A Robert Gordon University events management student used a passion for equestrian events and her local links to lend a hand with the Angus Show.
Mairi Reid, a second year student, put her skills to good use in the secretaries’ tent and with compiling equestrian results on the day of the show.
Mairi’s grandfather, a game keeper from Angus, encouraged her to learn to ride horses at a young age and she then went on to compete, which led to an interest in the events side of things.
She said: “I spent most of my childhood in the Angus area with my grandfather, and my family and I went to different agricultural shows. Due to this connection, I was really passionate and interested in getting involved with the Angus Show as it feels like I’ve come full circle, back to my roots in order to further my career.
“I really became more aware of the industry when I went to the Olymipa Horse Show in London when I was 16. It made me realise that there were so many routes that horse riding could take me, and how much effort must be put into creating such a huge event.
“I have always been interested in working with animals, and wanted a job where I can be creative and in control so I feel that working in equestrian events will allow me to do this.”
Mairi worked with her lecturer Tracy Pirie, a committee member of the Angus Show, helping to the lead the sheep shearing competition.
Tracy said: “This is a great opportunity for the show to engage with enthusiastic young professionals, and the hope is that they can bring a new perspective to what we are doing in an already very successful show. It is rewarding to see the show assist in contributing towards a student’s career development and we hope to forge more relationships like this going forward.
Mairi feels that she can contribute well on show day, she said: “Through our coursework, we are always encouraged to bring different ideas and approaches to things which I think allows me to apply my creativity to events in order to stand out and keep up to date.
“With different events I have already worked on, I have been able to apply different communication methods and professionalism that I have learned within university modules.”
Mairi’s previous experience within working in events management has given her the confidence and encouragement to continue with her studies and voluntary work.
She said: “I would say that the work experience has benefited my university studies by allowing me to gain more confidence and be more outgoing in different groups of people.
“I am only in my second year at university, so I hope by the end of the course that I will be inspired and determined, knowing where I want to be working when I leave RGU.”