Hartpury College

Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance


Housed within the Equine Therapy Centre, The Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance is a unique facility which allows all riders the opportunity to access world class resources and a wealth of professional expertise to improve their performance. Fully accessible for both disabled and non-disabled riders and housing a state of the art strength and conditioning suite, a rider performance zone including horse simulator, 3-D motion capture and electromyography equipment, alongside weight lifting platforms and a sport therapy area, this innovative new centre complements the Equine Therapy Centre at the college, providing a unique opportunity to enhance performance of both horse and rider in one location.

Spring 2016 will see us becoming the first centre in Europe to own a Racewood 3-Day Event Simulator; on which you can ride a Grand Prix dressage test, jump a course of show jumps and ride cross country, as well as going for a hack.  Complete with a three-screen display, combined with saddle, leg and rein contact pressure sensors, the simulator offers the opportunity for riders to train and be rehabilitated to a higher level than ever before.

Typically our clients seek help regarding: 

  • Pain
  • Poor posture and crookedness
  • Lack of core stability
  • Fatigue whilst riding
  • Problems finding a saddle type to suit both horse and rider.

Help in the form of treatment and exercise programmes can be provided by Liz Launder (Osteopath), Vicky Lewis (UKCC Level 3 equestrian coach and Strength and Conditioning coach) and Lottie Lodge (Sports Rehabilitator). We also provide lecture demos and organise Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events for groups on request.

Please contact the Equine Therapy Centre office on (01452) 702123 for further details, prices or to book an appointment.