About Us

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When it came round to writing her dissertation at university, what feels like many moons ago, Carys wanted to combine her 2 loves - fitness and riding, and chose the topic of rider fitness. It was whilst researching the topic that Cays realised very little was available for riders about how to improve their fitness. This was confirmed further when Carys started working as a Strength & Conditioning Coach for the English Institute of Sport helping prepare Team GB's athletes for Beijing & London. When she compared what was done in other sports with riding, it became a passion to do more for riders.

It was whilst working for the British Equestrian Federation that Carys met the rest of the ActiveRider team - Helen & Russell, both love combining their job with horses and riders. Together they set out to educate, inspire and motivate riders to be the very best they can be, and ActiveRider was born.

We look forward to improving your riding performance


Carys, Helen & Russell
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Carys Jackson

Carys has been working in the Sport and Exercise Industry for over 10 years, spending nearly 5 years working for the English Institute of Sport as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, helping athletes prepare for Beijing 2008 and London 2012. She currently works as a consultant for the British Equestrian Federation, working with their development riders. When not working, Carys likes riding, running, training and mooching about in the garden but most importantly spending time with her two gorgeous girls (Isla & Eloise), dog (Poppy) and of course hubby!! She eventide to advanced level, but now is busy focusing on her new project, her homebred 4 year old, Hetty, and the girl's pony, Biscuit

Russell Guire

In 2006, Russell became an Equinalysis Business Partner and carried out consultancy through Centaur Biomechanics using the Equinalysis system. Since then Russell has given presentations on the use and application of biomechanics and has spoken at over 100 venues throughout Europe and America. Russell has featured in many articles within the equine press and has written articles for leading magazines Your Horse and Horse and Hound.

Helen Mathie
Helen MSc BSc (Hons) MCSP HPC ACPAT A currently works as a physiotherapist for both riders and horses on the para-equestrian dressage World Class Development Squad.  She also works with the Performance squad riders and has accompanied them to the Beijing 2008, WEG 2010 and the London Paralympics 2012.
Helen graduated from Nottingham University in 1997 and then went on to train as a physiotherapist, graduating from St George's Hospital Medical School, London. Helen is dually qualified to treat both humans and animals having completed a MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2007.
Helen joined the World Class team in 2007. In addition Helen is a National RDA Classifier.
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