Purdue Equestrian Team

Purdue Equestrian Team


[MUSIC PLAYING] Whoo. We got crooked there. We’ve been a team since 1980. So my father founded
the team back then which was before I was born. And we’ve been competing
ever since in the IHSA, which is the Intercollegiate
Horse Show Association. We actually have levels all
the way from walk/trot– which anybody can learn how
to walk and trot a horse in their first lesson– all the way up to open which
is where they’re jumping over jumps around three
foot in height. So we have kids that have
never ever ridden before. We have several international
students on the team this year that have never
even touched a horse and yet they’re going to be able
to show, probably next semester when they have a little more
practice under their belt. We have a level for everybody. So we have kids that have
literally never seen a horse in their life on the team. It’s a really great
opportunity for students to learn to ride horses or to
get back into riding horses. And it’s really wonderful. I’m also a resident assistant. So I’m extremely
busy all the time. But they still
manage to make time to schedule in a lesson
for me which is fantastic. And I absolutely love
everything about the team and the people on the team. It is a little expensive
for a club at Purdue. But we have to pay
for our horses. So it costs right
now $400 a semester to be on the team, which
seems a little pricey. But for people that
are used to riding, that’s, pretty cheap
in the long run. They get about 10
lessons a semester. So that being said, we’re just
looking for good team players. We love people who are open
because we’re really, really, really, close team. And we all like to
know each other. So we look for someone
who’s definitely open to being themselves. [MUSIC PLAYING] Hi pretty girl. Hello. She’s very sweet. It makes me feel like I’m at
home because I’m used to going to the barn every single day. And when I came here, I wanted
to look for something like that in an equestrian team. And I miss my horse. So that’s kind of helps. You can make a lot
of close friends. It’s a nice group of
people that friendships can last for a life time. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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