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I am a Senior Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science at Hartpury University predominantly teaching and supervising students in subjects such as Applied Exercise Physiology and Research Methods. I also work on a consultancy basis for Edinbugh University on their MSc Equine Science programme focussing on Equine Exercise Physiology. I own a business dedicated to the athletic preparation of equestrian athletes which incoprporates online performance coaching, consultancy, podcasting and blogging. I enjoy combining evidence based material with real life situations and clients. I have my doctorate in Exercise Physiology specifically of equestrian athletes attained from the University of Worcester in 2017.
September 2009 - present
E venting is a multi-phased equestrian sport consisting of Dressage, CrossCountry , and Showjumping and has been present in the Olympic Games since 1912. The first serious indication of the need for a better scientific understanding of the demands of Eventing was at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. These games saw several horses get into difficult...
This article presents a systematic review of the literature investigating physical fitness, physiological demands and biomechanical performance in equestrian athletes. Three databases (SportsDiscus, CAB abstracts and PubMed) were searched to identify the literature. The main search term of ‘horse-riding’ was combined with eleven specific keywords (...
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of the horse's laterality on the symmetry of rein tension in right-handed riders. Eleven right-handed riders rode both a right-lateralized (RL) and a left-lateralized (LL) horse. Rein tension was measured during three circles of walk, trot and canter and four walk–halt transitions in ea...
Research into kinematics of the healthy equine back, has been performed in the walk and trot. This study focuses on back kinematics during canter, over a range of velocities. Flexion extension (FE) movements in canter are greatest in the lumbosacral (LS) region. Previous research has focused on canter velocity of 7 m/s; therefore quantification of...
History and knowledge of menstrual cycle status and hormonal contraceptive use in female equestrian athletes
Endurance is one of the fastest growing equestrian disciplines worldwide. Races are long distance competitions (40-160 km), organised into loops, over variable terrain usually within one day. Horse and rider combinations in endurance races have to complete the course in good condition whilst also aiming to win. Horse welfare is paramount within the...
The functional movement screen (FMS) is an easily administered and non-invasive tool to identify areas of weakness and asymmetry during specific exercises. FMS is a common method of athlete screening in many sports and is used to ascertain injury risk, but has to be used within an equestrian population. The aim of this study was establish FMS score...
The functional movement screen (FMS) is an easily administered and non-invasive tool to identify areas of weakness and asymmetry during specific exercises. FMS is a common method of athlete screening in many sports and is used to ascertain injury risk, but has to be used within an equestrian population. The aim of this study was to establish FMS sc...
Analyses of the determinants for participation in specific sports have been neglected and the use of demographic profiling in equestrian sports is limited. The aim of this research was to compare demographic profiles of British Olympic equestrian athletes, across and within disciplines, and suggest implications for the national federation’s micro-l...
Requirements of competitive dressage should be reviewed periodically to inform training of horses and judges. The aim of this study was to determine whether features of the FEI definition of piaffe are achieved in competition and to correlate the judges′ scores with the degree of conformity to the definition. Videography (60 Hz) of 3 piaffe strides...
Abstract After the recent success of equestrian athletes in the London 2012 Olympics there has been more widespread recognition of an otherwise under-represented sport. Very little is known about the demographic profiles of high level athletes in equestrianism, it is a common perception that equestrian sports differ in the demographic profile of pa...
Eventing is a multi-phased equestrian sport consisting of Dressage, Cross-Country, and Showjumping and has been present in the Olympic Games since 1912. The first serious indication of the need for a better scientific understanding of the demands of Eventing was at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. These games saw several horses get into difficulty...
What effect does physical fitness have on ridden performance in Dressage riders? To include: Physiological and Biomech Demands / Scoping profile / Needs Analysis Physical Test Battery Relationship between athlete profiling and ridden performance Evaluation of strength and conditioning interventions on markers of ridden performance
To understand the current knowledge and practice regarding female specific physiology and hormonal contraceptive use in athletic equestrians.