Sammy Finnemore BSc (Hons), PgDip (Vet Phys), MNAVP, AHPR Registered, Alumni Fellow
Sammy caught the riding bug at the grand age of 5 years old, and continued to spend every moment she could at her local riding stable. At 14, Sammy got her first pony Galaxy, and has owned a variety of horses since. After working hard through school, Sammy went on to study Equine Sport Science and Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, and graduated with a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in 2013. Sammy entered into the working world as a Groom, working for Preci-Spark event horses under Sarah Cohen where she gained invaluable experience about the management of performance horses up to 4* level.
After a break from horses to raise funds for further education, Sammy re-joined her career path in 2016 by undertaking postgraduate study at Harper Adams University. This involved in-depth study of anatomy and physiology, injury and disease, physiotherapy and rehabilitation techniques, followed by placements with approved NAVP physiotherapists to develop practical skills. Sammy was lucky enough to complete many additional placements with highly regarded therapists including Lisa Brooke, Nicky Desailly and Halina Tombs.
After 2 years of hard work, Sammy has graduated with a PGDip in Veterinary Physiotherapy with Distinction, the highest grading possible. She has been accepted into The National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists, created in 1985 to promote professional practice in the industry, and appears on the DEFRA lead Animal Health Professional's Register.
Sammy's main passion and love in live is her horse Misty. In their past, Sammy and Misty competed at Badminton Grassroots (now called The Mitsubishi Motors Cup) in 2015, the Blenheim Amateur Dressage Championship 2015, and more recently the BD Winter Dressage Championship in April 2018. Misty has been a large inspiration for Sammy after being diagnosed with a host of long-term issues including "Kissing Spines" and proximal suspensory desmitis (PSD) in 2015 . Through physical therapy work, and more recently an investment into Classical Dressage training, Groundwork and Wellness Training, Sammy has kept Misty sound and in consistent work. They continue to produce many red rosettes in the dressage field, and can regularly been seen competing in the Midlands with her partner Sam in tow as groom and photographer!