TWRC - About
TWRC - About
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About Our Club
The Taranaki Western Riding Club was formed back
in 1979 by a group of local riders who had a keen interest in western riding and is
affiliated to the New Zealand Western Riding Federation.
Western riding originated in America and evolved
from having a handy type of horse to work the ranch. It was essential they had good minded
horses with the athletic ability and stamina to work all day and to make the
ranchers job as easy as possible. The prominent breeds of horses used in western
riding competitions both in New Zealand and in America are Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and
Sportsmanship is an important part of western
riding and many friendships are formed among both the youth and adult competitors (and
support crew) who have decided to participate at competitions held outside of our local
The Taranaki Western Riding Club offer a wide
range of activities to its members and some of these activities are:
Training Days at the Stratford A & P Showgrounds arena
held once per month. The more experience riders in the club donate their time to help
other club members.
Club Days once per month. There is no nominated trainer for
club days but it gives members an opportunity to help each other.
Social activities (e.g. video evenings/pot-luck teas).
Training clinics with overseas and New Zealand western riding
trainers (extra cost for training clinics).
TWRC is affiliated to the New Zealand Western Riding
Members receive a Club Newsletter throughout the year (which
includes information on up-coming events through the NZWRF such as a Youth School, Shows
The TWRC holds Shows, Ribbons Day and Games Days (entry fees
Club meetings held once per month.
Fundraising activities (if you wish to participate).
For the last few years our club has also had the
privilege of the American Quarter Horse Association of New Zealand holding their Quarter
Horse Nationals in our local area. The Quarter Horse Nationals are held in mid-February
and have been held at the Hawera A & P Showgrounds. It has been a fantastic
opportunity for our local riders and newcomers to western riding to see some of the finest
Quarter Horses in New Zealand competing right at our door-step.
The TWRC would love to encourage you to join us and learn the western style of riding.
If you would like to know more about the TWRC or attend one of our Club Days please
contact one of the following members: