Hi there. I’m Roz Muir and I’m currently Vice President for Pukahu & Hawke’s Bay Adult Riding Club (PARC), as well as the Deputy Chairperson for the NZ Equestrian Pleasure Society. I have also been a member of the Hawke’s Bay Western Riding Club, and Twin City Riding Club various years since my return to New Zealand in 2010.
Red Dior at Hawke’s Bay Showing Championships 2015
I have ridden on and off all my life, giving it up over the awkward years and returning to it as an adult while living in England. My mother got me into riding as she had been breeding Welsh-Arab ponies before I was born but gave that up when I was very young.
I now have three purebred Arabs of my own, and enjoy competing at shows and adult riding club days, as well as endurance rides when I can get to them.
Diamond Park Levi at Waihi A&P Show 2017
I’ll give pretty much anything a go with my horses although some days I just can’t seem to find my “brave pants”.
Most of my riding is on the road, dodging stock trucks, about 35km into the hills from Napier, and I am currently trying to get the local councils to include access for horse riding in areas where there should be bridleways incorporated into recreational areas and trails.
Diamond Park Levi at the Wairarapa Endurance Club ride at Crownthorpe 2018
I see Adult Riding Clubs as providing a supportive environment for those returning to ride or even learning to ride for the first time. There is definitely a huge section of the riding community that is non-professional, and in need of inclusive, lower-level activities which simply aren’t catered for by any other groups or societies.
Rallies and competitions covering a wide range of disciplines and team events really do encourage involvement and spur on learning and achievement. First and foremost however, it does need to be fun!