About Us

The NZ Warmblood Breeders Association began in October 1978 and was initially the Hanoverian Breeders Association, with the aim of promoting the breeding, improvement, exhibition and participation in competition of the Warmblood horse in New Zealand.

The Committee play a vital role in ensuring the breeding of Warmblood horses in New Zealand is accurately recorded and registered with international standard protocols in place.

Meet the 2021 - 2022 Committee

President:  Jody Hartstone - president@nzwarmbloods.com

Jody has been involved with the NZWA since standing her first warmblood stallion Belmont Golden Boy more than 20 years ago.  Since then she has imported the stallions Landioso, Whisper, Ramazotti and Donnerwind into New Zealand.  Jody has competed internationally in Dressage for New Zealand and has bred horses competing at 5 Star Eventing, Grand Prix Dressage and Grand Prix Showjumping.  


Vice President:Kieryn Walton - vicepresident@nzwarmbloods.com

Kieryn is a passionate breeder and rider of dressage horses.  She has represented NZ earning her Silver Fern for the World Dressage Challenge and also has competed in Sydney at Grand Prix level.  She is currently on the Dressage NZ Big Tour Squad.  Kieryn hand picks the finest European and NZ stallions to cross over her mares and is breeding some outstanding foals.  Kieryn juggles a full time job with the riding of a large team of competition horses and also manages her King Country based Stud.

Secretary:  Gloriann Mullen  -  secretary@nzwarmbloods.com

Gloriann is co-owner of Wembleybrook Sport Horses, breeders of Warmblood's and Connemara Ponies.  Gloriann has been breeding and producing quality Sport Horses/Ponies for 25 yrs. She joined the NZWA in 2015 following the importation of the Tobiano Warmblood colt Traumprinz GF from Germany. She has served extensively on Breed, A&P and Show Committees in the roles of Secretary, Treasurer, Webmaster and General Committee.

Treasurer:  Dallas Hopkins - treasurer@nzwarmbloods.com

Dallas is the Corporate Accountant at AgResearch in Lincoln, prior to this she was an auditor in the public accounting sector for nearly 5 years. Dallas holds a B.Com majoring in Accounting, a Post Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accountancy and am a fully qualified Chartered Accountant.  The NZWA is indeed lucky to have Dallas' skill set as part of the committee

Registrar:  Christine Hartstone - registrar@nzwarmbloods.com

Christine Hartstone has been the Registrar for the NZWA for five years and continues her now permanent role as an additional non-voting member of the Committee. She has a keen interest in the administration and organisation of horse shows and has spent many thousands of hours volunteering at Horse Trials, Dressage and Pony Club Events.  In 2018 she was recognised for her ongoing work with a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) in the Queens Birthday Honours list.


Committee Members: 

 Brugs Nicholls  - brugs.nicholls@gmail.com 

Brugs has trained and ridden competitively to Grand Prix level in Dressage.  Originally from the UK, Brug's describes herself as a small-time breeder, with a fascination of breed lines and a keen interest in the stallion licensing and classifications in NZ and in Europe.  She has been fortunate enough to have had experience in stallion licensing in the UK and has also attended a few Keurings in Holland. She hopes her past experience can help in shaping the future of the NZWA.


Helen McNaught - mcnaughty@me.com

Helen has been involved with horses all her life as a professional Showjumper.  She has jumped everything from young horses to winning World Cup classes, and placing in the American Olympic trials. She has worked for many dealers and breeders in countries such as Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the United States.   Helen now stands the stallion Double Whoopy at stud and she brings a wealth of international knowledge to the committee. 

Ana Rattray

Ana is a well known breeder and producer of showjumping horses in New Zealand, and together with her sister Tors she runs Cheleken Equestrian at Mangatangi.  She has over 40 years of breeding experience, with her love for this being passed down from her parents who were avid breeders themselves.  Ana's interests lay in the promotion of NZ bred horses and getting these horses recognised internationally. (Photo Credit Ann Bremner - Eye Witness Images)


Dr Lee Morris - lee@equibreed.co.nz

Dr Lee Morris is the Director of Equibreed NZ Ltd and one of the world's most prominent Vets in her field of Equine Reproduction.  She is a keen researcher and a talented equine vet offering cutting edge technology to NZ Breeders.  She brings to the NZWA Committee not only her immense knowledge of the breeding industry, but also her administration and business acumen.

Georgia Sheard

Georgia is a young breeder and show jumper who runs Rose Flats Equestrian in Auckland. Alongside her father she caught the breeding bug when their first foal was born at the beginning of 2015, and since then they have been breeding up to five foals per year. Georgia is really passionate about increasing the number of breeders and riders who register their warmbloods, plus DNA testing to ensure breeders are accountable for what they’re claiming.  Georgia firmly believes passports are an important step moving forward especially for age group classes.