Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you offer riding lessons?
A: We offer group riding lessons (called rallies) to our members every Tuesday evening during the pony club season.
Q. I am not a member of WPPC - can I still come and use the arena and grounds?
A: Yes, you can. There is a ground fee of $20 per mount.
Q: Do I need to have my own horse or pony to be a riding member?
A: Yes, you need to either own or lease your own horse or pony. Riding members (under the age of 25) have the option to either graze their horse on-site, or at one of the club’s off-site locations, or find their own private grazing elsewhere.
Q: Can I take part if I don't have a horse?
A: We offer 'Riders without Horses' programmes for children between the age of 8 and 14 who do not have a horse or pony yet. These are interactive theory sessions and do not include riding lessons.
Q: How old do I need to be to join?
A: Our Tuesday night rallies cater for age 7 to age 24 (note that we don't currently offer lead rein rallies for younger riders - riders need to be able to have some basic, independent riding skills before taking part). Our riders without horses programme caters for ages 8 to14.
Q: Can adults join?
A: Yes, we have rallies during the week for adult members according to demand. Adult members enjoy full use of the facilities, however adults cannot graze their horses onsite.
Q: Can I graze my horse onsite at WPPC?
A: You need to be an active riding member under the age of 25 in order to graze onsite. There is a waiting list for grazing places. Email for more info
Q: What is Pony Club?
A:At Wainoni Park Pony Club we have a weekly group riding lesson during the riding season (September to April) where qualified coaches take small groups of riders through their pony club syllabus as they work through the levels from ‘D’ right up to ‘A’. At the end of the season (or when they have gone through the required information and have their record card signed off) the riders have a practical and theory exam (verbal, not written) that they are required to pass to move up to the next level. We also have various closed and open competitions in many different disciplines (dressage, eventing, show jumping, ribbon days, show hunter and mounted games) that the riders take part in.
Q. I am thinking about buying a horse for my child and joining WPPC...what type of costs am I looking at?
A: The price of a horse or pony varies greatly. You are probably looking at anything between $2,000 and $8,000 depending on your requirements for your first pony/horse. There are also free leases available which can be a good option when starting out. Some horses come with their gear - alternatively you will need to purchase it all.
Membership and grazing fees can be found here: https://www.wainoniparkponyclub.co.nz/enrolment
In addition, include the following in your budget:
Horse feed and supplements: between $50 and $200 p/m on average (depending on the requirements)
Farrier: every 6 weeks - around $50 for a barefoot trim and between $160 and $220 for shoes
Dentist: around $150 annually
Other fees to consider as you progress: entry fees for competitions, horse transport, horse medical insurance, vaccinations, saddle fitting, body work and other medical or vet bills