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Eventing Board

Meet the ESNZ Eventing board members. 

ESNZ Eventing Board

Marg Evans

Board Member – Elected
Phone: 027 4477358
Email: [email protected]

Margaret has been involved with eventing for many years as a committee member of Eventing Canterbury, being a former Chairman and current FEI Event Director, as well as being a parent to riders. She has been a Board member for ESNZ Eventing for 8 years and is well aware of the challenges and rewards of the sport. Outside of eventing, Margaret was employed as a scientist in endocrinology at Christchurch Hospital for 30 years with a specialist research interest in reproduction in mares. During this time, she was a member of a number of national and international scientific committees, and is currently a Board member of the NZ Equine Research Foundation, and the NZ Equine Trust. She is married to Bruce Taylor, an equine veterinarian who is also involved in the sport and is an FEI vet.

Raewyn Eastwood

Board Member – Appointed (Chair)

Phone: 021 021 223 23

Email: [email protected]

As a life time fan of eventing Raewyn is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the development of Eventing as a board member.  This is her second term on the Board, serving the first three years as Deputy Chair. She is a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has 25+ years career in project and operational management.  She describes her passion as building an organisation’s capability through it’s people. Raewyn started eventing in her thirties at the grassroots level and has been involved with Eventing Wairarapa  Committee in various roles.  Raewyn lives with her family and horses on a lifestyle block in Palmerston North.

John Alexander

Board Member – Elected

Phone: 021682542

Email: [email protected]

Rosie Edwards

Organising Committee Representative (Deputy Chair)

Phone: 027 444 7760

Email: [email protected]

Outside my professional life I have been interested in horses from an early age. When my children became involved with Pony Club and Eventing in 2008 I became heavily involved in equestrian sports, in both a formal governance capacity and informal roles. I have a strong sense of purpose, and ability for getting things done. I am able to communicate in a clear manner. I have good leadership skills and enjoy working collaboratively. I respect and value people from all backgrounds.

Being part of Wellington Organising Committee (OC) has meant I have been interested in how events are run and the people involved. I believe I am in a good position to create and maintain effective relationships with people on other OCs around New Zealand, canvassing their views and representing their interests on the ESNZ Eventing Board.

Chris Perkins

Organising Committee Representative

Phone: 029 7375467

Email: [email protected]

I grew up in a mildly horsey family in the UK. After school I spent four years working for Lars
Sederholm, a leading show jump and 3-day event trainer at the time. Not being particularly brave, I only competed to intermediate level.

After a break, my interest in eventing was reignited when my son began competing in horse trials in the mid-90s. Since then, I have very much enjoyed being part of the sport as a groom, supporter and occasional owner.

When I retired after 30 years in a communications role with a multi-national company, I joined the very small Puhinui Organising Committee, which has given me a good understanding of the
challenges faced by organising committees.

My role is to help the Board assist organising committees in any way possible. Good communication is very important, and I encourage organising committee members to raise any questions or concerns at our Zoom meetings or by contacting me or Rosie Edwards.

Wendy Lansdown

Technical Advisory Group Representative

Phone: 021 179 6648

Email: [email protected]

I trained as an Early Childhood teacher and have spent most of my working life working with families in the community. I am currently delivering a grief, loss and change programme to children.

My husband and I farm out of Dannevirke where I have always had my horses, having ridden from the time I was very small. I evented then rode Dressage post having children until getting into Eventing again with my daughter.

I loved being involved in Eventing so when she finished riding to pursue Vet School, I became a TD.

I am a List 1 National TD, hoping to become an FEI TD shortly (a very Covid interrupted wait!!).

I have been Chair of NZPCA and am currently Board Chair of a local Community organisation. I am Chair of Central and Southern HB Eventing, based at Arran Station.

I have been a member of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for three years and have recently been made the Chair.

ESNZ Eventing Rider Representatives

Amanda Illston

Rider Representative

027 424 9424

[email protected]