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 rancher’s 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 Paint Horses.

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 area.

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 Federation.

  • Members receive a Club Newsletter throughout the year (which includes information on up-coming events through the NZWRF such as a Youth School, Shows and Treks).

  • The TWRC holds Shows, Ribbons Day and Games Days (entry fees apply).

  • Club treks.

  • 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:

Linley – Phone: 06 762 7879 (e-mail: or
Kerrin – Phone: 06 756 6679 (e-mail:

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