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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:
Shelby Macdonald - President
Keyanna Steele - Vice Presidents
Club Entry Fee: $25
Lessons: $46 per class
Average cost per month: $184 plus additional gas charges as the team will provide their own transportation to lessons, team events, and competitions.
A lesson program is available for riders who are not already taking lessons with their own coach. The lessons are held at Todd Hill Farms in Oakfield, Nova Scotia (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 $46 per lesson, plus other expenses like gas.
AIEL Related Links:
Other Useful Links:
- Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation (NSEF)
- Atlantic Rider
- Ontario University Equestrian Association
- Intercollegiate Horse Show Association