Aboard Zactac Graceful, seventeen year old Hannah Appleton convincingly won the 2007 Lion Foundation New Zealand Young Rider Dressage Championship in Ashburton, New Zealand.
This is Appleton’s first season competing at avanced level and and looks to be following in the footsteps of her trainer, NZ Olympic dressage representative Kallista Field who also competed at Advanced level as a Young Rider.
The NZ Pony Dressage Championship was won by thirteen year old Blenheim rider, Nicola French on Bucktown Tumbledown Alex Hope (Tauranga) and Alexndra Jones (Wellington) both had a huge weekend winning two grade championship titles each and then combined as the North Island team to win the York Corporation Inter-Island Challenge Trophy.
Advanced riders Hannah Appleton & Amanda Goldsbury riding for New Zealand had to concede the TransTasman Trophy to their experienced Australian rivals Lilah Niewland and Jayden Brown. Brown, riding Gael Kofoed’s Il scored 70.4% to also win the Individual Derby title
NZ Young Rider Dressage Championships
- Preliminary Grade: WANDERING STAR,Alex Hope (Tauranga), 1, ALLELUJAH Alexandra Fauth (Christchurch) 2.
- Novice Grade: KIT KAT, Alexandra Jones (Wellington), 1, MR WENDALL, Bryony Telford (Otago)2
- Elementary Grade: J’ADORE ,Alexandra Jones, 1, PLAYGIRL II Kirsty Schist (Rangiora)2
- Medium Grade JK LUCALO , Philippa Bartrum 1 (Sth Canterbury)
- Open Medium Grade: ORANA AUSTRALIS, Alex Hope 1,CHAMPAGNE GLORY Amelia French, (Christchurch) 2
- NZ Young Rider Advanced Champion: ZACTAC GRACEFUL, Hannah Appleton (Nelson) 1, GLENURRET, Rebecca Goldsbury (Waipukurau) 2.
NZ Pony Dressage Championships
- Preliminary Grade SUMMER MAGIC Nico Radley 1, (Otago) ALLSORTS II Elise Blundell 2 (Sth Canterbury)
- Novice Grade: KIRKWOOD ANNABEL Melissa Parkes 1, (Marlborough) SILVER MEMORY, Hannah Johnston (Otago)2
- NZ Pony Championship BUCKTON TUMBLEDOWN Nicola French (Blenheim ) 1, FORGET-ME-NOT, Siobhan Fauth (Christchurch) 2
Photo copyrighted: Tarnia Srhoy