BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear graduate Emma George and BA (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising graduate Mahli Piti were part of the Equestrian club. Emma was the Team Captain and Treasurer of the Equestrian Club. The Equestrian club welcomes all new members, no matter their level of experience. The club organises weekly sessions and hacks every fortnight. The activities normally take place in Trent Park, Cockfosters and the London Equestrian Centre, Finchley. The Equestrian clubs also organise social events and unique riding holidays in the U.K and abroad. This past year, the club was involved in the UAL Sport and Sport England campaign ‘This Girl Gan’, offering members to express how horse riding encouraged confidence building. We caught up with Emma about her time in the Equestrian club and her time at LCF.
Hi Emma, tell us about your role in the Equestrian club
My role this past year has been Team Captain and Treasurer of the UAL Equestrian Club. I learnt a vast amount from this experience both of myself and of all the ins and outs of running a club like this to ensure the best experience for all our members!
What did the club bring to your university experience?
Not only does the club help bring like-minded people together who share a similar interest but I feel being part of UAL Sport as a whole is in itself like being part of an extended family. I’ve been a part of the UAL Cheerleading and Snow clubs as well and when it comes to social events and annual sports balls it is one of the best feelings to be part of such a rich, student-led community.
What would be your favourite thing about the Equestrian club?
Our biggest achievement this year was to compete in BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) for the first time back in autumn/winter 2018. We had the opportunity to break into the arena of equestrian university competitions against other well established and experienced clubs. We are all massively proud of all the efforts of our team members and are hoping to build upon our experience by competing again later this year under our new president, Bea Taylor-Searle.
What have you learned during your time at LCF?
During my time at LCF, I have learnt how important it is to take advantage of every opportunity whether it is entering competitions, going to events or being part of a club or society. Looking back, I feel like I develop not only your practice but also your individuality and personality.
I strongly feel that without the relevant opportunities LCF has to offer, I would not have established the lasting friendships and connections I have since graduating.
What advice would you give to new students?
I would advise students to enjoy their time at university and take advantage of every opportunity! I’m a great believer in discovering things when you least expect it so I would say to make the most of the next few years. You will quickly discover how quickly they go and the worth of investing your time and efforts into each and every friendship and opportunity, whether big or small.