Hartpury College

KIRSTY LESNIAK - SENIOR LECTURER AND PROGRAMME MANAGER

Kirsty has been lecturing at Hartpury College since 2004 and was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2007.


In addition to her role as Senior Lecturer Kirsty undertook an international thematic role from 2007 until 2014. This role included the support of international students at Hartpury, development of strategies to support internationalisation of the curriculum and the development of international institution links and opportunities. Kirsty has recently been appointed with the thematic role of leading postgraduate provision across the Associate Faculty; a role aimed at developing postgraduate provision and support strategies and student experience for postgraduate students across all subject areas provided at Hartpury.

Kirsty is currently the Programme Manager for all of the equine postgraduate provision at Hartpury College. Prior to this Kirsty programme managed the BSc (Hons) Equine Science for eight years and has also programme managed the Equestrian Sports Science provision and developed and managed the BSc (Hons) Equine Management (Top-up) programme.

Job Title and Responsibilities:
Senior Lecturer and Programme Manager
Postgraduate Lead: Coordination, management and development of the postgraduate provision across the Associate Faculty

Academic Quality Manager: Overseeing the academic quality cycle
Programme Manager for all postgraduate provision within the field of Equine Science
Module Leader for a range of modules over all UG honours degree and PG degree provision

Teaching Interests:
Kirsty’s teaching areas are predominantly within equine functional anatomy, exercise physiology and sports medicine. She has also been actively involved in teaching the areas of neonatal medicine, performance horse management and equestrian sport analysis as well as supervising dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Research Interests:
Kirsty’s research interests include investigating the links between equine conformation, injury and career longevity. Her work particularly focusses on the anatomical symmetry of the hoof and the limb and its relationship with performance, and the relationship between laterality and asymmetry. Kirsty is currently collating work towards a DPhil interlinking these subject areas.

Recent Research Activity and Publications:
PEER REVIEWED
Birch, E. and Leśniak, K. (2013) Effect of fence height on joint angles of agility dogs, The Veterinary Journal, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tvjl.2013.09.041

Lesniak, K. (2013) Directional asymmetry of facial and limb traits in Equus Caballus and a comparison of horse and pony bilateral traits. The Veterinary Journal, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tvjl.2013.09.032

Winfield, J.R. & McDonald, K. (2013) The use of reflective practice to support mentoring of elite equestrian instructors. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research. 8 (2): e25-25

Longhurst, K. & Lesniak, K. (2013) Postural asymmetry of the rider whilst static and in sitting trot. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research. 8 (2): e15

Kuhnke, S., Dumbell, L., Gauly, M., Johnson, J.L., McDonald, K. and von Borstel, U.K. (2010) A comparison of rein tension of the rider's dominant and non-dominant hand and the influence of the horse's laterality. Comparative Exercise Physiology. 7 (2): 57-63

Wilson, G., McDonald, K. and O’Connell, M. J. (2009) Skeletal forelimb measurements and hoof spread in relation to asymmetry in the bilateral forelimb of horses Equine Veterinary Journal. 41 (3): 238-241

Leśniak, K. (2015) Chapter 9: The importance of conformation. In: Williams, J.M. & Evans, D., ed., (2015) Training for Equestrian Performance. Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers, pp. 159-174.

Williams, J.M., Moore, G., St. George, L. & Leśniak, K. (2015) Chapter 19: Performance Analysis in equestrian sport. In: Williams, J.M. & Evans, D., ed., (2015) Training for Equestrian Performance. Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers, pp. 388-407.


CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
Kent, R. & Leśniak, K. (2013) BSc (Hons) Equine Science Graduate Journeys & Destinations: 2006 – 2010. Alltech – Hartpury Conference, 27th March 2013, Gloucester (UK)
Birch, E. and Lesniak, K. (2012) The influence of fence height on joint angles of agility dogs; International Conference on Equine and Canine Locomotion to be held 25-28th June 2012, Stomsholm, Sweden
Lesniak, K., Harris, L., Mapletoft, S., Mitchell, J. and Hancox, K. (2012) An investigation in to the asymmetries of the equine hoof and the influence of body weight and height on hoof conformation; International Conference on Equine and Canine Locomotion to be held 25-28th June 2012, Stomsholm, Sweden
Lesniak, K., Lawson, H. and Mitchell, J. (2012) Associations between limb lateralisation and hoof and limb asymmetries in adult horses; International Conference on Equine and Canine Locomotion to be held 25-28th June 2012, Stomsholm, Sweden
Lesniak, K. (2012) Directional asymmetry of facial and limb traits in Equus Caballus and a comparison of horse and pony bilateral traits; International Conference on Equine and Canine Locomotion to be held 25-28th June 2012, Stomsholm, Sweden
Winfield, J.R. & McDonald, K. (2011) The use of reflective practice to support mentoring of elite equestrian instructors. ISES Conference, October 2011: Hooge Mierde, The Netherlands
Longhurst, K. & McDonald, K. (2011) Postural asymmetry of the rider whilst static and in sitting trot. ISES Conference, October 2011: Hooge Mierde, The Netherlands
Chatham, A. & McDonald, K. (2011) The accuracy of off-incidence ultrasonography as a method for scar-tissue detection in the equine superficial digital flexor tendon. Alltech – Hartpury Conference in Equine Performance, 20th April 2011, Gloucester (UK)
Winfield, J.R. & McDonald, K. (2011) The use of reflective practice to support mentoring of elite equestrian instructors. Alltech – Hartpury Conference in Equine Performance, 20th April 2011, Gloucester (UK)
McDonald, K., Measom, S. & Baddeley, K. (2011) An investigation in to the relationship between fluctuating asymmetry and performance in Polo ponies. Alltech – Hartpury Conference in Equine Performance, 20th April 2011, Gloucester (UK)
Lewis, K. & McDonald, K. (2011) Asymmetry and leg length inequality in riders while static and in sitting trot. Alltech – Hartpury Conference in Equine Performance, 20th April 2011, Gloucester (UK)
Longhurst, K. & McDonald, K. (2011) Static and dynamic postural asymmetry of the rider. Alltech – Hartpury Conference in Equine Performance, 20th April 2011, Gloucester (UK)
Chatham, A. & McDonald, K. (2011) Ultrasound: a valid method for detecting scar-tissue in the equine superficial digital flexor tendon? Student Animal Welfare Conference, 9th March 2011, Essex (UK)
McDonald, K. and Dumbell, L. (2008) The Relationship Between Fluctuating Asymmetry and Performance in Event Horses In: 6th International Conference on Equine Locomotion Book of Abstracts June 16th – 19th 2008 Cabourg, Normandy pp 60
McDonald, K. (2007) Comparisons of the Social Organisation and Seasonal Time-Budgets of Grass Kept Domesticated Horses & Wild or Feral Horses. Poster Abstract at the Second Student Animal Welfare. Conference: 25th April 2007. Hartpury College; Gloucestershire

Darby, A. & Leśniak, K. (2014) A Comparison of Back Flexibility in Show jumping, Dressage and Leisure Horses.  Alltech – Hartpury Conference, 23rd April 2014, Gloucester (UK)

Kuznik, K. & Leśniak, K. (2014) Changes in hoof conformation and balance in relation to routine farrier treatment.  Alltech – Hartpury Conference, 23rd April 2014, Gloucester (UK)



LAY PRESS COMMUNICATIONS
In: Barakat, C. & McCluskey, M. (2014) EQ Medical Front: Surprising findings about asymmetry. EQUUS. 438 March: pp14
In: Bateman, S. (2013) Veterinary Clinic: Modern Wound Repair. Horse & Hound. 18th April 2013 pp:18-19
Leśniak, K., Johnson, C. and Vincent, A. (2012) The incidence of dental caries in horses is influenced by forage type. Journal of Equine Dentistry. Spring / Summer
Leśniak, K. (2012) Book Review: Equine Paediatric Medicine. Equine Health 2(3). pp. 47
Leśniak, K. (2012) From foetus to neonate. Equine Health 2(2). pp. 42-44