WUC equine graduate, Emily Brown from Essex, has been recognised as the BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association) Equine Careers Sales Representative of the Year at a recent awards ceremony.
Emily studied at Writtle University College from the age of 16 after leaving school. After successfully completing a National Diploma in Horse Management, she continued studying at WUC and graduated in 2012 with a BSc (Hons) in Equine Sports Therapy, which included learning about equine nutrition. She now works as an Area Sales Manager for Allen and Page, a Norfolk based company specialising in quality horse feed.
Commenting on her career, Emily said: “My day is really varied. I spend a lot of time on the road looking after our stockists in Essex, Suffolk, Kent and East Sussex. I’ll visit them and support them in any way I can, as well as telling them about new products and making them aware of any changes or promotions. I also undertake stockist training for new staff to explain the feeds and their suitability for different horses.
“I attend open days and from time to time, deliver talks to riding and pony clubs. Most of my day is taken up by doing yard calls which are very popular. Sometimes owners want to change their horse’s diet and learn how an Allen and Page diet could benefit their horse. But I can get called out if a horse has a specific problem, has lost weight or the owner is concerned. I carry a portable horse weight bridge with me, weigh the horses and give them a diet plan working one to one with the owner.”
Some stockists of Allen and Page are members of BETA who launched the awards for nominations in September 2016. Nominees were then taken through to a voting system where Emily was shortlisted as one of five finalists for the Equine Careers Sales Representative of the Year Award, which recognises and rewards excellence in customer and product knowledge. After a 40 minute telephone interview with one of the judges, Emily was announced as the winner at the BETA gala dinner in January.
The judge described her as “light, bright, bubbly, focused, dedicated and a joy to talk to.”
Speaking about her achievement, Emily added: “I was so surprised! I’m really happy doing what I do, but I’m new in the industry so I had no expectations to even be nominated.
“My degree at WUC was great and combined a lot of practical experience with theory. The lecturers are fantastic and they gave me amazing support. At the end of my last year, I was successful in obtaining an Equine Nutritionist internship at Dengie horse feeds and it was through WUC that I was able to do this. My lecturer, Sue Tracey, also supported me along with Haygain to present my dissertation at the BSAS conference at Nottingham University in April 2013. That experience combined with academic knowledge is what you need. They helped me to get where I am now.”
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