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Jumping & Show Hunter Contacts

Meet the: Administration Team and Board Members, Area Committees also the members of ESNZ Jumping’s Committees: FEI, Performance, Technical portfolios and National Selectors

Our Team

Marilyn Thompson

Jumping Sport Manager

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021 612 817

Jumping Office Hours are 8.30 – 4.30 Monday to Friday.  
For all membership and registration inquiries please contact the National Office membership team.

Kirsten Hence

Jumping Administrator

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021 916 796

04 499 8994 ext 205

Jumping Office Hours are 8.30 – 4.30 Monday to Friday.  
For all membership and registration inquiries please contact the National Office membership team.

Jumping Board

Mandy Illston-Chair

Technical Committee

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Mandy is a full time equine veterinarian for EquivetsNZ, based in Masterton. Mandy has been actively involved in organising numerous jumping shows, and continues to compete regularly on her own horses. Mandy is the current Chair of ESNZ Jumping and the Jumping Technical Committee. 


Jenny Booth


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Jenny is the owner and operator of East Coast Performance Horses an equine breeding and training establishment based in the Wairarapa.  She is a long time Area Group Representative and Show Co-Ordinator.  Jenny is also a committee member for the NEC Taupo  as well as being the Jumping Representative for the ESNZ Board.

Paxton Conder

Riders’ Rep

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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.  

Penny Tapley

ESNZ Board Rep

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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.

Paul Croucher


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Paul Croucher has been voted onto the board at the 2021 AGM, bringing his business skills to focus on partner relationships and sponsorship. Paul is the Chair of the Rotorua Showjumping Group and Area Delegate for the Bay of Plenty. He is also a committee member for the NEC Taupo and has recently taken over the sponsorship portfolio.

Lucy Maley

Show Hunter Chair

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Lucy is a long-time competitor, judge and advocate of Show Hunter.  Her seat on the board is by virtue of the being Chair of the Show Hunter Executive.  She is a Senior National Show Hunter Judge, a Show Hunter Judge’s advisor and also still competes as well as assisting with organising all the Canterbury Show Hunter shows and convening the Show Hunter section of the Nationals.

Katja Kershaw

Constitution Review

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Thomas Gardner


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.

Show Hunter Executive

Lucy Maley Chair

South Island Coordinator
03 318 7227

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June Berrington

North Island Coordinator
027 535 5102

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