Meet our team
The Equine Therapy Centre team prides itself on offering a range of rehabilitation services as well as routine veterinary care. Hartpury’s own staff are supported by Three Counties Equine Hospital LLP and a range of other professionals.
Dr Kathryn Nankervis, Principal Lecturer (Equine Therapy)
The Equine Therapy Centre is overseen by Dr Kathryn Nankervis B.Sc. M.Sc. CVPM. Kathryn studied Physiological Sciences at Newcastle University and Equine Science at Aberystwyth University.
Kerry-Anne Bourne, Manager
Kerry-Anne was appointed Manager in May 2016 and is in charge of running our yard of in-patient horses and managing our student volunteer population.
Jess Lambourn, Assistant Manger with Horses
Jess joined the team in May 2016, having worked with us while completing her MRes in Equestrian Performance. Her research investigated the effect of uphill exercise on back kinematics.
Megan Rees, Equine Therapy Assistant
Megan is our Therapy Assistant with students and work experience and graduated at Hartpury in Equine Science. She previously completed a years placement with us in 2015 then became the Therapy Centre Barn Mentor for a year before getting the Equine Therapy Assistant role.
Izabella Motyl, Rider Performance Assistant Manager
Performance Izabella started by being a volunteer alongside her Fdsc in Equine Performance in 2012 she then became a casual member of staff which led her onto becoming full time in 2016 after finishing a master degree in Equestrian Performance. Izabella is now assisting with the Rider Performance centre and the Therapy Yard.
Fran Gorni, Barn Mentor
Fran is our Therapy Centre Barn Mentor who is studying Equine Business Management. In return for working for us for a set amount of hours she gets her stable free this is a year long contract. Fran was a volunteer with us for a year before she got offered this job role.
Merlin Perlo Research Assistant
Merlin has been at Hartpury since 2012 and has completed an Equestrian Sport Science degree. Since graduating he went on to work with Three Counties Equine Hospital for a year. He has now returned to do a masters in Equestrian Performance.
Jim Slimming DipWCF, Farrier
Jim is a mobile farrier covering Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, regularly attending the Equine Therapy Centre to shoe horses residing with us for the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries.
Kelvin Lymer DipWCF, Farrier
Kelvin runs a large farriery practice called Sandpitt Forge, covering Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire, specialising in remedial shoeing and trimming.
Kelvin has been shoeing for over 30 years, and has been working with the Equine Therapy Centre since its opening in 1999. He was one of only three elite farriers selected to travel to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and has been the Endurance GB team farrier since 1992.
Liz Launder, Osteopath
Liz has been involved in the investigation and treatment of injury in horses for approaching 30 years and treats many of the Equine Therapy Centre’s in- and out-patients on a referral basis.
Sarah Price (MSc BSC hons MCSP ACPAT Cat A) is a Chartered Physiotherapist who has specialised as a Veterinary Physiotherapist since completing her MSc at the Royal Veterinary College in 2004. She now owns and runs one of the busiest private practices in the region (www.sarahpricephysio.com
). She specialises in the rehabilitation of horse and rider following injury and maximising equine and rider performance and biomechanics throughout the competition season.
Following veterinary referral, Sarah works alongside your vet as part of our therapy team to maximise your horses potential. In addition she is able to assess and treat any musculoskeletal injuries you may have or provide you with a rider bio-mechanics assessment and strength and conditioning programme to ensure both you and your horse are fighting fit. On discharge from the Therapy Centre, Sarah or one of her team can also continue your treatment at home to support you and your horse back to a full recovery.
John Campbell BVMS MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
Originally from Northern Ireland, John qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1999 and is a Partner in Three Counties Equine Hospital.
Becky Wall BVMS CertAVP (DI) MRCVS, Partner
Becky qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2005 and spent 18 months in mixed practice in Cornwall prior to travelling to Australia where she completed a 2 year internship at Scone Veterinary Hospital. It was here she gained vast experience in neonatal medicine, anaesthesia and diagnostic imaging.
Becky joined Three Counties Equine Hospital in 2009 and furthered her interest in diagnostic imaging, lameness investigations and sports medicine. Becky gained her Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in equine diagnostic imaging and currently helps with many of the Scintigraphic and MRI examinations.
Outside work Becky is a keen runner and has recently started a very novice triathlon career! She also enjoys skiing and spending time at the coast in Devon and Cornwall with friends and family.
David Blakey BVetMed MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
David grew up in Somerset and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2010. He spent 18 months working in mixed practice in north Worcestershire before joining TCEH in 2012, initially as one of our House Surgeons and then, on the ambulatory side of the team. He has a keen interest in anaesthesia and wound healing, and is hoping shortly to gain a postgraduate certificate in Advance Veterinary Practice, with a view to continuing his studies in Equine Medicine. He is an FEI permitted treating vet and is one of our regular faces at Hartpury College.
Outside of work, David plays hockey for Gloucester and occasionally rides a horse mainly in the pursuit of a little white ball - when time and money allow.
Helen Mancey BVetMed, MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
Helen graduated from the RVC, London in 2010. She spent three years in mixed practice in South Wales before joining TCEH in October 2013 as part of the House Surgeon team before moving into the Ambulatory side in 2016. Her areas of interest are anaesthesia, medicine and lameness, and she's hoping to start her certificate soon.
In her spare time Helen is often found exercising her dogs Tilly and Mabel. She enjoys riding but has yet to find time to commit to owning a horse, but hopes to rectify that soon.