MEET THE TEAM
NATIONAL SALES MANAGER
A late starter to the horse world, Kate started riding when she was 10 years old and has never looked back! Quickly being bitten by the eventing and showjumping bug, Kate had great success on her pony to pre-novice level, before outgrowing him and moving onto hacks.
Zambessi is Kate’s most memorable mount & the pair formed a wonderful partnership going through the ranks to 3* (old 2*) level, having the opportunity to compete at HOY, as well as showjumping at Young Rider level, while also having a few other horses throughout those years that she learnt a lot off. A change of pace has seen the last few years being focused on young horses, career and family, and now enjoying barrel racing as well.
Kate is based in Dunedin & is also a qualified vet nurse and is working towards a bachelor in business by correspondence. She believes in transparency and consistency in horse feed, and the importance of supporting local, and is proud and excited to join the Hekeao Feed Co team.
Emily has been working alongside Josh behind the scenes of Hekeao Feed Co. since day one, mainly focusing on the social media and marketing side of the business.
Born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts in the USA, Emily was the only 'horsey' person in her family. She grew up horse-obsessed, spending hours on end at the stables and has been riding ever since she can remember.
Emily first learned to ride at a Saddleseat barn, but started off competing in the hunter jumper world and spent summers in Wyoming on a large horse ranch working with young horses and learning about the western world. Growing up, she fell in love with a QHxTB named Lark who she loved to jump with no gear, and performed at local fairs with a trick horse named Noir.
Emily moved to New Zealand at the age of 17 has since developed a passion for barrel racing and breakaway roping. Emily's role with Hekeao Feed Co. is supplemented by her experience working in the Animal Health industry and interest in equine nutrition.
Josh is one of the founders of Hekeao Feed Co.
A farmer through and though, many of the ingredients for the company's recipes are grown on his farm. Josh had a vision of taking home-grown produce from 'field to feed bowl'. Being able to provide pure, raw, NZ Made products ticked all the boxes and the rest is history.
Prior to farming, Josh spent all of his 20's flying helicopters both in New Zealand and in Australia.