The St. FX Equestrian Society is made up of horse-loving students from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The society hosts horse-themed events through-out the year and provides a great network for horse people to meet and socialize.
For active riders, the society has a competitive equestrian team which competes in intra-university shows in the Atlantic Intercollegiate Equestrian League (AIEL). AIEL horse shows are hunt-seat equitation style both over fences and on the flat. Group lessons are also arranged for team members.
Within the society there is a team of active riders who compete in the Atlantic Intercollegiate Equestrian League (AIEL). Team members take group lessons from coach Kelly MacDonald of Creekside Equestrian Center.All levels from walk - trot to open over fences partake in the team.
AIEL horse shows are based on hunt-seat equitation on the flat and over fences. The shows have classes for all levels ranging from walk-trot to open. The host barn provides the horses. Riders draw for their mounts and can watch the horses warm-up.
AIEL currently has five active teams at St. FX, Acadia, SMU, Dalhousie and NSAC. The league is growing in the number of teams and number of shows hosted per year.