About Us

The Holy Cross Equestrian Club takes one hour lessons, once a week at Woodgate Farm in West Boylston, MA. The club encourages anyone to join, even if you are new to riding. There are typically 3-4 people in each riding lesson. The Club sometimes has fundraisers to subsidize lessons.

The Equestrian Team is a recognized club sport at Holy Cross. The Team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) in Zone 1, Region 1. We are a very relaxed club sport and have a lot of fun at shows. Any level rider is welcome and encouraged to join the team. The IHSA has classes from the beginner level to the very experienced. Check out our schedule for our upcoming shows!

Colleges we compete against include: Assumption College, Becker College, Brown University, Clark University, Johnson & Wales University, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and University of Rhode Island.

Member Information:

Lesson Information

Woodgate Farm, Inc.

335 Lancaster Street

West Boylston, MA 01583

(508) 835-3044

Please print and sign a release form before your first lesson.

If you cannot make one of your lessons, please let Frank know one week in advance. If you must cancel a lesson less than 72 hours in advance, your lesson fee will be forfeited. Be sure to also e-mail all of the people in your lesson to let them know you're not coming.

Wear boots with a heel and jeans or breeches. No sneakers or open toe shoes.

You can reserve a van by filling out a form (which needs to be signed by one of the Captains) in the RSO Office to go to your lessons. You MUST reserve a van at least 24 hours before your lesson (RSO rule - no exceptions). It is best to reserve a van in advance for all of your lessons at the beginning of the semester since the van schedules fill up quickly. Van drivers MUST be van certified. Ask the OSI office about the Van Certification Course schedule.

Please view our lesson policies for current pricing and additional information.

Show Information

There are typically three to seven horse shows a semester that are held on consecutive Saturdays. Depending on which school we are traveling to we usually leave between 5:30-6:00am and get back to campus around 5:00pm. As described on the About IHSA page, the shows encompass all levels of riding ability so we encourage you to consider showing this semester!

The Club pays for IHSA registration and show entry fees but you are responsible for show apparel. To show you will need an ASTM/SEI Certified black velvet riding helmet, beige or tan knee patch breeches, black tall/field boots, show gloves, riding shirt (ratcatcher), and a show jacket. If you don't have or don't want to buy a show jacket you can borrow one from another team member.

Directions to Woodgate Farm

Turn right at the bottom of the College Street hill onto the ramp for I-290 East towards Marlborough. Take Exit 19 (I-190 N towards MA-12/Holden/Fitchburg) then merge left onto I-190 North. Take Exit 4 (Route 12). Turn left onto Route 12 North. Bear right onto Route 110 (Lancaster Street). Woodgate Farm is 1.5 miles down on the left.