Chartered Physiotherapists Specialising in the Thoroughbred racehorse

Veterinary physiotherapy service for racehorses ONLY

Kate Hesse with Cracksman, joint World’s Best Racehorse 2018
Kate Hesse with Cracksman,
joint World’s Best Racehorse 2018
On Track Physiotherapy Ltd is based at the historic headquarters of horse racing, Newmarket England, providing physiotherapy services to Thoroughbred racehorses in training. It is headed up by chartered physiotherapist Kate Hesse BPhysio MSc MCSP ACPAT(A) who has been treating horses since 1997. Kate is assisted by Katharine (Kate) Stephens BSc (Hons) MSc MCSP ACPAT(A).

Australian born, Kate Hesse graduated from La Trobe University (Melbourne) in 1995 with a four-year Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhysio). Her early training in equine physiotherapy was predominantly with the Academy of Equine Sport Therapy in Germany. Moving to the UK in 2002, Kate qualified as a Category ‘A’ Member of ACPAT, the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy. In 2009 she attained a distinction in the Master of Science (MSc) degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

Also working in association with Rossdale and Partners Veterinary Surgeons, Kate and Kate treat horses at their equine hospital and in a number of racing yards in the Newmarket area. On a part-time basis they provide clinical education for the University of Liverpool’s PGDip/MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy programme with dedicated teaching days at the British Racing School. As an expert in the field, Kate Hesse regularly presents at conferences in the UK and abroad.


Nathaniel - courtesy of Thoroughbred Photography Ltd
Nathaniel, sire of dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Enable.
Courtesy of Thoroughbred Photography Ltd

Some noteworthy Group One winning champions with whom Kate Hesse has worked include:

  • Joint World’s Best Racehorse 2018, Cracksman (Champion Stakes 2017 and 2018, Coronation Cup 2018)
  • World’s Best Three-year-old 2018 and Cartier Horse of the Year 2018, Roaring Lion (Coral-Eclipse 2018, Irish Champion Stakes 2018, Juddmonte International 2018, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes 2018)
  • Persuasive (Queen Elizabeth II Stakes 2017)
  • Rizeena (Moyglare Stud Stakes 2013, Coronation Stakes 2014)
  • Cartier Champion Three-year-old Filly, Taghrooda (Epsom Oaks 2014, King George 2014)
  • Cartier Horse of the Year, Kingman (Irish 2000 Guineas 2014, St James’s Palace Stakes 2014, Sussex Stakes 2014, Prix Jacques le Marois 2014)
  • Nathaniel, sire of dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Enable (King George 2011, Coral-Eclipse 2012)
  • US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic winner 2010, Dar Re Mi (Pretty Polly Stakes 2009, Yorkshire Oaks 2009)
  • Aussie sensation, Starcraft (5 Group 1s across both hemispheres including the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes 2005)
  • Winner in a then record time of the 2005 Japan Cup, Alkaased (Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud 2005)
  • Epsom Derby winner 2004, North Light

Another major highlight in Kate’s career was her appointment as the official physiotherapist for Veterinary Services at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Further information on Kate Hesse
Further information on Kate Stephens


For information on qualifying as a veterinary physiotherapist in the UK, please visit Careers and Development at ACPAT.