Virginia Thompson

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Virginia Thompson

New Zealand
  • 42 - Star Nouveau


New Zealand rider Virginia Thompson (27) completed her first Badminton last year with Star Nouveau – her entry this year also.

Virginia who hails from Auckland where she ran a training yard has been based in the UK near Farmington in Gloucestershire, for the last year. With Badminton entry Star Nouveau – the first horse she has competed at the level – she was 8th at the 2017 Adelaide four-star and in 2016 and ’15 won the CCI3* at Puhinui.

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!

Virginia currently trains with Isobel Wessels and Luis Alvarez Cervera.

Star Nouveau (aka Paige) is a 15-year-old New Zealand bred warmblood cross 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.




Star Nouveau

WB X TB, New Zealand, 2004
16.3hh , bay , mare

Sire Goldstar

Dam Greenstone (Feista Star)

Breeder Deborah Kendall

Owner(s): Anthony Quirk & Elaine Butterworth, Auckland, New Zealand
& Rider

Notable Results

2018 – Burghley CCI4* w/d Star Nouveau

2018 – Hartpury CIC3* 57th Star Nouveau

2018 – Hastings CIC3* 12th Star Nouveau

2018 – Puhinui CIC3* 13th Star Nouveau

2017 – Adelaide CCI4* 8th Star Nouveau

2017 – Takapau CIC3* 4th Star Nouveau

2017 – Melbourne CCI3* 4th Star Nouveau

2017 – Sydney CIC3* 4th Star Nouveau

2017 – Camden  CIC3* 8th Star Nouveau

2016 – Puhinui CCI3* 1st Star Nouveau

2015 – Puhinui CCI3* 1st Star Nouveau


2018 – 40th Star Nouveau