Surrounded by beautiful horse farms, Centre College offers students opportunities for equestrian activities, both for the trained and novice rider, through the Centre Equestrian Club.
The club’s goal is to unite Centre students with a common interest in equestrian activities and promote equine education and bonding experiences. The group also provides lessons and riding opportunities to members at Meadow Lake Equestrian Center in nearby Bryantsville, Ky. Membership is open to those with and without horse experience.
President of the Equestrian Club Cara Barnett ’18 says her favorite part about the club is meeting other Centre equestrians from different riding backgrounds and sharing their love for horses.
“The [Equestrian] club makes my Centre experience more well rounded,” Barnett says. “This club provides and encourages students to engage in leadership opportunities and experiences that push them out of their comfort zone, especially for those lacking horse experience.”
The Equestrian Club has been active in the community during the past year. Members visited Cambus-Kenneth Farm, a thoroughbred breeding farm and historic summer home of famed Danville native Ephraim McDowell. The club also went to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Alltech National Horse Show and a Blessing of the Hounds ceremony by The Woodford Hounds at Shaker Village. All events were made possible due to funding provided by the Student Government Association.
On April 21, the Equestrian Club will be hosting a pony ride fundraiser for the Hooves of Hope Therapeutic Riding Center in Lancaster, Ky., a non-profit organization that provides equine-assisted activities to individuals with special needs.
“As a therapeutic riding center, Hooves of Hope provides the opportunity for people of all ages with special needs to work one-on-one with horses,” Barnett says. “Programs such as Hooves of Hope are meaningful to our club because it is extremely rewarding to see individuals increase their confidence, social skills, and various physical abilities through interacting with horses.”
All are welcome to participate in the Equestrian Club pony rides on April 21, which will take place on the lawn outside Breckinridge Hall from 4-7 p.m. The rides will cost $3.
by Morgan King ’16
April 18, 2016