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Our Amazing Staff

North Shore RDA relies heavily on our wonderful group of volunteers to deliver our riding programmes and, without them, we wouldn’t be able to operate. However, we also recognise that specific expertise is required in various areas of our operation and so the decision was made some years ago to employ people with the right skills to ensure we operate at the highest level we can, delivering meaningful, measurable results and positive outcomes for each of our riders.

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JUDITH FINCH

Coach

My love for all things equine began as a 7 year old when I stole my sisters pony "Kiwi" and this passion continues to this day.


I was a foundation member of Rosedale Pony Club which started on my Great Uncles farm in Albany. I stayed with pony club until aged 21, gaining my H (Honours) Certificate and coaching at my branch. After some time as a Registered nurse and then flight attendant, I returned to coaching, initially working with my sister at her riding School on the family Orchard in Albany and then setting up my own school in Waitoki, where I have taught many riders of all ages here for the last 30 years. I hold my NZ Equestrian Federation Community Coach Certificate and am looking forward to working on my therapeutic riding certification with the support of NSRDA. 

I have three wonderful adult children who all rode. We rejoined pony club and I served on pony club committees, in coach support roles and as District Commissioner for Waitemata. My husband Mike and I both competed, mostly in eventing, and still ride when time allows.

I especially enjoy watching riders develop and grow as they progress on their equine journey. I truly believe that connection with a horse is good for our body, mind and soul.

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Contact Philippa
Email info@northshorerda.org

PHILIPPA NICHOLLS

Day Coordinator

I have been with North Shore RDA for a few years now and thoroughly enjoy the varied nature of my job. I get to spend my time with lovely volunteers, amazing horses and children who benefit hugely from what we do - what more could I ask?

I have a recent background in classroom teaching and as a teenager competed in Eventing and Show-jumping. After a horse hiatus of 20 or so years I am excited about being around horses again.

I live on the Hibiscus Coast with my husband and two teenagers, three cats and two lovely spoodles. We spend a large portion of our time at the beach with my children who compete extensively in Surf Lifesaving.

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Contact Teigan
Email horsemanager@northshorerda.org

TEIGAN PALMER

Horse Manager

I was introduced to horses when I was 6 years old, and they have been an integral part of my life ever since. Over the last 19 years I have been through pony club, competed, coached and experienced the amazing benefits of being involved with horses. I love the mutual respect and connection you build when spending time with them, their therapeutic nature, and the sense of freedom that you gain from riding. 

I completed my Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in 2019 through AUT University, and am currently completing a Master of Sport, Exercise, and Health. I live in Te Atatu with my husband Cody and am very excited to be joining the amazing team at North Shore RDA!