Prof. Lars Roepstorff
Lars Roepstorff graduated as a veterinary surgeon 1985. He has practised as an equine clinician both in private practice at different clinics and at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). He has worked closely to equestrian sports as national team vet and as lecturer in continuing education of professional trainers. He has headed the department of Equine Studies at SLU. His scientific work has been focused on biomechanical studies of equine locomotion with the overall aim to improve health and soundness and it comprises more than 80 scientific papers. Lars has been or is involved as supervisor in 11 PhD-projects, more than 50 bachelor/master theses within the veterinary, animal husbandry, equine studies and engineering programmes and has examined an equal number of student theses. He was chairman of the international committee for ICEL 2012 (International conference on Canine and Equine Locomotion) and has been a presenter and invited speaker on numerous scientific as well as sports conferences around the world.
In 2011 he became Professor of Equine Functional Anatomy and is today working with applied biomechanics in three different areas, development of tools for objective equine lameness diagnostics, horse-rider interaction and equine footings. Especially the footing research has lead to applications in the equestrian world. Based on the work FEI is on the way introducing a standard on how to quantify the the qualities of footings on high levels. Lars attended the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016 as FEI Footing Specialist evaluating the surfaces with the researched methods supplying organizers, riders and FEI with objective measures of the footing quality.