Dee is a former stable manager at an exclusive 5* Island Resort off the coast of Mozambique and was part of the small stables team at the London 2012 Olympics. Dee works with some of the best horse and rider combinations in the world, with three competing at Rio 2016, who all came home with gold medals. Dee has competed successfully to national level in showing, and trained abroad with an olympic dressage rider. Dee was also proudly funded by “Mars Refuel” in 2012 on an eventer she was riding.
Dee’s passion of horses and sport stems from aged two and she continued this enthusiasm in her academic pathway. Dee gained a ND BHS 1 & 2 at Writtle College, to graduate as an Equestrian Sports Science student at the prestigious Hartpury College. The degree focused on both human and equine anatomy, physiology, therapy and nutrition. She then completed the highly regarded International Therapy Examination Council Diploma in Equine Sports Massage, delivered by World Renown Veterinary Chartered Physiotherapist Mary Bromiley (MBE, FCSP, SRP, RPT). Dee is a fully insured Equine Sports Massage Association (ESMA) member and very proudly has the honored title of the ESMA Chairman.
Through volunteering in human soft tissue therapy to gain further experience, it became apparent that this was an area of great interest, working with various athletes from different sports, particularly elite rugby players and riders. Dee realised how overlooked soft tissue therapy was for the rider and its influence on the horses performance. Dee is a level four soft tissue therapist with the Sports Massage Association (SMA) and was personally examined by the head soft tissue therapist for London 2012 and the chairman of the SMA. Dee is also highly qualified in human and equine kinesiology taping and muscle energy techniques, as well as using deep oscillation therapy and thermal imaging which is often used as part of her treatment.
As a keen sports person herself, Dee works out regularly and understands the importance of a fit and healthy rider. Dee works on rider fitness, strength and performance with all her riders and provides tailored programmes for both the horse and rider. Dee previously produced a series for Horse and Hound – Rider Performance Programme of Exercises, which gained thousands of views for each (see ‘Resources’), it is something needed in the industry and something she is very passionate about.
Dynamic Sports Therapy is proudly sponsored by ‘Jo Hansford Photography’, ‘Orchard Marketing Associates’, ‘RockTape’ and ‘Perform Better UK’.
““Thank you so much to Dee for her knowledge and treatment. Riding at European level it’s really important that I look after myself as well as my horses. It’s easy to focus on the horses needs and forget about how your own imbalance could be affecting the horse. Dee looks at everything and is so thorough, I can’t recommend her highly enough for both horse and rider!”