Emma Davies


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Miss Emma Davies, Senior Lecturer in Rider Performance & Programme Manager BSc (Hons) Equestrian Sports Science at Hartpury University.


Research interests

Research interests include the psychology of athletic injury in equestrian sport (horse & human injury), psychological demands of horse riders,  rider performance and wellbeing, and occupational demands on horse racing stable staff. 

Currently working on research studying the psychological responses to injury in horseracing stable staff, and sleep practices in FEI event riders.


Current teaching

Currently teaching modules across levels 4 - 6, specializing in horse & rider performance and sport psychology.

Academic Partnership Liaison to British Racing School FdSc Horseracing Industry.

Supervisor for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dissertations. 

External positions and memberships

Professional Member of BASES 

Senior Fellow HEA

External Examiner at Hadlow College, University of Greenwich - FdSc Equine Training & Management 

Research and knowledge exchange collaborations

Research Collaboration with Racing Welfare on current PhD: Investigating psychological responses to injury in horseracing stud and stable staff.

Co-Collaborator and presenter for Key Stage 3 workshops on anatomy & physiology at Cheltenham Science Festival. Assistant presenter for Large Animal dissection demo also held at Science Festival. 

Organize Pony Club & Pony Racing workshops to offer fitness and position advice to young children entering pony racing. Led workshops for Pony Club camps on rider fitness.

Invited Speaker for British Dressage workshops, including BD Sports Science Day 2023 for National Academy Riders, regional para-dressage and dressage training days, and BD South West Little Leg Up series.


Education/Academic qualification

Psychology of Injury , PhD, Psychological responses to injury in UK Horseracing Stable Staff , University of the West of England (UWE)

1 Jan 2020 → …

Award Date: 1 Jan 2025

Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, PGCHE, University of the West of England (UWE)

Award Date: 30 Jun 2016

Equine Science , Masters (MSc), University of the West of England (UWE)

Award Date: 31 Aug 2013

Equine Sports Science , BSc (Hons), University of the West of England (UWE)

Award Date: 31 Jul 2012

External positions

External Examiner , Hadlow College, University of Greenwich

1 Sept 2019 → …


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