Hartpury College

VICTORIA LEWIS - PROGRAMME MANAGER: BSC EQUESTRIAN SPORTS COACHING

Victoria studied Sport and Human Movement Studies, specialising in Biomechancics and Performance Analysis at Cardiff Metropolitan University and California State University, USA.Followed by a PGCE in Physical Education and a MSc. in Sport Coaching.


Victoria has ridden and coached internationally both in Show Jumping and Eventing and holds her BHS Stable Managers qualification and UKCC level 2. Victoria has worked for Devoucoux Saddles for eight years as a Technical Advisor and has fitted saddles for Zara Phillips, Charlotte Dujardin; Ellen Whitaker; Oliver Townend, Piggy French, Tina Fletcher, Geoff Luckett to name a few. Victoria combines her sport science knowledge and practical expertise in equestrian sports and is conducting research in several areas including the influence of saddles on rider performance.


Job Title and Responsibilities: 
Programme Manager: BSc. Equestrian Sports Coaching; Academic Tutor: FdSc. Equine Performance Year 2; BSc. Equestrian Sport Science Year 3

Teaching Interests: 
Coaching Science; Equitation; Horse and Rider Performance; Rider fitness; Performance Analysis; Equestrian Biomechanics;

Research Interests: 
Equestrian Coaching; Rider performance; Saddlery ergonomics; Rider biomechanics and exercise physiology;

Recent Research Activity and Publications:
Horse and Rider Magazine
Success with science: riding in the correct saddle
Success with science: How’s your body sense
Alltech Equine Conference 2013
A preliminary study investigating the effect of saddle design when using the light seat on rider lower leg position.
Analysis of rider position over first and last fence during show jumping

Conference proceedings:

•Alltech Student Conference 2013, Hartpury College
Purchas, A and Lewis, V A (2013) Preliminary Study Evaluating Riders’ Position in a Jumping Saddle Compare to a General Purpose Saddle
•Alltech Student Conference 2014, Hartpury College
Lewis, V and Dixon, S. A (2014) Preliminary Study to Investigate the Number of Elite Dressage Riders Competing with Pain in the United Kingdom
Lewis, V; Kennerly, R; Davies, E (2014) Do elite event riders use scientific training principles to prepare their horses for competition?
•International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport 2014, Loughborough University
Lewis, V and Dixon, S. A Preliminary (2014) Study to Investigate the Number of Elite Dressage Riders Competing with Pain in the United Kingdom
•ISES International Conference 2014, Denmark
Lewis, V; Kennerly, R; Davies, E. (2014) Do elite event riders use scientific training principles to prepare their horses for competition?
Lay Press
•Winfield, J and Lewis, V (2012) Succeed with Science! Riding in the right saddle makes a huge difference to your performance. Horse and Rider Magazine. March 2012; P. 108-122.
•Presentations
British Eventing, British Dressage: Coaching Development Day 2013, Hartpury College: Title – Rider Performance and saddle design