Our nutrition team are amongst the very best in the country and is led by our Research & Development Manager Clare Barfoot BSc (Hons) RNutr who works closely alongside our Director of Science, Dr Pat Harris MA PhD DipECVCN VetMB MRCVS, who heads up the WALTHAM Equine Studies Group. Pat is a world renowned expert in the field of equine nutrition and frequently lectures internationally on how nutrition affects welfare, behaviour and performance. We also have an extremely experienced team of field based nutritionists which allows us to work with owners, riders and trainers on an individual basis. This team is split into Thoroughbred Specialists, Competition Nutritionists and Leisure Nutritionists so that their knowledge can be focused. Meet the team;
Sam - Thoroughbred Specialist
Prior to joining WINERGY Equilibrium, Sam completed a degree in Animal Science and is accredited with the Association for Nutrition. Sam completed her dissertation on The Nutritional Factors that may have an Effect on Postpartum Growth and she has worked in numerous studs in the UK and France.
Kay - Thoroughbred Specialist
Kay has been brought up in the racing industry and was Assistant Trainer to her father who was a permit holder for 25 years which gave her a good insight in how to feed and train racehorses. Kay has worked as an Equine Nutritionist for 12 years and is now enjoying her role as a dedicated Racing Nutritionist enabling her to provide the best support and up to date information to her Racehorse Trainers.
Karon - Thoroughbred Specialist
Karon has worked in the Racing Industry for 28 years, 24 of which were as Head Girl or Assistant Trainer, in both flat and national hunt yards. Karon has an Honours degree in Equine Science from Bishop Burton College and in recent years has enjoyed her role as a Racing Nutritionist for WINERGY Equilibrium.
Yvonne - Competition Nutritionist
Yvonne is originally from Germany and has worked on both dressage and showjumping yards where she particularly enjoyed producing young horses before moving to the UK to study. Yvonne then completed her Equine Science degree and went on to work for one of GB's top showjumpers. Yvonne gained fantastic experience working in stud and racing yards in Australia, specialising in yearling prep. She then went on to work back in showjumping in the UK prior to joining WINERGY Equilibrium.
Vanessa - Competition and Leisure Nutritionist
Vanessa grew up in a horse mad family and graduated from Warwickshire College with an Equine Studies degree in 1999 alongside which she successfully evented her own horse up to advanced level. Since then she has worked as Head Girl in a top event yard and worked full time in big flat racing yards in Newmarket. Prior to starting with WINERGY Equilibrium, Vanessa spent 9 years working in equine research at the University of Cambridge whilst still galloping flat racehorses every morning.
Jane - Leisure Nutritionist
Jane is a registered BHSII and has evented to 1* level on horses she has produced herself. She regularly competes in British Dressage and British Showjumping and has been champion WHP at the Royal Highland and BSPS championships, having also competed at both HOYS and RIHS. Previously, Jane worked as a coach at Gleneagles and understands the needs of leisure and competition horses across all disciplines.
Isabel - Leisure Nutritionist
Isabel has been a nutritionist at WINERGY Equilibrium for over 15 years and worked with all varieties of horses and owners from professional competitors representing British Teams, aspiring amateurs and leisure riders alike. A BSc in Equine Studies alongside many years of experience working on yards, riding her own horses and supporting competition venues enables her to understand and empathise with the many challenges facing horse owners every day.
Gina - Leisure Nutritionist
Gina holds a BSc Equine Science degree from Oxford Brookes University, following which she worked in recruitment whist enjoying her own horses as her hobby. Gina then joined WINERGY Equilibrium and became a Careline Nutritionist prior to becoming a Leisure Nutritionist where she can relate fully to the leisure horse owner being one herself. Gina enjoys all disciplines with her own horse Galaxy and her cob Colin.
Dominique - Technical Sales International
Prior to university where Dominique studied modern languages she competed her own horse in novice eventing. She has also worked in many top yards and has groomed at Blenheim, Badminton and Burghley for Izzy Taylor and gained her Elite Groom Certification from The British Grooms Association. Post university, Dominique worked in advertising and sponsorship sales, managing accounts across West Africa, Latin and Central America, the Middle East and Europe before coming to WINERGY Equilibrium in 2015.