Winter league results & TREC GB news

WELL DONE to everyone who supported our winter events, it’s been a long winter to keep a horse in work & maintain motivation to get out competing. Nobody managed to get to all six, but Katie Norwell-Hall and Jacob Simpson each managed an impressive five events, and they were rewarded for their tenacity! It was fantastic to see how many members brought a helper or gave up an event to come and help, it really was appreciated by all the organisers.

Each category winner will be sent a £25 voucher for Performance Equestrian soon (please bear with the committee while we arrange this as the planned presentation can’t go ahead) – you’ll be able to spoil your horse or yourself with some brand new equipment ready for more adventures! Full results are here.sally basil.

TREC GB Open: Sally Hall & Basil (pictured)

TREC GB Open Intermediate: Joanne Bond & Sienna of Sunnyneuk

TREC GB Intermediate with an unassailable 40/40: Marie Spillane & Westend Stevie

TREC GB Novice Horse: Katie Norwell-Hall & Primo Princess

TREC GB Newcomer: Jacob Simpson & Stremmart Independence

WHTG Starter: Caroline Gallichan & Stan the Man

WHTG In Hand: Jane Waite & Ramble On

WHTG best Young Rider: Jacob Simpson & Stremmart Independence 

 

On to disappointing updates now – due to coronavirus, TREC GB have advised member clubs to suspend all mounted & unmounted activity until mid May. Camp has been postponed to the autumn and everyone who had booked on has been sent an email about the potential new dates. Stapleton TREC on 17/5 falls into ‘mid May’ but given the fast-evolving situation with the outbreak it is unlikely to go ahead on that date as things stand.

A glimmer of good news is that the current BHS advice is to keep riding, providing you can follow the guidance around hygiene & social distancing. We will endeavour to keep you updated as things change, but for now there’s no excuse not to be practising your map copying, navigation skills (but don’t go anywhere too remote), control of paces & non-jumping obstacles so that you’re ready and raring to go as soon as the season starts.

 

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Hazlehead results

Well done to everyone who came out to support the last winter competition of the season at this new venue for us. As usual the atmosphere was very friendly & supportive, and Ruth’s delicious baking raised £28.45 for charity – along with some donations for rosettes & prizes not collected we’ve sent £35 to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Results & here’s a few pics of open rider Sally & Basil strutting their stuffsally basil

Thank you to Ruth O’Keeffe for scoring, Zoe Morton & Anna Dawson-Jones for setting up, Jane Waite & Jackie Hall for manning the gate & standing in the rainiest spot(!), Andy Chappell & Lauren Taylor for helping Evie with judging/writing, Dave Chappell & Andy Bond for arena party duties, and to everyone who helped poo pick the warm up & pack up at the end of the day. All your help was very much appreciated – we can’t do it without you!

The final club league placings will be updated soon by Sarah, and we’ll email members the results – winners will receive a voucher for Performance Equestrian to treat themselves before the summer season starts.

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Course plans for Hazlehead

Course plans & maps

Judging sheet for Weave obstacle

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 so you need to go straight to obstacle 1, and classes 1/2 will have 5 minutes. Affiliated 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 judge 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/ring Ruth on 07929 322163 or Evie on 07939 471564.

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Times & info for Hazlehead

I hope you’re all looking forward to Sunday! Please read all the information on this page carefully.

Directions – the address for the venue is Hazlehead Hall Equestrian, Lee Croft, Sheffield, S36 9NN. This link will get you accurate directions – sat nav may take you past the entrance. The gates will be open all day.

Parking – please park as close as you can reasonably & safely manage, there’s plenty of hardstanding. Please bring a poop scoop/gloves and clear up after your horse. Horses must not be left unattended tied outside horseboxes.

Times (slightly amended 2022) – please check on this site for any amendments on Saturday night, and be prepared to go slightly ahead of your time in case there are any withdrawals on the day. To help us run to time, please start your control of paces as soon as the judges are ready – there’s no time for everyone to stroll round the arena first!
*Training opportunity* as it’s a short day, Evie has agreed to run training rounds for liveries, who can book slots via Ruth in the scoring area.

TREC GB membership year started on 1/10, if you want to be eligible for the national winter leagues please ensure you have joined or renewed 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 scoring area down the side of the arena – please keep noise to a minimum in this area.
We want to reduce our environmental impact so you can decline your rosette & tell Ruth, she’ll mark her sheet and we’ll give a charity donation of £1 instead.

Helpers  – we have got some wonderful judges giving up their Sunday to help, if you smile and say thanks it won’t help your marks but it will lift their spirits!

Food – we don’t have a caterer, so bring some sandwiches if you’re here a while, but we will have hot drinks & Ruth’s home made goodies on sale for charity in the scoring area from 10.30am so please bring some cash with you & remember your travel mug.

hh venue plan

Toilets & viewing area are inside the spectator entrance. If you don’t have time to walk the course then viewing the course from here is a good way to work out where you’re going to go.

Spectators – please don’t enter the arenas unless you’re helping out a competitor in class 1/2/3. Please keep all children under close supervision and for safety please do not take pushchairs/prams near any horse areas.

Important notes

  • We are not using number bibs so please confirm your name on entry if Evie hasn’t met you before. Evie will have pre-printed score sheets arranged in starting order so please don’t swap unless it’s unavoidable!
  • No more than 6 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 in the warm up arena but will also be posted on this site on Saturday night at 5pm so you have time to learn your courses.  Obstacles are ridden unless specified as led (other than for the in hand class).
  • For biosecurity reasons please do not go near the resident horses, and make sure any family/friends you bring stay away from them too. Don’t handle anyone else’s horse or let yours touch noses with another.

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 so you need to go straight to obstacle 1, and classes 1/2 will have 5 minutes. Affiliated 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/ring Ruth on 07929 322163 or Evie on 07939 471564.

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Thornton House Results

It was a good day despite the awkward weather, and the competitors seem to have had a lot of fun.  Young riders definitely stole the show, with some of the highest scores seen.

Unfortunately although the venue itself wasn’t affected by the yellow weather warnings, and other events in the area also went ahead, 5 competitors weren’t able to travel safely and have received a free entry into an indoor comp in the future as a good will gesture. 

Thank you everyone for taking part and all those fantastic helpers – some who turned
up at 8.30am to lend a hand setting up.  Putting away was a wow – how quick can a team clear up after a competition? It was like magic and makes such a difference after a long day & a lot of hard work by the organising team so thank you!

Results

The league position for members will be updated soon & published on this page. Next competition is Hazlehead nr Penistone on 8 March, and there are still spaces available.

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Obstacles & updated times for Thornton House

Please note that times have changed slightly! In case there are any more changes please double check the one displayed on the day.

Obstacles for In hand & lead rein classes

Obstacles for Take your own line classes

Obstacles Affiliated Open & Affiliated Newcomers

Obstacles Novice Horse and Intermediate

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Times & Info for Thornton House 22/2

WHTG kindly thank Lesley & Family for allowing the use of their facilities.

You can walk the course if you arrive prior to your class but remember there is a viewing gallery upstairs. Obstacle lists for each class will be published on Friday at 5pm.

Directions to THORNTON HOUSE, (Allerthorpe Woods) Barmby Moor YO42 4DD You approach Thornton House Equestrian from the A1079 in either direction. At the JET petrol station you come to a cross roads, turn right or left (depending on direction of travel) towards Sutton on Derwent.  Travel for about a mile until you see the WHTG yellow roadsign.  Follow the signs once you turn off  A1079 & NOT  your Sat Nav (this will take you to the front of the owners property and there is no access). You can ride out in the local wood behind the Livery Yard but remember it can be wet at certain times.

The day is planned according to the times. Please ensure you are ready on time and ready to go in earlier if called – which could be a possibility. We have tried to keep your rides as close together as possible so that you are not waiting too long.

Parking – please park according to the venue signs, and leave the hard standing as you find it i.e. clear up after your horse.  If you have a large vehicle you might prefer to park where you turn into the premises before the gate.

Thank you to our Helpers –PLEASE REMEMBER WE CANNOT RUN ANY COMPETITION WITHOUT OTHERS ASSISTING. Kathryn will be scoring in the morning, collecting sheets and working out the scores-also doing the prize giving, answering questions etc.

Café/Hot Food –the hot food area for this event will be open so please bring some cash with you to support it, it is in the building on the left as you walk up the stairs to the viewing area. Presentation of rosettes & score sheets will take place in here approximately 15 minutes after the end of each class

Queries – please direct all queries to Kathryn, not to our judges.  If you have to withdraw please phone Paula on 07951019965.

The obstacle sheet layout will be on the table where you will collect your bibs.   You can read up about the obstacles on the TREC GB Website.

Important notes

  • We are using number bibs so please ensure you DON’T go home with them. Remember to pick them up on a table provided before going to viewing gallery.
  • Competitors & spectators are not permitted in the livery stable areas. Steps to the viewing gallery are marked.
  • When walking/riding between car park and arena please be aware of moving vehicles, both horseboxes arriving/leaving and liveries in their cars may cross your path.
  • Please use green (novice/young) or red (kicker) tail ribbons as appropriate for your horse, and please give plenty of space to any horse wearing a ribbon.
  • Start times, course maps and obstacle lists will be displayed at the entrance to the arena.
  • We have the use of the outdoor arena to warm up – please ride sensibly.
  • Things to bear in mind for the classes:
  • The TREC GB rulebook is available to download for free here
  • Competitors in the affiliated classes cannot be given any assistance by the judges on the course.
  • 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 at any point before an obstacle counts as an effectiveness fault.
  • Red flags on your right & white flags on your left.
  • For all affiliated classes, the start of the timed PTV (obstacles) section is the end of the paces corridor.
  • 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.
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