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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Middleton 9/2 cancelled

The weather forecast is only pointing more strongly towards an absolutely shocking day on Sunday, so Evie’s made the decision to cancel now.

When you see this please email whitehorsetrecgroup@googlemail.com to let us know whether you want a refund (please include your sort code & acccount number if so) or if you’d like to transfer your entries to Hazlehead Equestrian S36 9NN on Sunday 8 March.

Refunds will be processed as soon as possible but please be patient as there’ll be lots of them to do.

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Updated WHTG winter league

Here’s the latest league standings – thank you Sarah Appleby for updating this!

WHTG league at 5 Feb 2020

The winner of each class will get a Performance Equestrian voucher, and with three competitions to go it’s still all to play for!

Thornton House is full, but there’s plenty of spaces at our new venue Hazlehead Hall on 8 March, entries are open now via the events page.

Remember you need to volunteer (or provide a volunteer friend/family member) for half a day during the winter season to be eligible for the league.

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Middleton 9/2 times & info

Please be aware that there is a yellow weather warning for the whole country on Sunday due to high winds. Evie will review the forecast late on Friday night to make a decision about running the event, so please check back here on Saturday morning. If we’re going ahead, your obstacle lists & maps will be posted at 5pm Saturday. 

If this is cancelled we’ll contact everyone to find out preference for transfer/refund.

In the meantime we’ll proceed as if it’s going ahead, so here’s your info & times. 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 Middleton Park EC, Middleton Grove, Leeds LS11 5TZ, and you can use this link to get directions from your starting point.  If you put ‘Middleton Park Equestrian Centre’ in Google maps app it will put you at the signpost-less roundabout at the bottom of the hill, just go up the hill to keep the sports centre on your left and hedge on your right, the EC is at the top of the hill on the right.

Parking – it is tight at this venue, so please park as close as you can reasonably & safely manage. Please bring a poop scoop/gloves and clear up after your horse. Horses must not be left unattended tied outside horseboxes.
Dogs are not allowed on site, and there is strictly no smoking or vaping on site at all. If you need a nicotine fix please go beyond the main gates on to Middleton Grove.

middleton venue plan

Times– please be prepared to go slightly ahead of your time in case there are any withdrawals on the day. You’ll be asked to leave the warm up arena 2 minutes ahead of your class time to allow you to get to the main arena entrance ready for your class. If we start to run late & the previous competitor is still waiting to go in, please pop back to let the warm up steward know that there’s a delay. To help us run to time, please start your control of paces as soon as you can – there’s no time for everyone to stroll round the arena first!

WHTG membership – Being a member means you’re also eligible for the WHTG winter leagues. If you enjoy it and join us within a week of this competition, your results here will count towards the league.

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 office area just inside the main RDA centre doors.
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 sandwiches if you’re here a while, but we will have tea/coffee/hot chocolate as well as Ruth’s home made goodies on sale in the results room from 10am (first door on the right inside the main entrance) in aid of Prince Fluffy Kareem, and there are some vending machines on site so please bring some cash with you & remember your travel mug.

Toilets & viewing gallery are inside the main entrance also, just follow the corridor round to the right for both. If you don’t have time to walk the course then viewing the course from above in the gallery is a good way to work out where you’re going to go.

Spectators – please don’t enter the arena 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 to the warm up, horse walk or near the main arena gate.

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 4 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 RDA horses, and make sure any family/friends you bring stay away from them too.

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 us.

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Moorhouse Results & Hazlehead schedule

Thank you to organisers Sheila & Dave and all our wonderful volunteers for giving up your time on a Sunday & driving to Doncaster to put on another successful indoor competition.

Results are here. Well done all! It was great to read everyone’s comments on social media about how much you’d enjoyed it & how supportive the atmosphere was.

Spaces are still available for Middleton Park Leeds on 9 February so the entry closure date has been extended to Friday 31 Jan, and entries have just opened for Hazlehead Hall nr Penistone on 8 March – schedules for both are available now on the events page.

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Moorhouse obstacle lists and sheets

Please forgive these being in photo form rather than a standard file. If you have difficulty viewing them please email whitehorsetrecgroup@googlemail.com and I will forward the word documents to you.

Some classes have obstacles not found in the rule book – their judging criteria are below:

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Moorhouse 26/1 times & info

WHTG Winter Indoor TREC 26 January 2020

Thank you to all those who have entered our Winter TREC competition this weekend – please see the attached times, and read the info below carefully.

Directions – 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 park as close together as possible, 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.

When your horse is settled, come round to the enclosed viewing gallery upstairs to pick up your number bib and look at the course lists. Take a photo of the list for your class so you can refer back to it easily! You’ll be able to look through the window at the course, and you can take a photo of the arena too to plan your route (make sure your flash isn’t on if there’s a horse in there).

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 and scoresheets. If you do not want your rosette there will be a £1 donation to charity made by the club for each rosette not picked up.

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

Course Walking – the course can be walked in the short break between each class and hopefully from 9.00am on the day. 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. In the affiliated classes the judges can’t help once you start the course.

Obstacles – the majority of the obstacles we are using for the competition can be found in the TREC GB rulebook, and will be displayed upstairs in the enclosed viewing gallery. Any not in the rulebook will also have a marking scheme available.
The list of obstacles for each class will be published on Saturday night at 5pm, so check back on the news page then.

Photographer – there isn’t an official photographer this time.

Scores, Results and Winter TREC League Scores – these 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. If you don’t want your rosette, the club will make a £1 charity donation.

Help would really be appreciated at the end if you are still around to pack up and clear away.

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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Middleton photos

Photos are here

Images are very reasonably priced at £5 each or 3 for £12 (emailed to you), and Joe gave up his whole Sunday to capture pics of everyone, so please don’t screenshot or share them.

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Middleton Results


Thank you to everyone who came & helped to ensure the day ran smoothly. Please save 9 February in your diaries as we’ll be back at this venue for another indoor competition.

It was fantastic to see so many new faces & nine young riders at this event – we hope you all had a great time, and look forward to seeing you again!

£33.70 was raised from refreshments, and a further £16 from people who declined their rosettes/prizes. We’ll split this between Prince Fluffy Kareem (a charity helping horses in Egypt) and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

WHTG are running a winter league for members – if you’d like the results from this event to count, make sure you’ve joined the club by Saturday night – follow the join us link on the menu bar above. It’s just £15 for 22+yrs and £10 for <21 riders, and every member gets 2x £5 training vouchers as well as competition discounts.

The schedule for the next WHTG event at Moorhouse Equestrian Centre, DN6 7HA on 26 January 2020 will be published on the events page tomorrow afternoon, so check back soon!

Photos are here

Images are very reasonably priced at £5 each or 3 for £12 (emailed to you), and Joe gave up his whole Sunday to capture pics of everyone, so please don’t screenshot or share them.

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