Practitioners we recommend and work with

At Elite Performance & Recovery, we believe that health and athleticism is just as important in the equestrian athlete as it is in any other performance sport. It is our mission to educate the equestrian community on the importance of health and well being in the rider as well as the importance of strength and conditioning training in improving performance and preventing injury.


We know that to achieve the best from our horses, we need to work in unison with them. Therefore, we look at the biomechanics of the rider both mounted and on the ground to assess their strength, stability and flexibility. Following assessment, a combination of manual therapy and exercises are used to achieve the best results for horse and rider.


Elite Performance & Recovery offers osteopathic services to riders at any level and may assist with riders who:

  • Would like assistance with improving their riding fitness and physical ability
  • Would like assistance with improving performance at home or in competition
  • Are experiencing pain or restriction during or after riding
  • Are coming back into riding after injury
  • Are experiencing difficulties with their riding or behavioural difficulties with their horse when riding
  • Are experiencing issues with inconsistent contact, trouble picking up the canter on the correct lead or losing the shoulder or hind quarters particularly in one direction


Layne Shepherd is an enthusiastic osteopath based in the southeast suburbs of Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Health Science/Applied Science (Osteopathy) as well as a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences. Spending time also working with the Richmond Football Club in the AFL, Layne understands the physical demand put on high-level athletes and the training required to perform at this level. Layne wants to extend this knowledge to the equestrian athlete and assist riders to perform at their best.

Layne has ridden horses since the age of 10 and in the past few years taken a special interest in eventing, competing and studying the athleticism required to perform in such a sport.


  • Bachelor of Health Science/Applied Science (Osteopathy)
  • Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences
  • Myofascial Dry Needling and Cupping​
  • Certified Level 1 Sports Trainer
  • Strength Training for Allied Health Professionals


Dr Layne Shepherd (Osteopathy)

BHlthSc/BAppSc(Osteo), BAnVBioSci

Member of Osteopathy Australia


M: 0468 653 687


Emerald Pilates

Di Dall’Oglio

Hello there! I have been teaching exercise and movement to people since 1993 – from an Aerobics instructor, to Level 4 Australian Pilates Method Association Pilates teacher, now running my own studio, Emerald Pilates, and so much in between! My journey has been fun, and I feel that I have found what I never knew I was always looking for – really helping people to be great at life, through the magic of Pilates.

To me, Pilates is the fountain of youth – it slays the ageing demon. We can be 50 ++ and live in a 25-year-old body. It can help anyone, and everyone. Endurance/trail riding is something that I love – I also love anything to do with being outside and moving my body.

I have many clients that are horse riders and have helped all of them improve – from dressage to endurance, pony club to high level eventers.  Pilates makes you strong, mobile and gives you awareness of your body – when you ride – you have your horse and your external environment to be aware of – we may leave out the importance of our own body -  sometimes we are unaware what our body is doing when we ride and how this affects our horse. I teach how to develop habits of great posture and unconscious awareness, so you don’t have to think of this as much when you ride – it becomes “automatic”.

I believe that all riders need to work on being strong so they can support their horse through any kind of training or leisure. Having a horse is such a blessing – a pleasure – we love them like family – when you do Pilates you are not only giving to yourself, you are giving to your horse.

I would love to work with you - find me at the contact details below:


Emerald Pilates

Shop 5; 5-7 Kilvington Drive

Emerald Vic 3782

PH: 0407 049 478.