Horse Riding Club: A New Beginning
AUBG’s Horse Riding Club came back to life with its first riding session at the horse riding stables “Dvorene” on Sunday, Nov. 10. After the club was inactive for a semester, graduating senior Nursultan Sulaimanov revived the initiative. Professor William Clark, Adjunct Assistant of Mathematics and Science, became the club’s advisor.
The new team changed the concept of the riding sessions slightly. Instead of riding horses only in the area where the stables are, AUBGers now have the opportunity to enjoy views of Balkan nature while going on riding trips outdoors.
“When the guys asked me to help them to connect with the managers of some horse riding stables – because I am Bulgarian – I decided that this is a great opportunity to join the club and made one of my dreams come true – learn the techniques of horse riding and be close to these beautiful and magnificent animals,” said Vera Daskalova, a freshman at AUBG and a contributor to the revival of the club.
The first riding session took place at the horse riding stables “Dvorene.” AUBG students, most with little or no experience in horse riding, learned some basic techniques with the help of the instructors Nursultan Sulaimanov, Maria Shchenyaeva and Maria Starostina. They then went on a one hour trip around the properties of the stables. Elena Doncheva, a sophomore at AUBG, says it was her first time riding a horse. “It is not like riding a car or a bike; you feel the relationship between you and the animal,” she said. “You depend on it and at the same time you control it – it is teamwork.”
The organizing team is planning to increase the number of the instructors so that the club can hold the riding trips weekly, and also offer separate trips for those experienced in horse riding.
You can find the information about upcoming trips and events on the club’s Facebook page, and check out AUBG Daily’s photo story from the trip on Nov. 10 below.