Rider Stories – Emma Kay

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This rider story features Emma Kay, from the Franklin Working Equitation group.  Emma serves as a committee member of the Franklin group as well as WENZ, Inc.  She is a trained Working Equitation judge for WEDU (Working Equitation Down Under) and has been involved with judging WE competitions for some time in the Franklin group.  Emma is an experienced rider with 35 years riding experience.  She is currently bringing along a green horse and recently has been a Working Equitation competitor with her horse, Jet.

My Working Equitation experience so far…

With my current green horse, 12 months (but many years involvement in the Franklin group and as a WE judge).

My other equestrian interests are…

I went through pony club system as a young person and teenager, going on to A&P Showing on the flat and Round the Ring then moving on to eventing, dressage, showjumping, western riding. I have extensive experience in horsemanship, roping basics, obstacle training and now classical in hand and ridden training. I have bred sport horses through owning a sport horse stallion and competing him also in dressage, eventing and showjumping. I have trained horses off the track to jump, competing them at dressage and eventing up to novice level. I have now taken up WE as my main equestrian discipline of choice.

My Equine Partner is…

Jet, a 9 year old 16.1hh pinto crossbred gelding. Jet had no dressage, jumping or any other equestrian sport training when I purchased him. He has done one WE show at preparatory level so far in his career, in Feb this year -2020, finishing 2nd in the dressage and 3rd overall. He can be quite a spooky nervous horse with obstacles but WE has really help train him to be a confident horse who enjoys WE training.

I got into Working Equitation because…

it gives the horses a job to do without the high risk like eventing or showjumping. This provides a valuable way to train horses and compete with like minded people in a very supportive environment.

Working Equitation is helping us…

develop biomechanically correct training.

Something I found surprising about Working Equitation was…

how it encourages the horses in such a cool way – in particular the speed phase.

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