Athletics & Recreation
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:
Michaela Cunningham - President
Emily Watkins - Vice Presidents
Leslie King- Secretary
Club Entry Fee $15
Shows: $25 per class
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.
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
AIEL Related Links:
Other Useful Links:
- Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation (NSEF)
- Atlantic Rider
- Ontario University Equestrian Association
- Intercollegiate Horse Show Association