Hartpury College

JANE WILLIAMS - HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

Jane started her career working as Head Nurse in a range of small animals, equine and large animal veterinary practices before moving into teaching. She is an experienced academic manager, lecturer and researcher predominately in equine and animal science.

She is interested in the practical application of scientific methods and research to explain, underpin and hopefully improve equine training methods and performance to promote health, success and career longevity for the equine athlete. Jane has an MSc in Equine Science and completed her Doctorate exploring the use of surface electromyography as a tool to assess muscle adaptation during training in racehorses and sport horses.

Jane’s other research interests include the use of epidemiology to evaluate injury risk and performance factors across species. She also competes in showjumping and enjoys bringing on young horses and ex-racehorses.

Job title and responsibilities:

Head of Department Animal and Land Sciences

Teaching interests:

Performance analysis in equine sport

Equine sports medicine

Breeding for performance

Epidemiology

Research methods

Research/scholarship interests:

Performance analysis of the elite equine athlete

Analysis of training regimes and competition demands in equine sport

Muscle performance: electromyography analysis (all species)

Cardiovascular demands of exercise (horses and dogs)

Epidemiological review of factors that influence performance and injury risk in sport (all species)

Coaching science and impact of personality in sport

Recent research/scholarship activity:

Journal papers:

Williams, J.M., Johnson, C.J., Bales, R., Lloyd, G., Barron, L. and Quest, D. (2014) Analysis of Temporalis and Masseter adaptation after routine dental-treatment in the horse via surface electromyography Comparative Exercise Physiology, 10(4), pp 223-232.

Wolframm, I., Williams, J.M. and Marlin, D.M. (2015) The role of personality in equestrian sport – an investigation. Comparative Exercise Physiology (in press).

Marlin, D.M., Williams, J.M. and Parkin, T.D.H. (2014) Beating the odds, how to pick the winner of the Epsom Derby. Comparative Exercise Physiology. 10(1), pp. 57-62.

Williams, J.M., Smith, K. and Da-Mata, F. (2014) Risk factors associated with horse-falls in UK Class 1 Steeplechases: 1999-2011. International Journal of Sports Performance, 14(1), pp. 148-152.

Fiander, A. and Williams, J.M. (2014) The impact of playing strategies in low-goal polo-ponies. Equine Veterinary Journal, 4.6(S46), pp. 12.

Williams, J.M. and Fiander, A. (2014) The impact of full vs. half chukka on recovery in low goal polo ponies. Comparative Exercise Physiology, 10(2), pp. 139-145.

Williams, J.M., Johnson, C.J., Bales, R., Lloyd, G., Barron, L. and Quest, D. (2014) Analysis of Temporalis and Masseter adaptation after routine dental-treatment in the horse via surface electromyography Comparative Exercise Physiology, 10(4), pp. 223-232.

Oral presentation: Fiander, A. and Williams, J.M. (2014) The impact of playing strategies in low-goal polo-ponies. International Conference of Equine Exercise Physiology 9, 16-20th June,Chester.

Lamperd, W. and Williams, J.M. (2014) A pilot study to assess if interval training prepares the elite eventing horse for competition. Presented at ISES 2014

Editor:

Williams, J.M. and Evans, D. (Eds) (2015) Training for Equestrian Performance, Wageningen Press; Holland.

Williams, J.M. (Ed.) (2009). The Complete Textbook of Animal Health and Welfare. London: W.B. Saunders 

Chapter authorship:

Williams, J.M. The application of science to training – why bother? in Williams, J.M. and Evans, D. (Eds) (2015) Training for Equestrian Performance, Holland: Wageningen Press.

Williams, J.M. Defining performance and measuring success, in Williams, J.M. and Evans, D. (Eds) (2015) Training for Equestrian Performance, Holland: Wageningen Press.

Williams, J.M. Equine Exercise Physiology, in Williams, J.M. and Evans, D. (Eds) (2015) Training for Equestrian Performance, Holland: Wageningen Press.

Williams, J.M. Principles of training: the horse, in Williams, J.M. and Evans, D. (Eds) (2015) Training for Equestrian Performance, Holland: Wageningen Press.

Williams, J.M. Evaluation of fitness, in Williams, J.M. and Evans, D. (Eds) (2015) Training for Equestrian Performance, Holland: Wageningen Press.

Williams, J.M. Performance analysis in equestrian sport: racing, in Williams, J.M. and Evans, D. (Eds) (2015) Training for Equestrian Performance, Holland: Wageningen Press.

Moore, G. and Williams, J.M. Performance analysis in equestrian sport: dressage, in Williams, J.M. and Evans, D. (Eds) (2015) Training for Equestrian Performance, Holland: Wageningen Press.

Williams, J.M. and St George, L. Performance analysis in equestrian sport: showjumping, in Williams, J.M. and Evans, D. (Eds) (2015) Training for Equestrian Performance, Holland: Wageningen Press.

Williams, J.M. Bringing it all together: how science can work for you, in Williams, J.M. and Evans, D. (Eds) (2015) Training for Equestrian Performance, Holland: Wageningen Press.