Meet the Team

Sandie Chambers - Director of Training and Development

Sandie Chambers has studied both Human and Equine sports science and has been the driving force behind Equitherm. Having spent almost her entire career in Equine sports and as seasoned Equestrian, places Sandie at the top in Equestrian Fitness and Performance. Sandie has managed some of Europes leading Equine & Leisure facilities and having trained horses for a number of International Show Jumpers and Dressage riders, has built up an impressive record and reputation for achieving exceptional results with clients and equine's from all sorts of competitive and non-competitive backgrounds.

Sandie initially trained in Equine thermograhty with definative experts Dr Tracy Turner and Dr Jim Waldsmith in California as well as advancing her knowledge with Andy Bathe of Rossdales and has continued support in the form of Dr Rachel Murray of the Animal health trust, she also holds a Level II certificate in Infrared thermography from the Infrared Institute and has conducted her own research using thermography, into the effects of training methods on the sport horse, the race horse in training, rehabilitation, maintainance of the equine, foot care and more. She has spent a number of years perfecting Equitherms training programme and has recently recruited individuals from the veterinary and Science field to complement the programme.


Dr Rachel Murray - Consultant Vet

Dr Rachel Murray - MA, VetMB, MS, Ph.D, Dip ACVS, Dip ECVS, MRCVS

Dr Rachel Murray is a veterinary surgeon with a particular interest in dressage horse injuries and performance. She is a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons, and has led a number of studies investigating sport horse training, injury and performance. She has published over 100 articles on orthopaedic problems in horses and is invited to lecture worldwide.

Rachel graduated in veterinary medicine from the University of Cambridge, before specialising in equine surgery. She spent 5 years working in the USA at the University of Missouri and Kansas State University before returning to England to become the equine surgeon at the University of Cambridge, and subsequently completed a Ph.D. investigating exercise-associated joint adaptation and injury in horses. She has been based at the Animal Health Trust since 1997, where she is in charge of the Equine Magnetic Resonance Imaging diagnostic service, runs the orthopaedic research group and remains involved in the clinical activities. Her research and clinical work is centred around sport horse training, performance and injury development, and application of advanced imaging techniques in the diagnosis of orthopaedic injury. She also works for the British Equestrian Federation, providing scientific advice for the British Equestrian teams and as a veterinary surgeon and Assistant Team Vet with the World Class Dressage squads.

Rachel was assistant vet for the winning British Dressage team during the the London 2012 Olympic games and was responsible for keeping the horses sound and injury free. Rachel had a big part to play in the British team success.


Isabelle Petit

Isabelle Petit (Izzie)

Izzie Petit works as research assistant to Equitherms Director of Training Sandie Chambers.

Izzie has an Equine Science degree from the Anglia Ruskin University and also a National Diploma in Equine Science. Izzie also holds a BHS level I, BHS Level II and also an AI level 5 certificate.

Izzie joined Equitherm Training in February 2014 as a part-time research assistant.

Izzie has, since joining the team, trained in Equine Themography and now holds a Licensee certificate and will also become a consultant for Equitherm.

As well as doing research for Equitherm Izzie will be soon seen teaching Cpd days on Applied Equine courses.

Izzie is a very sporty individual with a special interest in triathlons. Izzie has run the London Marathon and trains daily to improve her personal best.

Izzie is an enthusiastic member of the team and Equitherm are looking forward to seeing Izzie develop over the coming year.


Fi Luke

Fi has spent her entire life with horses, learning to ride at the age of two. By five years old she had set her heart on becoming a vet and so the next fifteen years were all about making that a reality. Fi has competed in showjumping and eventing through the pony club years and almost by accident fell into competitive endurance riding.  Fi spent a year in California training endurance horses and came back to the UK on the short list for the British team. Fi also undertook an equine massage course and qualified as an Equine Body Worker. Despite riding taking a back seat to her veterinary school studies Fi still managed to compete and place top ten in numerous races in America, Dubai and the UK. Upon graduating from Liverpool University in 2009 Fi spent the summer being team vet to AQ Endurance team. A very successful season saw them win team and individual silver medal at the Young Rider World Championships in Hungary and Individual silver at the Open European Championships in Italy. Fi then moved to Dubai for a year to work at Dubai Equine Hospital, first as an intern and then as field vet. This was an invaluable experience for her. Returning home Fi started work in a busy first opinion practice in Cambridgeshire. Fi's main interests lie in neonatal medicine and sports injury. Fi has two new young horses at home which she is looking forward to bringing them on in their respective endurance and showjumping careers.

Fi has worked for Equitherm as a consultant vet since March 2013, she is now a premanent placement in the Equitherm office on Thursdays and Fridays, as well as teaching some of our course material and helping to develop our progressive training programmes. Fi will be working along side Sandie Chambers to develop the Vettherm projects, which are currenlty being launched.

 


Andy Bathe - MRCVS - Equitherm Consultant Vet

Andy is a lameness-specialist veterinarian with a specialty in consulting on obscure or subtle lamenesses. He is a partner in the practice of Rossdale and Partners in Newmarket, and head of their Equine Sports Injuries Clinic. Andy originally supported Sandie during the early years of development. Andy has been supporting our Equitherm team in their programme development and has also agreed to allow our students to conduct research at Rossdales under Equitherm supervision. We look forward to an enduring relationship with Andy and his team.