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The Committee

Nelson Dressage Committee - Meet the Team


Myra Friend.  

Born in England in the New Forest, showed an early interest in horses. Learned to ride at 12 years old when the family moved to NZ. Rode competitively from 1966 to 1990's. Travelled back to UK 1974, attained BHS Assistant Instructors Cert. and in 1978 BHS Grade 4 Riding & Horsemastership Cert. Specialised in Dressage from 1978 after attending World Dressage Champs at Goodwood, impressed by high level of training required for Grand Prix. Judged dressage from 1971, starting at Pony Club, progressing to Horse Society as it was then. 1981 achieved List 2. 1991 List 2A, then in 2001 appointed to List 1. Enjoy seeing riders and horses progress through the grades, developing their talents


Hi my name is Helen Bowler. I hold the president's role at Nelson Dressage.
I am an adult rider who returned to riding approx 10 yrs ago.
I ride and compete my horse Monty.
My favourite saying is : "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway! "

I am also the area delegate, which is the liaison between Dressage NZ and the local area group. I pass on all the information sent from DNZ to the local area.  I attend the DNZ planning meeting held in Wellington in April and the annual convention in June, where I represent the Nelson area and convey our opinions and decisions to DNZ.


Ph: 027 2546071

Vice President : 

Suzanne Inglis


Hi, my name is Vanessa Dobber.   As an adult I returned to riding about 6 years ago.  My daughter also rides, so most of my time has been spent supporting her.  I am now wanting to be more involved with the Nelson Dressage Group, and my goal is to get out there on my own horse and compete.


Hi I’m Tara Thomas and I am Secretary for Nelson Dressage.  I have been riding for most of my life, my earlier years were mainly spent Endurance riding as Dad bred Arabians. I had a few years off competitive riding while my children were young but recently returned with my main focus now being on dressage.

ph 0272112236

Judges Officer:

Name: Suzanne Inglis

Writer Convenor

I’m Leigh Rodd and have taken over the role of Writer Co-ordinator. Although I rode as a child and teenager, I haven’t ridden much in recent years and never owned my own horse, as I rode at a live-in riding school. However my dream has now been realised through my daughter Emma who has her own pony and loves dressage! It’s a big learning curve, but a lot of (mostly!) fun too. If you are interested in writing please email or phone me.


Ph:0274 812 325

Hi there, I'm Corena Rhodes-Gillespie, I am new to the committee.  Looking forward to helping out where I can.  I'm a rider, and have just started the challenge of riding dressage with my show horse Hannah.

Nelson Dressage Convenors

 Contact Details
 Anna Terrell
 Ribbons & Trophies
Helen Bowler
 Health & Safety
 Rachel Thomas
 Day Secretary
 Summer Sponsorship