My name is Liz and I’m a first year Medical Illustration Student at RIT, and this is my story. (I apologize ahead of time for my writing - I’m not the best at recalling experiences!)
In the beginning, I was accepted to both OSU (Oklahoma State) and RIT. And this club turned into my deciding factor. I was looking at both schools comparing activities, clubs, and overall culture. I was really stuck on which school to attend, but then I saw RIT had D1 Hockey, and the Equestrian club; so I decided to investigate.
I saw that we had both a Western and English team. Which was perfect, seeing as I have ridden both Western and English throughout my life.
After attending the first meeting, and visiting the booth at the club fair at Orientation (and visiting Evergreen Stables while at the accepted student’s open house that April) - I decided the Western team was the team for me.
[One thing you should know about my personality before going any further: I am extremely shy, and meeting/talking to/interacting with other people is EXTREMELY awkward for me.]
I started taking lessons fall quarter, and Jenn convinced me to show. (I was hesitant, seeing as I have a negative self image and not so nice past show experiences). So I kept lessoning, and then the first show came up.
It was fun. as. hell. I never expected to be able to talk to anyone, or carpool with people and actually have fun, or show and have fun at all. I attended all of the IHSA Western shows this year and they were all equally as much a blast.
At the beginning of spring quarter, I applied to be the Social Chair of the club - and here I am!
I highly recommend that ANYONE joins this team, Western or English. It’s amazing, fun, and just awesome - really. If you love horses and riding, this is the place for you.
Even if you have never ridden in your life, you are totally welcome. Some of my closest friends on the team only started riding this past school year and they have improved so much and are doing so well.
So whatever skill level, or amount of experience you have. You can get involved here and still have a ton of fun, and learn a lot of things you would have never expected to learn.
If you guys have any questions or anything, you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m sure I can answer a lot of questions relating to the Western half of the team and the social atmosphere as a whole!
And with that, It’s picture time!
Fall team trail ride
Boots & Fleur (at Evergreen Stables)
One of the horses I rode for the last regular show this year.
I hope this post helped a little (if at all)
Hope to see you at the club! :D