IH Magazine Writers

Zoë Smith- IH Magazine Editor

Zoë Smith is a freelance writer and editor with a First Class BA (Hons) degree, two diplomas from the London School of Journalism, and TEFL/TESOL teaching qualifications. Specialising in travel writing, her 10-year freelance career has included working as a guidebook researcher for the Rough Guides, web content provider for Viator and TripAdvisor, and writing for Journeys magazine, CNN go, and the Telegraph.

Editing the Intelligent Horsemanship magazine brings together her love of writing with her passion for horses. As a dedicated horse owner, Zoë completed her Monty Roberts Introductory Certificate of Horsemanship in 2015 and continues to further her knowledge by training in classical dressage, attending a wide range of clinics, and competing in TREC, endurance, and showjumping.

Dr Jessica Kidd
Equine Surgeon

Dr. Jessica A. Kidd BA, DVM, CertES(Orth), Dipl ECVS, MRCVS attended veterinary school at Purdue University in the States followed by two years in mixed practice in New England. After this she completed an internship at a referral racehorse hospital in Ocala, Florida and then returned to the UK to complete an equine surgery residency at the University of Bristol. This was followed by time as a surgery lecturer at the University of Glasgow’s veterinary school followed by holding the position of the University Equine Surgeon at the University of Cambridge. She then spent seven years in private practice as the surgeon at the Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn, Berkshire which had a hospital population of racehorses, performance horses and pleasure horses and is currently an external surgical consultant to multiple practices.

She has presented veterinary presentations at national and international meetings, has taught numerous CPD courses for other veterinary surgeons on specialised equine subjects and was an examiner for the RCVS certificates six times. She holds the RCVS certificate in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics), is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is an RCVS and European recognised specialist in Equine Surgery. Her areas of interest are both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, diagnostic imaging and investigation of lameness cases as well as neonatology and care of the pregnant mare. She is the chief editor of a new Atlas of Equine Ultrasonography which was published in 2015. She is a keen motorcyclist and one of the original members of the Horsepower CPD team which has already raised over £500,000 for charities to provide on going funding for both working equids and disabled children.


Dr Veronica Fowler-PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons): Research Scientist

Dr Veronica Fowler (PhD, MSc, BSc Hons), has spent more than 17 years leading research projects in the field of animal health and welfare, and has published more than 25 scientific papers in peer review journals, including the only two which have scientifically evaluated Monty Roberts’ methods using Monty as the trainer.

Dr. Veronica Fowler possesses an MSc in Equine Science and PhD in Virology. She has held scientific roles both at veterinary institutes (The Pirbright Institute and Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency) and non-government organisations (The Brooke) involved in veterinary based capacity development in developing countries. Veronica spent ten years working on large budget translational science projects primarily concerned with development and assessment of next generation novel molecular vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and their associated diagnostic tests.

Veronica is extremely passionate about progressing understanding of animal welfare using high quality scientific research, but is very concerned that poor scientific studies are being published in increasing numbers, and are being further disseminated in the equine press as fact without critique. In her new column, Veronica will break down some of the most talked about equine science studies and give Intelligent Horsemanship members a unique insight into why sometimes conclusions are much less conclusive than we might think…

Dr David Malin: Scientific and Equine Consultant

I  am a PhD physiologist and biochemist with over 25 years experience in academia, industry and consulting. I didn’t start riding until I was at University (unless pony rides at Greenwich Park in London count). I have to thank a University friend Tanya Draude for convincing me to try riding bareback on a lovely Piebald Cob called Reg. I spent some time training with Judy Harvey (rider, trainer, BHS Fellow, early career trainer of Charlotte Dujardin) to whom I am also immensely grateful for really teaching me how to sit on a horse!

In 1985 I was given the opportunity to do a PhD at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket with Dr David Snow and Dr Roger Harris. I ran the first UK horse high speed treadmill study. Dr Pat Harris (WALTHAM, Spillers, Mars) was also a contemporary and we published a number of papers together. In 1989 I left the AHT to work for Luca Cumani (Newmarket racehorse trainer). Frankie Dettori joined the yard shortly after as an unknown apprentice and we often played football together (Frankie liked to play in goal).

In 1992 I returned to the AHT and became Head of Physiology and a Senior Scientist. In 2005 I left the AHT to setup various companies and run my own consulting business. My clients (that I can talk about) have included companies such as Polar, Haygain, Flair Nasal Strips, Spillers, Waltham, Pure Feed, Lincoln and HRP, Equilibrium Products to name a few.

Some of the notable studies I have run or been involved with include:

  • Atlanta Olympics Heat & Humidity Research
  • Advising the horse industry on equine transport
  • Lobbying the EU with WHW on welfare in horse slaughter transport
  • Consulting for the British Racing industry on horse welfare
  • Consulting for the FEI on horse welfare
  • Climate management for Beijing 2008
  • Consultant to British Teams 1994-2011
  • Member of the BEF World Class Performance Scientific Advisory Group 2006-2011
  • Scientific evaluation of Monty Roberts training methods
  • Review of thermal conditions during transport regulations for DEFRA
  • Consultant to WHW on watering advice for horses
  • Review of exercise and training material for BHS exams

I currently hold the academic position of Professor in Physiology at Oklahoma State University. I am the author of over 200 scientific papers and book chapters. I am past Chair of the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) and editor of scientific journal Comparative Exercise Physiology. I am also the author of Equine Exercise Physiology (Blackwell) and author of the Pony Club book All Systems Go.


Dr Rosie Jones-McVey PhD:
IH Recommended Trainer

Dr Rosie Jones-McVey has been working with problem horses since she was a young teenager, and became the youngest ever Recommended Trainer of Intelligent Horsemanship at the age of 21.  In September 2012 Rosie and her wife set off on an eight month trip, starting in India and finishing in Argentina visiting horse people from every walk of life as they went. Her blog was read by over 10,000 people and featured in a number of magazines both at home and along the way. The blog was turned into a book called Globetrotting which was released in late 2015

Rosie has completed an anthropology PhD at Cambridge University investigating British horse/human relationships and has recently been teaching anthropology at Cambridge University, specialising in human-animal relations and ethics.  Rosie has just started in her new role as a Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge University studying animal assisted therapy and British teenage mental health. Rosie manages to  squeeze horse training into the university holidays and always prioritizes teaching on Intelligent Horsemanship courses


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