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

Thursday, 6 July 2017

AGM minutes, President's report and Treasurer's finacial summary available

Following a successful AGM and Prizegiving dinner, the above mentioned documents are now available on our Resources page.

Our congratulations to all prize winners and especially to our newest life members, Aimee, Junior and Kim.

As ever, WATRC is grateful to the many people who give their time ensure the success of our club. Thank you all, and we hope to see you again in the 2017-18 season,

Thursday, 1 June 2017

AGM and Prize-giving details. Draft ride calendar

Our AGM and Prize-giving Dinner will be held on Sunday 2 July 2017 at the Waikanae Chartered Club, 8 Elizabeth Street, Waikanae. Please arrive from 4:00 pm to be seated with your refreshments for a 4:30 pm AGM start.

Dinner will be served from 6:00 pm. Dinner must be purchased and paid  for in advance, preferably by Internet Banking with your full name and number attending in the transaction details. Please see the AGM notice for details.

Closing date for receipt of remits for consideration at AGM is 8 June. Please use the remit form and follow the instructions to ensure your proposed change is clear.

Our draft ride calendar has been released. At this point we will attempt to stick firm on the dates as these are agreed in consultation with other clubs. The venues may be subject to change, but we'll get those locked in as soon as we're able.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Bright's Farm poster published. Champs entries opened

Ride posters for Bright's Farm and Champs at Waitarere Rise are both now linked from our Calendar page and have been distributed to our email list.

For Bright's, use the online pre-entries form as usual.

For Champs entries you can either download and print the PDF form, or you can use the online Champs entry form.

Entries for Championship classes should be received by 26 March, please. The entry fee is $35. Late entries will be accepted up to 9 pm 29 March but attract a $5 late fee.

Entries for the two Non-championship classes (Intro and a Novice non-champs, also $35) don't have an entry deadline and can enter on the day without a late fee, but we encourage you to submit your entry earlier if you can using the same form.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Otaki results posted

You can find the Otaki Rahui Road results on our Results page now.

We expect to have the Bright's Farm ride poster (19 March) in the next few days. This will be your last chance to qualify for Champs (2 April) if you've not already done so.

Anyone who's noticed that the Champs event is missing from the online pre-entries, worry not. A separate online entry form for Champs has been created and the link will be published in the next few days. As usual a downloadable and printable entry form will be available for you to complete if the online form isn't your thing.

Just keep in mind that for Championship classes we require pre-payment of the entry fee ($35 for all classes) and your entry must be received by the close date, 26 March. More information to come shortly.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Pikarere Photos available

Photos from Pikarere will upload to Flickr overnight on Wednesday 1 March and all going well the upload will be completed on Thursday. Find the album linked from the WATRC Photos page.

For anyone unfamiliar with David F-I's photos, they are free to download and use for non-commercial purposes. Images are copyright but not watermarked. If re-posting images on another website it is courteous to acknowledge the author by name or provide a link to the original work.

You can download the images in a range of sizes suitable for screen or print, using the download feature on the Flickr web page. You don't need to be a Flickr member. For best results if you intend to make prints, download the "original" size.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Results and Photos from Manakau available

Manakau results are available for download on our Results page.

Photos taken by PJ Renshaw are available on her PetaPix website and linked from our Photos page for those who are not members of the WATRC Facebook group.

We're just waiting on details and ride poster for the Pikarere ride on February 19 and will get those onto the website as soon as they're released.

We wish members and friends of WATRC and RADRS good riding and good weather for the Masters Games event at Turakina on 5 February.