Riding Off into the Sunset: BSU Equestrian Team

The BSU Women’s Equestrian Team is a hidden gem on campus. Many do not know about this team and the opportunities its members have. All you need to be a member of the team is a good attitude, a love of horses and, wait, that’s it!

The Equestrian Team is looking to expand its roster and gain new members. For those interested, co-captains Jenna Root (she/her) and Ashley Drake (she/her) are the experts on all things horse! 

Both Root and Drake have been lifelong riders, and have found a second home on the BSU Equestrian Team. The two both joined the team as freshmen, and have loved the exclusive culture and friendship of the other girls throughout their time at BSU.

Don’t know much about horse riding or how the team works? Not a problem! Whether you’re looking to learn how to ride a horse or are interested in getting involved with the team, here’s what you need to know. 

“Coming in as a freshman and having a team of supportive girls really made the transition to college a lot easier,” Drake said. “Being able to compete alongside such supportive people has been a really great experience.”

No experience is necessary! On the Equestrian Team, riders compete in different classes, based on their level of expertise. For example, new riders show in a beginner level class with others of the same level. The team shows against other colleges and universities in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA).

Despite riding being an expensive sport to pick up, BSU makes it accessible for any student interested in joining! BSU provides funding to the team that is used for lessons and practices, membership and show fees, as well as uniforms for all members of the team.

While technically named a women’s team, non-binary students are also welcome to join if they so wish. The team practices a few times a week at a barn in Middleboro, and competes between one and five times a month. The equestrian “season” lasts the entire academic year, with a break during winter. 

With many of BSU riders being graduating seniors, the team is looking for new members. Any student interested in joining the team or learning more in the 2023-2024 season should reach out to head coach Christine Murphy at c28murphy@bridgew.edu.

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