Thursday, 22 December 2016

Rata Leedstown Road ride poster and Pukemarama results released

Pukemarama results have now been posted to the Results page of our website.
Our next ride – and the first for 2017 – is at Leedstown Road, Rata (between Marton and Hunterville) on Sunday 8 January. The ride poster has been linked to our Calendar.
At the request of our hosts, competitors at the Leedstown Road event will be required to sign a disclaimer at the entries table confirming that they have read and understood all known hazards on the property.
Additionally we have been asked to ensure there is NO SMOKING at this venue.  This means NO SMOKING ANYWHERE WHILE ON THE PROPERTY.
Anyone failing to comply risks censure under the club's rules.
These conditions are extremely important to our hosts and we expect all participants to observe and respect them. Failing to meet our host's conditions of use can lose us the venue.

Have a safe and happy festive season and we look forward to seeing you at our rides in 2017.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Pukemarama ride poster released. Battle Hill still awaiting confirmation due to track damage

This message from Nicky Chapman, club president

Pukemarama remains scheduled for Sunday 11 December, but please note this ride is still subject to suitable ground conditions and the availability of ground crew. The ride poster is now available in our Calendar.
When emailing your entries to Junior –please be sure to highlight PUKEMARAMA in the subject line so he can ‘park’ these entries until he’s completed the Battle Hill Ride on 4 December.
Please Note also – we have yet to receive clearance that the Battle Hill ride can proceed.  The main outward track (The Puketiro Loop) sustained major damage in the storm on 14/15 November following the earthquake. The latest advice from the venue today is that ‘the 12 tonne digger is on site to clear the track this week’……so fingers crossed….
It has been a very testing Spring trying to keep to our advertised ride schedule….
We will keep you posted…

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Information for the Battle Hill ride Sunday 4 December

The Battle Hill Ride poster can be found in our Calendar.
Please note the following:
There is NO CAMPING at Battle Hill this year
The trails have endured some serious damage in last week’s storm but we are assured that all will be ready for our ride on 4 December – provided there is no more heavy rain.
Due to a four wheel drive event at the back of Battle Hill we are unable to use a portion of the trail from last year – we will advise as early as possible if we are able to recover the distances.  This will depend very much on the condition of the trails.
If anyone has any questions about the ride please direct these to or to the ride organiser Liz Antunovic
Please do not send your queries about the ride to Junior. Use the two email addresses above – only email Junior your pre-entries for the ride or fill out the on-line pre-entry form.
Only your entry will be processed by Junior.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Te Hapua results published, Pukemarama postponed. Next ride Battle Hill

You can find the results from Te Hapua on our Results page.

News from club president, Nicky Chapman
Sent: Saturday, 19 November 2016 2:17 p.m.
Subject: WATRC Update: Ride date changes

Hi everyone
It’s been a testing week for many of us in the earthquake and flood zones, but I'm happy to report that we are all upright and functioning, albeit a little on edge at the prospect that the shaking is not over.
The continuing wet spring has conspired to force us to postpone our next scheduled ride on Sunday 27 November at Pukemarama.
We have also had to postpone our planned ride on 11 December at our new venue Wairakau (near Palmerston North)
However, we have pencilled in new dates for both these rides (again subject to the ground conditions)
Pukemarama is pencilled in for Sunday 11 December (previously the date for the Wairakau Ride)
Wairakau is pencilled in for Sunday 15 January 2017
This means our next scheduled ride is Battle Hill on Sunday 4 December (there has been flood and slip damage on this trail as well, but we are hopeful we will be able to continue with this ride as planned.)
As many of you will be aware RADRs is also having to move ride dates around and you will find updates on their Facebook Page and on the WATRC Facebook page.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Te Hapua - reminder from our club President

Hi Everyone

Just a reminder of our next ride on Sunday 13 November at Te Hapua Road (Beach ride)

This is a very popular ride and it would be helpful for planning purposes to get your entry in early.

In addition to our usual classes we are offering an Intro Class and two Enduro classes – please refer to attached qualifying criteria for entry to the Enduro Classes.

If anyone has any questions about the ride please direct these to or to the ride organiser Anna Graham:

Please do not send your queries to Junior but to the two email addresses above – just email Junior your entries for the ride or fill out the on-line entry form

Only your entry will be processed by Junior

Look forward to seeing you there

Nicky Chapman

On behalf of the WATRC Committee

Monday, 10 October 2016

Waitarere results, Te Hapua poster

The Waitarere results were posted over the weekend - find them on our Results page.

Due to cancellation of the planned Aokautere ride, our next WATRC event will be at Te Hapua on Sunday 6 November. This is a beach ride and always very popular.

At Te Hapua we'll be offering an Intro class for those looking for a shorter ride. We're also offering two Endurance Training classes (20km and 40km) for experienced competitors. There are entry criteria for the Endurance Training classes, so please review the information in the Calendar.

We've also tentatively scheduled a ride for Sunday 11 December to replace one of the rides we had to cancel. More information about this as these plans come together.

If you just can't wait for your next ride with WATRC, there is a ride near Marton on 30 October organized by RADRS - you can get the details from their website.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Directions to new ride base - Beach ride 9 October cancelled

We've published directions to the new Waitarere ride base - as usual we have a map in our calendar, or you can check the map and directions here.

You'll take the same route as in past years but not go quite so far. Turn off SH1 onto Waitarere Beach Road towards Waitarere settlement.  Follow Waitarere Beach Road to the built up area, and turn right at the 1st roundabout.  The entrance to the ride base will be on your left about 200 metres from the roundabout and will be well marked. Turns will be marked with pink bottles as usual.

With regret we've had to cancel the 9 October ride. We've been unable to secure a suitable ride base.

Unfortunately, our Labour weekend ride on 23 October at Aokautere near Palmerston North is also looking doubtful due to rain affected ground conditions at this new venue, but we are hoping to be able to  confirm or reschedule and will post any updates as soon as they come to hand.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Waitarere - first ride 2 October and a new ride base

Less than two weeks until the first ride of our new season! We've just released the Waitarere ride poster and you can find it in our Calendar page.

We have a new ride base, still in Kanuka Drive in the Waitarere Rise sub-division, but not the same base as in previous years. Be sure to follow the markers (pink bottles). No directions yet but we hope to have the details soon.

We'll be running an Intro Class at most rides this season.  You do not have to be a club member to enter this class and the ride fee is only $15.  The Intro Class is intended for people new to the sport and want to 'give CTR a try', for competitors or horses that may not be up to fitness, or for young horses just starting out. The Intro distance will vary between 7 and 10 kms and at most rides will be an ‘out and back’ trail. The optimum speed will be 8km per hour.

We are delighted to confirm sponsors for the following classes: Novice/Novice Junior and Intro Classes are sponsored by Dorne Logging, and the Rural Trading Post is sponsoring the short Intermediate class which will be known as RTP Intermediate.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

WATRC Draft Calendar released

You can see the draft WATRC calendar on our Calendar page. At this time there are still a number of dates and venues to be confirmed, so pencil in the dates and visit the page periodically to check for updates.

RADRS have released their calendar and we've integrated their dates into our calendar for your planning convenience. While we will endeavor to maintain accurate dates of RADRS events, please ensure that you confirm dates and venues with RADRS before finalizing your plans.

RADRS have a website and a Facebook Group that you can join to see their news and event updates.

Update: The Manakau ride which was pencilled for 22 January has been rescheduled to the following weekend, Sunday 29 January.

The earlier date (22 Jan ) clashes with the North Island Endurance Championships and some key personnel will be unavailable that weekend.

The new date remains provisional and is still to be confirmed.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Membership form updated for the 2016 - 2017 season

The membership form for the 2016/17 season is now available on our website. Please download and print the form, complete it, sign it and post it back. Please note the new mailing address:
Nicky Chapman
248 Flightys Road
RD 1
Please also note that a completed membership form is still required when paying by Internet banking.
Like most sports clubs, WATRC relies on volunteers for the running of events. If you're able to help at any time, your contribution will be appreciated.
Your committee is working on a draft ride calendar and hopes to publish it soon. We'll make it available as soon as possible so that you can plan your season.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

AGM minutes, President's report, updated rules and more ...

The minutes from AGM are now available, along with the President's report and financial summary.
Four of five remits considered by AGM were passed and the WATRC Ride Rules have been updated accordingly. The remit relating to the Control Area Trot was lost and rule 1.8 (c) remains unchanged. All related documents can be found on our Resources page.

On the same page is information about the Graded Training Ride proposal that arose from discussion at AGM 2015. The proposed WATRC format differs from the UK Graded Endurance Ride on which it is based so as to co-exist with our CTR competition with minimal disruption. We're grateful to Karena Fellowes for her initial paper describing the UK GER. Her paper contributed considerably to the development of the WATRC proposal.

For comparison, we've re-published the 2015/16 CTR results with Graded Training Ride results appended, also showing how these results differ from the UK's Graded Endurance Ride. You can find the re-published results under the "GTR results" link beside each of our previously published ride results on the Results page. These are followed by the season GTR points totals for each combination of rider and horse.

A number of committee members stepped down at the end of the season, and a number of members have agreed to serve along with our returning members. Please give your committee your support as they guide our club through the next season of rides. Our new committee will develop and release the 2016-17 ride calendar in due course.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Remits and Proxy voting form available for AGM Sat 2 July

We have five remits for consideration at AGM. These are now available on our website Resources page along with a proxy voting form that can be downloaded and either edited (Word) or printed (PDF) for you to complete and submit. This material will also be emailed to our email group shortly.

Remits address the following matters:
  • PASSED: Remit 1 – Riders required to remain mounted until called for Across-the-Line Heart Rates
  • PASSED: Remit 2 – Clarification of Rule 1.14 Vetting
  • LOST: Remit 3 – Control Area Trot and Finish Line walk
  • PASSED: Remit 4 – Amendments to Rule 1.11 Safety in relation to footwear
  • PASSED: Remit 5 – Championship classes and qualifying criteria
Only financial members of WATRC are eligible to vote.

Please ensure that emailed or posted proxy votes will be received in time. The remits will be passed or lost at AGM and late votes will not be counted.

If attending AGM, please ensure you arrive in time to be seated for a 4:30 pm start.

Updated 11 July. 4 of 5 remits passed. Further updates to follow:

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Reminder: Booking and Payment due by Friday 24 June for Prizegiving Dinner Saturday 2 July

Prizegiving dinner will start at 6 pm on Saturday 2 July following AGM.

Please note the deadline for purchasing your dinner tickets is Friday 24 June as we need to confirm numbers for catering.

AGM will commence at 4:30 pm. Financial members are of course welcome to attend AGM, but regrettably there can be no dinner ticket sales on the day, sorry.

Remits for consideration at AGM will be emailed to the WATRC mailing group, posted on the WATRC website and announced on Facebook from 25 June (one week ahead of the AGM)

A proxy form will also be provided for members who wish to vote on the remits but are unable to attend AGM.

NOTE: Only financial members can vote.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Call for Remits - to be submitted by 12 June

AGM is your opportunity to present proposals for changes to the WATRC Incorporated Constitution or the WATRC Ride Rules.

To ensure that remits are presented in a clear and consistent format for consideration by members, we ask that you use the Remit Form that can be found on our website.

Remits are distributed to members ahead of AGM, and proxy voting is permitted - a proxy form will be distributed prior to AGM. Remits must be submitted by 12 June.

Because proxies are accepted, remits cannot be amended at AGM and will be voted as they stand.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

WATRC AGM and Prizgiving Dinner 2 July

We've set the date and booked the venue for the Annual General Meeting of WATRC Incorporated, to be followed by the end of season Prizegiving dinner.

The date is Saturday 2 July. The venue is the Waikanae Chartered Club at 8 Elizabeth Street, Waikanae.

We have the venue from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Please endeavour to arrive and be seated before 4:30 pm so that the AGM can get underway promptly.

Tickets for the dinner are $30 for adults, $15 for under 17 year-olds and free for under 5 year-olds.
Bookings and pre-payment in full are required by Friday 24 June. No late bookings can be accepted.

For booking and payment details, please see the AGM poster linked from our Calendar page.

Remit forms will be distributed shortly.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Te Hapua Road photos - Flickr album complete

The second and final batch of photos from the Club Championships held at Te Hapua has now been uploaded into the album and can be accessed from the link on our Photos page. Most riders passed the photographer at least twice (a few as many as 5 times) so even if you found pictures in the first batch it will still be worth having a look at the second - skip to page 5 of 11 in the album and work forward from there.

The RADRs fund raiser held on 10 April was by all accounts a great success and well supported by WATRC members. RADRs have their own Flickr pages and have made several albums available.

We were unable to book our usual date for AGM and Prizegiving, which will therefore be held on Saturday 2 July at the Waikanae Chartered Club. There will be a formal announcement and call for remits in the near future.

Anyway, that's a wrap for this CTR season. We hope you've enjoyed the riding and met your goals for the season past, and we look forward to seeing you next season.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Bright's Farm photos uploading

Upload is in progress and as usual the link can be found on our Photos page. The album should be finalised later this evening, when the page will be updated with a cover photo.
Champs just days away now - entries in champs classes will still be accepted up until 9:00 pm Friday provided they are paid in full and accompanied by a $5 late entry fee. Details can be found in the ride poster - download it from our Calendar page.
Non-champs classes can be entered on the day as usual.
See you there.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Bright's Farm results - Pikarere photos a wrap

Bright's Farm results are available on the Results page of our website. It looks like most folk who needed it for a champs qualifying ride have made the cut-off time faults for their class.

Just a few more days for champs entries, required by 30 March with payment in full. Please use the Champs entry form, available on our Calendar page.

The balance of the Pikarere album has been uploaded and the album is now complete. Previously unseen photos begin about two thirds of the way through (about page 6 of 9 in my browser). Access the album from our Photos page.

Our photographer is still playing catch up and will begin work on the Bright's Farm album immediately. He'll have at least a partial album ready before Champs.

For your interest, while away on holiday, he happened upon the Mounted Games events at Farmlands HoY 2016 in Napier and took a few snaps of the action. And "action" is an understatement - teams compete in a series of relay events that include small tasks, some of which require flying dismounts and remounts to retrieve game items. The sheer athleticism and coordination between horse and rider is something to see. You can find his album on Flickr.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Pikarere photos - first installment available

I'm about two thirds of the way through the raw material from Pikarere - as promised a first installment is now available, linked in the photos page.

I'm not sure when I'll have the set complete but it will be as soon as I can manage.

It looks like Bright's Farm will have a fine day - catch you there.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Champs Entries must be submitted and paid by 30 March

The ride poster and entry form for Champs is now available in our Calendar.

Please note the deadlines for Champs entries is Wednesday 30 March at 9pm
Late entries will be accepted until 9pm Friday 1 April but will incur and $5 penalty.

The non-champs Novice and Novice Junior may enter on the day from 7.30am – we encourage you to pre-enter as this helps with the planning and scheduling of ride times.

For any camping enquiries please contact Nicky Chapman at  No camping without prior booking and camping will be limited. Yarding rules will be strictly enforced (see the rules extract below)

Entrants will be notified of their ride out time prior to the day (as usual)
Due to the tides on 3 April, the start time for champs will be pushed out  to 9:00am.  Confirmation of the start time will be given in plenty of time. Daylight Saving ends at 2:00am on Sunday 3 April (ride day) – the clocks will go back one hour at 2:00am so you will get an extra hour of sleep!

Champs qualifying criteria:
For championship classes, horses & riders must both be qualified (either individually or as a combination) in 2 x WATRC rides in the current season in the class they wish to compete in (note: qualifying rides must have 30 or less time faults for Novice, McCready Civil (short intermediate), Junior & Intermediate and 20 or less time faults for the Open class ).

Remember, our Bright's Farm ride is your last opportunity to complete a qualifying ride if you're still one short.

The following is an extract from the WATRC Ride Rules relating to yarding of horses at the ride venue:
1.6.6 Yarding
At all events, if camping overnight, the minimum standard of Yarding is to be:
(a) Four rigid corners (examples of, but not limited to -. warratahs - these MUST have safety caps - , side of truck or fence already standing)
(b) Two strands of electric fence tape, not string.
(c) Electrified while horses are inside yard
(d) Approximate minimum height of top tape /rail =1 metre.
(e) Approximate minimum distance between the two tapes/rails = 400mm

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Waitohu results, Bright's Farm poster, and a note about Champs qualifying

Results from Waitohu can now be found on the club results page here.

The Bright's Farm ride poster can be found in the Calendar along with directions in Google Maps if you're unfamiliar with the venue location.

The ride is the same as last year with the Novice and Novice Junior riding one loop of 13kms;
McCready Civil (Short int) and Junior Class riding one and a half loops for 20kms; and, Open and Long Intermediate riding two loops for 26kms.

Over the years, the Bright's Farm trail has varied as encroaching development in the Nikau Valley cuts off the northern-most end, but you can still get a good indication of the terrain from our dated trail profile.

Brights Farm is our final ride before Club Champs and your last chance to do a ‘qualifying ride’ for Champs. It is also a Premier Points Ride.

Look out also for the Club Champs flyer and entry form which will be sent out this week.
Remember entries for Champs must be made by a deadline date and paid for in advance (except for the non-championship class which can be entered on the day).  Full details in the poster to come.

Pikarere photos still some way off while the photographer is on holiday in the sunny north.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Pikarere results, Waitohu ride poster

After a quick turn-around, results from Pikarere are now on our website in the usual place.

Waitohu comes hard on the heels of Pikarere and you will need to have pre-entries for Open and Long Intermediate submitted this Wednesday 2nd for the event on Sunday 6th March. Check out the ride poster in our calendar page.

Photos from Pikarere will be delayed while our usual photographer takes a short holiday, and he won't be at Waitohu. He'll aim to have something ready by Bright's Farm.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Manakau photo album complete

All remaining photos are now uploaded and the album finalised. If you couldn't find yourself in the first installment, there should be something for you now, particularly the later starters. Look for the link on our photos page as usual.

The weather forecast for Pikarere is looking like warm and overcast at this stage, so we're hoping for a good day.  If anyone is wondering what the terrain is like, we have a trail profile for Pikarere, and while the trail may vary year on year, the profile gives you a reasonable idea of the country you cover.

See you there.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Manakua Photos (first installment) available now

I'm about three quarters of the way through editing and have uploaded the selection so far to Flickr. You can find a link to the album on the WATRC website's photos page.

All going well I hope to have the album finished before Pikarere on 28 February.

The "placeholder" image will remain in the set until the job is completed - the last part is tagging the images for search engines and updating the cover photo - once the cover appears on the WATRC photos page the album is finished.

We have a gentle reminder for competitors that WATRC rules do not permit the use of GPS, and while the rules permit carrying a cellphone, you should only use this to make emergency calls once you've started on the course. If you are seen with a phone out, you may be asked to explain why, and you run the risk of elimination.

Also, be responsible for your own ride - don't just follow your leader. Look for the trail markers, and do take the time to read and understand on-course directions. Course errors must be corrected by retracing your steps to the point you made the error and you must complete the course from that point.

If you're unfamiliar with them, the WATRC Ride Rules are available for download from our website.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Pikarere Ride Poster now available

Posted to our email news group and on the Calendar page of our website now.

Pikarere is a great venue and a deceptively challenging ride with quite a lot of hill work on trails can be hard under foot in dry conditions. We have a trail profile for this venue that gives you some indication of the terrain, although the course may vary from previous years.

Photos from Manakau are still in progress - I'll try to have at least a partial set for release over the weekend.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Manakau Results published

Results from Manakau can now be found on our Results page.

Photos unfortunately will take a bit longer. Due to work commitments out of town, selection from the very large number of images taken has barely commenced We'll get them out as soon as possible and certainly have something for you before the next ride.

Next ride is at Pikarere on Sunday 28 February - we're waiting on the ride poster and it will be published as soon as it becomes available.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Wainuiomata Photos uploading

You can find a link to the Wainuiomata ride on our photos page. The album upload should complete later this evening, all going well.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Wainuiomata Results, Manakau Poster

You can find the Wainuiomata results on our Results page.

The poster for Manakau has been posted to our mailing list and you can find that linked from our Calendar.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Wainuiomata Ride Poster published

The new Wainuiomata ride base is further along the Coast Road than the bases we've used in the past, in the East Harbour Regional Park just inland from Baring Head. Just keep going and follow our pink bottle markers until you find our sign at the entrance - if you reach the sea you've gone about a kilometre too far - but seriously, you can't miss it ;-)

Note the later start time - first riders out at 9:00 am. We've allowed extra travel time due to the additional distance, the hills you'll have to drive, and the extra length of the 50 kmph zones you'll traverse to reach the venue.

The trail is described as stony in places and very hard, so hoof boots are strongly recommended for un-shod horses. If, as seems likely, the trail covers similar ground to our past Wainui rides, the views are indeed spectacular - this is wild country right on Wellington's doorstep and you won't regret coming.

Directions to the venue are in the ride poster and we've provided a Google Map on the Calendar page. Please do note our recommendation that anyone coming from the north on SH1 should take Grays Road through Pauatahanui and continue over Haywards Hill into the Hutt Valley. We advise against taking the SH1 route down the Nauranga Gorge with  horses aboard - it's very steep and very uncomfortable for your horse. Our suggested alternative route is windier around the north side of the Pauatahanui Inlet (so drive carefully) but the gradients over Haywards Hill are friendlier.

Also take care on the Wainuiomata Hill Road - it's a long climb and a long descent in both directions with a couple of curves that some folk take faster than they should - drop down a gear for the downhill and you'll have a safer journey and spare your brakes.

Fingers crossed for a sunny day with a cooling breeze and clear views.
See you there.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Rata Leedstown Results available

Results from our first event of 2016 are now available on our results page.

We should have the ride poster for the new Wainuiomata venue in the next day or two. It's been a few years since we last had a ride in Wainuiomata and we're looking forward to getting back there. Well have details in the Calendar as soon as they come available.