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Frequently Asked Questions   

Our aim is to build a strong, active horse community where we help each other to createprotect and promote access for horse riding. 

We create, and publish information for all New Zealanders about the equine community, and provide maps and resources for the equestrian community.  We protect and promote horse riding areas, and the recreational horse sector.

Who Are We?

Ordinary horse people, who care about public access, safety for horse riders and getting better recreational riding. 

We want to create a network of equestrians that care about where they ride.

We welcome all 'equines' including donkeys and mules, and all equine people whether you own, drive or ride. 

Our Objectives:


We build new trails, and gain access to parks, unformed legal roads and trails.

We research and publish information on the equine sector and equestrian community.


We help local groups protect horse riding trails and equestrian resources. We make submissions to support horse riding, horse keeping, and equine businesses across the nation. 


We provide information on places to ride, through our website NZ Bridleways. 

We also spend a great deal of time educating Councils and Agencies (such as DOC) on the importance of the horse and horse riding to our economy, our history and to sport and recreation.

Why Join?

In New Zealand there is no national body representing all horses or riders\drivers. 

Other sports have well organised bodies that represent recreational users (as well as competitors) - that's why they are getting better access for their sports! 

It's time we riders got more organised and got a fair share of the recreational access. 

We abide by Privacy Principles and will not provide your membership information to anyone for any other purposes. 


Who Can Join?

Every rider, horse owner, and equine business! 

Clubs and sports groups are encouraged to partner with us. 

All in the horse world should be concerned with the profile (or lack of it) of horse sports and recreation, and with the dire lack of horse recreation space.  It is all our responsibility to do something about it.

If you have a good network of contacts in your area, have special skills that will assist us in fundraising or other activities or just have time and motivation to offer, please do contact me

What Does it Cost to Join?

At the moment joining is Free!

Our rules have been set up so that there will always be a Free membership option (Social Membership), because it is so important for us to be able to communicate with and mobilise recreational riders.

We do appreciate donations! These cover production of materials, this website (and Bridleways NZ) and general expenses like mileage to attend meetings or submissions in support of local issues. 
We will fund raise for projects that create trails, or provide access infrastructure such as horse friendly gates or stiles.