Current standings in WHTG Winter League

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!



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Newsletter January 2015

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

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 deputyTreasurer: 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 and she will put you in touch with a local trainer.


The schedules are out now for the final two competitions in the WHTG Winter League:
Schedule Derby College Arena TREC 14 Feb 2015
Schedule Moorhouse Arena TREC 28 Feb 2015

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

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

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  but in the meantime, happy TRECing!



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2015 committee announced

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
Dave Rogerson
Fiona Thurnell
Jane O’Shea
Marion Hayes
Marie Metcalfe
Sarah Thurnell

The minutes and accounts will be made available to members as soon as possible.

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Moorhouse Arena TREC 16th November 2014 Results

Results now available. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a great success.
Moorhouse November results

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Arena TREC Moorhouse 16 Nov info & times

We’ve had an amazing entry for our Arena TREC competition this weekend – please see the start times and read all the information below.

The venue post code is DN6 7HA. It is located in the village of Moorhouse, just a short drive from the A1. If you are coming from the A1, take the exit at Junction 38, signposted for Wakefield A638. Follow the road into the village of Hampole and take the first left turn onto Hampole Field Lane, which leads to Moorhouse Equestrian Centre.  Caution, the road is quite narrow and bendy.

Arrival at the Venue
When you arrive at Moorhouse Arena, please follow the stewards’ instructions for parking, with wagons only at the top end. Please do not leave ANYTHING in the car park – hay, haylage, droppings etc. should be taken home with you.

Times, Arena and Rosettes
We’ll do our best to keep to time on the day, so please help us by being ready to start early if required.

There is an indoor warm up with access to the main arena and even a small standing area where you can see into the main arena. Please keep an eye on the competitors before you and listen to the collecting ring steward’s instructions, so we don’t keep our kind volunteer judges waiting unnecessarily. Number bibs can be collected from the warm viewing gallery before you start, please return these afterwards and then you can pick up your competitor’s rosette.

Local Hack
We have been very fortunate in being able to sort out a short hack of about 4 and a half miles (mini POR) and you can either try copying the route, as you would at a summer TREC competition, or have a pre marked map. There will not be a charge for this but any voluntary contributions would be welcome towards supporting TREC GB. Please do not go out on the hack after 2.00pm, as we need to ensure that everyone gets back to the venue safely before dark. Please also carry a mobile phone or ensure you are accompanied by someone with a phone, so you can telephone back to the venue, in case of an emergency.

The café, serving hot and cold food, will be open during the day so hopefully you’ll be well fed and watered!

We would also really appreciate any help you can offer us with judging and stewarding when you are not riding, even half an hour would be good.

Course Walking
The course can be walked in the short break between each class, with the exception of classes 1 and 2. We’ll do a guided course walk, if required, before Class 4 the Unaffiliated Restricted. Please look at the course plan and read the judging sheets before this if possible. Any questions please ask. We’re happy to give help and advice on the day and want everyone to have fun.

The obstacles we are using for the competition can be found in the TREC GB rulebook, which is available free from the TREC GB website (see right) and will be chosen from this list: Low Branches, Hedge, Bending, Rein Back, Footbridge, Corridor, S-Bend, Immobility, Ditch. All obstacles are OPTIONAL just stop at the obstacle you don’t wish to attempt and tell the relevant judge that you want to bypass it.

Scores, Results and Arena TREC League Scores will be displayed as soon as possible. Individual score sheets for every rider and a competitor rosette for the day will be available in the warm viewing gallery at the end of each class, once the scores have been checked. If you cannot stay to collect these and want them posted please leave a SAE with a LARGE LETTER stamp or a £1 coin.

Please note that TREC GB have changed their criteria for the RS-TOR TREC GB Winter Series Points league since the schedule was published. You must join TREC GB no later than the day of the competition (before or after your class) for that score to be counted for the overall league. This does not affect the placings on the day. More details here:

We’re really looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, but if you have to withdraw please let us know by phone as soon as possible. Sheila Tel: 07780 904857.

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Renewals due, AGM & WHTG affiliates to TREC GB

Following the recent members’ vote regarding White Horse Trec Group becoming a member club affiliated to TREC GB, the new governing body for the sport of TREC in this country, I have pleasure in confirming that the vote was in favour of the club joining TREC GB.

Our application and payment have been made and we have received confirmation from TREC GB that we are now part of the organisation.

Membership subscriptions are now due and fees for 2015 are frozen at £22 per member. We regret we can longer offer a discount to a second member at the same address, membership will now be on a purely individual basis. If you are a joint member and currently pay by Standing Order you will need to amend this with your bank to cover two memberships at £22 each. Membership forms and details on how to renew can be found via the ‘Join Us’ page of the club website.

Joining TREC GB as a Red or Blue member? Remember to nominate White Horse TREC Group as your preferred club when you join TREC GB, to receive £10 refund from White Horse TREC Group. 2015 WHTG members will receive a cheque for £10 from WHTG once the payment has been received from TREC GB. This makes your WHTG membership only £12 when you also join TREC GB!


The White Horse TREC Group AGM will take place on Sunday 23rd November 2014. Meet at 1pm for 1.30pm start.  Walton Village Hall, School Lane, Walton, Wakefield WF2 6PA. Refreshments will be provided. 
Please email ASAP to confirm if you will be attending the AGM, so that we can order sufficient refreshments.

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Arena TREC at Milton EC 1 Nov results

Milton Arena TREC 1 Nov 2014 Results

White Horse TREC Group kicked off the Arena TREC season in spooky style this weekend with a popular day of competition at Milton EC Worksop.  With judges (and the bending poles) wearing witches’ hats, cobwebs and bats covering the Low Branches and pumpkins and carrots to tempt ponies out of the Immobility, riders had their skills tested to the max.  Classes included RS-Tor TREC GB Winter Series sections as well as Pairs featuring family duos and some ponies doing a double shift.  The organisers would like to thank our fabulous judges Amanda, Evie, Caroline, Sue, Jane, Holly and Fiona as well as the many riders who helped set up the course, judge in between riding and pack up at the end of the day.

These photographs were taken by Alex Sales between her classes – thanks Alex!


MONSTERS! The ditch is only 2″ high…

S-bend led, a tricky obstacle.

S-bend led, a tricky obstacle.

Brightly coloured poles with carrots at the base proved distracting for some!

Brightly coloured poles with carrots at the base proved distracting for some!

Cobwebs, spiders and bats, oh my!

Cobwebs, spiders and bats, oh my!

Bewitched bending poles!

Bewitched bending poles!

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