UCR - University Centre Reaseheath
University Centre Reaseheath

James Rayner

Advanced Practitioner and Lecturer

James holds an MSc in Equine Science from the University of Edinburgh, BSc (Hons) Equine Sport Science, PGCE and the British Horse Society Preliminary Instructors Certificate.

Prior to Reaseheath, James was Barn Manager and Research Assistant for an International Sport Horse Facility and Research Centre in the United States and won the prestigious British Equestrian Federation MAREC Internship in 2012. While at the MAREC James undertook research in Equine Nutrition, Pasture Management, Reproduction and Foaling, Equine Microbiology, Exercise Physiology and Genetics and has undertaken research at a number of institutions including the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth.

Practically, James has worked on several large scale Competition yards and Studs in both the UK and Europe including study at The Brandenburg State Stud at Neustadt (Dosse), Germany. He has previous experience training and competing in Eventing and Advanced Level Dressage in addition to competition experience of foals and youngstock in National Futurity Sport Horse Events and Breed Registries.  Passionate about engagement with research led initiatives, James is keen to connect equine land managers and horse owners with the latest science-based information promoting equine and environmental wellbeing and regularly involves Further and Higher Education students with a variety of industry related experiences to develop their employability skills.

James is a Trustee for the University of Lincoln Students Union and on the organisational committee for the North West Regional Dressage Championships, in addition to involvement with the British Equestrian Federation’s National Equine Forum.

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Research Interests

  • Equine Nutrition and Development.
  • Pasture Management.
  • Equine Reproduction.
  • Equine Microbiology and Genetics.
  • Innately curious about most things equine!

 

Lapinskas, S. Rayner, J. Roberts, R. Wooley, C. Splan, R. and Hess, T.M. (2015) Seasonal effects on pasture and a group of mares with metabolic syndrome Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (35) 383-391

Equine Science Courses

Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land-Based Studies)

1 Year

Full-Time

Equine Science

HND in Animal Management (Equine Management)

2 Years

Full-Time

Equine Science

Foundation Degree in Equine Training and Rehabilitation

2 Years

Full-Time

Equine Science

BSc (Hons) in Equestrian Sports Performance

3 Years

Full-Time

Equine Science

BSc (Hons) in Equine Bioveterinary Science

3 Years

Full-Time

Equine Science

BSc (Hons) Equine Behaviour and Welfare (Top-Up)

1 Year

Full-Time