University Centre Sparsholt are delighted by the news that BSc (Hons) Equine Science graduate, Rachel Smith has been announced as one of the finalists for 2020 BETA Equine Thesis of the Year Award that recognises academic excellence in undergraduate study.

Rachel graduated with a first class honours this year and is continuing on to study her Masters in Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training at UCS this term. Rachel also won the prize for best undergraduate research presentation at the UK Equine Student Conference with her thesis entitled “Effect of breast support on 3D relative displacement and upper-body muscle activity in female horse riders on an equine simulator”.

This research was part of a collaborative project with UCS, University of Portsmouth and Hartpury University. Now Rachel has reached the final of this prestigious competition after making it through the preliminary judging round, she will now present their thesis to a panel of judges during an online event on Sunday 25 October and we wish her the best of luck!

The BETA Equine Thesis of the Year finals will run from 1 to 4.30pm and are open to both the public and members of the academic community.

Attendance is free, with tickets available from Eventbrite at

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