Meet The Team
Founder & Project Manager, Volunteer
Rachel grew up on a beef stud farm just outside of Hamilton with eight siblings and lots of animals. With a Pony Club background, her first jobs were on thoroughbred stud farms and later as a riding coach for beginners. She has travelled and lived overseas including jobs as a nanny in the UK and Melbourne for over 20 years. For about four years, Rachel and her husband Andy opened their home to teenagers, young adults, and journeyed with women who were needing a friendly face and a listening ear, under their church umbrella. Back in NZ they were foster parents with Open Home Foundation for about three years which had a profound impact on the way Hope Rising Farm was formed. For over 20 years she has been a dedicated learner about people: how and why they tick and ways to be a 'better self'.
Rachel loves walking and enjoying the great outdoors, drawing, vegetable gardening, community church life, a wide range of music, live theatre and a good film!
She says, “I love people and have a powerful desire to see them grow and to become all they can be. I love seeing a change in their thinking about what’s possible and to see ‘the lights go on’ in an area of their lives.
Glennis tackles the ever-present paper and admin trail in the Hope Rising Farm office. She is a local girl who grew up in Ngaruawahia and moved to Australia for a few years where her children were born. She moved back to NZ nine years later. Her working career has been in a wide variety of administration roles within the corporate and education sectors. Glennis has three grown children, a husband and very vocal cat. When she's not working, she's probably doing some kind of craft, creating with stationery or catching a good movie. She is excited to be a part of a great team here at Hope Rising Farm Trust and loves to see God’s Hand in rebuilding young people and women’s lives.
Trustee and Buddy - Time Out With Horses
Yolanda has been actively involved with us since we started and is a gifted teacher and listener. Before raising her 3 adult children, Yolanda and husband Rob, owned a cattle farm in South Africa. Yolanda loves drawing out individual strengths in her students and is particularly good at explaining tasks in an easy to understand way for them. She currently works full time elsewhere, but we aim to have her working at HRF as soon possible.
Trustee & Buddy
Maria was born in England, and came to New Zealand in 1987. For 22 years she lived on a 3500-acre sheep and beef farm but recently downsized to a lifestyle block. She is an experienced Administrator, and has many years of working with the public, and organising public sporting events. She competed on her own horses for many years and worked extensively as a groom for a top 3 Day Event competitor while in the UK.She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of the vulnerable children and women that are struggling in our communities and looking forward to seeing many more lives changed at Hope Rising Farm.
Buddy and Arts Therapist
Eve joined us initially in 2015 as a general volunteer but left to study later returning to us with a Master's in Arts Therapy . In 2018, realising what she was missing, Eve became a Buddy the same year. Eve lives life to the full and her enthusiasm is infectious. Her ready smile and can-do belief in her students encourages them to try new things.
Buddy and Helping Hands
EllaRose joined our Buddy team when she was still at high school. In 2018, she started grazing her new horse at Hope Rising Farm and we soon discovered her talents with our students and couldn’t let her go! EllaRose has extensive experience around horses of all types, both recreationally and competitively. She has been involved as a leader in youth groups for most of her teenage life and has a gift in teaching and is a great encourager. Her HRF students gain confidence in themselves fast and relate to her well as a young person.