Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Pukemarama Results and Photos, Wairakau Poster

Our first event of 2018 has the second half of the season off to a great start. Photos by PJ Renshaw (Petapix) are available for review in her online album and can be purchased from her for a very reasonable cost. Find the link on our Photos page along with others from previous events.

Results from the same ride are available on our website as well.

Our next ride is Wairakau, near Palmerston North and you can find directions, classes and the ride poster in our Calendar page.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Ride Day Protocols for all competitors

·      ALL riders MUST attend briefing (8.15am and 9.15am unless otherwise specified)
·      NO cell phones to be used on course. Cell phones may be carried for emergency purposes only but are not permitted for photography or timekeeping. Use of cell phones on course risks elimination. Leave them in your pocket or pack.
·      NO GPS or on board heart rate monitors
·      NO whips or spurs
·      NO reins longer than 3 meters or split reins
·      NO lead ropes (exception lead rein class)
·      NO gumboots. Riding boots must be worn or stirrups with cages
·      NO time wasting: weaving, circling or stopping while on trail, always maintain forward motion (you can let your horse drink)
·      Riders MUST stay mounted and maintain forward motion after crossing finish line until a vet is available to take your heart rate.

Please also ensure that you are familiar with the WATRC Code of Conduct

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Reminders for competitors - next ride Waitarere Sunday 29 October

Hi Everyone

Some points to note and reminders for our upcoming ride atWaiterere on Sunday 29 October.

  • Anyone still holding WATRC $$ (these were $5 vouchers given out as Champs prizes) will only be able to use ONE voucher per activity – that is to say you can put $5 towards your ride entry fee ONLY; you can buy raffle tickets with one $5 voucher and of course you can buy sausages at the BBQ.  These vouchers will not cover membership fees or part thereof 

  • Please do not ask for late ride out times they will not be given – your times will be allocated in order with Open and Long Intermediate riders taking the first half hour from 8.30am

  • Please DO NOT pay on-line – we operate on a cash/cheque payment on the day (anyone paying on line will not get a refund if they don’t show up on the day)

  • Please do NOT bring your horse to the entries trailer – this is both dangerous and inconvenient for other riders trying to register

  • Please can you all refresh your knowledge on what is required of you at a ride – all the information is on our website and when you ride in WATRC events you are expected to abide by the rules and our Code of Conduct.  If you are a paid up member – you have already signed up to these rules and Code of Conduct.

  • There will also be additional information at the entries table to remind you of your obligations when riding in WATRC events – this includes taking personal responsibility for your own safety and all your fellow riders.  If you see a rider in difficulty you are expected to stop and assist that rider. NO EXCEPTIONS – Rider Safety and Horse Welfare are the bottom line for WATRC competitors.
Nicky Chapman
WATRC President

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Hokio Beach Ride Sunday 15 October CANCELLED

Regretfully, we are unable to proceed with the Hokio Beach ride this year.

This is largely due to the wet and flooded conditions and the lack of a suitable alternative area for the ride base.

The event has been withdrawn from our Calendar and the Online Pre-Entries form.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Thanks to our Sponsors

WATRC proudly acknowledges our season sponsors

The Rural Trading Post Ltd (Pauatahanui & Hutt Valley) - Trailer Signage and

Short Intermediate Class Ribbons – RTP Short Intermediate

Dorne Logging  - Trailer Signage

Trifekta  (Nicole Woollett & Rachel Rolfs) - Long Intermediate Class Ribbons

Greta & Shah (Nicky Chapman & Rae McRae) - Novice Class Ribbons

Human Dynamo (Sue Dorrington) - Raffle Prizes

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Waikawa Beach Sunday 1 October

Hi Everyone

The ride poster has been published (see the Calendar) and online pre-entries are open.
Points to note for this ride:

Due to the tide the first riders will go out at 9.30am (so the ride is one hour later than usual)

Vetting will start at 8.15am.

An important reminder about ride entry rules and protocols:

As per the ride poster All Open and Long Intermediate riders must be pre-entered – close off is 9.00pm Wednesday 27 September.

All other on-line pre entries close at 5.00pm on Friday 29 September.

Entries on the day (for this ride note change of time due to later start) 8.30am and will close at 10.30am (no entries will be taken after 10.30am)

Ride times will be allocated by Kath on receipt of entries – we will not accept requests for late ride out times so please don't ask for them

Note that all Open and Long Intermediate entries will be allocated ride out times in the first half hour – for Waikawa – that will be 9.30am- 10.00am.

Nicky Chapman
WATRC President

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Online Membership and Horse registration now open

Hi Everyone

It’s time for memberships again and this year we are doing it on-line.

The links are below (and of course you will find them on our WATRC website if your link from this email fails – just Google WATRC)

If you sign up before 1 September you will go in the draw for a free ride at any event you choose this season.  We will draw the winner at the first ride on 1 October at Waikawa Beach (committee members excluded)

Important Information:

  • Please be sure to fill out your on-line Membership in full (the on-line system will unlikely let you complete the form unless you do)
  • You can also complete your horse information online. You can provide information for as many horses as you want, but each horse must be submitted separately. You can also provide horse information at any time during the season, although we recommend you provide it before that horse's first ride of the season.
  • The horse information that you provide must be exactly mirrored on your ride entry at each ride and we will be insisting that ride entries are filled out accurately on each ride day so that records are clear and consistent.
  • Horse information is used to collate points tallies at the end of each season – so you need to be consistent with the horse name that you use (if it doesn’t cross match with the database– you won’t get the points)
  • Your membership is valid only when your membership fee appears in the bank account

Remember the ride season begins on Sunday 1 October at Waikawa Beach

Updates and ride flyers will be posted on the website and mailed out to all members who join the mailing group

This information will also be posted on Facebook – but our official site for information is the WATRC Website

 Any questions please email me or any committee member


Nicky Chapman
On behalf of the WATRC Committee