Welcome to the University of Sheffield Equestrian Club’s Committee page! The committee’s job is to make sure that the club runs smoothly, organising events, socials and sessions whilst also keeping an eye on the club’s finances. We also design and order kit for members and support the charitable work of members as well as provide further opportunities to support the local community.
In addition the committee support the teams that represents the club and the University in the BUCS Championship and Trophy competitions, alongside liaising with Sport Sheffield to make sure that everything is run smoothly and that the club is safe, inclusive and fun!
If you have any questions or suggestions about how the club should be run, please feel free to contact us through the Club email! If you are interested in being part of the committee, we elect each year in the second semester for the next year. We may also have a few temporary positions that come up during the year so keep an eye out!
Check out the profiles below for the 2018/19 SUEC committee:
The Committee 2018/2019
BUCS Team Captain: Layla Felgate
Hi I'm Layla, a third year Law and Criminology student, and I'll be team captain for this year! This is my second year on committee, and this involves planning training and competitions between universities. We had a brilliant year last year, not only with the horses but also socially as a club, and I'm hoping we can repeat that and more this year!
I also love to go eventing, and have a horse on DIY livery in Sheffield with me, who is an exciting prospect for this season and beyond! As well as regular training and fun, the equestrian club is the ideal place to meet welcoming, friendly faces, where we all have similar interests, and I can't wait for this year ahead!
Hope to see you at sports fair, SUEC love x
Vice Team Captain: Danielle McHale
Hi I’m Danielle, I study Economics and I’ll be your vice captain for this year! This will be my first year on committee and I cannot wait to take on a larger role within the club after competing on BUCS teams last year. My role involves supporting Layla to organise training and competitions and I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve next year! I have ridden since I was very young, being the typical pony-mad child spending every spare minute at the stables, and previously owned and competed my own horse for 5 years. I love eventing but my heart lies in dressage and I am extremely lucky to be able to ride world class horses whilst at home over summers! I have loved being a part of SUEC in my first year at uni, it’s a great way to meet others who love horses as much as we all do! Not only through training and competing but the socials are fantastic and everyone is so friendly. Looking forward to meeting everyone next year, lots of SUEC love x
Development Team Captain: Laura Copeland
Hi I’m Laura, I’m a second year chemistry student and will be this year’s development team captain! This will be my first year on committee and I can’t wait to get more involved with the club after being a member of the development team during my first year. Last year was one of the most successful years for development and I’m excited to see what this year will bring. My role involves organising training for the development team, as well as organising leagues and competitions with other universities.
I have been riding since the age of 5 at my local riding school and I also worked there for a couple of years. After never owning my own horse, SUEC has provided me with opportunities that I have never previously had, and it has really helped me to improve as a rider. Becoming a member of SUEC has allowed me to meet so many like-minded, pony-mad people and the socials are always so much fun to go on. I can’t wait to meet you all in September!
Secretary: Emily Green
Hi I’m Emily and I’ll be your Secretary for this year. This will be my second year on the committee and I’m really excited to continue contributing to the club! I was Social Sec last year and a member of the Development team, and this is my third year in SUEC. This year as Secretary my job is to keep everyone up to date via emails and social media, as well as managing the club website and helping Sophie, our president, with club organisation. I love being part of the club as its a great way to get your horsey fix and chat with like minded equestrians whilst at University!
I have just completed my Biomedical Science degree at Sheffield, and am now studying for a Master's in Human Anatomy and Education. I have been riding since I was 4, and have owned horses for the past 9 years, and particularly enjoy showjumping and cross country, although due to my horse's recent injury I am now embracing life as a dressage diva! I can’t wait to welcome lots of new members in September, and look forward to meeting you all at the Sports Fair. SUEC love! x x
Treasurer: Hannah Mohsen
Hi I’m Hannah, a third year Chemical Engineering Student. This is my second year on the committee after being a member of the club for the last 3 years. My role involves keeping track of club finances and membership payments.
I have been riding for as long as I can remember as horses are a big part of life for my whole family. I was a member of my local Pony Club for many years, as well as competing prior to coming to university. While at home I am also a volunteer at my local Riding for Disabled, something which I have done for many years and still carry on with the RDA in Ferriby.
Being a part of the equestrian club has certainly be great fun and a chance to meet new and like-minded people. It would be great to get beginner members more involved with the club whether its coming to socials or supporting the teams at their home competitions. If any of you have any questions, just get in contact with the club and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
Social Secretary: Helena Green
Hey, I’m Helena and I’ll be one of your Social Secretaries this year. I really enjoyed going to all the socials as a member of the club in my first year and I can’t wait to organise loads more! This will be my second year on the committee and second year as social sec, and myself and Helen are full of amazing ideas for some spectacular socials at ROAR. We want to get as many members as possible involved in all our social activities, be it a whacky night at ROAR or an infamous pie at Notty house. The equestrian socials are always loads of fun and a great way for our equestrian family to become closer.
I’m a second-year Economics student who has been riding since before I can remember. I’ve owned horses for seven years and worked with them for four, they’ve always been a massive part of my life and the equestrian club has ensured that I don’t miss them too much when I’m away at university. I’m super excited to meet all the new club members in September and get as many people as possible involved in socials
Social Secretary: Helen Radford
Hey, I’m Helen Radford, Helena Green’s partner in crime! We will be in charge of organising some fun socials this year. This is my first year on the committee and I am super excited to meet you all! Helena and myself have some fun ideas for the up and coming year! Last year I was on the development team and I cannot say how much it as improved my confidence (I am not a fan of jumping) but the team support and excellent training as definitely helped. I enjoy showing and own two horses, an intermediate hunter and a large riding horse. This year they have qualified for the Royal International Horse Show and Horse of the Year Show at the NEC Birmingham.
In 2017 I completed a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Sheffield, I am currently a first year PhD student at the School of Health and Related Research. The equestrian club is a great escape from work stress, ponies really are the best therapy and so are socials with pony loving people! Please come and join the fun! We hope to deliver a variety of events this year from fun nights at ROAR to enjoying an entertaining day out! We are a friendly bunch and we want to involve you all. It is our aim to make this year an enjoyable one and continue the success of the club, so any ideas are welcome.
I definitely like a good night out so don’t be shy come say hi at our socials! Can’t wait to meet our new members and welcome back our present members too! Lots of pony love xx
Leisure Member Coordinator: Freya Kent
Hi I’m Freya, I’m a third-year Mathematics student and will be your Leisure Member Coordinator for the third year running this year. I have been riding for most of my life and work in riding schools as an instructor both at home and at uni.
My role is to organise activities for leisure members. This will involve lessons and hacks for groups or individuals for those who can ride but don’t want or aren’t experienced enough to compete. I will also be organising polo sessions alongside Emily, our beginner member coordinator, and these are open to anyone in the club that's a competent rider. We'll hopefully also host a beginner/leisure friendly competition towards the end of the year again, this was done for the first time this year with funding from the Alumni Foundation and was really successful.
I’m looking forward to meeting you all in September, and I strongly encourage people to come along to socials as it’s such a great way to get to know lots of people in the club and make friends with like-minded horsey people.
Beginner Member Coordinator: Emily Michalik-Denny
Hi everyone. My name is Emily and I am the 2018/19 Beginner Coordinator. I am a 3rd year Undergraduate Economics and Philosophy Student and have only been riding since October 2017. I joined the club as a complete beginner and have spent the year learning to ride with the equestrian club. I have loved every minute of it and was lucky enough to be able to participate in the Club’s end of year beginner and leisure competition which was brilliant in boosting my confidence and knowledge of dressage and competing. I have been practicing natural horsemanship for 4 years and I am really passionate about building that human-horse relationship and using this to improve my horsemanship.
My role as the beginner coordinator is to encourage as many people as possible who are new to riding to join our club, to give encouragement, guidance and confidence to beginner members, encourage integration of beginner members into the rest of the club and to organise lessons and fun activities for beginner members. I’m really excited to meet new beginner members and support you in your new horsey adventure!
As well as this, I am one of the committee members in charge of Polo. It is also my job to organise Polo lessons for our members. I hope to encourage our members to get involved with this great sport and come along to our annual Polo Camp. I’m also hoping that we will be able to put together a polo team and hold matches in the near future.
Volunteering & Fundraising Coordinator: Beth Wilson
Hey, my name is Beth and I will be your Volunteering and Fundraising coordinator for this year. My role involves organising and arranging volunteering opportunities and hosting fundraising events within the club. This year, I am looking forwards to promoting opportunities to get involved with RDA (Riding for the Disabled), as well as overseeing the continuation of bake sales and the colour run to help with fundraising.
I am a Politics Student who was an active and involved member of the society last year, making the most of socials to get to know the rest of the club. I competed in the C team of the BUCS league and really enjoyed the opportunity this gave me to push myself out my comfort zone and develop my riding abilities.
I've been riding since I was 5 and owned my own horse since I was 11, but decided to semi-retire her and keep her at home upon coming to university. In the holidays when I go back, I now practice some natural horsemanship exercises with her and enjoy gentle hacking. SUEC has been great in allowing me to keep up with my horse related interests alongside my studies, and I'm really looking forwards to meeting all the new members in September!
Safety & Kit Secretary: Abi Legge
I’m Abi and I am your Safety and Kit Secretary for the year. I’m a 3rd year PhD student in the Civil Engineering department and I started riding when I was 3, having have had my own ponies from being 5 to 21. I used to showjump when I was younger, but throughout my teenage years had a number of novice WHP natives at County level. I also had a “pet” show pony who did the odd flat class, one short Novice 14hh WHP season and went unaffiliated jumping the rest of the time due to his dislike of being plaited up. I currently don’t have my own, but my little sister still competes, so there is still a horse in the family. As soon as I finish my PhD I will definitely be on the lookout for a horse for me! In the meantime, during my PhD I have been an active member of SUEC to get my equestrian fix. During first year I was part of the BUCS Team and in second year I took on the role of Safety & Inclusions officer, a role I have reprised in my third year when it was amalgamated with Kit & Sponsorship. Sponsorship involves getting in touch with people, companies and associations for monetary grants, without which the equestrian club would not be as accessible as it currently is. One of our longstanding Sponsors is Alltech, who are probably best known in the equestrian sphere for their range of horse supplements, but are also at the forefront of agricultural science. The club is also fortunate enough to have excellent relationships with companies who support the club through giving us discounts, such as riding equipment. This also involves working with our two fab Social Secretaries to get the best venues to sponsor the club and give discounts on nights out. The Safety part of my role involves approving each yard for use at the beginning of each year with Sport Sheffield, keeping all Risk Assessments up to date, making sure Trip Forms are submitted on time and ensuring that the club follows safe practice. I am also responsible for boosting the inclusivity of the club, aiming to remove barriers to taking part in equestrianism. As Kit officer, I organise the club kit order, so we can rep SUEC in the lovely Black and Gold university colours, and also an order with Champion Hats in October and February. The Champion order is very important for making sure that members have safe helmets and body protectors that are up to date with current BETA regulations as a lot of riding safety equipment available on the market is not up to standard. Champion ONLY supply BETA certified products, so you know that they are safe to use and competition ready.
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