Winter 2018 Newsletter

The winter newsletter has just gone out to all paid-up members for 2019, along with AGM minutes & the schedule/entry form for Moorhouse Indoor TREC on 27/1/19.

If you have joined/renewed but haven’t received it please check your junk folder – newsletters will now come from, if it’s not in there please email

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Moorhouse Results

Another cold day at Moorhouse saw a mixture of experienced and less so riders tackle Dave’s challenging PTV on Sunday. One of my favourite obstacles, the side pass, made a comeback and received favourable comments about being a good skill for horse and rider. All types of horses were on show and some of the largest showed how it’s possible to do any obstacle with some training. Well done to all riders.

With his trusty writer Jackie Bennett, they stayed nearly to time and the last rider was done before 5.00pm. Liz and Mick Payne, with their neighbour Claire, helped Dave and I assemble the course Saturday evening and then scored, timed and sorted low branches all day. Judith Fisher had the morning slot helping before going for her horse to do the final classes. Thanks also to Ian Macalindin for helping to pack away. Without these people’s help it would be impossible to run these events.


Here’s a great video showing a variety of novice and experienced combinations tackling the courses at this event – thanks Vicki Marshall!

We’ll run another Moorhouse Arena TREC on 27 January, the schedule will be emailed to members once it is available.

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Moorhouse times & competitor info

We’ve had a very good entry for our Winter TREC competition this weekend – please see the attached start times.

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.

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.

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.

The majority of the obstacles we are using for the competition can be found in the TREC GB rulebook, and will be displayed in the viewing gallery. Any not in the rulebook will also have a marking scheme available.
View the obstacle lists for each class here: Moorhouse obstacles 2018

There isn’t an official photographer this time

Results and Winter 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.

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 results & new date

Well done to all riders who came to compete at this fab new venue for the club, the day ran smoothly and there were some great results.

Our super volunteer team of Kirsty, Ruth, Sam, Shirley, Rebecca, Steve & Carol did a fantastic job of keeping everything in order – thank you to them all!


Thanks to everyone who stayed to enjoy a hot drink, or Ruth’s home made flapjack, biscuits or mince pies – a total of £50.55 was raised, which has been split between Yorkshire Air Ambulance & Prince Fluffy Kareem.

As it was such a lovely event to run, Evie has volunteered to do it all over again on 24 February – members will be emailed the schedule soon, and any remaining places will be available for non members to book from 30/11. As ever, if you’d like to volunteer to help out for either the morning, afternoon or all day please email Evie on

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AGM and talk by GB Young Rider Alex Robinson

All club members are invited to our Annual General Meeting being held on Saturday 24th November at the Upton Arms, 2 High Street, Upton near Pontefract WF9 1HG. It’s the same venue as we used last year. We also have a talk by club member Alex Robinson, who represented Great Britain on the Young Rider team in Italy this year.
Please RSVP to indicate if you are coming (or not) to
A free light lunch of soup and sandwiches will be served, if you would like to be included in this please REPLY to Sarah no later than FRIDAY 9th NOVEMBER as we have to give numbers to the pub in advance.
We are looking for a couple more members to join our committee and have a say in the club’s activities. You don’t have to be a highly experienced TREC rider or judge, and committee duties are shared out according to our skills and interests. We mostly hold our meetings by telephone conference call every couple of months or so, and communicate by email in between. Committee members receive free club membership as a thank you for their contribution.
Please come along to the meeting and find out more about us and what’s involved!
Our Arena TREC competition takes place at Moorhouse the following day, and the organising team are building the course straight after our meeting.  They would welcome any volunteers to lend a hand with this for an hour or so. Moorhouse is just 4 miles away from the Upton Arms.
1.00pm Meet at pub and light lunch served
1.30pm Talk by Alex Robinson on her experiences as part of the GB TREC Young Rider Team competing in Italy
2.30pm Annual General Meeting
4pm approx meeting ends
Alex Robinson GB
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Middleton course plan & talk round

Middleton course plans for all classes – please print/screenshot them so you can refer back to them tomorrow. Please note the tweak to my usual TYOL rules – it’s now maximum of twice ridden for all and twice in hand for those which are led in the rulebook, and you can only do them in the flagged direction.

Middleton talk round for novice TRECies

Time limit for all standard classes is 5 minutes.

Key points to remember – red flag on the right, white on the left, and all obstacles will be numbered with cones so look for them if you get lost. You may go into the paces corridor/across the bending if you need to as part of your course, but any circles/crossing of tracks will be judged as a refusal at the next obstacle.

If you want to miss an obstacle out you must cease forward motion so STOP when you get to that one and tell the judges you won’t be attempting it.

In hand & starter class only may ask the judges where the next obstacle is.


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Start times & info for Middleton

Thanks for entering and supporting this competition at a new venue for WHTG.

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.

Parking – it is tight at this venue, so please park as directed and as close as you can reasonably 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, 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

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.

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.

Start times please be at the indoor arena gate 1 minute before your start time to keep us running on schedule.

Results will be posted in the results room as soon as possible after the class has finished – this is Ruth’s job so please don’t interrupt her while she is adding up!

Evie is running one training group at 3.30pm which currently has a space – contact to book it, it’s £25 for an hour of tuition in a group of three.

Course plans & obstacle lists will be published here on Saturday at 7pm – please check back then and print or take a phone screenshot of your courses, as time to walk the course will be very limited.

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