The Claremont Equestrian Team: ready for show

By Dagny Lu ‘15Staff Writer

The Claremont Equestrian Team had a triumphant weekend at Cal Poly Pomona on Oct. 27th and Oct. 28 for their first two shows of the school year. Each team member who participated in the show brought home a ribbon. Ribbons at horse shows are awarded to competitors placing 6th and above.

“I’m so proud of our team!” said Rachel Fidler (SCR ‘14), one of the show team’s captains this year. The collegiate equestrian team competes under the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) against teams from Arizona State University, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton, Mount San Antonio College, University of Arizona, Universities of California Irvine, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Diego, University of San Diego, University of Southern California and Whittier College.

“Though, in the past, the Claremont Equestrian Team has not necessarily been as competitive as some of our rival schools, we are ready to be noticed and both of the team’s show team captains, myself and Stephanie Morley (CMC ‘13), are very confident that our enthusiastic and very talented riders are up to the challenge,” said Fidler.

Founded in 2006, The Claremont Equestrian Team is made up of both recreational and competitive riders from all five colleges. “We have about 35 active club members in total, with approximately 11 students who are show team competitors,” said Fidler.

All club members are required to take part in a one-hour lesson each week at one of three designated barns: Falcon Riding Academy in San Dimas, Rainbow Canyon Ranch in Azusa, or Trendsetter Performance Horses in Chino Hills.

“We welcome all types of riders to the team; some of our members in the past had never ridden before, and were interested in starting lessions and being a part of an equestrian community on campus,” said Fidler.

Four of the show team members who took part in the Oct. 27 and 28 shows had never competed in IHSA before.  Fidler said that watching some of the new team members place at the team’s first show of the school year was one of her most memorable experiences as a member of the team.

“I was joking with Stephanie that I was going to cry from joy and overwhelming pride!” said Fidler.

Fidler has been a member of the Claremont Equestrian Team for two and a half years. “I know that I will look back on my time with the Claremont Equestrian Team fondly,” she said. “I have so enjoyed the team experience and leading the team this semester as a show team captain has been such a joy.”

Outside of shows and lessons, the team has done year-end trail rides and holiday parties in the past.  “I think, currently, the other captains and I are really motivated to develop a more close-knit community within the team, giving us an opportunity to create fun traditions for the future!” said Fidler.

For more information about the Claremont Equestrian Team please visit their website claremont-equestrian.aspc.pomona.edu or contact them at Claremont.equestrian@gmail.com.