Applications are now open to be received for the Chris Hodson Scholarship for 2022.

The Chris Hodson Scholarship was established in 2015 in recognition of Chris Hodson’s outstanding service to ESNZ as an ESNZ Board Member from 1998 to 2015 and President from 2011 to 2015.

The Scholarship was for $10,000 ($2,000 for the next five years) to be awarded to an aspiring New Zealand FEI Official.  The first scholarship was awarded in 2016.  Unfortunately, due to Covid, the scholarship was not been awarded in 2020 or 2021.


The purpose of the scholarship is to support the development of a dedicated New Zealand Official who is deemed to have potential and aspirations of being promoted to a higher level FEI Official.  The scholarship is also seen as a long-term investment into an official who ESNZ hopes will continue in their role for many years to come.

Terms of Reference / Criteria

  1. The Scholarship is to be used to support:
  • Funding of training for a New Zealand FEI Official to be promoted to a higher level FEI Official.
  • Funding to attend an international seminar / course or conference which will benefit the official and ESNZ.
  1. Applicants must be a current financial members of ESNZ and reside in New Zealand.
  2. Applicant must provide a course/training programme outline and budget for how the scholarship will be used.
  3. Applications may be presented to the Discipline Boards (if more than one application is received) who will forward one application to ESNZ to be considered by the Chris   Hodson Scholarship Trustees.
  4. Must be willing to write a short report about their experience for the ESNZ website.

Application Process

To apply for the Chris Hodson Scholarship, applicants must provide the following:

  1. A short introduction about themselves, the reason for applying for the scholarship and what makes them a suitable candidate for the Chris Hodson Scholarship.
  2. An outline of the course/training programme they wish to attend along with a budget for how the scholarship will be used.
  3. Send your application once completed to [email protected]
  4. Applications for 2022 close on Friday 2 September 2022.


Chris Hodson Scholarship Recipients



Official Status/Discipline

Training/Seminar/Course Attended


Tony Parsons

National Head Veterinarian

FEI National Head Veterinarian Conference, Athens, 12-13 May 2016


Kaye Williams

FEI Level 2 Jumping Judge

Course to upgrade to FEI Level 3, Sydney, Australia, December 2017


Barbara Woolhouse

FEI Level 2 Eventing Judge

Rockingham, Houghton and Tattersalls International Horse Trials 2019


Linda Warren-Davey

FEI 4* Dressage Judge

Course to upgrade in Stuttgart, Germany, 2019






Chris Hodson Scholarship Trustees

  • Chris Hodson
  • Jennifer Millar
  • Vicki Glynn
  • Susan O’Brien

Linda Warren-Davey, 2019 recipient of the Chris Hodson Scholarship.  Land Rover Horse of the Year 2019, HB A&P Showgrounds, Hastings, Hawke’s Bay, Sunday, March 17, 2019. Credit: KAMPIC / Kerry Marshall