Sports Medicine Researcher Clayton Retires from MSU

Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, Dipl. ACVSMR, MRCVS, has retired from her long-held post as Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU), but says she'll still be active in the equine and research communities.

"I retired from my position at MSU at the end of March," she told The Horse. "I have definitely not retired from the equine world or from equine research, but after almost 40 years in academia and 17 years at MSU it was time for a change."

She said she'll continue to author books and give lectures and presentations.

Clayton also recently began a new venture, called Sport Horse Science LLC, with which she hopes to "bridge the gap between research and practice in equestrian sports and specifically to teach riders, trainers, and veterinarians to make use of new technology. We now have some equipment that's quick and easy to use that can be applied to improve riding, training, and lameness detection."

Also in her retirement from academia, Clayton—a United States Dressage Federation Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist—hopes to spend more time in the saddle and in the garden.

"After getting a hip replacement a couple of years ago I'm back to riding, and I have a young horse that I really enjoy," she said. "I also like gardening and look forward to spending more time in the garden—the weeds should be very afraid!"

Clayton's research interests center around equine locomotion and biomechanics, conditioning sport horses, and the interaction between rider and horse. During her tenure at MSU Clayton was the first Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at the school's Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center. Clayton has also successfully competed in Grand Prix dressage on the MSU-bred Arabian horse MSU Magic J.

About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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