Today's Technology: Optimising Equestrian Performance


University Centre Sparsholt presents “Today’s Technology: Optimising Equestrian Performance” – a research colloquium that will host guest speakers including:

The day will consist of research seminars presented in the morning, followed by lunch (included), and the afternoon will then be spent in Sparsholt Equine Centre with a biomechanics seminar and demonstration with Russell McKechnie-Guire.

The topics discussed will revolve around developments in the latest technology available to optimise the welfare and performance of performance horses in a range of disciplines from a physiological perspective.

'Equisense Motion' Tracker - the new horsey Fitbit?

The Equisense motion tracker was something I stumbled upon while working at Your Horse Live in November. Having just bought a new Fitbit to help boost my motivation in my weight loss regime, it naturally caught my interest when walking around the stalls.

Having chatted to the ladies working on the stall, and showing me the app that links to the motion tracker on their mobile phones, it really did seem like an interesting technology. I think this piece of kit is one to watch while it is currently going under validation. Interested? - click on the image to see the website!  

The Neue Schule Academy

Neue Schule are offering online training courses to become a qualified bitting analyst. The course consists of:

1. Fundamentals of Bits and Bitting Certificate in Lorinery Science (Foundation Course) - 8 weeks

2. Fundamentals of Bits and Bitting Certificate in Lorinery Science (Intermediate Course) - 8 weeks

3. Bitting course - 24 weeks 

For more information on studying on these courses, click on the image above.

Volunteer BE Riders Required for Safety Study

Do you compete with British Eventing? Would you be interested in contributing to cutting edge safety research for your sport?

PhD student, Heather Cameron – Whytock of the University of Central Lancashire and Myerscough College, is looking for a limited number of eligible riders to take part in a study of physiological and psychological factors during eventing competition and their effect on performance.

The study is seeking riders over the age of 18 who are currently, and regularly, competing with BE to be observed and wear a heart rate monitor during both training and competition. This is a great opportunity to contribute to safety research within the sport, and potentially see some fascinating data from you and your horse that you wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to see. All applicants to the study will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a BE Membership and Horse Season Ticket.

All research is approved and overseen by the university ethics committee and British Eventing.

Any queries or questions please email heather on: or