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Dr Hobbs is employed at the university as a Reader in Equine Biomechanics and she teaches biomechanics at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. She is the research lead in equine biomechanics at the university and as such is responsible for development of local and international equine research collaborations. She is also the lead for the Research and Consultancy in Equine Surfaces (RACES) team at UCLan.
Dr Hobbs gained her PhD in 2006 in equine biomechanics. Her work involved developing instrumentation to measure internal hoof strain and using 3D motion capture techniques to track motion of the horse's forelimb. Eight years on she has developed a number of important collaborative links with equine research centres around the world including with Dr Hilary Clayton, formerly chair of the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center at Michigan State University, Dr Theresia Licka at Vetmeduni in Vienna, Dr Willem Back in the Department of Equine Sciences at Utrecht University, Prof Mick Peterson from the University of Maine, Prof Lars Roepstorff at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Dr Sandra Nauwelaerts at the University of Antwerp. As part of the RACES team Dr Hobbs works closely with colleagues from Anglia Ruskin University and Myerscough College and as a team they have built the first Orono Biomechanical Hoof Tester to be located in the UK in collaboration with it's designer Prof Mick Peterson. In her teaching Dr Hobbs usually incorporates aspects of horse and rider biomechanics and most of the techniques and theory that are used in her research work are directly transferrable to the applied biomechanics modules she delivers.
Hobbs, S.J., Baxter, J., Broom, L., Dagg, L.-A., Sinclair, J.K. and Clayton, H.M. (2014). Posture flexibility and grip strength in horse riders. Journal of Human Kinetics. 42:113-125. DOI: 10.2478/hukin-2014-0066.
Hobbs, S.J., Northrop, A., Mahaffey, C., Martin, J., Clayton, H.M., Murray, R., Roepstorff, L. And Peterson, M. (2014). Equine Surfaces White Paper. FEI Publications. http://www.fei.org/fei/about-fei/publications/fei-books.
Hobbs, S.J., Richards, J. and Clayton, H.M. (2014). Sagittal plane moments around the centre of mass in trotting horses. Journal of Biomechanics. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2014.02.024.
Curtis, S. Martin, J. and Hobbs, S.J. (2014). The hoof renewal time of Thoroughbred foals from birth. The Veterinary Journal. DOI:10.1016/j.tvjl.2014.04.012.
Internal examiner for 2 PhD, 1 MD and 1 MSc.
External examiner for 1 PhD by publication (University of Bristol) and 1 MSc (University of Edinburgh).
Currently supervising 3 MPhil/PhD students
Successful completions 3 MPhil/PhD (2 as DoS) and 5 MSc by Research completions (4 as DoS)
2013. Myerscough Research Conference, Lancs, invited speaker on the Equine Surfaces White Paper.
2013. Myerscough Mustad Conference, Lancs, invited speaker on the influence of footing on hoof mechanics.
2011. Myerscough Research Conference, Lancs, invited speaker on standing and reaching balance in horse riders.
2011. Alltech Conference, Hartpury College, keynote speaker on lower limb biomechanics.
2011. Havemeyer Symposium, invited speaker on torque about the centre of mass in horses, New Orleans, USA.
2006. Havemeyer Symposium, invited speaker on the development of 3D kinematic measurement techniques for horses, Costa Rica.