It will be a first Badminton for New Zealand rider Virginia Thompson (26) who is based near Auckland where she runs a training yard. With Badminton entry Star Nouveau Virginia was 8th at the 2017 Adelaide four-star and in 2016 and ’15 won the CCI3* at Puhinui.
Virginia trains with Jock Paget, Penny Castle and Jeff McVean. In 2013 she based herself in Australia for three months with Sam and Nicky Lyle.
Virginia describes herself as a real outdoor person; she loves hiking, some fishing, kayaking, swimming and finding waterfalls to jump off!
Star Nouveau (aka Paige) is a 14-year-old New Zealand bred warmblood mare. She is by the Dutch warmblood stallion Goldstar who stood in New Zealand, out of the thoroughbred mare Greenstone by Fiesta Star. She was acquired by Virginia in 2013 when she had moved up to one-star level.
16.3hh , bay , mare
Dam Greenstone (Feista Star)
Breeder D. Kendall
Anthony Quirk & Elaine Butterworth, Auckland, New Zealand