Dr Lisa McDonald - Chair
I am an interdisciplinary consultant and educator, with interests in cultural research, media, communications, and the arts. I hold a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of South Australia and have drawn on this field to explore a range of research interests, including the intersection of the arts, humanities, and sciences, and ‘interspecies’, or human-animal relations. Over the past twenty years I’ve been teaching and researching in related fields in Australian universities and in the VET sector. I have developed a passion for ‘generative’ ways of doing things, or how we can think inventively to create cultural change.
I became interested in the discipline of carriage driving a few years ago, and through that, the transformative presence of horses in my life. My attention is currently focused on:
Dr Kirrilly Thompson - Vice Chair
Catherine Hollingsworth - Secretary
Catherine is a senior planning officer with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, with extensive previous experience as an urban planner in the City of Adelaide and in Planning SA. She is an endurance rider and breeds Connemara ponies, and is actively involved in the South Australian Endurance Riders Association and the Connemara Pony Breeders Society of Australia.
In October 2019 Catherine was appointed as the Registrar of the Connemara Breeders’ Society of Australia.
Peter Oborn - Treasurer
Denis Edmonds APM
Retired Police Officer
Judith Leeson AM
Current horse industry connections:
Reagan Garner is an HR Manager and local property owner in the Adelaide hills. He holds a Masters in Commerce and an MBA. Having moved into the hills a number of years ago he become involved in horse riding with his family, starting with the Golden Spur Pony Club. Moving to the Adelaide Hills has been the best decision he has made and he continues to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, the hills townships and of course the many wineries!
Reagan is interested in contributing to the Adelaide Hills community and maintaining its wonderful country lifestyle. A personal goal is to make horse riding more accessible for the community and improving riding opportunities.