John Thompson - Managing Director

Graduated from Massey University with a B.Ag.Sc degree in 1984. John's international work experience and travels has enabled him to build up a network of contacts in all the major breeding countries. He is very much a ' hands on' manager and is supported by an experienced and dedicated staff.

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Colleen Thompson- Manager

Colleen has a background in education graduating from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Teaching with Distinction. As the business grew she completed a NZIM Certificate in Business Management and manages the Rich Hill brand and Human Resources.

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Karl Mihaljevich - Communications Manager


Karl joins the team at Rich Hill having completed a long and successful period at The Oaks Stud (Cambridge) as Marketing and Nominations Manager.  He has a Business Studies Degree (Marketing) and worked in the office machinery & telecommunications industry prior to following his passion for  horseracing and breeding. 

As an owner and breeder, and also having spent time working in both racing stables and stud farms, Karl brings a great knowledge of the industry.  Please call Karl to discuss your mare and the Rich Hill stallions. Ph 021 247 8892

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Karyn Vincent - Administration Manager

Karyn has a wealth of experience in Office Administration as she was Practice Manager for the Te Aroha Veterinary Services for 17 years and most recently worked in sales for the last 2 years selling computer software for Veterinary Practices throughout Australasia. Clients and customers will be very impressed with her enthusiasm and efficiency.

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Ross Mackie - Operations Manager


Ross has been with Rich Hill for the last four years, bringing with him a wealth of industry experience. He was previously a part of the Millfield Stud team for ten years, then followed by seven years as the owner and manager of Java Lodge Stud in Matamata.

Damien Kirwan - Stallion Manager

Damien started with Rich Hill in August 2016. He brings much experience, coming to Rich Hill having spent ten years working for the Aga Khan, and in the last four years running Scenic Lodge in Western Australia - this the home of champion stallion Blackfriars.

Yearling Manager- Renee Connolly

Renee has been with the stud for over 15 years and provides a wealth of knowledge and a calm hand in assisting our yearlings. She is best known for working at 100 miles an hour, never letting go of a yearling, and being a great person to go to for assistance or advice.

Bill Ewen- Veterinarian

Bill Ewen is a partner in Marks Ewen & Associates and is one of the most respected Equine vets in New Zealand. With 30 years experience in the industry, Bill prides himself in keeping abreast with current veterinary procedures and techniques.

Grant Atkinson - Farrier

Grant is one the most progressive and knowledgeable farriers in the country. His skills ensure that our horses are given every opportunity to develop good feet and general conformation.


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