AGM - Wednesday 17th April
Please come and join us at our AGM on Wednesday, there will be some food available and from 6pm onwards there will be the opportunity to give some feedback on marketing styles and ideas of a natural range of horse care and grooming products. There will also be the chance to take some of the products to try on your own horse and give feedback!
The AGM will be followed by a candid camera social ending in ROAR, this social was great fun last year and is the perfect opportunity to get to know your new committee! You will be given a list of photographs you have to get by the end of the night, we will split into groups and race to get as many as you can before heading to ROAR :) Anyone who would like a ROAR ticket pleeeeease email by Monday 12 MIDDAY to let us know and we will get you one.
If you can't make the AGM on Wednesday then you are still able to vote, take a look at the manifestos below and email firstname.lastname@example.org with your votes, stating your first, second and third choice where applicable. The descriptions of what each role involves are also attached here.
"I am standing again for Captain as I believe that I now have the experience to make a big difference
to the club. After this year's ups and downs, I've learnt a lot about what members really want and
what works well and this experience will be critical in enabling me to push the club forward and keep
Having done the job for the last year, I've also built up good relations with Sport Sheffield and
represented the club well to the outside community. Being instrumental in getting Alltech as our
sponsors, I would like to develop our relationship with them further but also explore, with the rest of
the committee, other sponsorship opportunities that will benefit the club.
I want to get the club's events capacity to a more comprehensive and wide ranging level including
club run lessons open to all members, expanding the club’s active membership ensuring everyone
gets something from it and put non-team members as the focal point of the club.
I’d also love to expand our volunteering provision; running more trips to events such as Blair and
the FEI World Games 2014. I’m also really keen to begin a provision for Modern Pentathlon, giving
members a chance at a new sport but also building relations with other university clubs and bringing
in coaching schemes to benefit every club member.
But more importantly, I want to build upon the great ideas that both the members and committee
have and make it a club where everyone feels a part.
Bringing a better community feel to the club is something I feel is essential, furthering the integration
of the team into club activities and facilitating events and socials for everyone to enjoy.
I’d really like the chance to build on the foundations laid this and previous years and learn my
experiences to make an integrated, active and welcoming club."
"Hi I’m Holly and I’m running for club captain this year. I’ve been in the club for two years and as
volunteering and fundraising co-ordinator this year I have got our members involved in the Young
Equestrian Leaders Award. I have helped to run our home competitions and enjoy socialising with the
club. Here are a few of my main ideas to build on what is already a fantastic club:
• A whole club trip to ride the horse simulator and get to know each other at the start of the
• Extending the ‘Mares and Foals’ scheme for the first few weeks of term
• Embroidered hat silks to be given out in September
• Give It a Go hacking at the start of the year
• Organise Western trekking
• A friendly TREC competition suitable for all abilities
So vote Holly for an inclusive club where members get good value for money and are able to
participate at their own level."
Secretary (Incorporating Safety and Inclusions)
"I am a particularly organised person and having been on the committee this year as PR, Kit and
Sponsorship as well as being Team Vice-Captain I feel I have experience across the whole cross
section of what the committee does. I also have extensive experience and knowledge of Sport
Sheffield procedures and good working relations with the people there.
As a team member, both this year and last, I feel that this role will allow me to have further input
into how the club is run and enable me to continue to promote club and team integration. I feel this is
of particular importance as both parties have a lot to offer one another and it is essential for the club
to be cohesive.
Through my position as Team Vice-Captain I have a good working knowledge of club safety and
inclusions procedures and recognise that, particularly for our club, these two things are fundamental
to our success.
I am an enthusiastic and hard working person with an eye for detail and an ability to manage time
and meet deadlines particularly well. I have shown through my involvement in committee and team
activities over the past two year that I am an excellent team worker and have all the skills being
"I would love to be treasurer of Equestrian! I have experience not only in dealing with numbers but
also with budgeting. As sad as it is, I set myself a weekly budget, see trends in my own spending and
adjust the budget accordingly to ensure that I do not overspend. I am meticulous at keeping track
of my own in-coming and out-going money, and am very competent at creating spreadsheets and
graphs to show this. These skills developed for personal benefit are easily transferrable to the role of
treasurer, and it is for this reason that I feel I am ideal for the job. I have the ideal empty spreadsheet
just waiting to be used!"
"I feel I am in a unique position to apply for PR, having been responsible for the club's PR this
year. Over the year I have created and maintained the new website and communicated with other
committee members to ensure our sponsors PR needs are met.
I have also kept Facebook and twitter regularly updated, arranged welcome booklets and designed
our Sports Fair posters. I feel my eye for detail, computer skills and creativity make me an ideal
candidate for the role."
"I feel I have demonstrated all the skills required to excel at this role, I am very computer literate and a
frequent user of all types of social media. I like tweeting.
I was a key part in securing our sponsorship deal with Alltech and am able to represent the club well
and meet our sponsors needs.
I am keen to continue to improve our current website and promote it amongst our membership so it
can be a valuable and informative tool for both members, prospective members and the public."
"The lessons scheme has been very successful this year and I would like to continue to build on the
good work Kate has done. The system of a questionnaire at the start of the year has worked well, so I
would do the same again to get people riding regularly in appropriate groups.
Additionally, I would like to set up clinics, organised by the club at suitable riding schools, with
specific aims such as gridwork or beginning lateral work, which members can sign up for and pay
in advance. This will allow people who cannot take regular lessons to still ride occasionally or allow
people to vary the places they ride at and learn more specific skills."
Social Secretary (x2)
Stena Hoerner and Alice Middleton
"We would aim to organise a social every three weeks, and accomodate for Christmas ROAR and
Varsity ROAR. We would also accomodate for a non drinking social every month. We will also try
and secure two new sponsors for the club that would be suitable for club meetings and also meals.
We have a few ideas of social themes we could have for example - anything but clothes, and also a
quiz night. We would also try and build a relationship with other small clubs, and combine our club
socials with them. Our main aim would be to try and include the new members of the club and create
a friendly environment.
We have looked into doing a day out going to Doncaster racecourse which would come to around
£25 including transport.
We have both been involved in this club this year, and that we could offer a variety of fun socials to
"When I first tried polo with the club two years ago I fell in love with the sport and now I can't get
enough of it. This year the organisation of polo lessons has come a long way and I would like to
continue the good work to make sure everyone can have a chance to experience polo. I am prepared
to work hard to ensure that polo continues to be a popular activity in the club, as it is a great way to
meet other members to relax and have a good laugh! As I regularly attend lessons I believe I have
a good understanding of what is required, for example making sure people are grouped to get the
most out of their lesson, making sure that drivers are available so people can have lessons as often as
possible, and how to contact and arrange lessons with Paul. I have experience being on a committee
having been treasurer of the Women in Engineering Society for the last academic year and this has
provided me with the skills I need to put across information at meetings and work with others. Polo
has been one of the highlights of my university experience and I want to take on a role that will make
sure that everyone can get the enjoyment out of it that I have."
Volunteering and Fundraising
Sarah Carroll and Megan Van de Loo
"We feel that we would bring fresh volunteering ideas to the club, providing a wider range of
opportunities to club members to help raise money for national charities as well as helping the
local community through events such as volunteering at the RDA. We would aim to encourage
more people to take part in volunteering and fundraising events through publicising and organising
information sessions to give club members a better understanding of the variety of volunteering
they can get involved in. We want to continue to organise volunteering with the RDA as well as
promoting the young equestrian leaders award. As well as this we would organise fundraising events
such cake sales and sponsored activities including the spider walk to raise money for our chosen
charity. We want to want to organise more events such as helping steward horse events/trials as this
allows people the opportunity to get involved even if they are not active riders themselves. We feel
that we would be a great addition to the committee as we organised and enthusiastic about helping
the community and raising money for charity. We both also have past experience in committee work
and volunteering making us ideal candidates the role."
Sarah Carroll and Megan Van de Loo
"We feel that we would bring new ideas to the club as well continue current mounted events such as
trekking. Our aim would be to provide a greater range of mounted events such as horse ball and
western riding, which would provide the opportunity for more people to get involved in the club who
are looking for a change from normal riding lessons. As well as providing a greater variety of events
we would aim increase the accessibility of these events by making them more frequent and searching
for new possible locations. We would want to continue promoting mounted events through the give
it a go scheme to encourage new members to join the club as well as getting current members more
involved. We would bring organisation and enthusiasm to the role which would hopefully attract
more people to the events. We would like to get mounted events more involved in the club, at a
range of levels to ensure that all riders in the club are catered for."