Centaur Biomechanics, founded by Russell Guire (BSc Hons.) is a company which specializes in horse and rider performance analysis. With the use of sophisticated software, namely Quintic, Centaur Biomechanics provides the industry with the latest methods and technology in performance analysis as a means of improving the health and performance of both the horse and rider. Russell graduated from Warwickshire College after studying a degree in Equine and Human Sport Science. Whilst studying Russell regularly competed his horses in show jumping and worked for Tim Stockdale and Di Lampard. He then workedon the continent for six months at the Young Rider Training Centre. Through his own experience he learned that horses have mechanical limits and pondered the question “Is there anything that can be done to prevent these mechanical injuries occurring”. To find out more Russell managed a rehabilitation centre for two years. Russell has always been fascinated with the horse’s limbs and structures therefore working in this field seemed a natural progression.
Russell is based in Warwickshire in Moreton Morrell, and currently offers services such as gait analysis, rider analysis, rider clinics, lectures, saddle analysis, product testing, undergraduate research and high speed analysis. Russell has spoken at 91 conferences worldwide and has carried out 37 leading research projects looking at saddle fit and design.
More recently Russell formed part of there search team designing and testing the Fairfax Girth on the run up to the 2012 London Olympics, the data from which has been published in the Equine Veterinary Journal. Russell has also carried out studies looking at studs, surfaces, rider position, and effect of weighted boots. In addition Russell has written numerous articles on horse and rider biomechanics for UK and International magazines and contributed words for leading books. Russell works with riders of all levels and has travelled to various countries, Canada, Latvia, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Italy working with horse and riders.
Russell currently works with the British Equestrian Federation offering gait analysis and works with team physiotherapists and farriers. Russell also works with the riders on the World Class Development Programme, in providing video analysis to all disciplines, dressage, show jumping, eventing, and Para dressage.
In 2011 Russell designed his own product range, Visualise, which includes gloves, training jackets, base layers and apps all of which have been designed to help riders improve their position and postural awareness. For more information and to look at articles and testimonials please look at www.centaurbiomechanics.co.uk or look on Facebook, Centaur Biomechanics.
Can-Am Main Arena
1) Biomechanics of the Horse & Rider for Sport – Looking at Jumping, Dressage, Reining & Effect of Tack, Surfaces & Gait Patterns
2) Exercises to Improve Biomechanics & The Effects of Rider Position.
3) Passage, Jumping or the Slide – Forces on the Horse for Specific Movements
1) Horse Anatomy, Biomechanics and How Training Affects the Horse.
2) Gait & Movement Pattern Issues Raised with High Speed Analysis
3) Rider Confidence and Biomechanics
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