Student senate approves Ship’s first Equestrian Club
March 30, 2015
By: Julie Ratcliffe
As the snow melts away and the stress of approaching finals week builds, Ship students are looking for an outlet. Sophomore Amanda Trievel has created a club for horse lovers and adventure enthusiasts to release that stress, The Equestrian Club.
Trievel initially thought of creating a horse riding club when she arrived on campus as a freshman in 2013 when she learned Ship didn’t have an established equestrian club. It wasn’t until the end of 2014 that she began the process of creating a club and in February of 2015 the student senate approved The Equestrian Club.
The club’s academic advisor, Dr. Cornelius of the sociology department, says other students have tried to start the club but have failed. That changed when Amanda Trievel took the reins.
Riding horses has been a part of Trievel’s life since she was five years old so it’s no surprise she refused to leave her riding days behind when she went to college. “Riding horses to me is a passion. Many people say it isn’t a sport. Well not many people can communicate with a 1,000 pound animal that can’t talk. I love connecting with the horse you are riding and developing a bond with the horse.” She wants to give other Ship students a chance to experience that connection.
The club is open to experienced riders and to anyone who is serious about learning to ride. Riding is a serious commitment, but Amanda assures it’s an exhilarating experience. If you’re afraid of falling, have no fear “I was never scared of horses or falling off, which I have many times, but falling off is what makes you a rider”.
Some members even expect to participate in competitions next year. The club is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association joining local colleges like Penn State, Gettysburg College and Dickinson College.
Amanda has secured a partnership with Swan Lake Stables in Littlestown, PA. They will be travel to the barn once a week to train and practice.
If you’re interested in joining, contact president Amanda Trievel firstname.lastname@example.org or advisor Dr. Cornelius at email@example.com.