We are so proud that an abstract from third year BSc Equestrian Performance Management student, Sofia Forino has been accepted to the Equine Science Society Symposium which will be held virtually in June this year.

The abstract entitled “An investigation into self-perception of body image in female equestrians in the United Kingdom” has been accepted for an oral presentation at the conference and is part of the exciting research being conducted as part of our BHF lecturer bursary funding.

The project which has been written in collaboration with UCS lecturers Lorna Cameron, Natalie Stones and Dr Marianne Freeman explores self-perception of body image and the potential impact on well-being and performance in the equine industry, an area of research which is currently being investigated in-depth at UCS as part of the BHF lecturer bursary.

The Lecturer Bursary awarded in 2020, is providing support to at least three undergraduate or postgraduate equine research projects over three years and will allow UCS students to build on existing findings and aims to establish key points regarding rider performance, rider perception of body shape and its subsequent impact on equine welfare.

After Sofia completes her BSc she is planning to progress to the (MSc) Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training Degree at UCS in September. Read Sofia’s full student profile

Applications are still open to join University Centre Sparsholt in September 2021! Find out more out more about how to apply.