Equine Courses with the National Trade Academy

Our Equine Courses

Equine courses at the National Trade Academy have been developed to meet the needs of the equine industry in New Zealand and abroad. Demand is high for stable-hands and grooms in the racing industry, as well as opportunities existing in a variety of equine related fields such as competitive sport, saddleries, breeding studs, riding schools and trekking guides in the tourism industry. Our courses also offer a great opportunity for riders who want to further their own knowledge and riding ability for personal development.

Turn your passion into a career. Experience the thrill of working with horses.

A qualification in Equine studies will launch your career with horses and open doors to international travel and work in this exciting industry.

NTA has its own Arion Riding Centre for real world experience with all the facilities required for top level education and training. Use one of our horses or bring your own.

NCEA (Level 2)
NCEA (Level 2)

Youth Guarantee (Fees Free)

Vocational Pathway (NCEA Level 2) Primary Industries

NZ Certificate (Level 2)
NZ Certificate (Level 2)

New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 2)

(Full or Part Time Options)

NZ Certificate (Level 3)
NZ Certificate (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Equine Coaching (Level 3)

(Full or Part-time options)

NZ Certificate (Level 3)
NZ Certificate (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 3) Sporthorse Stable Assistant

(Full or Part-time options)

NZ Certificate (Level 4)
NZ Certificate (Level 4)

New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Sporthorse Groom) (Level 4)

(Full or Part-time options) 

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Kay Hogan

NTA Equine Programme Manager (since August 2019)

B.H.S.I., Dip. Teaching, CTT

Kay has had a lifetime of experience with horses, starting riding when 4 years old, trained and competed via the Pony Club system, completing her NZPCA ‘A’ Certificate on a horse she trained herself from an unbroken youngster.

After leaving school, Kay graduated from Auckland Teachers College and while teaching in the primary sector, coached at several Pony Clubs. She was later employed in thoroughbred breeding and racing establishments, plus broke in horses used in a variety of equestrian sports including polo ponies.

Kay then moved to the UK where she stayed for 3 and half years. She trained for and passed her all British Horse Society Instructors qualifications and became the Yard Manager at Wellington Riding, a large training centre in Berkshire with around 100 horses. Kay trained students and successfully rode many horses in a variety of disciplines (dressage, show jumping, eventing and hunting).

On returning to New Zealand Kay was appointed as a National Coach by NZPCA (and is their Lead Examiner), became an ESNZ Performance Coach, Coach Educator, and is a member of the Coaching Advisory Panel for both organisations. These positions involve coaching riders and teams, training coaches, conducting exams, developing coaching pathways and writing resources such as dressage tests, show jumping course plans, and coach training manuals.

In 2000 after 5 years as the Equine Programme Manager at the Waikato Polytech (now Wintec), Kay took on the position of Director of Equestrian at St Peter’s School, Cambridge, where she developed a highly successfully training and Inter-Schools competition programme, introduced and taught Equine Studies, and started Parenga Pony Club.

In 2017 Kay renewed her interest in the thoroughbred industry by becoming a NZ Thoroughbred Racing Training Advisor and tutor for the Level 3 and 4 Equine Breeding Qualifications. She enjoyed growing the numbers of enrolments and helping many trainees successfully graduate from the programme.

A desire to help students and horses succeed at any level is a strong motivator for Kay to stay involved in the equine education sector.


Belinda McAnally

Equine Tutor - Trade Academy Level 3

Riding for over 40 years I grew up riding ponies around farmland with my neighbour, eventually pursuing Showjumping and Hunting around the country. Competing became my passion and I enjoyed great success with my pony "Jontin" who I took from beginnings to A Grade (GP) show jumping.

Years later I moved to Brisbane Australia where I worked in a private riding school and competed with my talented horse around Queensland in the B grade show jumping circuit, gaining a place in the Queensland team. Before returning to NZ I spent time breaking and training young horses and ponies in the Queensland outback while coaching riding to landowners' children.

After returning to NZ I took time out from competitive riding, concentrating on re-training, schooling and breaking in for several years. These days I can be seen competing at local A&P shows with the round the ring hunter jumpers, hunting and recently eventing around the 2-star level.

I have my NZ Certificate in Coaching Level 3 and NZ Certificate in Equine Skills Level 3 and enjoy helping riders reach their full potential and follow their dreams.


Helen Egan

Equine Distance Learning Tutor

Helen has been involved with equestrian sport since the 1970's, starting as a rider and then progressing onto coaching. Helen has made a career out of riding and coaching, leaving NZ for England in the 1980's, gaining BHS AI and in later years gaining coaching certification from ESNZ and Equestrian Australia and also as a coach of riders who have a disability. This career path has brought amazing opportunity with coaching and riding stints in England, Canada, USA, Hong Kong, Australia and India. Working with well respected coaches and riders and receiving exposure to different types of horses, horse management and competition.

Helen's passion is working with young horse people, leading to a long time involvement with the delivery of Unit Standard based education in Stable Procedures. Helen currently works for the National Trade Academy  looking after the Equine Distance learners. Helen also works in education, delivering NCEA credits to second chance learners who have not achieved in the mainstream school system. This combination of horses and education has been a powerful vehicle to provide career pathways for many young equestrians and to allow learners from all backgrounds to set goals and achieve them. Helen has many years of training coaches, both through NZQA Coach certification and ESNZ Coach training, and is also a SPARC Coach Mentor, she really believes that growing the base of coaches will grow our riders in a safe, fun way and develop our sport.

In 2017 Helen was appointed as an Association Coach by NZ Pony Club Association and continues to be involved in Pony Club and ESNZ both locally and nationally. Helen has competed in several countries over the years in Show jumping, dressage and eventing. She still rides for pleasure, competing these days in dressage and enjoys hunting


Kim Woods ADASc (Equine Tutor)

Kim grew up in Southland riding farm ponies and attending Bay Road Pony Club. After moving to Christchurch in 1984 she joined Windsor Pony Club competing in local competitions and horse trial events.  In 1999, after purchasing a thoroughbred that raced called Happy Christmas, Kim turned to natural horsemanship to help her with the problems she was experiencing with Happy.  In a short period the changes in Happy’s behaviour was evident and this inspired Kim to look for an opportunity to work with horses in a professional manner.

In 2001 Kim and Happy, moved to Hawkes Bay to study at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Napier full time for two years to complete the Advanced Diploma in Applied Science majoring in Equine Studies.  After completing this study they returned to Christchurch and Kim started a riding school in West Melton where she taught lessons, holiday programmes, camps and clinics.  In 2010 and 2012 Kim spent several months training and learning at Pat and Linda Parelli’s International Study Centres in Florida and Colorado, completing the Extern and Instructors Programmes.

In 2018 Kim closed her school and became involved in horse care and welfare in Fiji.  Through Facebook Kim collects 2nd hand horse riding gear from around NZ raising funds through Give a Little taking the equipment to Fiji travelling to the poor villages donating the equipment and teaching the Fijians horse care and horsemanship in an effort to raise the standard of care and welfare of the horses in Fiji.

Kim really loves being part of the equine tutoring team at National Trade Academy.  She particularly enjoys working with the age group the certificates attract and combination of the theory and practical elements of the courses such as horse health and well being, stable care, horse handling and horse riding.


Olivia Logan (Nee Gerve)

Equine Tutor - Trade Academy Level 2

Olivia has ridden competitively since the age of 6yrs and is still competing to date, learning much of the fundamentals during the 10 years she attended Kowhai Residential Riding School. As a senior rider, Olivia was a member and coach at Kowhai and View Hill Pony Club, during which time she Gained her B Certificate, competed numerous times at the South Island’s largest Team Competition, the Springston Trophy and was selected to represent Canterbury twice in the NZPCA Eventing Champs. She evented one of Kowhai’s horses, McGinty, to Open Intermediate Level. 

Whilst completing her degree, she became Head Coach for Ferrymead Pony Club. There she coached a variety of levels and ages, but Olivia’s main focus was to help prepare the senior riders for their certificate exams and team competitions. She managed the Springston Trophy Team during this time.

After studying, Olivia gained a position as a Banking Advisor for BNZ, where she worked for the next 14 years. She continued to ride and compete during this time and also bred three sport horses in partnership with Belinda McAnally (Level 4 Tutor). Of the horses Olivia and Belinda bred, one has been sold to Australia as a high-level show jumper and another is currently Olivia’s main competition horse, High Jinx. Olivia’s education and competition experience in Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross-Country has been influenced by training with many highly respected and well-established coaches and riders including Lucinda Green, Jonathan Paget, Jenn Hamilton and Mark Todd.

“I thrive off the quest for perfection and obedience in dressage, but it’s the thrill of the cross-country that I have the most passion for.”

Olivia joined the Equine team at National Trade Academy in April 2019 and is enthusiastic in sharing her love and knowledge of horses with her students and helping them develop their skills and confidence as they learn, the ultimate satisfaction coming from helping a student move through the course and prepare them for a career in the industry.

Our Tutors

Emily Chamberlain

Emily Chamberlain - Equine Tutor Level 3

Emily has spent her entire life around horses and competing to a high level in New Zealand RAS (Royal Agriculture Society) and ESNZ (Equestrian sport New Zealand) competitions.

Emily has competed in many disciplines her favourites' being showing and hunter jumping, this is where much of her success has been. Including many championship titles at National New Zealand shows and South Island championships. At 18 she competed up to ESNZ dressage Level 3, placing third overall in the South Island Young Rider Series and has numerous other placings in league championship classes at level 1 & 2. 

The opportunity to ride at this level comes from humble beginnings, learning to ride on hill country in North Canterbury and mid-Canterbury where she grew up on her parent’s sheep and beef farms, following them while mustering the hills.

Emily has attended several training and rider development camps, her favourite being the South Island Young Rider Dressage Camp. She has been lucky to have tuition from a wide range of coaches which has proved beneficial to Emily’s personal development as a coach.
During year 13 in high school, she began her studies towards a Certificate in Equine Coaching Level 3 and completed it six months after finishing high school.
Emily has spent the last five years coaching a variety of students from complete beginners to more experienced riders competing in show hunter and showing. She has spent most of her time competing in the show ring but has based her schooling around fundamentals of dressage, working with dressage coaches who have trained in Germany.  

Emily has been involved in pony club from a young age, completing certificates and now coaching children at Tinwald Pony Club in Ashburton where she spent most of her pony club years competing in teams’ competitions. This included South Island Show Jumping Championships Team as a senior rider for 105cm. She has been a volunteer at Equitana, Auckland, working in the main arena team, setting up and helping on the stage floor for demos with the likes of Andrew Nicolson. Emily is currently working towards becoming an ESNZ Show Hunter judge.

Emily has a passion for helping people exceed their goals and find their strengths.

We have many excellent land-based farming, agriculture, horticulture, equine, animal care and other courses to choose from.