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Dr Sue Dyson
Independent. Consultant and Lameness Specialist

Sue Dyson graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1980. After an internship at the University of Pennsylvania and a year in private equine practice in Pennsylvania. Sue returned to Great Britain to the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket.

Sue ran a clinical referral service for lameness and poor performance, attracting clients from all over the United Kingdom, Ireland and continental Europe for 37 years.

Sue is a former President of the British Equine Veterinary Association and is currently scientific advisor to the Saddle Research Trust and Moorcroft Rehabilitation Centre. Sue is also a rider, and has produced horses to top national level in both eventing and show jumping. Sue holds the Instructors and Stable Managers Certificates of the British Horse Society (BHSI).

Sue currently works as an independent consultant advising on non-veterinary aspects of equestrianism, drawing on her observations of many years as a hands-on horse person.

Dr Meriel Moore-Colyer
Professor in Equine Science and Nutrition Specialist

Professor Meriel Moore-Colyer holds a personal chair in Equine Science, and since completing her PhD in Equine Digestive Physiology at the University of Edinburgh in 2000, she has specialized in equine nutrition. She has published over 120 scientific articles, 4 text books and numerous popular press articles.

Meriel’s research focus includes fundamental digestive physiology, forage quality and feeding systems for promoting health and welfare for stabled horses. She is a registered Animal Scientist with the Royal Society of Biology and chair of the European Workshop for Equine Nutrition Association.

Meriel is passionate about knowledge exchange and disseminating research to the horse industry. Her enthusiasm and engaging presentations are supported by genuine practical knowledge (she has competed British Dressage - Small Tour and is a BHSII), and this experience helps her to relate to veterinarians, industry professionals and horse owners alike. She regularly gives talks at international conferences and industry CPD days across the Globe. She continues to work with numerous UK and International feed companies underpinning new innovations with science to improve the health and welfare of performance horses.

Mark Johnson
Farrier and Barefoot Specialist

Mark has presented at a number of previous Horses Inside Out Conferences, but this year he is doing something quite different. Mark will be bringing a variety of lower limb specimens, including some immature examples, to present and discuss as part of the Anatomy Exhibition. So please do head there during the breaks to ask questions.

Mark began working on horses feet at the age of 14, starting a formal apprenticeship at 16 and qualifying as a farrier in the U.K. 4 years later. Now, at the wrong side of 21 and being faced with too many questions and not enough answers, Mark was driven to continually challenge thinking and beliefs in the hoofcare industry

Changing direction multiple times and trying different approaches Mark and his long suffering clients has “settled” upon 3 key elements in his hoofcare business

First barefoot, second barefoot and boots and lastly composite shoes where necessary

Captivated by the function of anatomy Mark is passionate about the whole horse, where everything effects everything and everything connects to everything.

Dr Chris Pearce
Veterinary surgeon and dental specialist

Chris is an RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Dentistry, and the founding director of Equine Dental Clinic Ltd (EDC). As well as performing advanced referral treatments, Chris teaches, lectures and examines widely on equine dentistry in the UK and worldwide.

He is past chairman of the BEVA/BVDA examining committee for EDT exams, past BEVA Council representative for equine dentistry, chairman of the BEVA Dental Working Party for political aspects relating to dentistry – and winner of the Pet Plan Vet of the Year Award for 2011, an achievement that the judges awarded in recognition of Chris’s work in equine dentistry and the beneficial effect on equine welfare.

Chris is the current President of the European Veterinary Dental College, the authority that trains and regulates veterinary dental specialists across Europe. Chris is dedicated to advancing the science of equine dentistry and is particularly interested in novel restorative and preservative treatments. This has placed Chris at the forefront of equine dentistry worldwide.

Jeanette Brakewell
Olympic Event Rider, British Eventing Accredited Trainer & UKCC level 3 coach

Jeanette was the pathfinder for the British team from 1999 until 2005, winning four European team gold medals, two Olympic team silver medals and one World bronze team medal with the legendary Over To You (Jack). Jeanette was also the Individual silver medalist at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez in 2002.
Jeanette and Jack finished in the top 10 at Badminton five times, including a third place in 2003 and the only combination to complete on their dressage score. She also has four top 10 placings and numerous completions at Burghley riding different horses.

Jeanette runs a busy competition yard near Uttoxeter, competing regularly throughout the season. Jeanette is passionate about producing her horses so they can perform to the best of their ability, her training always has the long-term future careers of each horse at the heart.

Gillian Higgins
Equine Anatomist and Biomechanist

Gillian Higgins, founder and principal lecturer of Horses Inside Out, is an anatomist, biomechanist lecturer and author. Gillian is passionate about horses, anatomy and sharing all she knows for the good of the horse.
Having competed up to advanced level eventing and achieved her BHS Senior Coach and completed multiple therapy qualifications. Gillian is in a great place to apply anatomy to riding, training and therapy.

Over the years Gillian has created anatomical models and sculptures as well as a vast video and photo collection of anatomically painted horses moving and performing which she will be using in her presentations.
As well as introducing and hosting this conference, Gillian will be kick start each day with vivid visual illustrations of equine anatomy and biomechanics.

Dr. Kathryn Nankervis
Associate Professor at Hartpury University and Hartpury College

Kathryn studied Physiological Sciences at Newcastle University and an MSc in Equine Science from the University of Wales. She set up the Equine Therapy Centre at Hartpury in 2000 and continues to oversee and run the facility. In 2013, she completed a DPhil on the subject of ‘Physiology and Biomechanics relating to Equine Physical Therapy’. Kathryn lectures on equine therapy and exercise physiology at Post Graduate level and has contributed to M.Sc. Veterinary Physiotherapy programmes at the Royal Veterinary College, Liverpool University and Hartpury University. Her time is divided between running the Therapy Centre at Hartpury, her own research and supervising PhD students.

Kathryn has had a number of research papers published including water treadmill exercise in horses; particularly the effects on limb and back movement and she co-authored 'Guidelines for Water Treadmill Use' as part of the Equine Hydrotherapy Working Group.

Dr Kevin Haussler DVM, DC, PhD
Professor of Equine Orthopedic Surgery and Associate Director of the Comparative Medicine Institute at NC State University

Kevin graduated from The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. To further his training in the conservative management of spinal-related disorders, he studied at Palmer College of Chiropractic-West and completed a veterinary chiropractic certification program in 1993. He gained a PhD at the University of California-Davis focusing on spinal pathology and pelvic biomechanics in Thoroughbred racehorses. Post-doctorate training involved evaluation of in-vivo spinal kinematics in horses at Cornell University. During his time at Cornell University, he directed the Integrative Medicine Service which provided chiropractic, acupuncture, and physical therapy services to both small and large animals.

Kevin is currently an Associate Professor at the Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University. He is involved in teaching, clinical duties, and research into the objective assessment of musculoskeletal pain, spinal dysfunction, and the application of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Kevin is also a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and course instructor for the Equine Rehabilitation Certification course, co-branded by the University of Tennessee and Colorado State University.

Dr. Gillian Tabor
Chartered Physiotherapist & Programme Manager for the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy course at Hartpury University

Gillian has been working as an ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist for over 20 years. During her career she had a part time role, teaching Rider Performance, at Duchy College,Cornwall before becoming a lecturer in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Hartpury in 2013. In 2023 she progressed to Reader in Veterinary Physiotherapy and is currently Programme Manager for the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy course at Hartpury University.

Gillian has additional roles within Hartpury's research community. In 2020 she completed her doctorate, the first for Hartpury entitled 'The use of objective measurement in Veterinary Physiotherapy'. As well as teaching students Gillian, continues to undertake research in this thematic area both in her own equine projects and via supervising students at doctoral and masters level. When she’s not teaching or researching, Gillian runs her own practice, working with equestrian clients in Devon and events her Lusitano horse.

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