Dee Holdsworth

Qualification & subject:
Undergraduate BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Science
Therapist for Horse and Rider

Dee graduated from Hartpury with BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports science and now runs her own company that offers a range of therapeutic services for both horses and riders. She specialises in rider and equine sports massage and strength and conditioning to optimise performance at all levels. She is also the chairman of the Equine Sports Massage Association (ESMA), the youngest in history.

Dee's Hartpury Experience

"It was my time at Hartpury University that ignited my passion for equine therapy. Whilst I was completing my Equine Sports Science degree, we got asked who we would like to come in to talk and I asked for Iain Thompson, at the time he was the vice-chairman of ESMA. I shadowed him for months and knew that after the first day I went out to work with him that was what I wanted to do."

Developing Industry Connections

"I knew I always wanted to have my own business and I’m so lucky that I never get out of bed and think ‘oh god, I’ve got to go to work’ because I love seeing both horse and rider grow stronger and stronger and perform better and better. By working with horse and rider, I can focus on all elements of the combination and the thing I love the most is the one to one bond between horse and rider. I also have the opportunity to go to lots of international events with my work, including the London Olympic Games. I work with a number of elite riders and nothing beats seeing them do well, especially knowing we have worked together to get horse and rider fit for competition."