Milton times & competitor info

We have a full day of competition planned, and I hope you’re all looking forward to it! Please read all the information on this page carefully.

Directions on this link – please park considerately and leave the lorry park as you find it – please bring a shovel or gloves & old feed sack/trug to take home your horse’s manure and dropped hay.

Times – please be prepared to go slightly ahead of your time in case there are any withdrawals on the day.

IMPORTANT – WHTG membership is due on 1/11, if you’ve entered as a member (therefore not paid the day member rates) please ensure you have sent across £15 (£10 for u21s) for your 2019-20 membership before the competition. You can get the bank details from the link on the Join Us page above (they are the same as you used to enter this competition). Being a member means you’re also eligible for the WHTG winter leagues.

TREC GB membership year started on 1/10, if you haven’t yet joined/renewed and want to be eligible for the national winter leagues please ensure you have rejoined as a red or blue member by the competition date & provide us with your current member number.

Rosettes and prizes – Ruth will work hard to get results out quickly, please be patient. Prizes, rosettes and scoresheets will be available for you to collect from the cafe area.
We want to reduce our environmental impact so you can swap your rosette for £1 off at the burger van or sign the sheet for a charity donation of £1 instead – the chosen charity for this event is Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

Helpers  – we have got some wonderful judges staying all day in the cold to help, if you smile and say thanks it won’t help your marks but it will lift their spirits!

Food – there is a burger van on site so please bring cash, and you can sit in the cafe area or viewing gallery out of the weather. Remember to bring your travel mug for hot drinks to reduce waste.

Spectators – are very welcome, there is a new heated viewing gallery for you to enjoy!

Dogs – please leave your dog at home, or if you must bring them then keep them on a lead at all times.

Important notes

  • We are not using number bibs so please confirm your name on entry. The judges will have their pre-printed score sheets arranged in starting order so please don’t swap unless it’s unavoidable!
  • No more than 4 horses in the warm up arena at once please. Pass left to left and if you are walking please come off the track.
  • Please use green (novice/young) or red (kicker) tail ribbons as appropriate for your horse, and give plenty of space to any horse wearing a ribbon.
  • Course maps and obstacle lists including scoring guidance for non standard obstacles will be displayed at the entrance to the arena but will also be posted on this site on Friday night at 8pm so you have time to learn your courses.  Obstacles are ridden unless specified as led (other than for the in hand class).
  • The livery stable areas are for liveries only.

Things to bear in mind for the classes:

  • The TREC GB rulebook is available here
  • Golden rules for the obstacles are: look for the number cones to do them in the right order, keep red flag on your right and white on your left, try to avoid refusals, don’t change pace, don’t stop in the middle, don’t touch any part of the obstacle. If it’s a compulsory walk obstacle then make sure you correct any jogging. Choose your pace before the start flags and stick to it until your horse’s back feet are out of the finish flags.
  • Competitors in the unaffiliated classes in hand & starter may ask for assistance from the judges if required eg which obstacle is next.
  • If your horse wears a martingale you must lead using headcollar & rope, not the reins.
  • The only assistance allowed in affiliated classes is help getting back on your horse  (a mounting block will be provided).
  • Everything is optional but if you want to miss an obstacle out you must ride up to it, halt and tell the judge that you won’t be attempting it.
  • Circling or crossing your tracks at any point on the course counts as an effectiveness fault at the next obstacle.
  • Doing an obstacle from the wrong direction or in the wrong order will be an error of course so elimination (though we will let you finish your round) – look for the flags and numbers & if you get lost come back to walk/halt and look around for the next number.
  • The start of the timed PTV (obstacles) section is the end of the paces corridor, and novice classes will have 5 minutes. Int/open classes have 4.5 minutes. Take your own line novice is 4 mins, TYOL open is 3 mins.
  • If you are struggling to complete an obstacle, move on to the next otherwise you risk running out of time.
  • If you run out of time before completing all the obstacles, the judges will shout ‘time’ and you should then leave the arena. If you have started an obstacle when the time is up you will be allowed to finish it.

If you need to withdraw on the day please text Evie on 07939 471564 or text/ring Ruth on 07929 322163.

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