Decorations, food and themed music set the western atmosphere for students to learn and line dance the night away at Cupid’s Honkey Tonk dance last Friday at the AGRIscapes.
The horsemanship club hosted its first dance fundraiser event in hopes of promoting their organization and bringing the campus community together for a bit of fun as finals week nears.
“I just wanted everyone to have a really good time with dancing and playing games, I wanted to offer somewhat of a carnival experience,” said Skylar Martin, a fourth-year pre-med biology student and Sunday Show Coordinator for the horsemanship club.
Students grabbed a partner and learned the steps for upcoming songs to be prepared for the enthusiastic dancing.
Since the event was just a few days after Valentine’s Day, the club decided to combine their plans for a country western atmosphere with the love-filled holiday in order to build the overall theme.
The horsemanship club also wanted to shine a light on other clubs from the College of Agriculture such as the Horse Show Team also known as IHSA, Agriculture Council and a vintage clothing store booth managed by a student on campus.
It was seen as an opportunity for the other clubs to benefit from the event as well.
“It is nice bringing this type of dance to Cal Poly [Pomona],” said Ellese Clarke, a third-year animal science pre-vet student and historian for the horsemanship club.
“We hope to make this an annual event, this was a great opportunity and our guests really seemed to enjoy themselves.”
Students formed a circle around the instructor as the instructor was giving directions in what steps to take for each dance.
The music selection was made up of well-known songs like ones from the Top 40 that most students can sing or dance along to in addition to the songs that had specific line dances assigned to them.
“I love to dance and I love that I did not have to drive far to line dance tonight, it was close to home,” said Clarke.
The hall was uplifted with laughter as students tried to follow along and perform the dances.
If students wanted a break from the festivities, they could purchase food and drinks from some of the clubs in attendance or the Poly Trolley.
Many students opted to relax outside on the candle-lit tables before going back inside the hall to dance to another song.
“I like that they have a trainer for the line dancing, this is my first time line dancing, the instructor is very helpful and useful,” said Kyle Gudvangen, a second-year transfer electrical engineering student.
“If the event was held again I’d come back next year.”
Line dancing was made the focal point of the event due to many members of the club having a love for line dancing.
The horsemanship club wanted to present that fun and entertaining dance to all students.
According to Martin, the horsemanship club began roughly a year ago.
The club encompasses all of the groups on campus that interact with the university’s Arabians horses with the exception of the Horse Show Team.
Martin works with the Equestrian Drill Team in addition to the horsemanship club in order to maintain balance between all of the organizations and their involvement with the animals.
The duties of the drill team are to perform drills and patterns with the horses at the Sunday Shows that are held at the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center on the first Sunday of every month between October and May.
Martin encourages all students to come by the Horse Center to gain experiences with the horses.
All experience levels and majors are accepted to join and Martin recommends the clubs to anyone with interest in horses.
The horsemanship club allows students to have the availability of caring and being with the horses at the horse center.
While the Horse Center is open to everyone to visit, the horses are kept in the stables unless they’re being groomed or trained.
The club wants to give opportunities and target those students that never could have a horse accessible to them because of money or city issues.
“I do not want the horse center to be ‘clicky,’ I’m really just trying to create a community.” said Martin.
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