what is squad?


At The Equine Club, we recognise there are many riders out there who are riding at a level where they have the ability to compete at equine events, the only barrier being they do not own their own horse for which to do so. This is where The Equine Club has filled a much needed void.

We provide educated, regularly schooled horses that are available for riders to compete as part of The Equine Club Squad team. Teams are made up based on rider ability, school teams, friends who want to ride and compete together and of course from the community as individuals for which we match you to a team that will suit your riding.

Our riders have the opportunity to compete up to a maximum of two competitions a month, this is based on availability of competitions pertaining to the rider's interests and ability.

The Equine Club is about giving riders the opportunity to fulfil their riding dreams, competition aspirations and be able to work towards a sense of accomplishment both individually and as a group.

The benefits of horse riding are numerous. Squad gives individuals:

  • a sense of achievement, being able to set goals and work towards those goals
  • the ability to work autonomously and within a group
  • friendships built with like-minded people who provide support and encouragement to each other
  • study results showed that children riding horses greatly improved their ability to perform behavioural tasks, leading to better memory, learning and problem solving.
  • resilience, not everything goes to plan despite all the hard work, and some days are great and other not so
  • finally, and for parents, you understand this, no screen!
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Some of the places that squad competes

Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series

The Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series (VEIS) is a wonderful event for school aged riders to get established with EA rules and tests. The riders compete based on their year of school with Primary being to year 6 then Secondary years are divided into years 7 - 9 and 10 - 12 levels. Within those levels riders are then grouped further based on their riding ability from Prepatory through to Advanced tests.

The Equine Club compete interschool competitions in either dressage, show jumping or a combination of both. During the year there are nominated events which are qualifyers that participants can obtain points towards an overall series each year, the overall series winner being the person who has finished with the highest points at the end of the series.

Unofficial Equestrian Australia

We do pariticpate at certain unofficial EA events where we have riders who are riding at a high level. Generally we would not enter official EV events due to the callibre of rider and horse that generally enters. When there is an open event we encourage riders to participate as this is a great introduction for where participants can take their riding.

In addition, it allows participants the opportunity to ride within this exciting environment and to participate where there is less pressure and they are able to enjoy the day. It is a great day out and allows participants to view some beautiful competition horses as they go through their tests.


Open Pony Club Victoria events

Pony Club Victoria is an amazing opportunity for young riders with their own ponies. 2019 saw The Equine Club become a Pony Club Rider Centre allowing riders the opportunity to join Pony Club for riders without their own ponies, instead using the riding school ponies and horses. This will then link in with the existing Rider Squad and merge as a combined service. The Equine Club will compete open pony club events with our riders as a team. With Pony Club's membership spanning over 15 countries and over 102,000 members it is a great initiative and one we are glad we can offer riders the ability to compete within.