Further information about Harwood Dale

We are happy to announce that we plan on running Harwood Dale at Burgate Farm near Scarborough / Whitby as a full Summer TREC competition with Levels 1-4. All being well (& Covid restrictions permitting!) this competition is planned to take place over the weekend of 23rd-25th July. Come & enjoy a fantastic weekend in stunning North Yorkshire! For more information please contact paula@white-horse-trec.co.uk

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Events planned for Spring

As plans are made to slowly lift restrictions we have rescheduled dates for some of the Winter Series events that we sadly had to cancel earlier in the year. Moorhouse is now open for entries (3rd time lucky we hope!) & Thornton House has a confirmed new date & the schedule will be out shortly. The Harwood Dale Summer Series event that was unable to go ahead last year has also been given a new date.

All of these events are currently in need of volunteers & we absolutely couldn’t run anything without them. If you are able to help in any small way (even just a couple of hours is appreciated) please contact the organisers listed on the events page.

We have also arranged some exciting training opportunities for PTV / XC training with eventing coach Harriet Morris-Baumber in East Yorkshire. (booking form will be available shortly)

We’re looking forwards to seeing you all out & about competing again very soon!

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Zoom evening planned

We are holding a free Zoom meeting on Friday 26th March at 7.30pm for anyone who is thinking of trying a full summer Trec competition for the first time. Join us for an informal, friendly chat with 3 regular Trec competitors that can still clearly remember their own apprehensions and concerns over entering their first full weekend competition. An ideal opportunity to learn just exactly what is involved in taking those first steps into the world of summer Trec competitions and ask any questions that you can think of. This casual evening is intended for those who have never tired competing at Trec at all, for those who have done the Winter series but have never done a full 3 phase Trec and for those who may have tried a single day 3 phase Trec competition, but have never camped and corralled for a weekend competition. Put the date in your diary! – Further details to follow.

Also please check out the photo competition running on our Facebook page exclusively for WHTG members. The theme is “Proudest TREC moment” and can be from a competition, from training or your own personal practice. The winner will receive a £5 Amazon voucher & become our new banner photo for a few weeks. (If the photo was taken by a professional photographer please get their permission to share it in this way)

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Moorhouse postponed & AGM via Zoom

Unfortunately due to National lockdown & new guidance from TREC GB we have had to make the sad decision to postpone the Moorhouse arena TREC for the moment. We aim to rearrange when restrictions have eased enough to allow the event to run & ask everyone to be patient until then. All competitors will be contacted by email shortly.

Also as per the recent newsletter which members should all have received by email our AGM is going to be held Tuesday 24th November at 7pm via Zoom this year as restrictions prevent us meeting in person. We hope this will give some of our members who are on the edges of our area / that may not normally be able to come to the AGM a chance to get involved.

We are also looking for more members to join the committee. This basically involves meeting by ZOOM a few times a year and discussion via email & Whatsapp in between. If you’d be potentially interested please contact one of the current committee members for more information / to put your name forward.

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Stapleton Results


By kind permission of Katie Carr, saw us hold an arena event in 2 fields near Darrington for the first time at Stapleton Park Livery. An easy venue to access as close to the A1 with good parking spaces. Many thanks go to the helpers and supporters who enabled the club to put this on. Saturday afternoon saw 6 of us setting out the course and agreeing where to place the flags. It really did help and we were done in just over the hour. Evie, Sarah, Shirley and Vicki had to keep their distance and keep using the sanitizer but we kept warm walking up and down.

Sunday morning had Dave and Sheila up bright and early to finish the signs and getting the cones out for parking. When some cars started flying past the end, near the parking around 8.30 we wondered what was happening but fortunately they were treasure hunters off to use their metal detectors in the woods and fields well away from us. We did have plenty stop for directions because of the yellow coat Sheila was wearing.

Judith arrived and was able to give a course walk, for the in-hand class as it was something new for the competitor, before taking up carparking duties. Ruth, Fran and Ann went on the MA whilst ADRC members Kathryn, Linda and Sharon helped steward, time keep, judge and score with Dave. 

The morning was very relaxed as unfortunately we had some withdrawals and there was plenty of time between each rider. Lunch was early and although Jude and Linda had to go, we had Anne join us and with the later classes not having so many entries we were able to be ahead of time. 

Some of the new local obstacles were used eg park your horse and turnabout box and they seemed to work well and other obstacles made use of the natural terrain which you could meet out hacking. A dry but cool day with many successes and a few disappointments. Thank you to those who helped pack away so efficiently. We hope we shall be back, if allowed, in the spring.


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Obstacle lists for Stapleton

  • Please find the obstacle lists for all classes in the document below.
    Stapleton obstacles Sept 2020
  • The current TREC GB rulebook containing the majority of obstacles used is available HERE
  • Please note that due to Covid / social distancing TREC GB have authorised the use of some temporary local obstacles to replace those that aren’t appropriate to use at the moment, some of which are included in this weekends courses.  local_TREC_obstacles-version2
  • Please also familiarise yourself with the data sheet for our trotting poles obstacle Trot Poles Data sheets
  • Course plans should be sent out to you on Saturday after the course has been set
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Stapleton Times & Info

Please find below the paperwork relating to Sunday. This information has also been emailed to all riders.  If you are bringing anyone with you we MUST have this form filled out & returned with their contact details before Saturday evening.  COVID-19 contact info

Please read the rider information carefully as obviously this event is being run slightly differently to normal & with extra precautions in place including a one-way system. (outlined in image below)  Please respect & adhere to them.





Stapleton Sept 20 rider information

WHTG 270920 StapletonWS RA Final


Stapleton Site Plan

We are still short of helpers for gate opening / car parking  & would appreciate more volunteers (Even some extra people helping for a few hours would be helpful) 

Address for the venue is STAPLETON PARK ESTATE, DARRINGTON, PONTEFRACT WEST YORKS, WF8 3DD.  Please follow the route indicated on the map after coming off the A1 at Darrington (Valley Rd/ Bank Wood Rd) which may differ from your Sat Nav. 

Stapleton Route to Venue Map

Times are below.  Obstacle lists to follow & course plans will be sent out on Saturday.  Keep your fingers crossed for similar weather to last weekend rather than the current dismal offerings! 

Stapleton times


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Stapleton open for entries

We hope all our members / competitors are well & have been able to make the best of an awful & sometimes confusing situation over the past 5 months. After Covid led to the cancellation all our planned Summer events (we hope to reschedule for 2021 where possible) we are very happy to report that we are getting things back up & running next month with Stapleton Winter TREC on Sunday 27th September.

Entries are now open & the schedule is available on the Events page & the TREC GB website.  This should be a lovely, friendly event that would be an ideal introduction to those new to the sport. Please note this event will be held outdoors not in an indoor arena.  Entries may need to be limited so we would advise you get them in early to avoid disappointment! (Please see the schedule for entry restrictions)

As things are not quite back to normal there will be extra precautions / procedures in place to safeguard our judges & competitors.  Full instructions will be sent out in advance.

We are still in need of helpers for this event.  We could not run these events without volunteers & are always grateful for your help. If you are not in a high risk group for Covid & would be able to spare us some time please email sheila@white-horse-trec.co.uk with your availability.

Preparations for WHTG camp are also going well.  All places are filled & it will be run in accordance with all TREC GB risk asessments for Covid-19.

Finally a reminder that this years membership (01/11/19 onwards) will roll until 30/09/21.  Can those of you with a standing order set up please amend it in line with this. Any overpayment shall be viewed as a donation to support the club and shall not be refunded. For those looking to join us our current fees are £15 for adults & £10 for under 21s.  For more info click here

Thankyou all for bearing with us & we look forward to seeing you all out competing again soon!

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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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