White Horse TREC Group

Ellerker TREC report & final results

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Wow, some of those scores were close! Thank you so much for bearing with us while the scores were finalised – with so many aspects to the scoring of the three phases, it’s a lot of numbers to enter. Affiliated competitors in classes 3 & 4 – don’t forget to enter the first ever level 1 TREC GB championships, entries close on Friday 12th August for competitors from this event. 1st – 4th qualify and placings roll down the line if anyone has already qualified.

So why do people who were a minute early into a checkpoint not get any penalties? 
The first minute early isn’t penalised, because we only record whole minutes for arrival at checkpoints (with no rounding up or down of seconds). The official optimum time for each measured section is always rounded down to the nearest minute. If the time allowed is 34 mins, someone up to a minute either side of 34m 0s will get 0 penalties for that section. Anyone taking 32m 59s or less/35m or more will receive penalties.

Why do some people get 20 penalties at a ticket and others 30?
This only happens at ‘manned’ tickets, where a person is positioned to check the route taken by riders. If you take an incorrect route but still find the person there is a 20 point penalty, however if you miss that point on the route altogether it is a 30 point penalty.

A report from your organisers…
It was with some degree of trepidation that we  were cajoled into organising a TREC on our farm.  We soon realised that hosting a TREC is a huge responsibility and very much a team effort on the day.  Any feelings of anxiety were soon dispelled however, as the weekend unfolded.  Volunteers came forward and others were press-ganged to help, but this small army played a big part on the day – thank you all.

We welcomed 35 riders to our Level 1 TREC at Ellerker on a lovely sunny weekend.  More than half of these riders had never attempted a full TREC before, and that included eleven year old Phoebe and eight year old Holly who both achieved creditable PTV scores.  Although they did not complete the POR phase on this occasion, both are keen to compete again.

We offered overnight corralling on the Saturday night, which was taken up by 10 riders, and our course walk was very popular, expertly guided by our TD, Peter Bean, with welcome contributions from a few more experienced riders who also attended.

We thoroughly enjoyed the company of you all, and it was especially rewarding to see so many at the Saturday night barbecue in the garden mixing together and sharing thoughts on the day ahead.  The food all seemed to disappear quite quickly – our daughter Jill who was in charge of catering couldn’t believe the appetites of treccies!

The PTV course over 2 kms of grass field margin was easy to follow, and seemed to ride well, with everyone enjoying their ride, and provided some good scores.  The POR provided some unexpected challenges – the Birds Eye pea viners moved into the middle of the route at midday, but all co-operated and coped with these huge mechanical monsters and their entourage, then towards the end a group of carriage drivers decided to take a “short-cut” (unannounced and uninvited!) along the farm track.

There have been some questions regarding the POR penalties.  To ensure the riders’ safe passage round the course, and to create competition, we use checkpoints and tickets.  The tickets are placed in an area to confirm that you have passed that point.  If you do not write down the ticket on your score card, it is deemed as missed and incurs a 30 point penalty.  There are also Manned tickets, where someone is positioned to check the route taken.  If you reach that point by an incorrect route, there is a 20 point penalty – if you miss that point on the route altogether it is a 30 point penalty.  A checkpoint is manned to enable confirmation of arrival, change of speed for the next leg, allow you and your horse a chance to rest and collect your thoughts, and lastly to spread the competitors to avoid a cluster of riders following each other.  If you come into a checkpoint (and the Finish is classed as a Checkpoint) on the wrong route, there is a 30 point penalty.

It was extremely disappointing that a hiccup with the scoring system meant that after such a successful day we were unable to finish off with the prize-giving ceremony we had envisaged – thank you for your understanding and patience.

We would like to congratulate all the riders who took part.  The atmosphere and enthusiasm was infectious, and that is what drives an organiser and helpers to plan another event.  From the positive comments received, it was obviously a successful and enjoyable event.  We were also very impressed at how clean and tidy you left the venue – a real credit to TREC, especially as newcomers – thank you!

Chris and Joy

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