Univeristy of Derby Equestrian Club

The Equestrian club is a cross campus club for any horse enthusiast! We welcome anyone from beginners wanting to learn, to those who have their own horses and know the ins and outs of the equine world. 

Lessons and Competitions

The club ride weekly at local riding schools in Buxton and Derby where the staff on hand are friendly and flexible with when students can ride. Both schools offer farm rides in the summer months. Lessons in Derby cost £23 for 1 hour and lessons in Buxton cost £10 for 30 - 45 minutes. Lifts are organised for all those wanting to ride at either riding school, and cost £2 for lessons in derby, or £3 for lessons in Buxton.

Following on from this years success, there will be a BUCS team and a Development team with tryouts for these on Wednesday 3rd October. Those trying out must be able to ride a prelim level dressage test (walk/trot/canter) and jump a 70cm+ showjumping course. In addition to this there will be regular dressage and show jumping competitions for anyone to take part in. Competitions will be held at Hargate Equestrian Centre this year. Beginner competitions will be held for the first time this year, but these will be held at Buxton.

Riding lessons:

Times and days will be organised once all lesson availability forms have been submitted. Lessons will be arranged to the best of our ability to give people their preferred sessions. This year we are also running a Saturday afternoon lesson to allow members on placement to participate.

Groupings Guidelines:

  • Advanced: Walk/Trot/Canter/Gallop/Jump 80cm+/X-country
  • Development: Walk/Trot/Canter/Jump to 80cm
  • Intermediate: Walk/Trot/Canter
  • Beginner: Walk/Trot (this may begin to develop canter)

Extra Equestrian Activities:

As well as offering weekly riding lessons there will be opportunities to try new equestrian disciplines including Polocrosse, Trekking, Mounted Games and Vaulting. Mounted Games competitions are held twice a year, and this year we are going to run regular Horseball lessons.


The new committee has big plans for further club expansion and involvement of students across the Derby University community.  With bigger and better socials already in the planning process and fundraisers organised and ready to go, the social aspect of the club is only going to improve with new members joining us. 

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