The schedule and entry form are available now for our first full TREC competition of 2015. The Bulcote event takes place on 21 March using the lovely off road riding near Nottingham provided by Severn Trent Water and includes classes for Pairs and Individuals. Level 1 is suitable for first times and novices, with the longer (20km) Level 2 class ideal for those with some previous TREC experience. There is also a Level 2a class over the same distance, with the added challenge of sections using grid references and/or bearings to help those considering moving up to Level 3 later in the season. The organisers would also love to hear from anyone not riding who can spare a half or full day to help out with stewarding or judging at this popular event. A fun start to the season for everyone!
With the results now added from the Derby College Arena TREC competition, we are three quarters of the way through the WHTG Winter League season. Marie Spillane and Prince of Love are leading the Individual class closely followed by Alex Sales and Kirsty Collinson. With just a few points separating the chasing riders, the placings could still change dramatically after the final event this weekend at Moorhouse. The Pairs class is still wide open, with none of the eligible combinations having more than one score on the board to date. Placings in the Winter League are awarded to WHTG members having the best combined score from two classes at any of the four Winter competitions held this season. Prizes will be presented at the Bulcote TREC competition on Saturday 21 March.
Results for the Arena TREC classes held at Derby College Equestrian Centre are available HERE
Excellent news for our younger members! WHTG currently holds a small amount of funding reserved specifically for young riders, and the committee have decided to offer this on a per-event basis for riders under 21 to receive funding for TREC training. The aim is to support young riders to rise through the levels and ultimately be skilled enough to compete internationally at Young Rider championships if they want to.
The 2015 Junior European TREC championships for riders aged 16-21 are being held in Eersel, Netherlands, Sept 4-6 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1a44OvozDo
The bursary funds will be available for:
Training run by any TREC GB affiliated club including WHTG;
XC tuition with a registered instructor;
On-foot orienteering training with someone like Pete Hawkins from the Silva Navigation School.
Applicants must fulfill the following criteria:
1. Date of birth after 06/09/1994 (under 21 for this year’s YR championships)
2. Fully paid-up WHTG 2015 member
3. Participated in at least two WHTG competitions, including Arena TREC, since 01/10/2013
4. Willing to write a report for the WHTG website, ideally with photos, about the training
Applications must be received by the committee at least 4 weeks prior to the event date, and riders will be notified of the committee’s decision about funding no later than 2 weeks prior to the event date. The committee’s decision is final. WHTG will reimburse riders the agreed amount by cheque or bank transfer after they have successfully participated in an event and submitted their report.
The committee members reserve the right to alter the qualifying criteria at any point. Approval of an application for one event does not guarantee approval for subsequent events.
A maximum of £25 is available per rider, per training event. The maximum funding per rider per year is anticipated to be £100, but this will be reduced if lots of applications are received.
WHTG members under 21 will also benefit from reduced WHTG competition entry fees.
Application form below is to be emailed to email@example.com no later than 4 weeks before the intended training. If your email is not acknowledged within 2 days please contact Evie on 07939 471564.
Date of birth:
Horse’s name & age:
If under 18, parent or guardian’s name and telephone number:
What TREC experience do you have?
What training are you applying for funding for? Please describe in full the club/instructor/venue and intended activities, and how you hope this will help your performance at TREC competitions:
When is the training?
How much is the training?
Are you willing to write a report about this event for the WHTG website?
We are now half way through the winter TREC season, and competition is hotting up in the WHTG Winter league. The latest standings are available HERE
The next event in the series is the Derby College Arena TREC on 14 February. Entries are still open, schedule available on our Events page. Only WHTG members will be eligible for awards at the end of the Winter Series, so if you have not yet joined and want your results to count please send your membership form in soon!
Firstly a Happy New Year to all our members!
We have a busy year planned, so this is a full newsletter. Finally with the start of a new year the amazing amount of work that has been done by TREC GB volunteers, club members and riders to sustain the sport we all participate in is beginning to come together. I on behalf of the club would like to congratulate them and in my term of office I am determined that as a club we support TREC GB and develop the sport to its rightful place in the equestrian world.
If you have anything that you would like to see in the newsletter in future, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee & general membership matters
Firstly, in case you haven’t seen the news on the club website – following November’s well-attended AGM the committee members who will be taking the club forward in 2015 are:
Chairperson: Paula Bean – Trec GB Board deputy, Treasurer: Joy Bradley, Secretary: Caroline Ashmore, Vice Chair & Webmaster: Evie O’Keeffe
Training: Ruth O’Keeffe. Other committee members are Dave Rogerson – Trec GB Board member, Fiona Thurnell, Jane O’Shea, Marie Spillane, Marion Hayes & Sarah Thurnell.
Thank you to all who have renewed on time. Please could we ask those of you who pay by standing order to remember to check that the correct payment of £22 is being taken from your bank, as some standing orders are incorrect. Your membership will only be valid if you have fully paid for the year.
At present, the club is affiliated to TREC GB and British Riding Clubs. If you join Trec GB and nominate White Horse TREC Group as your Club £10 will be returned to the Club which in turn will be refunded to you. This will probably be done on a quarterly basis by TREC GB so our refunds will follow suit.
The new WHTG training officer is Ruth O’Keeffe, and with Evie’s help she will be running regular training through 2015 to increase participation in the sport and help members to gain confidence to move up through the levels.
The intention is to make it very good value for club members, eg on 31 January we are running PTV & paces sessions for 75 minutes with both Evie and Ruth on hand and maximum of 4 riders per session (effectively semi private training) which is only £10 for members. At present this event is full, so given the popularity it will be run again soon.
Sunday 8 March will see a TREC Training & Taster Day held at Yorkshire Riding Centre, Markington, Nr Harrogate, HG3 3PE . This event will be run in conjunction with BHS North West. Full details & booking form will be on the website soon.
A further training day for all phases will be run on Saturday 28 March when we hope the weather will be a little better! Booking form & more details.
Once we have firm dates for the year’s competitions then further training days will be planned including map reading on an actual level one route, grids/bearings, and more PTV/paces. Most of these will be run near Wakefield which is relatively central within the WHTG area. If you have a venue in mind elsewhere with a captive audience for some training then please let Evie know on Evie@white-horse-trec.co.uk and she will put you in touch with a local trainer.
Summer competitions are planned for:
March or April, Bulcote, Notts, Level 1, 2, 2A
25/26 July, Barlow Hunt, Derbyshire, Level 2, 3, 4
26/27 September, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, Level 2, 3, 4
Schedules will be published on the website in due course.
British Riding Clubs Area 16 Qualifier Events
Fancy a go at some show-jumping, dressage, endurance or eventing? There are lots of opportunities to take part representing White Horse TREC Group either as part of a team, or as an individual. Qualifiers are hosted by clubs in the Area through the year with classes starting at basic levels. The club will usually pay part of the entry fee for qualifiers with riders paying a nominal fee similar to a local competition. Horses must have up-to-date flu vaccination. If you’re interested in finding out more please do get in touch, we’d love to have you involved! In the first instance please contact email@example.com
8 March – Winter Intermediate Show Jumping – Hill House EC, Market Rasen, Lincs.
22 March – Festival of the Horse Challenge (SJ/XC) – Osberton, Worksop, Notts.
29 March – Winter Intermediate Dressage – Brooksby College, Melton Mowbray, Leics.
19 April – Combined Training – Wittering Grange EC, Wansford, Peterborough
26 April – Horse Trials – Osberton, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
21 June – Dressage and Dressage to Music – Sheepgate EC, Boston, Lincolnshire
12 July – Show & Style Jumping – Willow Banks EC, Nr Market Rasen, Lincolnshire
Endurance – numerous competitions are available through the season – for more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also some options to represent the club with direct entry in Showing classes and Veteran RC horse/pony competition at the BRC Championship events, more info to follow.
If you have anything that you would like to see in the newsletter in future, please email me email@example.com but in the meantime, happy TRECing!
Following this year’s well-attended AGM the committee members who will be taking the club forward in 2015 are:
Chairperson: Paula Bean
Treasurer: Joy Bradley
Secretary: Caroline Ashmore
Vice Chair & Webmaster: Evie O’Keeffe
Training: Ruth O’Keeffe
The minutes and accounts will be made available to members as soon as possible.