In 2018 for the first time in NEGS’ history, High Performance Squad riders from NEGS headed to the Malaysian National Horse Show to take part in one of the most significant events on the international equestrian calendar.
NEGS students were also fortunate to travel to New Zealand to compete against Nga Tawa Equestrian School, providing a great opportunity to meet new friends prior to them coming to Armidale to compete later in 2018.
International exposure has been high on the Head of Equestrian, Imtiaz Anees’ agenda since commencing at NEGS in 2016, and study tours to the United States and New Zealand have proved a drawcard for students thanks to his Olympic connections and extensive network within the equine world.
The process of competing internationally presents different challenges to riders. Imtiaz said, “The selection process involves each student riding unfamiliar horses and demonstrating their skills in showjumping rounds and a dressage tests. The process aims to see how students handle strange horses and confirm they can do so under pressure, in different climates and facilities.”
“It’s an incredible opportunity for NEGS to be represented on the international stage and it is the realisation of several years of planning and preparation. I truly believe that NEGS will not only be the best equestrian school in the country but also the world.”
– Imtiaz Anees, NEGS Head of Equestrian