About Us

My name is Emma Kay.
I would like to welcome you to Emma Kay Equestrian and Essenti Equine.
Emma Kay Equestrian offers the most comprehensive equine wellness and nutrition coaching out there. My comprehensive program, tailored your needs will get you the solutions and results you are desperate for. 

Essenti Equine provides New Zealand with the best possible tools with which to work with and care for your horse. The full range of DP Saddles, Christ Fur Saddles and Accessories, Markus Holst Tack and Accessories. 



I offer -

  • Nutrition that works! I provide the most up to date information resources including equine nutritional advice from 25 years plus experience and am the original founder of the Duwell range of equine supplements.
  • Tack that your horses and you will love!! And looks incredible!! World-class tack and saddlery from DP Saddlery US, Markus Holst and  other suppliers of high quality tack. 
  • Training methods that make your horses truly beautiful!! The use of classically-based training methods develop the horse to be able to carry the rider without incurring injury as safely as possible and rehabilitate when necessary to return the horse to soundness
  • Training that your horse understands! Horse-friendly methods that are step-wise and progressive to ensure complete understanding by the horse

This uniquely holistic approach, backed with years of experience and training with world class horsemen and women, brings together all the factors necessary for you to be successful with your equine partner.


My methods come from knowledge accumulated over 30 years working in the equine industry and by studying with great horsemen and women such as Thirza Hendriks, Manolo Mendez, Jean Luc Corneille, Martin Black, Buck Brannaman and Maree McAteer. I have worked in all aspects of equine care and training from a young age, working with race and show horses upon leaving school, competing in Round the Ring Jumping as a teenager with an OTT steeplechaser, winning many rider classes, working in yearling prep barns, competing a sport horse stallion in dressage, retraining OTT TB’s in to successful eventing careers, training a quarter horse for cow working and western events as well as working in the racing industry, caring for and riding racehorses.


Together with my husband Roger, we have bred many sport horses with our pinto stallion Pintado Desperado and have foaled thoroughbred and sport horse mares for outside clients. We also ajisted many racehorses for clients.

A Passion for Working Equitation –
In the last five years I have come to learn about a new equestrian competition - Working Equitation. This is a four phase competition –

  • Phase one - Dressage
  • Phase two – Ease of Handling through a course of obstacles
  • Phase three - Speed through the similar course of obstacles
  • Fourth phase in a big competition is team cow working.

Judging of phases is based on the horse’s calmness and focus in all situations, relative to its level of training. Tenseness in any form is not rewarded unlike modern dressage.

Working Equitation offers a progressive training system, or in other words, a step by step approach that encourages the horse to be curious and to try new things and teaches the rider how to train in this way. This progressive training system fits perfectly with my philosophy of ethical equine training that focuses on the willing participation and “okness” of the horse.

This progressive approach can be used to train a horse for anything from WE to barrier training of a racehorse, because when training makes sense to a horse it learns quickly and does not forget.

I have studied Cowboy Challenge and horsemanship, training my own horses and those of students, in ground work and under saddle, to happily perform obstacles such as bridges, dragging a drum on a rope, walk over tarpaulins, jump obstacles, carry a full sized flag, go through a curtain and many more. WE is now a perfect outlet for this training with a degree of competitiveness to keep things interesting but still have the overall focus on the mental and physical wellbeing of the horse.

I educate riders how to look at things from the horse's perspective so they can continue to work with their horses in an empathetic manner that is faster in the long run and highly effective.

Education sets us free. Through education we can better understand the needs of the horse as they must come first.

Becoming stockists of DP Saddles and Markus Holst tack is a very cool progression too. Quality tack that fits horse and rider properly is an essential component of Duwell’s holistic approach.

We hold clinics, offer group or one on one lessons that can include:

  • Ground work -- for ease of handling, classical inhand work, horsemanship and classical western groundwork, obstacle or float training, foal handling, rehabilitation in hand work, how to round pen and lunge correctly.
  • Ridden work -- obstacle training for Working Equitation and Cowboy Challenge, ridden rehabilitation work, lateral work, problems such as herd bound, separation anxiety, how to get a soft feel, trail riding issues. And much more.

The relationship between horses being free from diet related issues and the ease of trainability is a very close one. Horses suffering from diet related problems cannot mentally function correctly and trainability is therefore severely affected. We are passionate about the education of owners and riders to better understand the impact of diet on their horses and how to avoid very common diet related problems.