Grace Thomson

Dressage Rider

Dressage rider, studying student and perfectionist.

I chose dressage because you have to be precise and organised and that’s who I am. It’s also why I moved to Hagley. I can be in control of my learning here. When I first came, I sat down with the Deputy Principal and worked out a programme that helped me combine my riding and study. At my old school I had to choose one or the other, and would have had to sacrifice my riding.

I’ve just spent four weeks in New York grooming for the NZ Dressage representatives for the World Equestrian Games. Without the ability to control my learning at Hagley this experience would not be possible. My goal is to compete Dressage internationally, although it’s difficult to set long term goals because horses are unpredictable. My short-term goal is to get UE, and that’s a certainty.