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Equestrian Sports Performance

Unit(s) of assessment: Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology

School: School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences


DartfishProSuite® version 5.0 has been used to conduct a preliminary investigation into the effects of jumping saddle design on rider posture. The results of this study were presented at the World Congress of Performance Analysis of Sport IX at the University of Worcester (July 2012). This analysis was carried out on riders on the Racewood Horse simulator in the performance analysis room at the Equestrian Centre.

The visual skills of equestrian athletes have been investigated using mobile eye tracking technology. The ASL Mobile Eye was used to identify gaze behaviour in show jump riders and this technology was trialled by international show jump rider and trainer Tim Stockdale. Visit Tim's website.


C. L. White and L. N. Birkbeck (2013) A preliminary investigation into the effects of jumping saddle design on rider posture. In: Performance Analysis of Sport IX (Editors: Derek Peters and Peter O’Donoghue). Routledge, 232-238

Hall, C., Huws, N., White, C., Taylor, E., Owen, H. and McGreevy, P (2013) Assessment of ridden horse behaviour. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research. 8 (2), 62-73.

Murphy, J., Hall, C.A. and Arkins, S. (2009) What horses and humans see: A comparative review. International Journal of Zoology (available online).

Hall, C., Liley, C., Murphy, J. and Crundall, D. (2009) The relationship between visual memory and rider experience in a show-jumping context. The Veterinary Journal. 181. 29-33.

Hall, C.A., Goodwin, D., Heleski, C., Randle, H. and Waran, N. (2008) Is there evidence of learned helplessness in horses? Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. 11. 249-266.