IF the mature ladies of the WI can get their kit off for a calendar, then so can the gorgeous girls from the equestrian club at University College Chester. Education correspondent MARC BAKER reports
Daring members of University College Chester's equestrian club have bared almost all for their own Calendar Girls-style photo shoot.
Members of the horse riding club, founded in 1996, stripped down to their jodhpurs and hard hats in a bid to raise funds to support their love of the sport by producing their own 2004 calendar.
With most of the club's members being students, they always find it a dilemma when they have to dig deep to pay for new riding and safety gear.
So to keep their love of the sport alive, the girls stripped off to their bare essentials in a bid to raise much-needed cash.
The racy pictures of the girls in action were taken at the home of equestrian club president Alan Turner in Flint Mountain, Flintshire.
And to make sure their calendar went with a bang, club members were keen to show off what lies beneath their riding jackets, including third year college student Alison Warbey.
The 21-year-old, of Devon, this week told The Chronicle why club members decided to make a special calendar but avoided going too far to avoid their blushes on campus.
Alison, who lives with some club members in Salisbury Street, Chester, said: 'The equestrian club is very successful and at the moment we have about 30 members. However, it is one of the most expensive clubs to join at the college.'
Although financial assistance is provided through the Chester Student Union, club members do have to fork out some cash when it comes to purchasing gear.
'It's so expensive,' said Alison, who is in her third year of her animal behaviour degree.
'We do get subs from the student union but we do have to pay out on a regular basis to continue with the club. This is why we decided to do the calendar. The proceeds will go towards helping to support members of the club.' Advanced club members enjoy regular riding sessions at Point House Farm, in Sealand, Chester, while junior members take part in sessions on the Wirral.
'Almost every member of the club was up for posing for this calendar which was completed in a week,' said Alison. 'We hope a lot of people will buy them so we can raise as much money as possible.'
The college equestrian club, which often takes part in inter-college and university competitions, operates alongside other organisations on campus, including the college's rugby and tennis teams. The calendars will go on sale from next week, at £3 each. They will be on sale at the Chester Student Union office, on campus at University College Chester. Or you can e-mail orders to firstname.lastname@example.org