Another year, another AGM!
Firstly committee news – we are delighted to welcome Rachel Glossop and Dawn Phythian on to the WHTG committee. Fiona Thurnell and Marion Hayes stood down; the club would like to thank them for their contributions over a number of years. Paula Bean stood down from her role as chair, but will remain on the committee.
Your committee for 2016 is:
Chair: Evie O’Keeffe
Vice-chair: Sarah Thurnell
Secretary: Caroline Ashmore
Treasurer: Joy Bradley
The focus for 2016 will be on level 1 & 2 competitions to encourage the large number of enthusiastic new TRECies who attended WHTG training this year to get out competing. So far we have five level 1/2 venues and organisers pencilled in throughout our area, with dates to be announced early next year. We will also run at least one level 2/3/4 qualifier, but will make more details available next year. These competitions are very demanding on organisers’ time and energy, so if you would like to get some experience behind the scenes please offer to help – your local organiser will be very grateful and you will still be able to compete as long as you haven’t been involved with setting the POR or seen the maps.
Offers of help are always gratefully received for things like taking entries, building the PTV course, drafting risk assessments, sorting out clipboards, putting out/collecting in road signs, and if you don’t intend to compete then helping to set a really good POR route is great fun.
If you have fantastic local off road riding and a venue that could be suitable for a great TREC competition (including winter competitions) but don’t want the scary title of ‘organiser’ please get in touch with Evie by email email@example.com with details, and we will try to pair you with an experienced organiser to get an event off the ground.
Where possible, we will also organise local training to tie in with each event to raise the profile of TREC in the area.
We will run ‘intro’ Level 1B classes with short MA, pre-drawn POR maps and lots of help from the judges, alongside standard level 1 classes. We will also offer level 2A classes alongside level 2, because many experienced level 2 riders and/or horses are unable to complete the level 3 POR distance.
Following on from the success of the subsidised Tracey Dillon arena XC/gridwork clinic series in Leicestershire, committee members in different geographical areas will organise similar regular clinics around the area, which will also be subsidised for WHTG members.
A discussion was had about the club’s affiliation to both British Riding Clubs and TREC GB – the respective costs and insurance policies will be examined and compared in detail. Once the committee has had sight of this detail we will consult members about which affiliation the club should retain.