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Carterton District Council is responsible for developing and maintaining a wide range of public services and facilities to provide a quality lifestyle for people living in the district.

IMG 9353 CompressedOn the morning of Tuesday 5 June, Council cemented its partnership with Dalefield Horse Riders and Forest Enterprises by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the use of Kaipatangata Forest block for recreational horse riding.

Recreational horse riding is an established and rapidly growing leisure activity in the Wairarapa, however the opportunities for riding access to land is limited for many. Those who do not have access to land or equine facilities must rely on a limited number of public roads and tracks for riding.

The Kaipatangata Forestry block, at the end of Dalefield Road is an ideal location for recreational horse riding. The land is owned by Carterton District Council and is managed by Forest Enterprises (forest managers contracted by CDC), both parties recognise the benefits for this recreational group having access to land where they can ride safely off public roads.

Parks and Reserves Manager Clinton Thompson says getting to the point of formalising the partnership is a wonderful milestone.

“We are thrilled to be able to formalise the partnership between Council, Dalefield Horse Riders and Forest Enterprises. The MOU enables us to understand our roles within the partnership,  ultimately giving a clear outline moving forward.”

“Being in a position to provide a safe environment for recreational horse riders is a great feeling. We have the land, and the management in place, and now we have a well organised group to work alongside.”

Forest Enterprises Forest Estate Manager, Malte Coulmann agrees.

“This initiative is a great example of the different ways the forest environment can be enjoyed. It makes our role as forest manager all the more rewarding.”

Dalefield Horse Riders coordinator Rebecca Kent says the signing of the MOU is a fantastic milestone and is looking froward to the next steps in the process.

“A dedicated space which allows safe recreational horse riding away from cars and motorbikes will be a great asset for the Wairarapa. We are very grateful for the support of Carterton District Council and Forest Enterprises Growth Limited in this project. Our next step is establishing some basic infrastructure in the forest block which will make the ride park a reality. We’ve already had really positive discussions about this with a number of Wairarapa businesses who are keen to help us. We have some work to do yet, but we are excited to be riding up there by this summer.”

Further information about  the recreational horse riding park at the Kaipatangata Forestry Block can be found via the Dalefield Horse Riding Park Group on Facebook.