Directions – The yard postcode is LN1 2PQ, grid ref SK 8874 7812. Please use this Google maps link to get directions if you do not have a sat nav.
The big yellow WHTG sign will be opposite the gateway. For those who haven’t been to Ingleby before, there’s a venue map below to help you get your bearings. It’s a nice compact yard & course so no long walks!
Parking – you will be directed to your specific parking area on arrival by the yard manager – this depends on your vehicle. Parking is tight so you may not put up any tents or corrals in the parking paddock.
Nobody will want to leave horses in vehicles in the heat – so please look out for each other’s horses when tied up and ensure the gate is kept shut.
Corralling – We currently only have Helen and Kirsty down to stay overnight as corralling is limited. Please let Evie know your intended arrival time, which must be no earlier than 5pm on Saturday. There is plenty of grass in the corralling paddock. You must not pitch any tents in the corralling paddock. Corrals must be electrified when occupied, and must have your contact number attached to the gate.
If you would like to put up a small day corral in the corralling field then you may do so, but there is no shade so tying to the shaded side of your transport may be better for short periods.
Dogs – due to the hot weather, please leave all dogs at home.
The venue is very compact so whether you are riding, walking or driving around please go slowly and be observant of your surroundings.
HOT WEATHER – IMPORTANT
The weather forecast is for 29 degrees C. The speeds have been reduced, and a section removed from your POR route to account for this.
Water is available for humans and horses at the venue.
Please bring suncream, sun hat, fly repellent, plenty of fluids (isotonic drinks are advised, to replace lost salts as well as water). Make sure you and your horse are both well hydrated before travelling, and offer water regularly. You can add apple juice or quick soaking sugar beet based feed to increase palatability.
There will be a horse water point clearly marked on the master map, at a point that is accessible from two different points of your route. Please sponge your horse off if required rather than sloshing, to conserve water for others.
Order of the day:
1. On arrival (no earlier than 9.30am), take your body protector, riding hat and emergency contact’s details to the secretary to declare. Collect your horse & rider ID tags. Set your watch to match the ‘official time’ which will be displayed there.
2. Go to walk the course (see the map below). If competitors are going round at the time you must listen out for judges telling you to get out of the way. It should take you no more than 15 minutes to walk.
3. Go to the map room without your horse (take your pens and map case) at least a couple of minutes early. You must be QUIET to allow other competitors to concentrate. Take note of the type of tickets being used as these will be displayed on the wall. A head torch will be useful as the lighting is not great. At the end of your 10 minutes copying the route, your map will be sealed in an envelope and given back to you – put it straight in your map case and do not open it until you start the POR.
3. You now have 45 minutes to tack up and warm up for PTV/MA.
You and your horse should get ready everything you will need for the POR, because it will follow on soon after – you’ll have around 30 minutes from end of PTV to your tack check.
You can use the indoor school to warm up – maximum of three riders at once. Please be with the start steward near the outdoor arena at least a minute before your start time.
4. Do your MA & PTV – you start in the outdoor arena.
5. You now have a thirty minute break – go back to your transport to collect your saddlebags & map case, drop off your body protector if not wearing it for POR, and grab a drink for yourself and your horse. Go to the POR start for your tack check in good time (make sure you have all of the required equipment). The steward will check that your map is still sealed before you open it, and that you have all the compulsory equipment in the rulebook.
6. After your tack check, you will be given a record card. Put this somewhere safe such as a zipped pocket or your map case. Make a note of the optimum speed for the first section, which will be displayed at the start. At your POR start time, leave and ride the route that you have marked on your map.
On the POR – keep an eye out for tickets like the ones displayed at the map room. If you ride past one, note it down on your record card. Your ride will only take you around field edges, on lanes, and in clear tractor wheel routes through fields – you must not damage any crops.
When you get to a checkpoint you’ll need to give them your record card, they will put your arrival & leaving time on and hand it back (put it back in the secure place). You’ll have a 5 minute break and then set off again with a different optimum speed (this will be displayed on a tree).
When you finish the POR you will hand in your record card to the steward. After untacking and sorting your horse, please return your number bib to the secretary.
Home made cakes will be for sale in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
If you can’t stay for prize giving (totally understandable in the heat – horses come first and should not be made to wait around), please leave £1 to cover postage of your rosette and scoresheet. Unfortunately we cannot post any prizes.
Behaviour – a note from your Technical Delegate.
I understand that competitions can be stressful. However, we all do this for fun and it is important that your horse enjoys the experience. I have written the above ‘talk round’ to hopefully minimise stress on the day as you will know where you need to be and when.
Due to ill tempered behaviour reported at a recent competitions I would like to draw everyone’s attention to rule 2.1 of the TREC GB rulebook.
2.1 Code of Conduct
FITE and TREC GB require all those involved in equestrian sport to adhere to the FEI Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse (see Appendix 1.) and accept that at all times the welfare of the horse must be paramount and must never be subordinated to competitive or commercial influences. In addition, the following behaviour by competitors or officials will not be accepted at any TREC GB affiliated event:
Conduct in a manner which is offensive to the public, competitors, judges, organisers or any other official
Arguing with a judge, official or other competitor, use of abusive or threatening language, or behaving with contempt towards a judge, official or other competitor
Ill-treatment in any way of a horse at any time or in any circumstance
Breaking of the rules
Failing to obey any reasonable instruction given by a judge, official, organiser or Technical Delegate.
If a competitor or official is reported for one of the above they may be disqualified from the event and the matter may be investigated by a disciplinary panel.
If I observe, hear, or have fed back to me any contraventions of that rule, I will have no hesitation in eliminating the perpetrator in order to preserve the integrity of the sport we love.
NB this doesn’t apply to the odd exclamation over a big jump, etc – that’ll just affect your style mark!