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Index to links page sections

Links to sites of interest to horse owners and people interested in horses
Body protectors and rider safety equipment and practices
Cross link requests

Links for geeks and webmasters

A utility for creating Favourites Icons (favicon)
GPS and mapping tools
Links to other sites, especially deep links, are prone to break as the sites are redeveloped, upgraded, pruned of old content, or simply close down. If you find a broken link, please let the webmaster know so that we can find an alternative source of information.

Horse Talk - news, articles, classified advertisements and more.

Equine Trader New Zealand - news, articles, classified advertisements and more.

Equestrian Sports New Zealand (formerly NZ Equestrian Federation) - As a result of a vote taken at the AGM held on Sunday 15 June 2008, WATRC has ceased its affiliation to the ESNZ. Club events are conducted under WATRC  Ride Rules  and do not count towards national kilometre or points awards or national championship qualification criteria.

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) is the international controlling body for  Equestrian sport. 

The Sportaloosa website - the site promotes spotted sport horses, generally Appaloosa or Knabstrupper purebreds or out-crosses. 


BETA Standard for Body Protectors explained - if you're considering purchase of a second hand body protector, you need to review this page. As a general guide, you should not buy a body protector that is more than 5 years old, as the shock absorbing materials deteriorate with age, affording you less protection in the event of a fall. The current standard is the BETA 2009 standard. We suggest you avoid any Body Protector manufactured to the 2000 standard or prior standards. While they will probably afford some protection, you're possibly not getting the level of protection you're looking for. BETA is the British Equestrian Trade Association, and their site contains some useful information on choosing and fitting riding safety equipment. 


For link or cross-link requests, or to report broken links, please send email to
Webmaster's email address - this is an image - you need to type the address into your email client 
Please note that we usually only accept cross-link requests from sites that are New Zealand based and relevant to our riding members.


If you're considering "barefoot" riding, or your horse is being treated for a hoof problem, you may be looking for an equine boot from the EasyBoot range.
Horse Tack NZ - Importers of equestrian products for the comfort & therapy of the NZ horse & rider
Black Type - Cambridge based suppliers of equestrian supplements - ordered online and delivered to your door.


Horsey folk may wonder at some of the links that follow, which without any exaggeration, are more than a little "geeky". The reason they're here is because webmasters change, and having inherited a few websites in my time, I know the value of basic tools and documentation, and that they're seldom passed on to you ;-)

So the purpose here is to provide some links to tools that may assist future WATRC webmasters, or any club member who finds themselves responsible for the maintenance of a website.


Items of interest to members are advised via our Blog which also automatically updates our RSS feed - copy the link under this icon into your reader, and you'll always know when the webmaster has added new content (provided he updates the feed, of course ;-)

RSS News Readers. There are many RSS readers available for download - some are free, some are not. Some are browser plug-ins, others are products in their own right. Quality and features vary. You can use a search engine to find any number of them and decide what works best for you.
If you've upgraded to
Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2, then you will find that both have built-in RSS Readers and you need not do anything more than click on the link and subscribe to the feed - how easy is that!
To check the validity of our generated  feed, we use an on-line feed validator service. Click the image below to check the WATRC RSS feed.
Validate our RSS news feed using  

While on the subject of validators, here's a handy Cascading Style Sheet validator we use to check our own CSS files. We focus on eliminating errors, but don't worry too much about warnings. Click the image below to check the WATRC CSS file.

Check the validity of the WATRC Cascading Style Sheet  


Quite a nice "how-to" along with an on-line tool to convert image into "favicons" - these are the icons that are used to represent "shortcuts" on Windows desktops or in various web browsers. You can google for tools and I found the first one in my search did exactly what I needed, more than I'd expected, and without any need to register, pay, or provide an email address - all they asked for was a link back to their site, which seems more than fair to me, so here it is:

Favicon maker- Create a favicon from any image


The use of GPS and navigational equipment in CTR rides is now prohibited under the NZEF rules. Where possible, WATRC provides indicative trail maps for ride venues, but these are constructed based on GPS tracks recorded by non-competitors, supplemented by hand drawn extensions to trails where the route is well defined.

A number of tools were used in the construction of the maps and profiles. Here are some useful links.
TUMONZ (The Ultimate Map of New Zealand) is a product by a kiwi company that was truely ground breaking. With the standard version alone, you can import data direct from your GPS or from files that are in the GPX format and apply it to the map. Check our trails page for examples. These days you can do the same with the new Google Earth, although I think you may need the subscription version to get the fully equivalent functionality of TUMONZ.
For me, the hard bit was getting the GPX format. The
Garmin Forerunner model 201 (now obsolete) I used previously, exports from the free Logbook utility to a proprietary XML schema. The model 301  I've used more recently (also now obsolete ;-) exports from the free Training Centre utility to a similar proprietary XML schema - in both cases I needed a way to convert this to the standard GPX schema
We're very grateful to those members of the Internet community who share the fruits of their personal labours. Without them, there would be a lot of "wheel reinvention" being practiced. Over some years some "googling" has turned up various free utilities that converted the Garmin XML of the model and day to GPX format. The one that seems to have lasted the course is TCX Converter from Team Bike Olympo - this is a multi-functional tool that just kept getting better and better, but is no longer being actively maintained. Import Garmin TCX history or GPX files - output GPX, KML (for Google Earth), CSV and others.