Authors

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Stuart

Davies

BVSc MRCVS

 Stuart  Davies graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016. Following this he worked at an equine practice in Shropshire before joining the equine team at Oakhill Veterinary Centre in 2018. Stuart is a key member of the team and provides expert information on horse health and care, including wound care.

Sarah is a highly qualified farrier .She was the first female ever to pass the apprenticeship in 2006 with honours. She also holds qualifications in her associate exam (2007) passing with distinction and her Fellowship exam (2017), becoming one of only two woman to hold the qualification. 

Now the founder of S.Logie Farriery, Sarah has traveled all over the world, including New Zealand and the USA, presenting her acclaimed thesis to events where she is warmly received. 

Sarah also tutors as part of the Jay Tovey FWCF Farriery Tuition Group.

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Sarah
Logie
FWCF

 
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Sophie
Cookson
MSc

 Sophie is the Welfare Operations Manager at The British Horse Society (BHS) and also manages the Friends at the End scheme.

 

She has trained in Counselling Skills and has a passion for understanding the psychological impact that euthanasia has upon horse owners.

 

Rebecca spent over 15 years working in equine veterinary practice (first opinion and referral) in the thoroughbred capital of Ireland; the Curragh, Co. Kildare. During this time she participated in

externships in Hagyard, Davidson, McGee & Assoc. the USA, Tierklinik Telgte in Germany and at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre in Australia. She also volunteered as a veterinary technician during the London Olympics in 2012.

 

Rebecca is based in Ireland and works as an equine nutritionist for the Export Division of Connolly's RED MILLS. When she is not travelling the globe, she can be found riding out racehorses for Kildare trainer Ross O'Sullivan.

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Rebecca

Watson

MSc RVN

 
 
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Sue

Paine

Sue qualified as a City & Guilds bench saddler in 1981 while also taking her lorinery exams at this time. She has continued to attend regular courses in saddle and bridle/bit fitting over the years.

 

She passed the Neue Schule Fundamentals of Bitting exam with distinction and is one of a small number of LANTRA qualified bit fitters, passing with distinction, this time with Horse Bit Fit.

A graduate of Aberystwyth University and the Royal Agricultural College, Briony started her

career in the commercial sector, as senior nutritionist at one of the UK’s major feed

companies. Briony went on to achieve registered nutritionist status with the Association for

Nutrition (AfN) and started her own equine nutrition consultancy, Practical Equine Nutrition.

 

Briony currently works as an equine nutritionist through her private consultancy and

lectures in Equine and Animal Science at Writtle University College. Her particular interests

include feeding for performance, breeding and managing clinical issues along with grassland

management. In her spare time, Briony has a PRE gelding which she rides and competes,

and a Welsh section A which she drives.

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Briony

Witherow

BSc MSc RNutr. PGCERT FHEA

 
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Kirsty Leśniak  SFHEA,PGCE,MSc,BSc (Hons)

Kirsty graduated from the University of the West of England with a BSc (Hons) and an MSc in Equine Science. She is a Senior Lecturer in Equine Science at Hartpury University, Gloucester; her main teaching areas being anatomy and physiology, equine exercise physiology and equine sports medicine.

 

Kirsty’s research areas are anatomical symmetry, particularly of the distal limb and the foot and this led to a number of research projects investigating factors that influence the conformation of the hoof in the ridden horse. Kirsty is currently undertaking a PhD by Publication with Portsmouth University on the impact of functional trait and distal limb asymmetries on equine health and performance.

Ed graduated from the Szent Istvan University of Budapest in 2015. He then spent a year interning at a referral hospital in California, before working as an ambulatory vet in England. He has a keen interest in alternative treatments, aimed at treating compensatory pain to improve performance and rehabilitation and, decrease the risk of injury.

 

Edward obtained a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with a focus on Internal Medicine from the University of Liverpool in 2019, a Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute in the same year and a Professional Diploma in Animal Chiropractic in 2020. In November 2020, Edward set up his own complementary therapy practice, EB Equine. 

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Edward

Busuttil

DVM, CertAVP (EM), PgCert MRCVS

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Claire

Williams

BETA Executive Director

Claire was born and educated in Christchurch, New Zealand. After completing a Masters degree in modern languages, she worked in business consultancy with a Government Agency before moving to the sheepskin tannery G.L. Bowron Ltd. After learning the trade in NZ she was based in Germany from 1991 as European Trading Manager.

 

In 2000 she moved to the UK to take up the position of Chief Executive of BETA and then in 2004 became Executive Director of the BETA Group including EMC Ltd. 

 

Alongside the work undertaken on safety equipment and feed her other focus has been to widen BETA’s involvement in the saddlery trade. This has included working with the Saddlers’ Company’s and leading the writing of an Occupational standard for saddle fitters. She has also worked alongside the SMS and utilised BETA’s international reputation in training to run saddle fitting and related courses overseas.  She has also successfully lead trade missions to promote and assist in export development for British saddlery manufacturers and fitters.

Liz Eaton BHSI has over 35 years experience coaching riders from grass roots to advanced competition in all 3 disciplines.

 

Psychology and biomechanics of horse and rider play a large role in her coaching style and she works closely with professionals in related fields to facilitate this.

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Liz

Eaton

BHSI, BHS Performance coach

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Helen

Whitelegg

Redwings Snr. Campaign Officer

Helen first joined Redwings in 2001 and has worked in the charity’s horse care, welfare and communications teams.

 

Now Senior Campaigns Officer, Helen draws on first-hand experience of horse health and welfare issues to support owners and share practical ideas and information that can have a positive impact on equine lives.

Clive Meers Rainger is a registered farrier specialising in the restoration of equine biomechanics and resolving lameness issues. 

 

His 50 year career has taken him from service in the mounted division of the Household Cavalry to shoeing and lecturing across Europe, the Middle East, and USA. 

 

He is passionate about sharing his extensive knowledge with the horse owning and riding community for the benefit of our equines.

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Julia Dubuc

DMV, DÉS, DACVS-LA,

M.Sc, AFHEA, MRCVS

Julia graduated from the University of Montreal in 2013 in Quebec, Canada. The following year, she undertook a one-year internship specialising in equine surgery, at a busy referral practice in Ontario Canada, treating mainly Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses.

 

In 2014, she undertook a three-year surgical residency, focusing solely on equine surgery, as well as a Masters programme, at the University of Montreal.

 

Julia joined the University of Nottingham in 2017 as clinical assistant professor of equine surgery, working on a daily basis at Oakham Veterinary Hospital in Rutland.

 

Her main area of research is centred on the equine stifle, although she enjoys colic surgery.

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Emmeline is the Welfare Education Manager for The British Horse Society. With years of practical experience, Emmeline is passionate about supporting and advising horse owners and carers on a wide range of issues.

In partnership with the colic team at the University of Nottingham, Emmeline helped to produce and

coordinate the launch of the REACT Now to Beat Colic Campaign.

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Emmeline
Hannelly MSc

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Emma Shipman
BVetMed MSc DACVIM-LAIM CertVA FHEA MRCVS

Emma graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 1999 and after several years in private practice completed an internal medicine residency at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Centre, part of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

After working as a medicine clinician at the RVC she moved to the University of Nottingham Veterinary School in 2009 as Clinical Assistant Professor in Equine Medicine.

 

Based mainly at Oakham Veterinary Hospital in Rutland, she sees a wide variety of medical cases, and is responsible for the final year undergraduate students during their equine clinical placement.

Rosie has spent her whole life on and around horses: competing, training and simply spending time with them from a very early age.

They supported her  through her darkest times and, accompanied her on her most exhilarating experiences.

 

She says:  ‘I have learned (and continue to learn) so much from horses. When I look back on my own journey I realise that interactions with horses have been some of my greatest catalysts for change and healing.’

Rosie coached the British pentathlon team for 2 years – to Olympic gold success. She holds qualifications in Reiki and Radionics and has integrated the practice of the Alexander Technique and Mindfulness for several years.

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Rosie Withey BHSII

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Christa
Dillon

Christa Dillon is a young horse producer, based in the Irish Midlands. Together with her husband Niall and their son Charlie, the family run a beef suckler herd, and a livestock haulage business. Christa works part time in social media marketing, and as a content writer for equestrian websites.

 

Christa is a Centre 10 Advanced Coach, with a particular interest in helping riders to overcome confidence difficulties. She has worked in the equestrian industry for all of her adult life, and has a great love of horses. Christa is also a best selling author, having published her first book in 2020.

After graduating from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School, Graham joined Ardene House Veterinary Practice, Aberdeen. His focus quickly became equine work and, he was instrumental in building the first equine hospital facility in the north of Scotland at Kingswells in 1997.

 

Graham has undertaken extra equine qualifications, most recently attaining a certificate in equine surgery and orthopaedics. In 2009 he was appointed as an RCVS examiner for the Certificate in Equine Practice and continued in this position for 5 years. Although interested in all aspects of equine medicine and surgery, his focus over recent years has been on lameness, gait analysis and surgery cases.

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Dr Graham Hunter
BVM&S GPCert (EqP) CertEP CertAVP(ESCO) MRCVS

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Andy Durham BSc BVSc CertEP DEIM DipECEIM MRCVS 

Clinical Director at The Liphook Equine Hospital

Professor Andy Durham qualified from the University of Bristol in 1988 and worked initially in the Midlands where he gained a postgraduate qualification in Equine Practice before coming to Liphook in 1994. After a brief period away in Sussex, he returned to Liphook in 1999 and became a partner in 2001.

 

He gained the RCVS Diploma of Equine Internal Medicine in 2003 and the Diploma of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine the following year. Andy acts as a consultant for internal medicine providing a referral service for referring vets and has a particular interest in equine metabolic syndrome, liver disease and ophthalmology. Andy has published extensively on a wide range of equine medicine subjects and lectures frequently both in the UK and abroad.

 


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Andy Durham
BSc BVSc CertEP DEIM DipECEIM MRCVS


 

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Jennifer Little
RNutr MSc BSc Hons

 

 

 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside with a BSc Hons Equine Science, and went on to achieve her Masters at Liverpool School of Veterinary Science.  Between her degrees she was awarded a scholarship to the USA, as Research Associate for Dr J. Pagan at Kentucky Equine Research.  

Her career started in the commercial sector, working for global pharmaceutical and nutritional companies. She gained over 10 years experience in advising and training veterinary practices and hospitals on clinical feeding protocols and, nearly 5 years working for a major British equine feed company, as Thoroughbred and Performance Horse Nutritionist. 

Jennifer achieved Registered Nutritionist status with the Association for Nutrition (AfN), and left the commercial sector to run her own independent equine nutrition consultancy, Equinutrition.  Jennifer has guest lectured at Bishop Burton College Sports Horse Congress, Randox Sports Conference and, Twemlows Foal and Yearling CPD courses.    

In her spare time Jennifer can be found trying to achieve the task of perfecting dressage with her Maxi Cob, Kevin.  

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Eva Marunova
BHSAI PgDip 

BSc (Hons)



Eva is freelance BHSAI coach and rider based in Hertfordshire. Her main interest lies in developing a horse-rider relationship based on biomechanics principles and equitation science. Apart from professional BHS qualifications, she completed a postgraduate diploma in Equine Science at Hartpury University and is currently in the final stages of a PhD programme at The Royal Veterinary College. Her research focuses on the quantification and evaluation of movement symmetry in horses - an area which is quickly gaining momentum in veterinary circles as well as in the wider equestrian community.

 

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Chloe gained her BSc from Nottingham Trent University in 2012, before studying and going on to work as an equine therapist for 9 years.  She went on to study MRes Equine Performance in 2015 then becoming a fully qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist after gaining her PGDip from Writtle University College. She launched her business Four Amigos Veterinary Physiotherapy in 2021, which she runs alongside lecturing at Writtle College in Equine and Canine Anatomy and Performance/Therapy.

Sophie is also a level 2 UKCC coach.

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Emma Hutchinson 

Emma Hutchison is co-founder of HorseBack UK, a multi-award-winning Scottish charity (registration number SC040765) based near Aboyne, in the Scottish Highlands.

HorseBack UK works to improve health and well-being by inspiring recovery, positive change and renewed purpose amongst those who need it most and improving education and employment prospects for those who are disadvantaged or marginalised.  

Using horsemanship, equine assisted learning, rural skills and the outdoors, the charity delivers award-winning projects and personal development programmes that encourage participants to acquire new coping strategies, life skills and lasting resilience while gaining nationally recognised awards and qualifications.
 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside with a BSc Hons Equine Science, and went on to achieve her Masters at Liverpool School of Veterinary Science.  Between her degrees she was awarded a scholarship to the USA, as Research Associate for Dr J. Pagan at Kentucky Equine Research.  

Her career started in the commercial sector, working for global pharmaceutical and nutritional companies. She gained over 10 years experience in advising and training veterinary practices and hospitals on clinical feeding protocols and, nearly 5 years working for a major British equine feed company, as Thoroughbred and Performance Horse Nutritionist. 

Jennifer achieved Registered Nutritionist status with the Association for Nutrition (AfN), and left the commercial sector to run her own independent equine nutrition consultancy, Equinutrition.  Jennifer has guest lectured at Bishop Burton College Sports Horse Congress, Randox Sports Conference and, Twemlows Foal and Yearling CPD courses.    

In her spare time Jennifer can be found trying to achieve the task of perfecting dressage with her Maxi Cob, Kevin.  
 

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Kieran O'Brien MA MVB(Hons) PhD MRCVS

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Kieran joined Penbode Equine Vets in Tavistock, Devon, in 1998 after spells as a lecturer and clinician at the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol. He is the author of Essential Horse Health and enjoys breeding sport horses and Connemara ponies. 


 

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Dr. Tamsin Furtado, Social Scientist

Dr Tamzin Furtado is a social scientist at the University of Liverpool, where she studies equine welfare. Her PhD was around equine weight management, with a focus on positive welfare and the ways we can help people to help their horses. She works on projects across the equine welfare spectrum, including studying peoples' perceptions of sport horse wellbeing, livery yard management, and anthelmintic resistance. In her spare time, she competes in endurance competitions, and also loves trail running in the Welsh hills. 

Sophie Pickard – Veterinary Physiotherapist (BSc Hons Veterinary Nursing) PGDip Animal Physiotherapy. RAMP. MEEBW.
Sophie spent 9 years as a registered veterinary nurse in the UK, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, before continuing her education to become a veterinary physiotherapist. She started her own physiotherapy business in January 2020, treating both horses and dogs. 
She lives in the Yorkshire Dales with her partner and 1 year old son. Sophie spends a lot of time using positive reinforcement training to improve her connection with her own horses and until the pandemic competed nationally in endurance riding.

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Sophie Pickard
Veterinary Physio

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Carolyn Cummins MVB Phd MRCVS, consultant vet to Westgate Labs