About No Knots Equine Sports Massage Therapy
Nicole Skyrme ESMT
Nicole Skyrme's passion with horses began at the age of four when she was taken to her first ever riding lesson. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience working in competitive and professional environments with high level dressage horses, polo ponies, thoroughbred youngsters and at riding schools.
Nicole spent a vast majority of her younger years competing in various local unaffiliated show jumping events up to discovery level with her Newforest pony, Tinker, Thoroughbred mare, Megal, and partly with her ISH/Welsh D Milly. As she progressed into her mid teens, Nicole found her new passion in Dressage and embarked on a long journey retraining her jumping obsessed 13yo mare, Milly, into a dressage diva. She has competed up to Novice level with Milly, who has taken everything in her stride and progressed incredibly despite her age and previous injuries.
After attaining her A-level in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology, Nicole enrolled onto her first undergraduate degree in Equine Science in September 2017 at Oxford Brookes University and graduated with a First Honours degree in June 2020. Throughout this course, Nicole was able to deepen her knowledge in anatomy and physiology, behaviour, nutrition, breeding and performance physiology. Nicole believes that an up to date science and research based approach is essential to bring into the Equine world. Nicole was selected and given the amazing opportunity to present her dissertation research on the effect of head and neck positions on dressage scores in non-affiliated competitions in the UK at the Equine Student Conference in July 2020. Nicole hopes to complete more research in the future to really make a difference in the industry. Alongside her work as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Nicole is currently a postgraduate student, training to be an equine and canine veterinary physiotherapist at Writtle University and plans to become a Level 7 qualified veterinary physiotherapist and hydrotherapist by 2022 with a final research year to gain MSc level qualification.
Qualifications and achievements
2020 - present: MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy student
2020: Dissertation Research project presentation at the UK Equine Student Conference
2017-2020: 1st BSc(hons) Equine Science
2019: Qualified as a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist through the widely recognised, accredited and professional training program 'Equissage Europe'.
Currently holding over 20 hours over Continued Professional Development (CPD)