The club was formed in 1990/91, following the Mundaring to Kalgoorlie Pipeline Trek in 1988. It was incorporated in May 1992. At present, the club has over 50 members from areas all over WA.
The club runs non-competitive trail rides and is open to both horse riders and harness drivers. Any breed of horse that is sound and sensible can be used with any comfortable and safe saddle or gear that meets the Club Rules.
Rides are generally run from a private property or a place where vehicles and floats left behind are secure. Trails are generally along bush tracks, through private property or along quiet back roads.
In the past the club has been an adult club, but from 2003 juniors over 12 have been allowed to attend suitable events.
WHAT DO TREKKERS DO?
Here are some videos of our past treks:
A two-week trek is usually organised each year. Average distances covered are 200-400km, travelling 20-40km per day with some rest days incorporated. Annual treks have been held as far north as Mt Augustus/ Gascoyne Junction, east to Kalgoorlie and south around Hopetown, Bremer Bay.
Because of the widespread area members come from, rides are held in different locations in the Perth Regional Area and WA’s South West, generally with a weekend ride and a day ride each month. We enjoy going further afield when given the opportunity.
Weekend rides usually include a half-day ride (12-20 km) commencing after lunch on the first day, to allow everyone time to arrive and set up. A full day ride (25-35 km) is run on the middle day/s of a long weekend, with a picnic lunch out on the trail. Often, though not always, someone in a support vehicle accompanies the ride to bring along the lunches, gear, etc. On the last day, a morning ride (12-15 km) is held, allowing time for everyone to pack up and travel home after lunch. Evenings are usually spent around the campfire (in season), camp cooking, telling yarns and relaxing. Members can join in for a shorter period if they aren’t able to stay a full weekend. The pace is generally slow and relaxed, mostly walking and trotting, and participants spread out along the trail in pairs or small groups.
WHAT DO I NEED?
All participants are usually self-sufficient on rides.
You will need:
- Your horse, of course, although support people are appreciated
- All riding/driving gear, including spares of essentials
- Camping gear including swag or tent, gas stove, etc
- Electric or steel yards
- Horse food and tubs for water and food
- Spare horse shoes/boots
- Horse nose bags, saddle bags and water bags are helpful
- Sun and/or rain protection
- Food for all human meals unless otherwise advised
- No dogs, donkeys or stallions are allowed at rides
Helmets are recommended for adults and are compulsory for juniors (12-17 years inclusive).
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Membership fees each year (1st Jan – 31st Dec) are decided at the AGM and are currently;
- $110.00 per year for adults for riding or driving members,
- $50.00 for Junior Member (12-17 yo inclusive),
- $40.00 for Social Members and
- $70 for over 80 year olds.
These fees include both the ATHRA and club memberships.
Visitors can join us for two days of riding in total before having to join. Please see full details regarding Day Riders below.
Weekend rides are run at minimal cost, usually only $10. More is charged for longer treks or weekends providing accommodation, depending on how they are organised.
A new member joining after 1st October is current until the end of the following financial year. Non-members are also able to participate, but must become members after attending two days of riding.
Please go to New Member Registration, nominating “WA Horse Trekkers Club Inc” as your club in WA.
For Non- Members
- Fill out the Day Member Registration online form and pay Day Membership to ATHRA ($15/day). Two “day memberships” are allowed per year.
- A Day Member registration certificate will be emailed to the Day Member once the application process is completed and the fee paid.
- Then go to “Nominate” and pay the Ride fee ($15/day).
- In order to participate as a Day Member, an individual must produce their Day Member registration certificate to the club, sign the Ride Attendance Register and have an ATHRA member sponsor/buddy. Contact the Ride Coordinator to organise your sponsor/buddy.
- Should a Day Member apply for full ATHRA membership within seven (7) days of the date of the ride on the Day Member registration certificate, their full ATHRA membership fee shall be discounted by the amount of the Day Member fee paid.
Day Member Sponsors/Buddies
A Day Member is accompanied at all times on the ride by the sponsor/buddy, who must be an ATHRA member. The sponsor/buddy must make the Day Member welcome and aware of ATHRA’s and WAHTC’s current Ride Rules and the other requirements of the ATHRA Code of Conduct, and may only sponsor one rider per ride. The sponsor’s participation in this procedure is an acknowledgement of responsibility for the conduct of the Day Member. If you don’t know anyone to act as your sponsor, contact the Ride Coordinator, and this will be arranged.
Members are sent an email once they have joined containing the Club Rules and other additional information.
Prior to each ride, members will receive an email containing details about the trek, with the Trek Notes attached. These must be read carefully before entering a trek as there is always important information contained within them. To enter a trek the club uses Nominate.
Club jackets, vests and shirts are available with the club logo on the front and back.
The club is affiliated with the Australian Trail Horse Riders Association (ATHRA) and all members automatically become a member of ATHRA and receive a membership card. ATHRA coordinates all insurances for the club.