Centaur Biomechanics Clinics


Book a spot on the next available clinic with Dr. Russell MacKechnie-Guire of Centaur Biomechanics hosted by Sarah.


We will do our best to accommodate you and will send you an email confirming your timeslot.

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I’m hosting elite equestrian biomechanist and researcher Dr. Russell MacKechnie-Guire for a rider biomechanics clinic.

Become a better rider, improve your position and improve your performance with a Centaur Biomechanics 1 to 1 rider biomechanics session. These sessions are evidence based using state of the art technology. The session will focus on evaluating the horse and rider and then using specific exercises, improve the rider’s position and the horse’s way of going. Correct rider biomechanics (position) is essential to optimise the horse’s way of going and consequently, horse and rider performance.

Location is at Woodside Equestrian Centre, Forest Road, Horsham, RH12 4TF. He usually starts at 09:000, so the sessions will be between 0900-16:30. Sessions are £60, plus £20 for the school hire and an optional £5 for a digital video upload. Contact me on messenger or via email at info@sarahsjoholmpatience.com to enquire.

For the Centaur Rider Biomechanics sessions, riders will be asked to wear a Visualise Training Jacket, at the same time markers will be placed on the horse and rider. Both the jackets and markers are used to quantify the rider’s position. Riders will then be asked to ride through a standardised exercise test at which point footage will be taken using our high-speed cameras.

Following this, the various movements from the exercise test will be analysed and discussed with the rider whilst in the arena. Any movement asymmetries observed will be recorded on a user-friendly report which the riders can take home and share with their home team (coach. Physio, therapist etc.).

Throughout the second part of the session, riders will go through a series of exercises addressing and improving any of the observed movement asymmetries. With the use of instant video feedback and coaching delivered biomechanical cues riders will improve their biomechanics which will have an influential effect on the horses way of going. Riders leave with a written feedback from detailing the sessions findings and exercises.

These sessions are open to riders of all levels from riding club through to Olympic/Paralympic level. For new riders, riders will go through our standardised assessment and for returning riders sessions can be tailored to more complex movements, lateral work, half pass, pirouettes and jumping etc.

All biomechanics sessions are performed by Dr. Russell MacKechnie-Guire.

  • Founder of Centaur Biomechanics
  • Provider of biomechanical analysis to four National Federations, High Performance teams
  • Published over thirty-five peer reviewed scientific papers on horse-saddle-rider interaction
  • Written almost 100 articles on horse and rider biomechanics
  • Featured on the BBC, FEI TV and Radio
  • BSc honours Degree in Equine and Human Sports Science and PhD in biomechanics (horse & rider)
  • Sought after presenter, presenting his research on horse, saddle and rider interaction all over the world
  • Equestrian coach and rider
  • Fully insured, First Aid and CRB checked


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