President: Caitlin Milne, Girton
Hello! I’m Caitlin and I am going into my fourth year of veterinary medicine at Girton College. This will be my third year as a member of CURC and I am so excited to be President this year!!
I have been riding for 11 years now, and started my journey at a local riding school sharing a naughty 13.1hh school pony. He left me on the floor more than the saddle but taught me an incredible amount and introduced me to the world of competing. For the three years prior to university, I had a 14.1hh show jumping mare on full loan. She was very bold and strong and I absolutely loved riding her. No jump or stride was too much and she always tried her heart out for me. We competed at both Regional and National Level in Unaffiliated show jumping competitions, including the Sunshine Tour County Championships and the Amateur Championships of GB. I now exercise horses for my friends in the holidays and have recently taken on a warmblood mare on loan, which I am hoping to get out competing soon.
I have absolutely loved being part of the riding team over the past few years and have met some great friends. I was part of the first ever Development Squad in my second year, and a member of the 3rd team last year. Some of my favourite memories from Cambridge have been competing for these teams- especially in the Varsity matches against O*ford, where both teams triumphed!
I am looking forward to another fantastic year at CURC. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Captain: Kate Branley, Newnham
Hi, I’m Kate and I’m a third year Natsci at Newnham. Having been a member of the undefeated 1st Team last year I am very excited to be taking over the reins this year.
I’ve been riding since I was 5 and started off doing all Pony Club activities. My first horse, Charlie, was a 4yo who I brought on to event at 1m/PC Novice Area level and Novice dressage. When I finally decided my love was actually dressage I had to sell him as his dressage abilities were limited! My current horse is a 6yo warmblood cross, called Bunny (he’s a boy and his name is a long story!!), who I have owned for 18months. We compete at British Dressage (and jump a little bit!) and this year we competed at the BD Winter National Championships in the Novice Area Festival Championship as well as the Pony Club National Championships. We have made our BD Medium debut and are training towards Medium/Advanced Medium level.
Hi, I’m Tessa. I’m a final year affiliate medic at Wolfson and organise the Intermediate and Advanced lessons at Hilltop. I began riding aged 5 in South Africa where I grew up, and have never looked back since! After riding various ponies and horses at local riding schools, I moved to a private yard to ride and compete a very naughty Welsh mare: she certainly taught me how to sit a buck! Thereafter I moved onto a much better behaved part-bred Welsh gelding whom I showed and evented; he certainly lived up to his name, Champ, and was always in the ribbons. As a teenager I progressed to a gorgeous 15.2hh TB gelding, Braveheart, and when we weren’t doing Elementary dressage, we were bombing through the forests jumping everything in sight. Alongside Braveheart I also took over my instructor’s Hanoverian gelding, Granite, whom I used solely for dressage, but we sadly lost him to colic a year later. Following that I had a terribly long 12 year (!) break from riding, having finally come to my senses to start again 18 months ago.
Hilltop is a great place to ride, particularly if you have an interest in dressage. There are some really lovely horses! Please get in touch if you have any queries about lessons and riding at Hilltop.
Springhill (Novice and Beginners coordinator): Penny Isitt, Alumna, St.Catherine’s
Hello, I’m Penny, and I represent the beginner and novice riders of the club at Springhill in Dry Drayton.
I have been riding at Springhill for some years so am familiar with the quirks of horses and staff alike. Springhill is a great yard for building skills and confidence, with horses to match every ability and excellent teaching in both flatwork and jumping. I believe that every rider should be able to work their way to a ‘personal best’, irrespective of starting point, ability or age. I started riding in childhood and despite periods of living in cities and not riding, I have always returned to it; once a love of horses is established I believe it is life long, so be prepared!
I am really looking forward to meeting new riders in October and watching the progression of returning riders. Fortunately I live very close to Springhill, so I am a regular visitor to the yard. I will work closely with the managers to make sure that all members have a very enjoyable time developing their riding in a friendly and positive environment.
Please do contact me if you have any queries about riding at Springhill.
Secretary: Vicky Houghton
I’m the Club Secretary for the second year and unlike most of the members of the Riding Club, I work as a member of staff within the University.
This is my third year with the club and I joined as a complete beginner at Springhill. I have been blown away by the friendly and inclusive way the club is run for those of all abilities.
We welcome all those who have an inkling to try out horse riding – from current students, to staff and alumni of the University of Cambridge or Anglia Ruskin University.
Please feel free to contact me with general queries about the club and membership.
Junior Treasurer: Henry Dawes, St John’s
Hi, I’m Henry and I am a third year Chemical Engineer at St John’s. I started learning to ride at Springhill in January 2016 having never sat on a horse before. I really enjoy my weekly lessons for the pure thrill of being atop a horse, the challenge of trying to master the connection between human and horse and also, the stress relief that they provide. I would encourage anyone who thinks they might like horse riding to just go for it – Springhill is a great place to learn! I love horse racing and would like to get into point-to-point racing in the future.
Please get in contact with any financial queries.
Web master: Susannah Boddie, Trinity Hall
Hi, I’m Susannah and I am going into my third year of Nat Sci at Trinity Hall. I have loved being a member of the CUET first team for the past 2 years and being part of such a successful light blue campaign.
Previously I have evented up to BE Intermediate/ 1* level and show jumped up to Foxhunter with my horse Corfu. Being a part of CUET has really helped to fill the gap between competing my horse at home during the holidays.
I am looking forward to being a part of CURC again this year. Please direct any website queries my way.
Social Secretary: Annabelle Molyneux, St John’s and Ilma Bogdan, Murry Edward’s
Hello, I’m Annabelle and I’m joint social secretary this year with Ilma. I have been riding since I was five and have my own horse who I’m currently competing at British Eventing. Last year I managed to somehow ride on all three of our teams and really enjoyed all of them. This year, I am really looking forward to organising social events for the team and the club so that membership is more than just the riding and members can meet new people and do different things. We hope to see as many of you as possible at some of these events such as our members squash, new members dinner and Christmas party.
Hello, I’m Ilma, PhD candidate in Comparative religion, and I shall be one of the Social Secretaries this year, responsible for all sorts of social activities and entertainment for club members. Just as Vicky, our Secretary, I joined the club as a complete beginner at Springhill, and equally experienced how welcoming our club is for those wish to learn how to ride – it’s never too late! This year, me and Annabelle, will be in charge of organising various kinds of socials, both for beginners and more experiences riders, so don’t worry – no one will be left aside. Do expect from us regular emails and updates on what is happening in the club As we want as many of you to participate in our socials as possible, feel free to contact us with your brilliant ideas – we are here for you this year!
Publicity officer: Clark Glasgow
Hello! I’m Clark, a third year grad medic at Hughes Hall. I joined CURC as an undergrad in 2011 and have absolutely loved my time riding in Cambridge (some would say it’s the reason I never left). I’ve been involved both with the Equestrian Team and with Club clinics and socials – CURC caters for everyone, no matter your past experience or goals for your riding while in Cambridge.
CURC is developing faster than ever, and there is no better time to get involved with one of the most successful sporting clubs in the University. My role as Publicity Officer is to continue this development, and open up the club to as many people as possible. If you have any suggestions for events we could be running or activities we could be doing, please get in touch!