Cutting-edge technology to support your research
With our own dedicated Equine Centre, Sparsholt College provides ‘Outstanding’ rated by Ofsted teaching and learning in Equine Studies from Level 1 through to Masters. We’re proud to say our equine facilities are continuously improving and are now working with the very latest in simulator technology. University Centre Sparsholt (UCS) is the second college in the UK to have a Racewood Eventing Simulator housed in our new Rider Performance Studio, officially opened by Sir Mark Todd .
The state-of-the-art simulator uses motion control technology and will enable Sparsholt students to further expand their research in the growing field of rider performance. From Grand Prix dressage to show jumping and cross country, the simulator will bring all equestrian disciplines to life in a controlled, safe environment providing the ideal conditions for rider performance research and analysis.
With the capability to provide feedback on rein contact, balance in the saddle and leg contact the Racewood Eventing Simulator will play an important role in equine welfare through the improvement of rider skills, an area of particular expertise at University Centre Sparsholt. This exciting new capability is further intensified through the addition of a 3D analysis system for biomechanics research. With rider analysis a growing area of employment, UCS is keen to use this new facility to support students in developing the skills for advanced careers in this sector.
Ella Bartlett, currently completing her MSc Equine Behaviour Performance and Training at UCS said: “This investment in the equine research capabilities will have a great impact on our student experience and makes me even more excited to finish my masters’ course at UCS ”.
Take a look at the latest report from BBC South Today about our newest facilities: