About Rachel Williams
Rachel is a fully qualified and practising Equine Sports Massage Therapist. She graduated from the University of Southampton with an honours degree in Zoology, and subsequently completed a diploma in Equine Sports Massage at the 'Institute of Complementary Animal Therapy'. In addition to massage, Rachel has a post-graduate Masters degree in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling at the University of Southampton, giving her an understanding of both behavioural and physical problems.
Rachel is an advanced endurance rider which gives her an excellent understanding of the athletic horse. She has a wealth of experience of working with horses and has treated a wide range from the elderly companion horse to the top competition horse, from novice dressage horses to advanced endurance horses. Rachel has also worked on horses suffering from conditions such as navicular disease, arthritis, ligament injuries and stress fractures. She generally works on horses in their own yard, but has attended events with her clients and massaged horses at British Dressage, British Eventing and major Endurance GB race ride competitions.
Rachel had her first pony, Peanuts, when she was 5 years old. She was taught to ride by her Mum, Debbie Williams BHSAI, and was a member of the South Hereford and Ross Harriers Pony Club. Rachel has owned her current pony Midnight Star since 1995 and together they have competed successfully at hunter trials, working hunter pony and show jumping. Rachel and Star started competing in endurance in 1997. Together they have won an array of awards at competition, club and EGB national level, including 6th Junior National Champion. In 2014 Midnight Star won his 5600km distance award with EGB. Rachel has ridden family and friends horses including successfully competing her Mum’s horse, Kazak Sunburst, in endurance. She has also worked with endurance riders, crewing for them in major race rides.