Nikki Routledge MSc PGD BSc (Hons) EBW BHSAI Int SM
McTimoney Animal Therapist - 07890 968115
Nikki has ridden and worked with horses from an early age, competing regularly in showjumping, dressage and over the last 12 years in Endurance competitions up to International level. She completed the 100mile Golden Horseshoe event in 2000 on her previous horse, Moment of Justice, winning the award for the highest placed competitor taking part in the event for the first time, and in 2005 Nikki came a close second in the 120km (75mile) FEI race at Cirencester Park on her current top mare, Ca Shia Merishia. In 2007 and 2008, Nikki has completed the famous Golden Horseshoe Ride 160km (100mile) class, taking the Best Local Competitor award on both occasions. In 2009, Nikki competed in the Ride With The Stars 120km special ride, coming 59th from 119 starters, and in 2010 she completed the Golden Horseshoe 160km yet again! For up-to-date information on how this competition season is progressing look at www.mimi.me.uk
In her animal therapy practice, Nikki has a wide variety of equine clients from dressage horses, eventers and showjumpers not to mention top endurance horses, as well as the many pony club ponies, happy hackers and hunters, and she spends several days each week out on the road attending to those appointments. She has also worked with dogs for a number of years and trains her own dogs Paddy and Maisi. She has given lectures and clinics to dog training clubs around the South West and has been called upon to help out at shows. She is also called on to treat dogs working for the local shoots.
Over the last 10 years there has been an increasing demand for her Merishia Animal Massage Courses attended by over 600 students from various backgrounds, from beginners and horse/pet owners to qualified osteopaths, manipulators and vets, all of which have been well received and with very positive feedback. She also has a growing number of students on the saddlefitting course.
Nikki graduated with a 2:1 Honours degree in Equine Science at the University of the West of England in 1998 and qualified as a McTimoney Animal Therapist after successfully completing a two-year Post-Graduate Diploma at the McTimoney College, in Abingdon. Nikki has also completed her Master of Science degree in McTimoney Animal Manipulation. She is a qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, certified by Equinology in California, USA and as part of her training, Nikki spent a year working with various physiotherapists, aiding in the treatment of top racehorses, eventers, showjumpers and dressage horses. Nikki is also trained to BHSAI Int SM and has completed courses in Handstitching, Intermediate Bridlery and Repairs by the Cumbria School of Saddlery.
Nikki has written articles for and appeared in Your Horse, Endurance GB magazine, Horse Matters and Riding magazine and her book, Cat Massage is available in all good bookshops. In 2008, Nikki was called upon to help train reporter Adam Henson from BBC1 programme Countryfile, to tackle the two day 80km (50mile) class at the famous Golden Horseshoe endurance ride. Nikki appeared with Adam on several occasions on the programme and was featured riding to the finish of her 160km (100mile) class at the competition.
Our Additional Practical Tutor in Oxford.
Jo Rose McTimoney-Corley Animal Spinal Therapist (OCEPT)
Jo's upbringing helped to direct her to where she is today. Her father was a dairy farmer, and her mother used holistic methods to keep her family well. Growing up on a farm, Jo was fortunate enough to have a number of animals, including horses and dogs. She was an active member of the Pony Club, and competed regularly with her ponies and horses. On completion of her academic studies at the University of Sussex in the early 1990's, Jo moved to Newzealand, where she re-discovered the amazing health benefits of holistic therapies, firstly through Reiki. Three years later, Jo and her husband returned to the UK, where Jo trainined with National and International dressage rider; Lynsey Ryan. It was during this time that she began to bring Reiki in to her work with animals. From her late 20s, Jo went on to study a wide range of holistic therapies; most recently Animal Spinal Manipulation and Applied Equine Biomechanics. Jo has been helping people and animals with her holistic therapies since 1997, and has been running holistic training courses since 2004. She now has a busy practice working with both people and animals, as well as co-ordinating training courses in both people and animal based therapies. Jo runs many of the courses herself, but also has a network of specialist teachers, trainers and therapists who work with her. www.rose-therapy.co.uk