Equestrian Performance Research and Knowledge Exchange

Equine research at Hartpury sits within the ‘Equestrian Performance Research and Knowledge Exchange Arena’, one of 4 over-arching research themes at Hartpury, engaging staff and students from multi-disciplinary backgrounds. Hartpury’s strength in equestrian performance research and knowledge exchange stems from our commercial activity on site, namely the Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance and the world-renowned Equine Therapy Centre; our involvement in international competition and our relationships with industry and other academic institutions.

The resources contained within our Equine Therapy Centre and the Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance feature highly within our research activity. We have excellent research tools, enabling biomechanical and physiological studies of both horse and rider, as well as access to suitable types and numbers of horses for our studies. Approximately 200 horses are resident at Hartpury during term time. Research active staff engage in consultancy, guest lecturing and delivering projects for industry, for further information contact kathryn.nankervis@hartpury.ac.uk

Examples of recent studies

  • Nankervis, K.J., Finney, P. and Launder, L. (2016) Water depth modifies back kinematics of horses during water treadmill exercise. Equine Veterinary Journal 48 (6): 732-736
  • Ward, S., Sykes, B.W., Brown, H., Bishop, A. and Penaluna, L.A. (2015) A comparison of the prevalence of gastric ulceration in feral and domesticated horses in the UK. Equine Veterinary Education 27 (12): 655-657
  • Williams, J. and Randle, H. (2017) Is the expression of stereotypic behavior a performance-limiting factor in animals? Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 20: 1-10.
  • Wilson M, Twigg-Flesner A (2017) A Preliminary Comparison of Semen Quality between Competing and Non-Competing Equine Stallions. J Vet Sci Technol 8: 443.

The Alltech-Hartpury Conference

The 8th Alltech-Hartpury Equine Student Conference will take place on the 2nd May 2018 at University Centre Hartpury, Gloucester. This annual conference is aimed at University students, providing an opportunity to experience writing and submitting an abstract, going through the review and revisions process, through to delivering a theatre presentation to a full conference audience or producing a scientific poster to present. This is often a daunting experience, however, the Alltech-Hartpury Student Conference allows students to present to students, without additional intimidation from experts and supervisors. Delegates representing colleges and universities from the UK, present oral and poster presentations covering a vast range of topics.

Meet our Equine team

Staff are fully committed to equine research and each and every member of the team is engaged in scholarly activity. Research and teaching are totally integrated, with staff research active in the areas in which they teach, and many final year dissertations embedded in larger staff research projects. All research equipment is utilised within teaching. You can meet the Equine team below.

CATHERINE PORTER

PROGRAMME MANAGER BA (HONS) EQUINE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Catherine has one of the more varied career paths amongst the team, with a background that enables her to have a varied approach to helping you achieve your goals.

Catherine initially graduated from Hartpury College in 2002 with PGDip & Bsc(Hons) Equine Science. She worked for Cadbury UK for 8 years initially as a retail sales representative & progressed to an Account Manager position responsible for £10 million of their business.

GILLIAN TABOR

LECTURER IN VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPY

Gillian graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1998 which allowed membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.Whilst working part-time in the NHS Gillian completed post-graduate training and then a Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College. 

ROSIE SCOTT-WARD

Vice Principal Higher Education and Dean

Rosie came to Hartpury in 1997 as a HND Horse Studies student, progressing to the BSc (Hons) Equine Science, completing with a 2.1.

Alongside studying the MSc in Equine Science, Rosie worked within the Equine Centre setting up and running the Cheltenham Ladies College connections. While within the centre, Rosie developed a passion for Equine Therapy and focused research and study around the role of therapies in back kinematics using a variety of kinematic analysis tools.

DR KATHRYN NANKERVIS CVPM

PRINCIPAL LECTURER – EQUINE THERAPY

Dr Kathryn Nankervis B.Sc.(Hons) M.Sc. CVPM. Kathryn studied Physiological Sciences at Newcastle University and Equine Science at Aberystwyth University. Kathryn joined Hartpury in 1999,setting up and developing the Equine Therapy Centre at Hartpury in its current form.

LINDA GREENING

HEAD OF INCLUSIVITY

Linda became a student at Hartpury College in 2000, successfully completing an Honours Degree (Equine Science) in 2003, followed by a Masters in Science (Equine Science).

In 2006 she joined the lecturing team and was promoted to a senior lecture role themed around Widening Participation, then Subject Manager, to Head of Department.

ANKE TWIGG-FLESNER

SENIOR LECTURER

Senior Lecturer Student Experience Programme Manager BSc (Hons.) Equine Management and Joint Programme Manager BS (Hons.) Equine Business Management.

EMMA DAVIES

PROGRAMME MANAGER BSC (HONS) EQUESTRIAN SPORTS SCIENCE AND LECTURER

Emma is programme manager and year one and two academic tutor for the BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Science programme as well as module leader for various equine science and performance based modules across all levels. Emma is also an undergraduate dissertation supervisor and work placement tutor.

 

 

JEREMY MICHAELS, FBHS, M.ED

LECTURER IN EQUINE SCIENCE (EQUITATION)

Jeremy currently works at Hartpury as a part-time lecturer in Higher Education and also as a freelance teacher locally and within the UK as well as overseas and is a a British Horse Society (BHS) Chief Assessor.

KIRSTY LESNIAK

SENIOR LECTURER AND PROGRAMME MANAGER

Kirsty has been lecturing at Hartpury 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.

NICKY HEWER

LECTURER IN EQUINE

Nicky has a Bachelors degree in Equine Science from Hartpury (UWE), and a Masters degree in Applied Equine Science from The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.

JESSICA WILLIAMS

Programme Manager, Lecturer and Outreach Coordinator.

Jessica became a student at Hartpury in 2010 after working in the industry as a head girl and freelance rider.

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.

DR HIEKE BROWN

Hieke completed her MSc in Animal Science in The Netherlands before moving to the UK to start her PhD in 2004. Whilst she focussed on behaviour and welfare of dairy cattle during her MSc, the PhD which was sponsored by Hartpury College and Spillers Horse Feed allowed her to focus on the effects of diet and management of the behaviour and activity of riding school horses. Following the successful completion of her PhD, Hieke went on to teach on BSc and BA Equine and Animal degree programmes at other Higher Education institutions. During this time she delivered a wide range of modules and supervised a range of dissertations with topics including equine behaviour, reproduction, nutrition and health. In August 2015, Hieke returned to Hartpury as senior lecturer and programme manager within the Equine department. She is currently programme manager for the BSc (Hons) Equine Management programme as well as year tutor for BSc Equine Management and BSc Equine Science students.