunt Seat Association team connected to the club that competes with other colleges in the region.
According to O’Neal, “We now have enough people to continue the team, which is really exciting. This semester we are just taking lessons and practicing show etiquette.” The team is currently in the development stages, but they are hoping to compete regularly around the southeast this coming fall.
Being part of the team involves paying dues, having at least one riding lesson a week and competing at high-level shows. Previous events for club riders range from trips to watch rodeos to jumping and dressage events.
Among other opportunities, the club offers a chance to become a leader on campus by being an officer on the board. Members range from students with no prior horse experience to riders who are accomplished competitors or horse owners.
The club strives to bring together people who love horses, like to work hard and appreciate the art of equestrian shows. “My favorite part of being involved with the Equestrian Club is the fact that the people who do volunteer their time really care about the well-being of horses and promoting an amazing sport that is not yet well known to Mercer,” said Webber.
For interested horse aficionados, the club meets in Duncan’s Lounge three to four times a semester, usually at 10 a.m. The date is scheduled according to the most convenient day for current members. To be placed on the email list, email the club advisor, Carole Burrowbridge, at [email protected]