Owning your own horse is not required. On Sept. 3, the Cru Riding Association held their first meeting of the fall semester. Many UMHB students were in attendance. When asked why she was interested in becoming a member, freshman biology major Grace Gibson said, “I rode horses almost eight years ago at a camp and fell in love. It is just too expensive to own and maintain a horse by myself.”
The riding club has been an unofficial association for four years at UMHB, but this year is its first year as an active organization. The riding club president and senior nursing major Kelsey Kunk said, “We are now able to receive funding, which enabled us to become an active association.” Vice President and sophomore nursing major Erica Lowe said, “Members are limited to UMHB. Family members are welcome to accompany students, but are not able to ride the horses.”
Members are required to do three hours of community service and participate in riding days. Riding days are pre-arranged days designed for the group to ride for three hours. There are between 10 and 12 riding days for this school year, ranging from free to $15 per student. Price is determined by how many members RSVP for that particular scheduled riding day. Saturday, Oct. 4 is the first riding day. Water and snacks will be provided. Plus, the association participates in horse-related attractions, seminars, movies, performances and shows to as a club.
The group has partnered with Anne’s Barn in Holland to provide six to seven horses for the members to ride. Members may also utilize their own horse with prior permission. All levels of riders are invited, from beginners to the most experienced. Transportation to and from riding days and required equipment are provided by UMHB.
In October the association will be searching for members who are interested in holding an office in the club. Positions available include president, historian and public relations. Current advisers for the club are Heath Cox from the physical plant department and Megan Owen of the records department.