The Summer season is drawing to a close, but we still have plenty going on!
We have one final full competition at Woodhouse Farm on 26/27 September, a level 2, 3 and 4 qualifier for 2016 with a level 1 competition alongside to attract some newcomers. The journey is a long one for many of our members, but it is an easy venue to navigate to on good roads, and the riding is spectacular. We will be accepting entries until 20 September for this event – don’t miss out! We have received a request for a level two pair for someone, so if you are putting off entering because you want a pair then now is your chance – please contact email@example.com to pair up. Schedule
The first WHTG Arena TREC competition date for 2015 has been set for Saturday 28 November at Milton EC near Worksop – schedule will be out in due course, as will more dates as they are finalised. Do you have a suitable venue nearby? Please suggest it to a committee member, or use the contact form.
WHTG Training dates
Arena XC 20 September (Leics) – cross country jumps on a surface, but working on straightness, forwardness and obedience at all levels of experience and ability. Previous attendees have really benefited from this tuition. Booking form
Intro to TREC 11 October (Wakefield) – PTV & paces tuition in an outdoor arena, with an optional 5km or 10km practice POR to be done in pairs. Booking form will be available very soon, email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be sent a copy once it is finalised.
Judge training 14 November – venue tbc
This training course is the first step to enable volunteers to gain accredited TREC GB judge status, but it is also very informative and useful for riders to attend – both to improve their own scores by becoming more aware of what judges are looking for, and so that they feel more confident to judge other levels on MA or the PTV course, for example.
The morning session will cover POR checkpoints, ticket points and map room stewarding with small group exercises. The afternoon will cover control of paces, and the rules of a variety of obstacles will be discussed in detail before we all have a short demonstration of obstacles outside, and chance to practice and discuss the scoring.
Following this course, those who wish to become fully accredited TREC GB judges will need to judge at three separate competitions (judging each phase at least once), have their judging record card signed by the organiser/TD and submit the completed card to TREC GB. All judges will then be required to attend refresher training every three years to ensure that knowledge is kept up to date.
Those who were qualified BHS judges before the sport moved to TREC GB will need to complete this training by 1 October 2017 in order to bypass the requirement to judge at three competitions following the training.
To register your interest in this judge training day, please email email@example.com
On 28 June the first WHTG TREC GB judge training was held with Andy, David, Liz, Amanda, Ina, Ruth, Fiona and Fran – four of whom were new judges with the other four converting their BHS qualifications to TREC GB. The morning was spent discussing POR & paces duties with practical exercises, then the afternoon covered the PTV scoring theory before a trip to watch a guinea pig horse and rider around some obstacles to discuss the scores in practice. The updated format of training was well received.
18 July saw Fiona, Amber, Dawn, Tracy, Amanda and Norma doing a full day of training with their horses. The day started with 90 minutes of PTV instruction followed by chance to put it all in to practice with a scored course and control of paces.
After lunch the riders went out on a 5km practice POR in pairs, with tickets and checkpoints along the way. Fiona and Amber subsequently paired up to enter their first level two competition at Derbyshire Dales, coming fifth. You can read Fiona’s report below.
25/26 July Derbyshire Dales
Results for Derbyshire Dales TREC GB Qualifier July 2015
This was mine & Prince’s first ever two-day competition of any kind ever. Thanks mainly to the amazing Amber stepping forward at the last minute to be our pair, sense of direction failures on the POR were kept to a minimum aside from a few U-turns and a missed checkpoint… sorry Philippa! I could have killed the saddle bag for the amount of bumping about it did that no amount of creative use of leadrope or random carabiners would fix – note to self next time test all equipment prior to competition. We had a close encounter with some evil cows of doom and also an evil stone of doom (only Prince could find the one stone on a totally pristine and smooth road and manage to land his full weight on it mid flat-out trot, which if you’d believe him nearly caused his leg to drop off… although fingers crossed we appear to have gotten away with it!)
Control of paces was slightly frustrating as he broke canter going through the start gate spooking at the beeping noise… of course he then stayed in a perfect, steady canter all the way along the corridor after that, and then I didn’t dare ask him to walk on much as he felt ready to trot the entire way back. I got lost several times on the PTV course (and yes I DID walk it…) and both the low branches and the wall were going to eat us so we couldn’t possibly go anywhere near them, but we had a good go at everything else, even if he did get a bit tired partway around. More hillwork needed! All in all a good weekend with some fab people and lots of things to take away to improve upon.
14 August TREC GB Championships
Congratulations to all the WHTG members who competed and helped at the 2015 British TREC Championships in Scotland.
Highlights include L4 winner Lynne Mabbitt, L3 Ind winner Sarah Thurnell, L2Pairs won by Alex Sales with Rachael Wilmot. 3rd in this class was Tina Negri & Amanda Royle. L2 Ind was won by Sarah Addis with WHTG filling 2nd – Clare Pollard & 3rd – Liz Payne with Jack who really deserved this after a tough time.
The Rogersons were just beaten into 2nd in L3 Pairs – but if there had been a prize for sheer determination when everything is going awry they’d have won by many miles…
Young rider Alex Robinson showed her talent in a huge L3 class to finish 5th beating many experienced riders much more than twice her age.
In the club team challenge WHTG tied with Central for 1st place but lost out on the tiebreak rule. Look out for us in 2016!
Several WHTG members were selected for the England team and duly won the Nations Cup.
Well done everyone!
30 August brought horses of all shapes, sizes and colours for PTV training – riders Natalie, Marcus, Dawn, Jennie, Rachel and Astrid had a go at s-bend, corridor, ride up/down, staircase ridden, water, bending, ditch, footbridge, shamrock, neck rein, rein back & immobility. Best wishes from all at the club to Rachel, who had a nasty fall at the end of her session.
12 September was a repeat of April’s informal POR training day with seven participants – Kirsty, Emma, Amanda, Tina, Sarah, Ailsa & Liz – a real mixture of experience with some preparing for their first ever TREC competition, others at level 2 and wanting to improve/move up, or already in their first level 3 season. All stayed dry despite the dire weather forecast, and came away feeling more confident about tackling woodland, grids and bearings.
The roamer that seemed to be the most easy to use was The Basic Roamer for those that want to invest.
This new club has held several successful training days already this year, and have got more planned, as well as a winter series:
20 September TREC taster day
4 October Practice POR
Winter series 7 November, 5 December, 28 February, 26 March
See their website for more information & schedules.
Remember to keep an eye on TREC GB’s event list to make sure you don’t miss out on any events.
Other TREC dates that you might be interested in:
25 October group PTV training in outdoor arena at Ingleby Hall Livery Yard, Lincoln – £25
1 November group PTV training at Red House Estate, York – including use of a XC field with ditches, small step and water, (weather permitting) – £20
To book on to either of the above please contact firstname.lastname@example.org