About the ABCRA

Australia’s largest non-profit equine sporting organisation.

Board Member Criteria

Our Current Board


Dean Taylor

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Lachlan Maxwell

Katie McDonnell

Chris Wyhoon

Tammy Connor

Tui Magner

Jeff Edwards

Learn more about our current board members

Dean Taylor, ABCRA President

Dean, his wife Hayley and two children reside in the Hunter Valley region of Murrurundi.

Involved with the ABCRA since a very early age, Dean is a former Saddle Bronc competitor that now competes and judges at Campdraft events nationwide.

Dean’s 35-year involvement with the ABCRA as a competitor and official judge leaves him eager to ensure we honour the past while embracing change into the future.

As a stock and station agent & Auctioneer, it comes as no surprise Dean has an avid interest in working dogs.

Dean is excited to take on this new role as president and thanks the support of the board, council and membership.

Lachlan Maxwell, Board Director

A competitive member for more than 25 years, Lachie has contributed over 13 years as a Members Representative and Board Director within the ABCRA.

Residing in the New England NSW region, Lachie operates as a property manager and Livestock contractor.

Lachlan’s extensive knowledge and enthusiasm of Campdraft, Rodeo and general horse industry is an asset to the ABCRA itself and his position as a Director.

Lachie has earned success in the sport of Campdrafting achieving multiple ABCRA National Finals qualifications not to mention placings at the prestigious Warwick Gold Cup and competing at Sydney Royal Show Campdraft. Though he notes his greatest achievement has been watching his own boys compete in both Campdraft and Rodeo.

Lachie enjoys his time travelling to Campdrafts with his family, and supporting his sons in their other hobbies including Rodeo and Rugby.

Katie McDonnell, Board Director

Native to the United Kingdom, Katie now lives in Pemberton, South West WA.

Katie is the owner and director of her own governance business which supports associations, clubs and charities all over Australia with a range of services including governance training and mentoring, grant writing, policy development, project management, strategic planning and financial planning.

Having competed in the equine industry her whole life Katie has done multiple disciplines, from Eventing and Prince Philip Games in the UK to working on NT cattle stations and learning to Campdraft in Australia.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys traveling, beach trips and fishing, spending time with friends and family, music and wine.

With a wealth of knowledge ranging from governance, board succession and developing progressive boards, to marketing, communication and brand development, we are excited to have Katie sit on the ABCRA Board of Directors and believe she will bring a lot to the organisation.

Chris Wyhoon, Board Director

Heavily involved with the ABCRA since the formalisation of the Western Australian Zone in 2004, Chris has been a Board Director since 2009.

Chris has been the driving force in the Zone and Associations strategic, business-like approach to the administration of our Sports.

Passionate about the growth of the WA Zone, Chris has been critical to its development and success.

With wife Jen, Chris operates a stud and commercial cattle and sheep enterprise in the WA Wheatbelt. Their hobbies include the breeding and training of Border Collies and Quarter Horses. Chris has previously competed in Rodeo, Campdraft and Team Penning over the years.

Outside of ABCRA and livestock interests, Chris is committed to a vibrant and busy professional career involving rural financial advisory services, rural training, and a variety of Board Directorships (Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors).

Tammy Connor, Board Director

Elected to the Board of Directors in December 2021, Tammy has been an ABCRA member for the past 20 years.

A previous ABCRA employee, Tammy these days is the Change Manager at TAFE NSW specialising in Organisation design and People Change.

Tammy is passionate not only about the sport of Rodeo and Campdraft but the Association’s overall success in the future. Tammy brings experience in events management, sponsorships, political and stakeholder engagement and change management.

Calling Manilla NSW home, Tammy enjoys campdrafting, spending time with family & friends, exercising, eating amazing food and the company of her very spoilt Jack Russell.

Tui Magner, Board Director

Tui, her daughters and fiancé reside in the Pilbara region of Western Australia in Karratha.

Involved with the ABCRA for two years now, Tui is a former New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association (NZRCA) member where she won four Reserve National NZ Championships. Since relocating to WA, Tui has won the 2022 All Round WA Rookie Champion, 2022 WA Open & Rookie Steer Undecorating Champion and 2022 Rookie WA Barrel Racing Champion.

With experience in board governance, strategic communications, compliance and risk management, Tui brings a range of knowledge to the board.

Outside of Rodeo, Tui enjoys CrossFit and Motocross.

Jeff Edwards, Board Director

Long time member of the ABCRA Jeff Edwards resides in the NSW town of Tumblong.

As the current chair of the Rodeo National Judges Panel, Jeff has a wealth of knowledge around the sport, matched by a desire to see the association succeed.

Jeff is the proud owner & director of Eagleview Equine Pty Ltd.

We are excited to have Jeff join the Board of Directors & thank him for is efforts.


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