Hartpury College

LUCY DUMBELL - Associate Dean, Quality and Standards

Lucy joined Hartpury in 1999 after working as a rider and riding instructor (BHSAI ISM) within the equine industry.  She wished to pursue her belief in education to improve equestrian performance and the welfare of both horse and rider, by using both her academic and industry experiences.  Lucy has a MSc Equine Science (Aberystwyth), a PgCE in Adult Education (UWE) and a BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences (Durham) as well as having studied postgraduate research methods with the Open University.

She believes in evidence-based approaches to improving the quality of teaching and learning and is currently the Head of Academic Quality for Higher Education at Hartpury, as well as being an External Examiner for York St. John University and Nottingham Trent University.  She has completed educational consultancy for UCAS and the British Horse Society previously as well as being on numerous validation and re-validation panels, and contributing to QAA activities.

Job Title and Responsibilities:

Head of Academic Quality for Higher Education at Hartpury, as well as being an External Examiner for York St. John University and Nottingham Trent University.

Research Interests:

She is a keen member of the Hartpury Performance in Equestrian Sports Research Group, as well as the British Horse Society and International Society of Equitation Science.

As such her scholarship interests are many and varied but focus on the implications of management decisions for equine welfare and understanding the socio-demographic and performance characteristics of equestrian athletes. 

Recent Research Activity and Publications:

In the last 3 years

  • English Editor and Peer Reviewer for Iranian Journal of Animal Science
  • Peer Reviewer for Comparative Exercise Physiology (Journal)
  • Peer Reviewer for Alltech-Hartpury Equine Performance Conference
  • Member of an Organising Committee for Annual Vetnet National CPD Conference
  • Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sport and Society
  • Chair of poster session at International Society of Equitation Science Conference ‘The Road Ahead’ July 2012

 Peer reviewed Journal Articles

  • Nankervis, K., Dumbell, L., Launder, E., Herbert, L., Winfield, J.R. and Guire, R. () A comparison of the position of elite and non-elite riders over two different fences in a show jumping competition. Comparative Exercise Physiology (in preparation)

 Theatre presentations

  • Dumbell, L. and de Haan, D. (2012) Has the Barrier been jumped? A comparison of Athlete Profiles over 50 years of Olympic Equestrian Events. Proceedings of the ICSEMIS 2012 Convention Glasgow July 2012
  • Herbert, L., Winfield, J.R., Nankervis, K., Launder, E., Dumbell, L. and Guire, R. (2012) A comparison of the position of elite and non-elite riders over two different fences in a show jumping competition. Proceedings of the International Society of Equitation Science Conference ‘The Road Ahead’ July 2012
  • Scott, E. and Dumbell, L. (2012) The effect of experience on the shoulder and rein contact angles of riders on a horse simulator during different gaits. Proceedings of the International Society of Equitation Science Conference ‘The Road Ahead’ July 2012.

 Poster presentations

  • Moore, G., Nankervis, K., Dumbell, L and Douglas, J. (2014) A comparison of piaffe in competition with the FEI definition of the movement. ICEEP, Chester, UK.
  • Dumbell, L. and de Haan, D. (2012) Participation in the Summer Paralympic Games; a descriptive analysis. Proceedings of the ICSEMIS 2012 Convention Glasgow July 2012
  • Daniels, E. and Dumbell, L. (2012) The light seat in the experienced rider. Proceedings of the International Society of Equitation Science Conference ‘The Road Ahead’ July 2012
  • Daniels, E. and Dumbell, L. (2012) A comparison of the light seat position in novice and experienced riders. Proceedings of the International Equitation Science Conference, ‘The Road Ahead’ July 2012
  • Douglas, J.L. and Dumbell, L. (2012) Effect of sub-maximal canter velocities on hindlimb pro and retraction kinematics. Proceedings of the International Conference of Equine Exercise Physiology ‘Winning Ways’ Conference 16-17th June 2012, Aintree
  • Scott, E. and Dumbell, L. (2012) The effect of rider competence and gait on rein contact and shoulder angles 2nd Alltech Hartpury Equine Performance Conference Proceedings April 2012, Hartpury College

 Consultancy

  • Member of development and delivery team on DEFRA AHVLA Equine Handling CPD days
  • Presented at Ledbury Hunt Pony Club Junior Camp on ‘Feeding the Horse’ (2014) and ‘The Horse’s Senses’ (2013)

 Additional book chapters and articles:

  • Dumbell, L., Johnson, J-L and de Haan, D. (2010) Demographic profiling of elite dressage riders. The International Journal of Sport and Society 1 (3) 15-24 b.
  • Massey O’Neill, H., Keen, J., Dumbell, L., (2010).  A comparison of the occurrence of common dental abnormalities in stabled and free-grazing horses.  Animal 4 (10) 1697-1701
  • Kuhnke, S., Dumbell, L., Gauly, M., Johnson, J.L., McDonald, K., 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
  • Dumbell, L. and Abraham, D. (2009) Animal Welfare and the Law. In: Williams, J. (ed.) (2009) The Complete Textbook of Animal Health and Welfare. Elsevier Saunders: Oxford, UK
  • Abraham, D. and Dumbell, L. (2009) The Animal and Equine Industry,  In: Williams, J. (ed.) (2009) The Complete Textbook of Animal Health and Welfare. Elsevier Saunders: Oxford, UK
  • Abraham, D. and Dumbell, L. (2008) The sources of information about laminitis used by the general horse owner: a questionnaire based investigation. Journal of Equine Studies 5 32-35