Dr Kate Fenner

Lecturer in Equine Science

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science


Kate is a lecturer in equine science and her interests focus on equine behaviour, training and welfare. Following many years in industry, riding competitively, training horses and coaching riders, Kate returned to university to study equine science and then completed her PhD in horse behaviour and training (the University of Sydney). Her PhD project, the Equine Behavior Assessment and Research Questionnaire (E-BARQ) is the only validated horse behavioural assessment tool available to all horse owners around the world. As a citizen science project, the E-BARQ database continues to expand and forms a useful benchmarking tool for horse owners and riders. The E-BARQ data is also available for researchers and students to engage in collaborative projects investigating horse behaviour, training, maintenance and welfare.

Research Impacts

Kate's work on the council of the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) has revealed the importance of translating the sciencific findings to the grassroots horse owners and riders that are looking to improve rider safety and horse welfare.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney


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Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.