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Welcome to the Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance

World-class resources and expertise

About us

Housed within the Equine Therapy Centre, The Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance is a unique facility where riders of all levels and abilities can access world-class resources and expertise. It contains a strength and conditioning gym, treatment room and the Simulator room, housing three
Racewood Simulators, including a Racewood Eventing Simulator and a Mark 10 Racing Simulator.


The Eventing simulator allows riders to experience Grand Prix dressage movements, jump a course of show jumps or go cross country. The simulator is also perfect for those wishing to improve their riding; whether you are a novice, an experienced rider wanting to improve or an elite looking for a winning edge. The Racing simulator allows jockeys to work on their technique and fitness either on their own or with a jockey coach.


Our research is contributing to our understanding of how to train and rehabilitate riders.

Press "play" to see the Mark 10 Racing Simulator in action

Meet the team

Dr Kathryn Nankervis

Principal Lecturer

Kerry-Anne Bourne

Centre Manager

Jess Lambourn

Therapy Centre Assistant

Izabela Motyl

Therapy Centre Assistant

Sarah Aldridge

Therapy Centre Assistant

Ella Hunter

Therapy Centre Assistant

Isabeau Deckers

Research Assistant

Hannah Barlow

Barn Mentor