Kiwi takes on world's best young dressage riders

December 8, 2009

Hannah Appleton and her horse ZacTac Graceful have arrived safely in Germany, ready to tackle the world's best riders at the Dressage Young Rider World Cup in Frankfurt later this month.

Appleton, who is studying a Bachelor of Applied Science in

Hannah watches as ZacTac Graceful is loaded on to the plane bound for Frankfurt.
agriculture and equine studies at Massey University, is the only rider in Australasia to qualify for the prestigious event, after qualifying in the young rider final at the Horse of the Year show earlier in the year.

The FEI World Cup Dressage for Young Riders is a competition at the FEI Young Rider level comprising of qualifying Young Rider events and a final. The final takes place in Frankfurt on December 17 to 20.

As part of her preparation for the world cup she had the opportunity to train and test in front of the current world cup winner Steffen Peters and FEI director of dressage Trond Asmyr at the FEI regional forum, held in Feilding.

Hannah Appleton and ZacTac Graceful
The Team Massey programme gave Appleton the opportunity to draw on the University's equine expertise in helping prepare her horse for the trip.

Based at the Manawatu campus, Team Massey aims to achieve academic and equestrian excellence by providing young elite riders with the opportunity to combine their university study with top-level equestrian training and competition.

The students accepted into the programme are supported and mentored by an internationally recognised group of riders and coaches, equine nutrition and physiotherapy experts and human performance specialists.