Margaret Giffen Centre

Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance

Our Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance is the most advanced centre of its kind at an academic institution. It provides the perfect place for students to develop real-world expertise and undertake exciting research, using world-leading equipment and with access to leading industry experts.

Student Using Horse Simulator

Racing Simulators

We house three Racewood Simulators, including a Racewood Eventing Simulator and a Mark 10 Racing Simulator. The simulators offer the opportunity for riders to train and be rehabilitated to a higher level than ever before.

The Racewood Eventing simulator, Margaret, is the first of its kind in the UK and one of only 10 in the world. Margaret allows riders to experience Grand Prix dressage movements, jump a course of show jumps or go cross country.

The Mark 10 Racing simulator allows jockeys to work on their technique and fitness either on their own or with a jockey coach.

The simulators are equipped with screen displays, saddle, leg and rein contact pressure sensors, heart rate monitors and more. Both Margaret and Mark 10 are used for teaching sessions and research.

Our other riding simulator, Hercules, is a basic simulator suitable for complete novices and is used at a lot of our events.

Take a virtual tour of our Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance

Equine facilities

Hartpury University Equine

Equine degrees

Student Using Thermal Camera On A Horse