Current Associate Dean Nichols of Dickinson College was involved with a more recent equestrian group on campus, the Equestrian Club. As the sport fell out of favor officially, it was demoted to a club sport for which no credit was given. The club was founded in order to allow Dickinson equestrians to continue riding outside the framework of classes. The club was funded by the Student Senate, and was a member of the Inter-Collegiate Riding Association, a geographically grouped association that promoted competition between colleges. Members of the Inter-Collegiate Riding Association must make a commitment to attend a certain number of meets every year, and to sponsor a meet themselves every other year.
It was with their own meets that the Dickinson Equestrian Club met problems. Stabling around Carlisle was scarce, and since many of the members were novice riders, most of the students had no horses of their own. To rent a stable and horses to provide to competitors required a large initial outlay which was then covered by entry fees. Unfortunately, the Student Senate was often not willing to make that large outlay, or the money was delayed by bureaucratic wrangling, so the club often found itself in dire financial straits. On another interesting note, the Cavalry Barracks barn, from which these horses were borrowed, is still in existence today, although it is in the process of closing. Dean Nichols calls the barn one of the best in the area.