Anya Noble : Master of Science
University of Waikato Hillary Scholar Anya Noble inherited her love for horses at an early age. The former Waikato Diocesan & Otago University student (recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in neuroscience) has been riding for as long as she can remember, and began competing in dressage at a national level at age 13. By 2015 she began competing in international Grand Prix level competition within New Zealand, and was the first ever young rider in NZ history to win the NZ Young Rider Championship title at Grand Prix level. Her short term goals include representing New Zealand at International Grand Prix competitions in Australia, and she has a long term goal of representing New Zealand at the Olympics and World Equestrian Games. While at Waikato University she will study a Master of Science, focusing on the Microbiology of Manuka trees and whether microorganisms influence the therapeutic properties of Manuka honey.
- Open Grand Prix Dressage Champion & Reserve Level 6/7 Young Rider Dressage Champion - 28/01/2013
- Auckland Dressage Championships (26-28th January)
I competed in the Open Grand Prix classes. As the youngest in the class I was competing against riders and horses of much greater age and experience, placing 2nd in Int II, 2nd in the Grand Prix Freestyle and 1st in the Grand Prix test, overall achieving the Open Grand Prix Dressage Champion Title of the show.
I also competed in the Prix St George classes, achieving Reserve Level 6/7 Young Rider Champion.
- 2015 NZ Young Rider Champion - 15/01/2015
- Won the 2015 NZ Young Rider Championship Title (Waldebago Trophy) at the National Young Rider Dressage Championships held in Hawera.
- Nationals: CDI3* FEI Grand Prix 6th Overall - 07/03/2015
- Placed 6th Overall in the CDI3* FEI Grand Prix Classes at the NZ Bates Dressage National Championships in Fielding, attaining a top 6 National Ranking.
- Equidays: CDI3* FEI Grand Prix 6th & 4th - 16/10/2015
- Placed 6th and 4th in the CDI3* FEI Grand Prix Olympic Qualifying Classes at Equidays (Mystery Creek).
- Auckland Senior Grand Prix Reserve Champion & Advanced Young Rider Champion - 22/11/2015
- Auckland Dressage Championships
- Waikato Senior Grand Prix Champion & Champion Young Rider of Show - 27/11/2015
- Waikato Dressage Championships
- Taihape Senior Grand Prix Champion - 20/12/2015
- Taihape Dressage Championships
- Nationals: CDI3* FEI Grand Prix 5th Overall - 06/02/2016
- Placed 5th consistently over three days of Senior International Level Grand Prix Classes at the Bates NZ Dressage Nationals in Fielding, achieving a 5th overall placing and a top 5 National Ranking.
- 2014 North Island Senior Grand Prix Reserve Champion & North Island Young Rider Champion - 28/12/2014
- North Island Dressage Championships held in Taupo
- Riding With The Stars: 4th - 12/02/2016
- A Grand Prix Dressage Showcase/Competition held at Claudelands Event Centre.
- Qualified for 2017 Pacific League World Cup Final - 26/02/2016
- 3-4 February 2017 will be the first time since 1999 that New Zealand has hosted the Pacific World Cup Final. Riders from New Zealand and Australia will contest the final with the winner being eligible to travel to the 2017 World Cup Finals being held in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.
- Grand Prix Horse of the Year: 5th Overall - 06/03/2016
- Achieved a 5th overall placing in the Senior International Grand Prix Classes at the NZ Horse of the Year Title competition. Also placed 3rd in the Zilco Grand Prix Leaderboard.
- Horse of the Year: 5th Overall - 22/03/2015
- Achieved a 5th overall placing in the Senior International Grand Prix Classes at the NZ Horse of the Year Title competition.
- 2016 NZ Young Rider Champion - 24/04/2016
NZ National Young Rider Dressage Championships held in Taupo (23/24th April)
Grand Prix Champion, Waldebago Trophy, Fissenden Trophy
- Selected for the NZ Dressage Under 25 Squad for 2016/7 - 10/06/2016