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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
Other equine products
Links for geeks and webmasters
RSS and site validation tools
A utility for creating Favourites Icons (favicon) GPS and mapping tools
Horse Talk - news, articles, classified advertisements and more.
NZ Horse Network - a portal to several equestrian sites especially focussing on Bridleways in NZ, including the Kapiti Bridleway.
The Riding Room - news, articles, classified advertisements and more.
EquiChat - a chat forum that took over after the Horse Talk forums were closed.
Equine Trader New Zealand - news, articles, classified advertisements and more.
Te Marua Horse Club Inc - Adult riding club based at Birchville Park, Upper Hutt.
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 Wairarapa Endurance & CTR Club website
The Waikato Endurance Club website
The Delight Arab Horse Stud website
The Morrocco Arabians website
The Sportaloosa website - the site promotes spotted sport horses, generally Appaloosa or Knabstrupper purebreds or out-crosses and publishes a quarterly magazine that can be downloaded as a PDF file.
Endurance World On-line (EWOL) is a web publication that follows international Endurance events. It publishes a Flash based web-zine and requires relatively high bandwidth - dial-up connections may be slow to load the pages.
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.
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. Some members use Old Macs Multi-purpose Horse Boots while others select from the EasyBoot range.
Head2Tail Horse Products - Boots for horses, saddle blankets, girth sleeves, jackets, neck warmers. Contact BJ French 063299733
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 toInternet 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 ourBlogger.com generated feed, we use an on-line feed validator service. Click the image below to check the WATRC RSS feed.
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.
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:
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 are used in the construction of the maps and profiles. Here are some useful links.
For me, the hard bit was getting the GPX format. TheGarmin Forerunner model 201 I used previously, exports from the free Logbook utility to a proprietary XML schema. The model 301 I currently use 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 convert the Garmin XML of the model and dayto GPX format. Some are still available, for example: