Hannah Appleton rides Zactac Graceful at the Manfeild Agri-Stadium.

Team Massey rider learns from world's best

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Hannah Appleton is coached by Steffen
Peters, centre, and Trond Asmyr, right.

Hannah Appleton gained an insight into what will be required at the world young rider championships later this year, when she rode for two of the discipline's best at the International Equestrian Federation dressage forum at Manfeild.

The three-day event saw more than 300 people convene at the equestrian centre to hear from current world cup dressage champion Steffen Peters and recently appointed federation director of dressage Trond Asmyr.

The University co-hosted the forum with Dressage New Zealand. Over the first two days participants heard from University lecturers from the sports science and equine programmes.

Today was Massey high performance day, which saw Mr Peters and Mr Asmyr give one-on-one coaching to a number of elite riders, including Ms Appleton. The 19-year-old rider, in her second year of a Bachelor of Applied Science in agriculture and equine studies, is the only rider in Australasia who has qualified for the world young rider championships in Germany at the end of the year.

Mr Asmyr says Ms Appleton will come up against some very tough competition at the young rider championships. “But she rode very well today and looks to have a lot of talent.”

Equine programme leader Dr Chris Rogers says the event fits well with the University's commitment to advancing equine education.

“The response from those who attended the forum was overwhelmingly positive, with the 20-strong contingent from Australia especially pleased.”

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