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Exploring unique CCAs: Equestrian Club

Exploring unique CCAs: Equestrian Club

After reading about interestingly unique co-curricular activities (CCAs) we covered recently such as Fencing and the Flying Club, have you been wondering about what other one-of-a-kind CCAs would be available in Singapore as well? Let’s talk about the Equestrian Club today!

What’s an Equestrian Club?

Horse riding, also known as equestrianism, is an ancient sport and art that involves riding, driving, or vaulting (gymnastics and dances on horseback) with horses. In recent years, it has gained popularity as a CCA in Singapore, offering a rich blend of physical and mental benefits. The allure of interacting with these majestic animals and mastering the skills required for horse riding can be a life-changing experience for your child. Some of the schools that offer this unique CCA are Hwa Chong International School, Regent Secondary School, and Queenstown Secondary School.

You can also check out our recent article here on considerations to look out for when picking your child's secondary school options.

Takeaways from horse riding

1. Physical fitness

One of the most prominent benefits of horse riding is its ability to enhance physical fitness. It's not just about sitting on a horse and letting it do all the work - it requires effort and strength. Riding a horse involves balance, coordination, and core strength. It engages various muscle groups and promotes good posture. The regular exercise and physical activity associated with horse riding contribute to overall health and fitness.

2. Mental discipline

Horse riding is not only a physical endeavour but also a mental one. It teaches children the importance of patience, focus, and communication. Building a relationship with a horse, understanding its body language, and effectively communicating one's commands require mental discipline. The bond that develops between a rider and their horse is built on trust and mutual understanding, fostering character traits like responsibility, empathy, and kindness towards all living things, including animals.

3. Character building

Horse riding promotes character development in students. It instils values like respect, responsibility, and perseverance. Caring for a horse is a significant responsibility, and children learn the importance of consistent care, grooming, and feeding schedules. This experience can teach them empathy, as they develop a deep connection with their equine partners.

4. Unique skill set

Horse riding equips students with a unique skill set that sets them apart from their peers. Learning to ride and control a horse is not only a fascinating experience but also a valuable life skill. These skills go beyond the arena; they can be used for recreational riding, horse therapy, or even future career opportunities in the equestrian industry.

5. Academic enhancement

Participating in horse riding as a CCA can positively impact your child's academic performance. The discipline and time management skills acquired through horse riding can be applied to their studies. Moreover, the mental agility developed while understanding and connecting with horses can enhance a student's problem-solving abilities, critical thinking, and creativity, which are essential for academic success.

Wrapping up

Horse riding, through participation in an Equestrian Club, is a unique CCA that can offer your child a plethora of physical, mental, and character-building benefits. On top of that, horse riding also helps your child foster a deep connection with nature and teaches them valuable life skills.

Whether your child aspires to become an equestrian champion or simply wants to enjoy the many advantages of the sport, horseriding can be an enriching journey that leaves a lasting impression on their life. Consider exploring the world of horse riding as a CCA option, and watch your child thrive in a world of adventure!

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