Because only the top 10 riders in the University get to compete against teams from other universities, we organise internal competitions throughout the year to give Club riders a chance to compete against each other. The two main competitions are Dressage Cuppers in Michaelmas term (October-December) and Show Jumping Cuppers at the end of Lent term (January-March). These are a chance for the different colleges to put teams together to compete in dressage and show jumping at Hill Top Equestrian Centre and are open to intermediate/advanced riders and those who attend transitional lessons as part of the step up to Hill Top from Springhill Stables.
A gymkhana (games competition) and basic dressage competition for Novices and Beginners is also held at Springhill Stables in Lent term. These are chances for our new riders to have a first taste of competition riding and to get their rosette collection started, whilst having a fun day out.
Not all our members, even some more advanced riders, will have had much of an opportunity to compete before coming to Cambridge. We hold dressage and show jumping riding clinics in Michaelmas and Lent terms usually the weekend before the competition date. These clinics provide the opportunity for riders to ride their dressage test and/or show jumping course whilst receiving advice from Sharon and riding team members, to prepare them for the upcoming competition and enable them to build confidence.