Heather Cameron-Whytock

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Role

Heather is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer for the Equine courses at NTU. She teaches on Anatomy and Physiology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Advances in Rider Performance and Equitation Science.

Career overview

Heather graduated university 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, including retrospective data analysis of 10 years of data, horse and rider physiological response to competition in relation to mental stress 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.

Research areas

Heather’s research focuses on the sport of eventing. Heather has used epidemiological methods for risk factor 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 competition. Additionally, Heather has experience in psychological methods, such as profiling athlete's mood during competition.

External activity

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.

Heather is an International Society for Performance Analysis in Sport (ISPAS) accredited performance analyst (Level 2).

Publications

Risk factors for horse falls in the cross-country phase of one day events. Cameron – Whytock, H. & Brigden, C. International Society for Equitation Science Conference. Vejle, Denmark, 2014. (oral presentation)

Analysis of risk factors for horse falls during the cross-country phase in the equestrian sport of eventing. Cameron – Whytock, H., Whytock, R. & Brigden, C. International Society for Performance Analysis in Sport. Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2016. (oral presentation)

Analysis of risk factors for horse falls in the cross-country phase of British Eventing one-day events. Cameron – Whytock, H. & Brigden, C. Myerscough Annual Research Conference. Preston, UK, 2016. (oral presentation)

A combined data and field analysis of the risk factors for horse falls in the cross-country phase of British Eventing competition: preliminary findings. Cameron – Whytock, H., Sinclair, J., Taylor, P., Brigden, C. & Hobbs, S.J. UCLan Research Student Conference. Preston, UK, 2017. (oral presentation – winner of best oral presentation)

A combined data and field analysis of the risk factors for horse falls during the cross-country phase of British Eventing competition. Cameron – Whytock, H., Sinclair, J., Taylor, P., Brigden, C. & Hobbs, S.J. Myerscough Annual Research Conference. Preston, UK, 2017. (oral presentation)

Risk factors for horse falls in the cross-country phase of British Eventing competitions: A comprehensive data analysis. Cameron – Whytock, H., Sinclair, J., Taylor, P., Brigden, C. & Hobbs, S.J. British Society for Animal Science Conference. Dublin, Ireland, 2018. (oral presentation)

Is the thrill of the ride worth the risk? Horse rider experiences in British Eventing. Butler Coyne, H. Cameron-Whytock, H. & Brigden. C. Equine Transitions and Cultures. Leeds, UK, 2018. (oral presentation)

Preliminary analysis of risk factors for horse falls in the cross-country phase of eventing competition. Cameron – Whytock, H., Sinclair, J., Taylor, P., Brigden, C. & Hobbs, S.J. FEI National Safety Officers Seminar. Madrid, Spain, 2015. (oral presentation)

Risk factors for horse falls in the cross-country phase of British Eventing competitions: A comprehensive data analysis. Cameron – Whytock, H., Sinclair, J., Taylor, P., Brigden, C. & Hobbs, S.J. FEI National Safety Officers Seminar. Lausanne, Switzerland, 2018. (oral presentation)