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Club Executives 2020-2021

Team Standings

Individual Scores

About the Team

Scholarships

Team Fees

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Shows

Show Dates

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Contact

Instagram Page - @smueqteam

Facebook Page - @SMUEquestrian 

Link to the shows - https://www.aielequestrian.ca/

Equestrian Club Email - smu.equestrian.team@gmail.com

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Club Executives 2020-2021

Jordan MacKenzie - President

Hailey Doucette - Vice President

Kyle Morton - Secretary 

Lindsay Scott - Safety Advisor

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Team Standing

High Point Champion with Da AC Winning ReserveTeam Score - 24 points

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Individual Scores

More details to come

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About The Team

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 6 teams that compete on the AIEL circuit. These include SMU, DAL, DAL AC, Acadia, STFX, and UPEI. 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 textbooks exchanges. 

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

Please e-mail smu.equestrian.team@gmail.com

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Scholarship Opportunities

If you are a recent grad from high school and are passionate, alongside love riding horses check out the Scholarships available for you.

Though applicants have to be a recent grad from high school and not be a transfer student.

Goman Memorial Equestrian Scholarship

  • Application Required: Yes, using the Named Entrance Award application form (learn more)
  • Criteria / Description: Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student at Saint Mary's University who is actively involved in an equestrian program (preference will be given to students entering their first year of studies). This encompasses dressage, other disciplines of horseback riding, as well as teaching and volunteering, in that order of preference. The recipient must also demonstrate satisfactory academic achievement (75% average from high school). If there is no eligible entering student, the award may be given to a continuing student who demonstrates an active association with an equestrian program as well as satisfactory academic achievement (3.0 QPA).
  • Faculty / Discipline: All
  • Annual Value (Approx): $1,400
  • Number of Awards: 1
  • Renewable: No

SMUSA Larry Uteck Scholarship

  • Application Required: Yes, using the Named Entrance Award application form (learn more)
  • Criteria / Description: Open to any high school student applying to Saint Mary's University who has demonstrated commitment to extracurricular activities; letter of recommendation from Guidance Counselor and/or teacher; high academic standing in high school (85+ average). In order to maintain the scholarship during post-secondary studies, the successful student must: maintain an academic GPA of 3.5; be an active member of either the intramural program organized by the athletic department; be an active member within any society or student government.
  • Faculty / Discipline: Varsity Athletics
  • Annual Value (Approx): $3,000
  • Number of Awards: 4
  • Renewable: Yes (See Criteria)

Online Application available at https://smu.ca/academics/scholarships/scholarships-entrance-awards.html

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Team Fees

Club Entry Fee: $50
Lessons: $35+HST per class, per week

Additional individual fee for AIEL (for members who are on the competing team only) of $40

The average cost per month: $184 plus additional gas charges as the team will provide their own transportation to lessons, team events, and competitions.

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Tryouts

Want to try out for the team? Download the forms fill them out and have them submitted before TBD.

AIEL Tryout Form 2020-2021

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Lessons

A lesson program is available for riders who are not already taking lessons with their own coach. The lessons are held at Owls Ridge in Seaforth, Nova Scotia. Lesson spaces are limited and priority is given to those with prior riding experience. The cost of lessons is $35+HST per lesson, plus other expenses like gas.

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Shows

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:

Green Division (Poles)

Entry Division (18")

Novice Division (2’3)

Intermediate Division (2’6)

Open Division (2'9")

Each division now consists of one over fences and one under saddle class.

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Show Dates

The show dates are up and are the following:
1) October 4th, 2020 - hosted by Acadia
2) October 18th, 2020 - hosted by DAL AC
3) October 25th, 2020 - hosted by UPEI
4) November 1st, 2020 - hosted by DAL
5) November 22nd, 2020 - hosted by STFX
6) January 24th, 2021- hosted by Acadia
7) February 7th, 2021 - hosted by SMU
8) March 14th, 2021 - hosted by UPEI

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Links

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