Global Student Athlete - Equestrian

Blue arena jump.jpg You don't have to give up riding while you study overseas. GSA - Equestrian allows you to incorporate weekly riding sessions into your semester of study at Massey University.  The programme is not limited to just those studying Equine or Animal Science.  It is open to students in any major.

GSA - Equestrian give you the chance to learn from New Zealand instructors who are experts in their areas of specialisation.  You will attend three training sessions each week and really get to know your horse as you work with the same one throughout your semester.

This programme is only available at Massey Manawatu campus in Palmerston North.  GSA - Equestrian runs during Semester One and Semester Two.

Programme Structure

You will have three group riding sessions per week at an off-campus equestrian centre as part of GSA - Equestrian.  You can also opt to have one of your weekly group sessions as a private training session focusing on a specific area you are interested in working on.  The sessions are scheduled for the following times:

  • Monday  4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday  12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Friday  8:00 am to 10:30 am

The programme spans 12 weeks, from the first week of the semester through to the start of exams.  GSA - Equestrian will not run over the mid-semester break, giving you more time to get out and explore New Zealand.

Additional benefits

Dressage.jpg The programme fee includes three training sessions per week and the following:

  • Transportation between Massey University and Tielcey Park Stables and Event Centre.
  • Tielcey Park will provide the care, feeding, stabling, and grazing for your horse.
  • All necessary equipment for your horse (saddle, bridle, covers, etc.)

Rider's responsibilities

There are a few things you are responsible for when participating in GSA - Equestrian.

  • Providing all of your own personal riding equipment, such as a helmet, boots, Jodhpurs, etc.
  • Preparing your horse for riding and putting your horse away after your session.  You will learn Tielcey Park's systems during your first few sessions.

Palmerston North's Premier Equestrian Facility

Tielcey Park Stables and Event Centre is one of the largest equestrian facilities on New Zealand's North Island.  The centre was built to meet international standards and sits on 32 grassy acres.  The barn contains 32 stables, a tack and feed room, and a wash-down area.  The three separate riding arenas were designed to serve a range of riding specialisations.

  • Outdoor Jumping Arena has a rubber/sand surface, judging boxes, spectator seating, and a full showjumping course
  • Outdoor Dressage Arena has a sand surface and judging boxes
  • Indoor Arena has a sand surface and spectator seating

GSA - Equestrian Fee

Castle jump.jpg The programme fee is for one semester and is based on leasing a medium level horse which is competitive up to Level 3 Dressage or Showjumping to 1.10 metres.

NZ $3,400 for three group sessions per week.
NZ $4,600 for two group sessions and one private training session per week.

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It may be possible to arrange to lease a higher skilled horse if you are interested.  Please contact us if you would like to explore this opportunity.

How to Apply

Admission into the programme involves two separate applications.  First, you will apply to study at Massey on our study abroad or exchange programme or on our Intensive English course.

You will then submit your GSA Application.  Once you are approved, we will enrol you in your Massey courses and in the Global Student Athlete programme. You must complete the admission part of the application process before your enrolment can be confirmed.

Craig Lyons is available to answer any questions you have about GSA - Equestrian.

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