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New Zealand: Lots of horses, too few trails - Full Article

Last updated 15:15, August 21 2015

For an area known for its strong equine focus, there are too few publicly-available bridle trails in the Waipa area.

In a submission to the Waipa District Council, Cambridge equestrian Michelle Rohlder expressed concerns that there was currently a lot of emphasis on cyclists, but little consideration given to horse riders.

"Horse riders have been left out of the equation when trails are planned, which is bewildering considering we have similar requirements.

"We share a lot of the same traits, we enjoy an outdoor hobby, we need to share the area with others and be respectful."

She said Waipa was well catered for in terms of competition grounds with places like St Peter's School, Little Valley Farm and Kihikihi Domain, but felt there were not enough facilities for hobby riders like herself.

"I'm in my 50s, riding keeps me fit and is a great way to socialise," she said.

Jenny Chandler from the Waikato Endurance Club agreed and said there was nowhere for them to train...

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