The BVCA 2019 Conference registration is open. This event is for members and non-members alike.
BVCA Conference Programme: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th March 2019
Washington RDA, Stephenson Road, Washington, Tyne & Wear
About the Speakers
Tracy Crook is a Chartered Physiotherapist & Veterinary Physiotherapist – with a Master of Science in Veterinary Physiotherapy and a PhD in Equine Biomechanics. She is also a qualified Pilates Instructor.
Clinically Tracy works primarily with horses and riders as well as companion animals. Tracy is also involved in the education of human physiotherapists who want to transfer their skills and knowledge to the treatment of animals and she enjoys participating in various research projects.
Tracy began her career as a Physiotherapist in 1983 after qualifying from the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham. Since then she has worked in a variety of clinical setting including the NHS, Private Practice and the Armed Forces. Her main interest is in the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal disease in the human and animal athlete. Tracy holds additional qualifications in Veterinary Physiotherapy, Biomechanics, Sports Taping and Acupuncture.
In June 2014, Tracy sustained a serious riding injury breaking my neck at 3 levels and sustaining damage to my spinal cord. After a prolonged period of immobility, she began the long road to recovery and decided to take her own medicine by taking up Pilates which offers a whole body work out.
In June 2016, Tracy became a qualified Pilates Instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute and now teaches regular Pilates for Riders classes at Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre, Widmer Equestrian Centre and Moorwards Farm Equestrian Coaching Facility. More recently she has teamed up with Russell Guire of Centaur Biomechanics to offer “Rider Analysis & Rider Pilates Clinics” and with Rob Waine to hold “Rider & Pilates Clinics”.
Tracy has lectured extensively in the UK and abroad and was instrumental in the development and delivery of both the Masters (MSc) in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College and Liverpool Veterinary School. She stepped down as the Programme Director for the MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Liverpool University in December 2014 to return to Clinical Practice. Tracy continues to lecture for both the MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the University of Liverpool and the MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Hartpury Equestrian Centre.
Centaur Biomechanics, founded in 2006 by Russell Guire, is a company which specialises in horse and rider performance analysis. Serving the equine industry in providing the latest software and techniques available to help improve performance and maintain soundness of both the horse and rider.
In 2006, Russell became an Equinalysis Business Partner and carried out consultancy through Centaur Biomechanics using the Equinalysis system. Since then Russell has given presentations on the use and application of biomechanics and has spoken at over 100 venues throughout Europe and America. Russell has featured in many articles within the equine press and has written articles for leading magazines Your Horse and Horse and Hound.
Russell has also led some high profile research projects for the International League for Protection of Horses (ILPH), Edinburgh University, Hartpury College, Quantum Saddles, Bates Saddles. looking at various aspects of biomechanics. More recently Russell has been investigating the effect that different saddles have on horses and the interaction that the rider has with the horse.
Since 2007, Russell has been working with the British Equestrian Federation, working with riders on both the World Class Programme and Team GB. Russell provides video and biomechanical analysis to all disciplines – dressage, show jumping, eventing and para equestrian dressage. Russell has also worked with the Federation Equestrian International (FEI), British Vaulting and British Horse Trials Driving.
Centaur Biomechanics acts purely as a consultancy service to the industry in providing gait analysis, rider analysis and other forms of analysis as a way of maintaining soundness and improving performance of horse and rider. Centaur has helped over 100 horses in maintaining performance and/or maintaining soundness and in 2010 Centaur worked with over 3000 riders in the UK and Europe.
About the Event
11 hours of CPD
BVCA Member £200
Due to the practical nature of this event, delegate numbers will be limited to 25.
Refreshments and entertainment with be held immediately after the AGM. BVCA members are more than welcome to attend the meeting without attending the conference.
08:30 Registration & Coffee
09:00 Tracy Crook: Rider Posture – Biomechanics Dysfunction, how it affects the horse and what we can do
10:30 Coffee Break
10:50 Rider Posture Continued with practical
13:30 Equine Theory: Common neuromusculoskeletal complaints and treatment options
15:20 Equine Practical
16:00 Focus on the Canine: Talk and Demonstrations
From optimising health to enhancing performance; Some new concepts and useful tips for treating canine patients whether they be athletes or arthritic.
17:40 BVCA AGM
18:30 Evening Refreshments & Entertainment
09:00 Russell Guire: Centaur Biomechanics
Research Updates for the Animal Chiropractor
10:30 Coffee Break
10:50 Considering Key Biomechanical Areas of the Equine & Rider Posture