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The objective of the Saint Mary’s Equestrian Team is to provide students with the opportunity to engage in horse related activities while completing their studies. We aim to bring students with a common interest in horses together, regardless of skill or experience level. SMU Equestrian is committed to developing its competitive team and the circuit known as the Atlantic Intercollegiate Equestrian League (AIEL).  

Currently there are 5 schools that compete on the AIEL circuit. These include Saint Mary's, Dalhousie, Acadia,   St. FX, and the Dalhousie Agricultural College. All shows are judged on a hunter equitation style of riding. The rule book is based on that of the International Horse Show Association (IHSA, see below). 

Types of membership include Executive, Active, Competitive Team and general membership (for those who are either part-time students, exchange students or alumni). There are 7 executive positions available for those students wishing to get more involved and add something to their resumé. Executive positions are voted in at the beginning of the year. Some positions, such as the President, will be voted in at the end of the last academic year. Other positions include Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Competitive Team Representative, Show Coordinator, and Fundraising Coordinator. 

We operate throughout the academic school year and competitions take place year round. Lessons are available to all members, whether or not they wish to compete. Our club also hosts social events such as movie nights, potlucks, and recreational trail rides. We organize academic gatherings throughout the year, for example, study groups and text books exchanges. 

To find out more information about membership for students or alumni, upcoming events, or for any other inquiries please email:

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2015 - 2016 Executives

Michaela Cunningham - President 
Emily Watkins - Vice Presidents
Leslie King- Secretary

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Team Fees

Club Entry Fee $15
Lessons $115
Shows: $25 per class

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A lesson program is available for riders who are not already taking lessons with their own coach. The lessons are held at Merson Hill Sport Horses in East Lawrencetown(about a 45 minute drive from the South End of Halifax). Lesson spaces are limited and priority is given to those with prior riding experience. The cost of lessons is $115 per semester, plus other expenses like gas.


 As a member of the Atlantic Intercollegiate Equestrian League (AIEL), our team competes against teams from Dalhousie, Acadia, StFX, and Dal AC. Several of these teams host shows throughout the school year. Riders hoping to show must be taking lessons regularly either through the team or with another coach. It is also required that all riders who show have a valid NSEF membership for insurance purposes. Divisions included at these shows are: Beginner Walk/Trot
Beginner Walk/Trot/Canter
Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter
Novice Flat
Novice Over Fences
Intermediate Flat
Intermediate Over Fences
Open Flat
Open Over Fences

2014/2015 Show Results 

Dalhousie Show, November 9th

Morgan McKenna (open over fences) – 2nd
Natasha Dilkie (novice over fences) – 2nd
Kaitlyn Anderson (open flat) – 4th
Sydney Trendell (intermediate flat) – 3rd
Leslie King (novice flat) – 1st
Baillie Thompson (advanced walk/trot/canter) – 1st
Ashley Weir (advanced walk/trot/canter) – 2nd
Emily Watkins (walk/trot) – 4th

St. FX Show, November 16th

Morgan McKenna (open over fences) 5th
Michaela Cunnigham (intermediate over fences) – 6th
Natasha Dilkie (novice over fences) – 1st
Kaitlyn Anderson (open flat) – 6th
Michaela Cunningham (intermediate flat) – 4th
Leslie King (novice flat) – 1st
Ashley Weir (advanced walk/trot/canter) – 3rd
Emily Watkins (walk/trot) –3rd

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