Horses welcome at Wainui General Store

Cowboys and girls, gauchos and standard horsewomen and men can now hitch up at Wainui.

Cowboys and girls, gauchos and standard horsewomen and men can now hitch up at Wainui.

NOT JUST HORSING ABOUT: Wainui Store co-owner John Woods, with horse riders Carol Wells (and her horse Aquilla), Shona Zame (and her horse Shilo) and Niky Faulkner (and horse Trix) at the new Wainui Store hitching rail, installed to cater for saddled-up customers. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell
A horse-riding-outing of townspeople to Tatapouri in 1900. Photo copyright William Crawford Collection, Tairawhiti Museum.

THE owners of a general store in Gisborne are hoping to bring back the romance of a bygone era by encouraging more people to change motorised horsepower for real horsepower.

They have installed a hitching rail for equine-loving customers.

Wainui Store co-owner John Woods said the hitching rail, made by Gisborne fencing contractor Ben Holden, was installed on Saturday to cater for customers arriving for ice cream and coffee on horseback.

“The background to this is that our address, Oneroa Road on Wainui Beach, used to be the thoroughfare for the East Coast horse and coach trail before the turn of last century. It’s quite a romantic period and, being an amateur historian, I’m quite nostalgic about it myself.

“There were way stations all along the coast to Gisborne, where horses were rested and drivers changed, and a lot of individual travellers rode out of Gisborne and went out to Wainui Beach on the stock route where our shop is and then travelled north.

“On a Sunday, hundreds of horse riders would come out to Wainui from Gisborne for a day out. It was part of the common lifestyle back then and something we wanted to capture and commemorate.

“There are a lot of horse riders in Wainui and I thought it was appropriate, since some of them turn up for a coffee on their horse, that we put in an old-style hitching rail.

“We are a general store that wants to cater for all types of customers.

"People riding on horseback, once a common sight, is a fabulous rarity that we want to encourage, to capture a little bit of the romance of a bygone era.”

THE owners of a general store in Gisborne are hoping to bring back the romance of a bygone era by encouraging more people to change motorised horsepower for real horsepower.

They have installed a hitching rail for equine-loving customers.

Wainui Store co-owner John Woods said the hitching rail, made by Gisborne fencing contractor Ben Holden, was installed on Saturday to cater for customers arriving for ice cream and coffee on horseback.

“The background to this is that our address, Oneroa Road on Wainui Beach, used to be the thoroughfare for the East Coast horse and coach trail before the turn of last century. It’s quite a romantic period and, being an amateur historian, I’m quite nostalgic about it myself.

“There were way stations all along the coast to Gisborne, where horses were rested and drivers changed, and a lot of individual travellers rode out of Gisborne and went out to Wainui Beach on the stock route where our shop is and then travelled north.

“On a Sunday, hundreds of horse riders would come out to Wainui from Gisborne for a day out. It was part of the common lifestyle back then and something we wanted to capture and commemorate.

“There are a lot of horse riders in Wainui and I thought it was appropriate, since some of them turn up for a coffee on their horse, that we put in an old-style hitching rail.

“We are a general store that wants to cater for all types of customers.

"People riding on horseback, once a common sight, is a fabulous rarity that we want to encourage, to capture a little bit of the romance of a bygone era.”

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