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.