Equestrians often don't give themselves enough credit, horse riding in all its disciplines is a challenging sport. Much time and effort is put into one half of the team, the horse, while little attention is given to the fitness and strength of the rider. Horse riding is a partnership, and if the rider is under-performing due to injury, poor fitness or strength, the team will be let down, no matter how good the horse you're riding.
We also believe that you rarely would look at one half of the partnership in isolation. If your horse is injured, sore or under-performing, the rider should also be assessed to determine if there are any issues that may be contributing to the horse's symptoms. Likewise, an unbalanced horse may contribute to issues with the rider's seat and posture leading to a perpetuating cycle where both horse and rider are under performing and the risk of injury to one or both is increased.
Our vision is to provide a full service offering for both horse and rider. Working closely with other health professionals, riding coaches and vets, our aim is to have you and your horse performing at your best.
B.APP.SC (PHYSIOTHERAPY) - University of Sydney
LEVEL 1 - 2 ANIMAL PHYSIOTHERAPY (EQUINE) - Australian Physiotherapy Association
CERP - EQUINE REHABILITATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM - University of Tennessee
Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)
APA Animal Physiotherapy Group
Kristin went for a 1 hour trial ride in Centennial Park when she was 10 years old, enough time to convince her that this horse riding business was for her. 9 years and several horses of her own later, she went into her physiotherapy degree with the notion that one day she would apply these skills to horse and rider.
Kristin graduated from the University of Sydney in 2005 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy. Since graduating she has worked predominately in private practice in the fields of musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, across practices in Sydney and London. She has also worked with the British Ministry of Defence whilst living abroad in the UK.
Her sporting experience has included work with various sporting teams, including several years working with the Australian National and NSW Rugby League Referees Association and as the head physiotherapist for the UTS Australian Rules Football Club.
Kristin is experienced in treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, and has a particular interest in lower limb, back and pelvic conditions, problems all too familiar to the equestrian athlete. She has undertaken post -graduate training in clinical pilates, dry needling, biomechanics, muscle energy techniques and kinesio taping.
Kristin has completed post-graduate training with the Australian Physiotherapy Association to gain her Level 1 and 2 qualifications in equine physiotherapy. She has also completed the Certificate in Equine Rehabilitation Program through the University of Tennessee, a post-graduate training course for physiotherapists and veterinarians. As part of this training Kristin travelled to the USA to complete practical training with some of the United States' top veterinary and physiotherapy specialists in equine rehabilitation.
Kristin is presently on maternity leave.
B.App.Sc (PHYSIOTHERAPY) Hons - University of Sydney
Level 1-2 Sports Physiotherapy - Australian Physiotherapy Association
Level 1 Spinal Physiotherapy - Australian Physiotherapy Association
Australian Physiotherapy Association
Sports Physiotherapy Australia
Muscuoloskeletal Therapy Australia
Animal Physiotherapy Group
Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapists of Australasia
Annabel has over 25 years of riding experience and can’t imagine a life without horses! She initially was a keen participant at Pony Club before branching into pure dressage initially, then making a complete change of direction to showjumping, competing in this field for the last 12 years. Annabel was also a keen dancer as a teenager, and this led her to the field of physiotherapy and pilates.
She graduated in 2009 from Sydney University with First Class Honours, with her thesis on ankle injuries. Since that time, Annabel has worked mainly in private practice, with a specific focus on sporting injuries. She has particular experience in shoulder, pelvic and lower limb injuries, which are all areas where she has experienced injury herself as a rider.
Annabel has a varied range of sporting experience, working with Sydney University Rugby Club and as the head physiotherapist for St Aloysius School in Sydney and the NSW AFL Referees Association. She has also been the physiotherapist for dancers at Northbridge Dance Centre, including those who have gone onto full time dance careers. She has established her own equestrian clinic on the Central Coast, having identified a need for specific therapy for riders in this area.
Annabel is currently undertaking her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy through La Trobe University and has also undertaken post graduate training in treating the sporting hip, shoulder, spine, knee, foot and ankle, Mulligans method and sports taping.