Map skills training report

Seven intrepid TRECies – Fran, Philippa, Caroline, Nicola, Joanne, Ruth and Tracy joined Evie O’Keeffe at the Waterside Discovery Centre, Wintersett for a full day’s training on a range of map and compass skills, incorporating woodland training, grids and bearings.

Evie first explained a few hints and tips for keeping track of your position on a map using landmarks around you, and discussed how to use your horse’s strides to help to track distance travelled if there is nothing else around.

The first exercise delegates worked on was planning a strategy for a section of route through a forest – rather than just seeing a mass of green they learned to read the contour lines, ponds, streams, rights of way and type of woodland to give them more confidence in locating themselves and describe what they would expect as they rode along. They also did the maths for number of strides on each track, and worked out the bearing to set off on at each decision point.

The next exercise was grid references, which was tricky to begin with. All participants received a romer to help them to plot the grid references precisely, and got to keep them for use in competition.

Fran very helpfully brought along a previous competition map and showed everyone how she marks up her map with kms using a small piece of plastic with a 4cm line on to assist with speed calculations, and several people had brought along different examples of speed cards.

We then discussed how to find out your location by analysing the tracks and features around you or using triangulation, either at the end of the bearings section or because you have got a bit lost.

After lunch we all went for a walk in the woods, and quickly realised how important it is to keep track of exactly where you are on the route. Then in to a bearings section including some hills which got everyone nicely warmed up, and illustrated how the number of strides can be affected by terrain and slope – on average adding 25% more strides than expected on the flat.

After a brief rest, the team were then given grid references in the woods – Evie was kind enough to put this ‘checkpoint’ at a clearing with benches to lean on although this is rare at competitions! The grid references were plotted much more quickly now out in the fresh air, and everyone found it easy to follow the route they plotted back to the venue.

By the end of the day everyone’s brains were aching (including Evie’s!) but reports from the delegates were that it had been a very useful, interesting day and good value for money at only £10 for members. Hopefully this report will help everyone to remember the things we covered.

This training will be run again in September and will be ideal for anyone thinking of making the leap up to level three at the end of the season.

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Provisional scores for Bulcote TREC competition

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The provisional scores are available now for the Bulcote competition held on 21 March, along with a map showing the location of tickets and checkpoints to assist with reading the scores.  You may find it helpful to read the document which explains how each ticket was used at each Level:

Bulcote TREC 2015 competition POR explanation

Bulcote L1 map

Bulcote L2 map part 1

Bulcote L2 map part 2

On the PTV all the Level 2 riders completed the course in well under the time allowed and incurred no time penalties.  To simplify scoring, times for all these riders have been entered as 9 minutes.  Level 1 riders have had their actual time taken entered.

Bulcote scores COP 1i Bulcote scores COP 1p Bulcote scores COP 2ai Bulcote scores COP 2ap Bulcote scores COP 2bp

Bulcote scores POR 1i Bulcote scores POR 1p Bulcote scores POR 2ai Bulcote scores POR 2ap Bulcote scores POR 2bp

Bulcote scores PTV 1i Bulcote scores PTV 1p Bulcote scores PTV 2ai Bulcote scores PTV 2ap Bulcote scores PTV 2bp

If you have any queries which could affect affect the overall results, please email no later then 9pm on Wednesday 25 March so these can be checked before the scores are finalised.  Rosettes and individual scoresheets will then be sent out by post.


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Want to improve your scores?

Have a look at the training on offer over the next few months:

25 April – Woodlands, grids and bearings, West Yorkshire – Details and booking form *price for non-members now reduced to £15*

10 May – Arena XC, Leicestershire – Booking form

21 June – TREC skills for newcomers, West Yorkshire – Booking form

Young riders <21 – please apply to the training fund to assist with training costs.

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Update on Bulcote TREC scores

The scorers have been busy inputting the scores for all phases of the Bulcote TREC competition we ran yesterday.  The POR and CoP scores are complete and being checked, with the PTV scores to follow.  Due to the scorer having to work a night shift at her (paid) job tonight, the completed scores will be published on Monday pm.  Deadline for queries which affect the placings will then be 9pm on Wednesday.

The organisers would like to pass on their heartfelt thanks to the wonderful cheerful judges who braved the chilly wind to make the competition run smoothly.  It was lovely to see so many smiling riders and happy horses arriving back into the venue at the end of the POR.

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Final results in 2014-2015 Winter League

After four competitions the final placings in the first WHTG Winter league have been decided.  Marie Spillane and former racehorse Price of Love dominated the individual section throughout the season, with Alex Wells and her own Thoroughbred mare Toffee taking reserve champion.  Native ponies filled the next two places, with Kathryn Bean on Highland pony Tower Harry just heading Kirsty Collinson on her Dales Lummas Oscar.

In fifth place overall and the Restricted Champion, Sue Denny Paulucci riding Robin who has been shared by the whole family at the winter events.  Sixth place was taken by Sarah Thurnell on her veteran Welsh pony Brilyn Bashful Barney.  Lisa Worsley and Maverick took seventh place overall and were Reserve Champion in the Restricted section.

Trophies and rosettes will be given out at a later date.

WHTG Winter League FINAL standings March 2015

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

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

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Training opportunities & a new TREC club

New TREC club
Two of the WHTG family – Caroline Forrester and Jane Scott – are branching out to create a new TREC club for Lincolnshire and we hope that you will support them and their events. Their first meeting is being held on 14 March at
The Jessop Room, Leasingham Village Hall, NG34 8LB
More details

Training events

Young riders <21 – please apply to the training fund to assist with training costs

Saturday 14 March 2015 at 2pm
A guided walk (on foot) with basic map reading, ideal for newcomers to the sport including those who have entered Bulcote TREC on 21st March.
Silsden, Near Keighley, West Yorkshire.
Details and booking form

Saturday 28 March 2015
TREC newcomers & improvers training day
Heath, Wakefield
Details and booking form (update: this event is now fully booked).

Saturday 25 April 2015
On foot grids, bearings and woodlands training – brush up on the techniques required for successful navigation in woodland, and have a go at some grids and bearings so you that you know what to expect at levels 3 & 4
Wintersett, Wakefield
Details and booking form

More to come
We are planning some cross-country training in Leicestershire in May, and further ‘newcomers & improvers’ days in Wakefield on 21 June (note change from 20th), 18 July & 30 August, plus more on-foot navigation training on 12 September.
Negotiations are also underway for a level 1 competition and more training in York in the Summer. Watch this space!

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Results Moorhouse Arena TREC 28 Feb

Once again we had a great turnout for this competition and it was great to see so many happy combinations who improved with successive rounds in the arena. Thank you to Sheila, Dave, Evie, Ruth, Erin, Paula, Geoff, Sue, Fiona & Ina for all your help organising, setting up, judging and taking down the course.


Well done everyone!

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