Board Members

Dr Lisa McDonald - Chair

Dr Lisa McDonald is an interdisciplinary consultant and educator, with a background in cultural research, media, communications, and the arts. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of South Australia and has 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 she has been teaching and researching in related fields in Australian universities and in the VET sector. She has developed a passion for ‘generative’ ways of doing things, or how to think inventively to create cultural change.

She became interested in the discipline of carriage driving a few years ago, and through that, the transformative presence of horses in her life. Her attention is currently focused on:

  • cultural concepts and understandings of horses

  • educational approaches and social knowledge in horse training

  • collaborative work in horse management, policy, and welfare

  • horses in rural and regional Australia

  • horses ‘in the air’ – horse discourse in the digital era

  • equine and human bodies

  • horse stories.

You can learn more about Lisa from her LinkedIn profile where you are welcome to connect.

Dr Kirrilly Thompson - Vice Chair

Dr Kirrilly Thompson is a cultural anthropologist specialising in research on human-horse relations with a particular focus on risk perception. Kirrilly has published over 100 articles, chapters and reports, including the 2018 book ‘(Un)Stable Relations: Horses, Humans and Social Agency’, co-authored with Lynda Birke. She is also a regular science communications contributor to Horses and People Magazine. Kirrilly was the Participation and Development Manager at Pony Club Australia from 2019-2021 and is currently a One Health research fellow at the University of Newcastle, supporting equine vets in the Hunter Valley to develop practices that reduce their risk of zoonotic diseases. She has been a board member of the Horse Federation of South Australia for over a decade, holding the position of Vice Chair for the past few years. Kirrilly started riding at the age of 13, on a leased horse at Pegasus Pony Club where she is a life member. She kept horses in the Yatala Vale area until 2000 and in the Adelaide Hills since then. Two of Kirrilly’s three horses are agisted in the Adelaide Hills. Visit LinkedIn profile here.

Briony Moore - Interim Secretary

In development

Peter Oborn - Treasurer

Peter is a high‐impact business development, marketing and communications specialist, with a proven track record in driving profitable and sustainable growth for large organisations. As a strategic partner that takes an enterprise view while executing strategy and managing change, Peter excels at leading and galvanising cross‐functional high performing teams through collaboration. Peter has built organisational efficiencies and implemented successful working practices, together with instigating and managing complex key projects, developing new ideas and initiating change. Peter has represented Horse SA on the Disaster, Recovery and Resilience Committee, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, throughout 2020/21, working closely with Local Recovery Coordinator Alex Zimmermann following the Cudlee Creek bushfires. He is currently Treasurer and Finance Director of Horse SA, a position he has held for a number of years.

Denis Edmonds APM

  • Retired Police Officer

  • Past member of SAPOL Mounted Cadre

  • Current roles include AI3DE Incident Investigator, Registrar Racing Appeals Tribunal

Judith Leeson AM

Current horse industry connections:

Career development and transition services to the SA Jockey Association.

  • Skill sets where I can provide evidence of transferrable skills, motivated by passion. Advocate for human and horse welfare, and the influence of public perception on the Social Licence to Operate.

  • Promote horse-human interventions and relationships based on evidence, with horse welfare at its centre.

  • Develop education programs that inform and enable the equestrian and racing community to collaborate.

  • Influence strategies and policies that reinforce the role of the horse in our heritage and culture.

Judith's LinkedIn profile is here.

Reagan Garner

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.

Dr Carol Bradley

Carol is an experienced consultant with a strong interest in communities, social justice and the human services sector. As an owner, she has been involved with horses for many years and has competed in dressage and eventing at local Riding Club level.

She has researched and published on a wide range of issues for a range of organisations including the Parliament of South Australia, South Australian Government Departments and statewide welfare organisations. In addition to commissioned consulting reports, she has also published in academic journals and presented academic papers at conferences.

As a senior consultant she has many years’ experience of advising and assisting both state wide and local community organisations with policies and practices. This work has included many consultations with a range of stakeholders and on occasions the provision of training in new practices. She is a highly qualified researcher and a qualified workplace trainer and has both designed and delivered training on a range of workplace issues relevant to both corporate and the not for profit sectors. She has been entered in both Who’s Who of Australian Women and Who’s Who of South Australia.

Carol has served on a number of committees including a local Riding Club and has served on the Board of the South Australian Working Women’s Centre, and Riding for the Disabled serving on both National and State Boards.

She is currently a committee member for a local sporting [golf] organisation and owns and operates a boutique winery and vineyard in South Australia.