Heather is a Senior Lecturer for the Equine courses at NTU. She teaches on Anatomy and Physiology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Advances in Rider Performance and The Sustainable Equine.
Heather graduated from Myerscough College in association with the University of Central Lancashire in 2013 with a BSc(Hons) in Equine science. She then went on to present her undergraduate research on eventing risk at international conferences in Denmark, Ireland and the UK. Heather was then invited to Madrid to present her research to the FEI, the world governing body for equestrian sport.
Heather's PhD was an investigation of risk factors in eventing cross-country: comprehensive data analysis, horse and rider physiological response and event rider psychology. Heather has worked closely with British Eventing throughout her research and was again invited by the FEI to present her findings in 2018, this time in Lausanne, Switzerland, home of the International Olympic Committee.
Heather is now a Lecturer in Equine science and enjoys incorporating her research interests and knowledge into the delivery of the modules at NTU, as well as continuing to develop her research and collaborate with other researchers within, and external to NTU.
Heather’s research focuses on the sport of eventing. Heather has used epidemiological methods for risk analysis using retrospective data to identify risk factors for horse falls within the sport. She is also experienced in using physiological measures, having recorded horse and rider heart rate and heart rate variability during British Eventing cross-country competition. Additionally, Heather has experience in the psychoanalysis of athletes during competition, and the personality profiling of athletes.
Heather has worked on projects for the FEI Eventing Risk Management Committee. Her research has been featured in Horse and Hound, Eventing and Horse Magazines and has been widely covered by online equestrian media outlets. She also volunteered for the National Equine Forum for three years whilst doing her PhD.