Loads of fun was had by all who attended our Arena TREC at Golden Valley, Derbyshire on 5 March. Huge thanks to the fantastic judges who made this event happen, the cheerful riders and everyone who helped set up the course, pack away at the end of a long day and all the little jobs in between.
THORNTON HOUSE, (Allerthorpe Woods) Barmby Moor YO42 4DD on 19 FEBRUARY 2017.
White Horse TREC kindly thank the Dexter Family for allowing us to use their facilities.
You can walk the course at 9am and 2pm (approx.) but remember there is a viewing gallery upstairs.
Directions: You approach Thornton House Equestrian from the A1079 in either direction. 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 is very wet at the present time.
The day is going to be very busy as we have a large entry. Please ensure you are ready on time and ready to go in earlier if called. Thank you.
Kathryn & Peter will be over-seeing the actual competition in the Arena with Kathryn also undertaking a number of jobs and Paula will ensure you are where you should be!!
Parking – please park according to the venue signs, and leave the hard standing as you find it i.e. clear up after your horse.
Helpers – Kathryn will be collecting sheets and working out the scores – also doing the prizegiving, answering questions etc. If you have some time spare between classes, please offer to steward the warm-up arena or get some refreshments for the judges. See Paula if you are available.
We have some experienced judges to help us and appreciate them giving up their time.
Café/hot food – the owners have kindly agreed to open the food area for this event 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 & scoresheets 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.
* We are using number bibs so please ensure you DON’T go home with them. Remember to pick them up on a table provided upstairs in 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.
* Emerald Green Feeds have kindly given samples of the feed they supply. An excellent natural product and you can find them very helpful and online. Please tell them where you heard about their product.
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 spectators or 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
Golden Valley on 5 March is nearly full with less than 15 spaces left. Entries are now closed for Thornton House, this event is fully booked with a waiting list in operation. If you have entered one of our events and have to withdraw please let us know ASAP so we can offer your place to someone else. If you are able to offer a few hours help with judging, scoring or course building for either event please contact the organiser direct: Thornton House: email@example.com or Golden Valley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographs from the indoor competition at Aldham Mill on Sunday are now available to view at http://wiws.co.uk/?page_id=652
As this is the first time Sam has covered a TREC event, he is offering an introductory price of just £3 per image for social media copies (usually £5) if you order by emailing email@example.com – a great price!
A hundred, thousand thank yous to our fantastic helpers today – Ruth, Angela, Claire, Rachel, David, Andy and all the riders & spectators who helped with course building, stewarding, poo picking, gate opening and course clearing. It made today a pleasure to run and meant we were able to leave the venue at 4.15!
We don’t yet have a final figure for the overall amount raised for Mind, but it is in the region of £180 – thank you to Ruth for baking lots of lovely buns and to everyone who rode and donated. The 2kg of Hilton Herballs, kindly donated by Hilton Herbs, was won by Jane Maddison who guessed closest to the total number of treats in the tub.
Photographer was http://wiws.co.uk/ – photos will be up by the end of this week so please check back then.
Class 1 in hand was won by Kirsty Collinson with her youngster Earnwell Comet at his first ever TREC competition. Class 2 unaffiliated starter was won by Emily Ferguson and Cumbria Black Kareem who tied on points with Christine Freear and Bluebank Ringo, but Kareem had one more 10-point obstacle to his name! Sarah Appleby and Kernow Sasparilla (Monkey to his friends) aced both the TREC GB novice rider and TREC GB novice horse classes so will be moving up to intermediate next year. Take your own line was won by Fiona Newboult on Prince with a great score of 141 in 4 minutes. The winner of the TREC GB intermediate was Ian Macalindin with Cleo who he has only been riding for a year and the TREC GB open class was won by Anne Howkins on Coals Dee Olena, a very effective Western partnership.
Well done to all riders, hope you had a great day! Our next competitions are 19 February at Thornton House nr York (enter here) and 5 March at Golden Valley EC nr Alfreton (entries will open soon).