The horse that Andy Thompson made out of old horse shoes.

Local Equestrian Family


By Lucinda Jarvis.

The Thompson Family are a local family based in Kirwee that shares a love and passion for equestrian sport. Mum Lisa, Dad Andy and their four girls, Chris, Maddi, George and Gus all ride and these girls started their riding careers not long after they could walk. The Thompson Family enjoy all aspects of equestrian sport from Pony Club, Round the Ring, One Day Eventing, Hunting, Show Hunter, Hacking, Mustering and their true passion Show Jumping. The passion and commitment this family have for the equestrian sport is a true family affair, with everyone involved in some way or another with the horses. The Thompson’s also run camps for children which are thoroughly enjoyed by those who attend these fun action packed camps, the children that attend these camps love spending time with like minded people, who share the love for of horses.

Maddie started her equestrian business at the age of fifteen with giving the odd lesson and having the odd horse come in for schooling, she now does horses full time and bases her business from the family property in Kirwee. She has also spent six months overseas in Europe working and gaining experience competing at international shows and gaining valuable equestrian experience. George is now working at PGG Wrightson in Darfield, Chris lives in Tauranga while she is studying at radio school and Gus attends Darfield High School and is wanting to follow her equestrian passion by becoming a horse chiropractor.

This family attended the Canterbury A & P Show from November, 14th-16th with a team of seven horses, all displaying great results and all seven horses coming home with a ribbon. The Thompson sisters are also well known for their great hunter successes. This year was no different with Gus winning the prestigious Renown Challenge Cup and also winning Reserve Champion. The Renown Challenge Cup is open to hunt members who have hunted at least three times in the current season, it is a hunter jumping course of walls, brushes, wire fences and a variety of other fences. This competition is not about speed but style, type of horse and manners.

Maddi won the working hunter class and George placed fourth in the heavy weight round the ring hunter class.

At the show there was a horse that was made out of old horse shoes that wore dress rugs that were won by many of the winners of certain classes that was made by Andy, this was admired and commented on by many show goers about how fabulous it looked. This amazing piece of artwork took Andy three weeks to make and was part of Andy’s rehab as he lost his leg not that long ago.

To find out more about this equestrian family visit their Facebook Page: Thompson Horses.