Tegan’s thesis recognised by leading equine competition

23.11.2016 A Moreton Morrell College degree student was runner-up in the prestigious BETA Equine Thesis of the Year award.

Tegan Hemingway-Wood

Tegan Hemingway-Wood, left, with Alison Brassil

Tegan Hemingway-Wood was one of four finalists who were required to present their dissertations to a judging panel at Equestrian House, Abbey Park, Warwickshire.

Tegan, 22 from Nottinghamshire, has just graduated with a BSc (Hons) Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation and her thesis was entitled ‘The Effect of Water Depth on Equine Limb Swing Phase Kinematics During Walk Exercise on the AquaIcelander Water Treadmill’. She was awarded the runner-up prize with Alison Brassil of the University of Limerick in first place.

Dr Pat Harris, chair of the judging panel said, “The standard of work has been extremely high, with presentations that took complex data and presented it in a way that was easy to understand.

“We have examined the written thesis, the literature reviewed, the way that information was presented, the level of understanding and potential relevance to the industry, and felt that Alison and Tegan did very well in a number of these areas.”

Claire Williams, executive director of the British Equestrian Trade Association – which relaunched the competition to put undergraduate study back on the map – added: “We would like to congratulate our winner, runner-up and the other finalists, who did so incredibly well. It was lovely to meet them, their tutors and families who came along to show support. Our thanks must also go to all the preliminary and final judges, whose expertise and knowledge has made this all possible.”

The Equine Thesis of the Year award was relaunched after a three-year break. The academic initiative was originally developed by Pat Harris and Graham Suggett in the late 1990s and designed to reward the good work done by equestrian undergraduates.

Julie Ellis, equine lecturer at Moreton Morrell College said, “Tegan's dissertation is one of the first of its kind to look at what happens to equine biomechanics and gait during water treadmill exercise. Traditionally water treadmills have opaque sides so gait cannot be filmed or assessed during the exercise but thanks to the AquaIcelander treadmill installed in Moreton Morrell College’s Equine Therapy Centre - the first place in the UK to install this design of treadmill - we now have a glass sided treadmill that enables gait to be filmed and assessed.

“Long term information such as that found by Tegan, will revolutionise the equine industry's ability to prescribe water treadmill rehabilitation programmes, so we are all very proud of her and her achievements.”

Tegan is currently doing the McTimoney College MSc Animal Manipulation with her plan is to work as an equine therapist once she has completed the MSc.

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