Meet the Team

Heather Hyde

Director of Studies

Tutor – Practical Bit and Bridle Fitting, Best Practice Consultant

Heather is the founder of Neue Schule and the NS Academy Director of Studies. Throughout her time running the Neue Schule Heather has created many innovative bits, including co-designing the award-winning Turtle range.  Having developed a love for horses in her early childhood, Heather went on to focus on retraining racehorses, especially those that required remedial work.  Heather owned and ran the largest stud in the north, housing 20 broodmares and 7 stallions. She also accepted visiting broodmares, was one of the first studs to use Artificial Insemination (AI) and embryo transfer in the area and worked with The National Foaling Bank, overseeing and facilitating many adoptions.  Throughout her time working with young horses, Heather developed a passion for starting and producing Dressage horses and trained with many top Dressage Trainers.  Before starting Neue Schule, Heather retailed for Sprenger, Myler, Abbey and many other brands. Heather started the first Bit Bank, allowing riders to trial bits before purchasing. Since starting the company Neue Schule, Heather has lectured globally, and has also Bit Fitted for many Olympic riders in every discipline.

Dr. Graham Cross BSc (Hons), PhD

Tutor – Mathematics, Resolved Bridle Forces, Lorinery Science

Until 2019, Graham held an Associate Professorship in the Department of Physics at the University of Durham after a career spanning 30 years. Dr, Cross has authored over 100 research publications as an academic researcher and lecturer, is the named inventor on a number of patents and has made a number of contributions to edited textbooks in the physical sciences. As an amateur equestrian, Graham competed in affiliated dressage and show jumping and became interested in the way that bits operated according to engineering principles when in the hands of the rider. He introduced the subject area now termed “Lorinery Science” and is the originator of many of the teaching materials used in the Academy courses.

DIPL. geophys. Christina Krajewski

Tutor – Mathematics and Lorinery Science

Christina Krajewski lives in Germany and holds a diploma in Geophysics. She has formal training as a teacher for Mathematics and Physics at grammar schools. In the equestrian field, she is a qualified veterinary assistant and has many years of practical experience coaching the eventing activities of her three daughters, the eldest of whom, Julia, is now a professional competing in the German national eventing squad and team silver medalist in the 2016 Olympic Games. Christina is the author of articles and publications about bitting principles for both popular magazines and scientific audiences. She acts a product specialist and distributor for The Neue Schule Academy bits in Germany.

DR. James Roxburgh, mrcvs, bvm&s, cert avp, pg (svs)

Tutor – Head and Mouth Anatomy, Biosecurity

Graduating from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College in 2012 with the Joe Frazer equine soft tissue award, James has since advanced his training in the field of equine veterinary dentistry. To date he has spent over 15 years achieving training and expertise to become a dedicated equine veterinary dentist.

In 2019 he achieved the RCVS advanced practitioner status in Equine Dentistry, completing his examinations through the University of Liverpool and passing the dental exam with distinction.  He is currently the only Advanced equine dental practitioner in the whole of the North East.  James has a specialist interest in oral extraction techniques and restorative dentistry.

Equine Veterinary Dentist was established in 2017 by James, a 100% dedicated equine dental practice based in North Yorkshire.

Tracy Bye, BSC (hons), MSc, SFHEA

Tutor – Bit Analysis Theory and Practice

Tracy graduated from the University of Central Lancashire (Myerscough College) in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) in Equine Science and Management. Tracy went on to work practically in the equine industry as a rider, coach, and trainer of young horses until she joined the team at Bishop Burton College as a Lecturer in Equine Science in 2011. Tracy worked at Bishop Burton for just short of nine years, and in that time led on numerous initiatives to support student learning and development, including the annual Equine Performance Conference.

Alongside her full-time job Tracy completed her MSc in Equine Science, graduating from the University of the West of England (Hartpury College) in 2018. Tracy’s postgraduate research project on the relationship between footedness and postural asymmetry in riders.

Tracy’s research focusses on horse and rider performance and biomechanics, including rider posture and balance, the effects of bits and bridles, and musculoskeletal conditions in the horse. Tracy has published in peer reviewed journals and has spoken at national and international conferences. 

Tracy is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFHEA) which is a professional standing in recognition of expertise in teaching and learning in Higher Education. Tracy is also an External Examiner for equine science degree programmes, and is committed to maintaining high standards in University education

Tracy currently splits her time between the University of Oxford, where she uses her skills and experience in teaching to provide educational leadership to staff delivering postgraduate courses in oncology, and Loughborough University where she is completing her PhD research on posture and balance in equestrian riders. Tracy is also a BHS Coach in Complete Horsemanship and still coaches a small number of private clients.

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