A cliché to start us off! A dream has always been to run an event, be that equine related or another area. I can’t put my finger on the exact passion but there is something about that really gets my adrenaline rushing. The fact that you spend all of the time working towards one event, that lasts maybe 2 or 3 days, but takes up to a year to organise, is fascinating.
As I have previously stated, part of second year has to be done on placement. This is a module in itself totalling up to 30 credits, I believe. The time came around to think about placements and to be perfectly honest, I didn’t do anything. I wrote my CV and didn’t really think any more about it, until everyone else had got their placements under their belts; and typically they were all incredible.
A day came around at the end of February, when I had completed different things, like coursework, getting the Caledonian Society (my little baby and a huge success I might add) ball out of the way and revision was in full swing… or procrastination was definitely underway, rather! As a form of procrastination, I decided to write my cover letter, this, of course, took nearly a whole day and near the end of the day I sent some emails out to all the horse trials teams in England, not expecting any reply. By about 5pm, I had bagged myself an interview and the placement would be determined on the success of my interview.
I had applied to Badminton, Burghley, Blenheim, Blair and Bramham. I had two replies, one telling me that I had sent the wrong email to them and the second from Bramham asking if I was going home at any point and would I be available for an interview. Bramham happens to be less than 15 miles away from my home so an easy access point.
Although not much revision happened that day, I had in fact done one thing well. April to June 2014 would be spent at, and preparing for the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials.
Placement 1, check.