Staff profile

Jane  Hart

Jane Hart


Lecturer in Equine Performance - specialising in performance and training associated modules.
Equine Academy Coach
Veterinary Physiotherapist - (specialism - targeted training)


Having had enormous opportunities which included show jumping to an International level whilst still living in Zimbabwe, I came to the UK to continued my equine career. I 'cut my teeth' in the UK doing the BHS II(T) qualification and gained a great deal of 'hands on' experience in a couple of dealing yards. I then had the good fortune to ride for owners including Lars Hedin in Sussex for whom I produced and competed on novice to Grade A horses. Competing full time at a good level on the county circuit enabled me to qualify for high profile classes such as the Ladies at Windsor, and I competed at the Horse of the Year show on three consecutive years. This invaluable experience of producing young show jumping horses, plus competing at a high level, has given me the tools to understand industry demands and specialise in both riding and equine performance training within many of the programmes we deliver. This practical knowledge opened up the opportunity to further my coaching skills, and having undertaken the UKCC Level 3 coaching qualification with British Showjumping, I appreciate the importance of good coaching. I am fortunate enough to have developed a broad client base and apply these skills when training and working with competition horses in the local area. This is an important aspect of keeping current within industry which ultimately benefits the students, as I often integrate clients into the academic delivery as 'real' case studies.

I strongly feel that having had the opportunity to undertake the Postgraduate Veterinary Physiotherapy qualification has made me a better coach as it has enhanced my awareness of the importance of correct developmental training and promoting 'Pre-hab' rather than 'Rehab'. Ultimately this is in the quest for 'training without consequences' -- and since the development of the Writtle Equine Academy, this is a message I hope to strongly embed as a training ethos within the squad whilst taking their skills to the next level!

Underpinning this with development courses such as the BS Club course builder qualification, studying the Equine Body Worker qualification and working alongside the plethora of 'in-house' experts in a variety of fields, allows me to join a strong and professional equine team inspired to deliver a well rounded package to the students.


Qualified NAVP Veterinary Physiotherapist
Postgraduate diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy
BSc (Hons) Equine Studies
UKCC Level 3 British Showjumping Coach
BS Club Course Building
BHSII(T) non registered

Subject Areas

Influencing Equine Performance
Husbandry Skills
Rider Fitness and Performance
Saddle Fitting and Farriery
Extrinsic Factors Affecting Performance
Introduction to Equine Therapy
Equine Rehab and Performance
Coaching Practice
Rider influence
Dissertation supervision


Coordinating student research - supported by trials and latest technologies

Collaboration with International companies specialising in saddle development, laser and AMG equipment in order to further research opportunities for student and personal studies.