Meet the: Administration Team and Board Members, Area Committees also the members of ESNZ Jumping’s Committees: FEI, Performance, Technical portfolios and National Selectors
Jumping Board Chair and ESNZ Board Rep
Penny lives on Banks Peninsula in the South Island and is in her third year on the ESNZ Jumping Board.
She is a member of the Canterbury Area group and looks after Show Jumping Canterbury’s sponsors and sponsorship. She is also the secretary of the South Island Show Jumping Committee which is made up of all seven South Island Area groups and coordinates the SI Young Rider camp, SI v Victoria YR competition and the National Show Jumping Champs.
The Jumping Board welcomes Thomas Gardner as a co-opted member. Thomas grew up on a sheep farm near Waimate and began riding ponies at 5 years old, continuing in jumping through his teens until taking on full time study at Lincoln University where he completed a B Comm in Economics and Finance.
He has been a member of SCNO Area Committee for 12 years and a member of the National Showjumping Committee since 2016, including two years as Show Director.
For the past 7 years Thomas has worked for ANZ where he is a Relationship Manager for high-risk lending across business and corporate divisions, where the focus is on turnarounds and restructuring. This role requires the ability to interpret financial information, and work with people empathetically to solve what can sometimes be complex and challenging business problems.
Thomas brings to the Board his experience in our sport as a competitor and organiser, along with a strong financial and economic skillset which will be an asset in governance and setting future strategy and vision.
Paxton is the Marketing Manager of Dunstan Horsesfeeds and is based on a working Dairy Farm in the Waikato. Paxton is actively involved in her area as the Chairperson of Show Jumping Waikato and a committee member of Waikato Show Hunter and the Matamata Equestrian Group.
Paxton competes a small team of Show Jumpers with success up to 1.40m and has a keen interest in the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Industry.
Sarah hails from Auckland and owns AMS Saddlery in Takanini and is also a regular competitor in Show Jumping and has competed up to Grand Prix.
Sarah says she feels privileged to be involved in our sport and community.
She often comes home from events humbled by the support in shared knowledge, kind words, time and friendship from fellow riders, supporters, officials and especially the Auckland Showjumping group committee and would love to be able to help the sport and others.