Dressage rider recognised

Tayla McDonald riding her horse Don Qudos, also known as Pedro.

St Peter’s student Tayla McDonald has been recognised for her efforts in equestrian sport, being awarded the Dressage New Zealand Award as the highest-scoring rider under 21 years.

Riding Don Qudos, also known as Pedro, the 14-year-old earned the recognition after accumulating the most points over the season across several Equestrian Sports New Zealand events in the region.

Last year she was also credited under Dressage NZ’s Horse Sports Pony and Young Rider Amateur Top Ten League Award as the Top Score Rider in the North Island for 12 years and under.

She was then made part of the top 18 New Zealand under 21 riders team invited to join the Dressage New Zealand Young Rider Talent ID Squad for 2017/18.

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