4 October 2015
On 10 October 2015, Lucy Cavendish College members will be cheering on Lizzie Moore and the Cambridge University team as they compete in the annual Varsity Horse Race.
The Varsity race will be held at Newmarket Racecourse as part of the Dubai Future Champions Festival. A ten-horse, one-mile contest – the race hosts five riders from Cambridge University, and five from Oxford University.
For many years Varsity battles have taken place between Cambridge and Oxford in rowing, cricket, rugby, football, golf, polo and tennis. Now in its second year, the Varsity Horse Race is a recent addition to this long tradition.
Lizzie explains: "Our aim is to try to make the Vision Varsity Horse Race become like the Boat Race – it obviously hasn’t got that kind of history but we are doing all we can to try and develop it.”
A keen rider from the age of 10, Lizzie had never ridden a racehorse until she was selected for the Varsity Team. Selection is both a fantastic opportunity and hard work. Lizzie has followed a rigourous training regime, overseen by ex-jockeys and coaches John Reid and Michael Tebbutt.
Lizzie reflects: “You’ve got to be mentally ready to put the hours in, including lots of early mornings. I've driven through Newmarket so many times and seen the racehorses - never did I think I would be on board one! I have to pinch myself some mornings as I canter up the misty Newmarket Heath."
A passion for horse riding and love of animals resulted in Lizzie's application to study Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge. Lucy Cavendish College has a thriving community of Veterinary students – making it the perfect place for Lizzie to pursue her ambition to become a vet.
Combining training with a busy Cambridge academic life has been a challenge: “I've been riding out in the mornings around lectures and work so it’s been a busy summer but so much fun. We also have sessions at the British Racing School to improve our fitness and technique on the mechanical horses. Luckily Newmarket is close by!”
In 2014, the victory of Kate Walters on Ocean Applause meant that Cambridge lifted the Bearsted Perpetual Challenge Trophy. Lizzie is hoping for another Cambridge victory this year. Will the light blue of Cambridge or the dark blue of Oxford triumph on Saturday?
Free tickets are available for Cambridge students – so why not pop along and cheer Lizzie on?
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About Lucy Cavendish College
Lucy Cavendish is the only women's college in Europe exclusively for students aged 21 or over, and a unique part of the University of Cambridge. Its undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over sixty countries, and a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Many have changed careers or overcome significant challenges in order to reach University. The College is particularly strong in Medicine, Law, Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, the Social Sciences and English. 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of Lucy Cavendish College in 1965
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