Chartered Physiotherapists Specialising in the Thoroughbred racehorse

Veterinary physiotherapy service for racehorses ONLY

Nathaniel - courtesy of Thoroughbred Photography Ltd
King George and Coral-Eclipse winner
courtesy of Thoroughbred Photography Ltd
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).
Kate Hesse with Cockney Rebel
Kate Hesse with Cockney Rebel
Dual Classic winner
courtesy of
Thoroughbred Photography Ltd

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.


Kate Hesse, chartered physiotherapists specialising in the Thoroughbred racehorse and her dog BearKate Hesse’s specialisation is flat racing. Some noteworthy champions with whom she has worked include the Clive Brittain trained dual Group 1 winner Rizeena (Moyglare Stud Stakes 2013 and Coronation Stakes 2014); and the John Gosden trained Cartier Champion Three-year-old Filly Taghrooda (The Epsom Oaks and King George 2014), Cartier Horse of the Year Kingman (four time Group 1 winner 2014), Nathaniel (King George 2011 and Coral-Eclipse 2012), and multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi who triumphed in the US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic in 2010. Kate was involved in the care of dual classic winner Cockney Rebel, victorious in 2007 in both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas. In 2005 she attended the Breeders’ Cup in New York City with Aussie sensation Starcraft and treated Alkaased leading up to his win in the Japan Cup. She was also involved with North Light at the time of his victory in the 2004 Epsom Derby. 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.