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Sarah Jane Hobbs

Sarah Jane Hobbs

Equine Biomechanics

Sarah is a Reader in Equine and Human Biomechanics at the University of Central Lancashire

Sarah gained her Ph.D. in 2006 in equine biomechanics. Her work involved developing instrumentation to measure internal hoof strain and using 3-D motion capture techniques to track motion of the horse's forelimb. Since then she has developed a number of important collaborative links with equine research centres around the world. Sarah is currently working on the interaction of the centre of pressure and the centre of mass with Dr Hilary Clayton and Dr John Bertram. She is 1st author of the Equine Surfaces White Paper, now published by the FEI. She is exploring the functional consequences of uneven feet with Wim Back, Sandra Nauwelaerts and students from Utrecht University. As part of the RACES team Sarah works closely with colleagues from Anglia Ruskin University and Myerscough College and as a team they built the first Orono Biomechanical Hoof Tester to be located in the UK in collaboration with it's designer Prof Mick Peterson. Sarah is currently director of studies for three Ph.D. students; Simon Curtis, Danielle Holt and Lindsay St George and supports postgraduate students as a research degrees tutor for the Division of Sport Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at UCLan.

Key Skills


  1. Post Graduate Certificate in Research Supervision, University of Central Lancashire
  2. Doctor of Philosophy, University of Central Lancashire
  3. Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE, University of Central Lancashire
  4. B.Eng. (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Lancashire

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