Autumn newsletter


Tick tock don’t miss out!
There are a number of WHTG events happening soon, please don’t miss your chance to be part of them. For more info please see the Events page.
We would welcome offers of help at any of these events – please do get in touch even if you only have a couple of hours to spare.
Sat 1st October – Intro to TREC Demo evening at Wellow Equestrian, Notts – tell your friends, ideal for newcomers
Sat 8th October – Judges Training Day – FREE to WHTG members – email
Sun 9th October – Arena TREC competition at Milton Equestrian Centre near Worksop – entries close on 2nd October
Sat 29th Oct – non-WHTG event – PTV Training at Aldham Mill Farm Livery near Barnsley – organised by West Riding EGB see
Sat 12th November – WHTG AGM and on foot POR training near Wakefield – more details to follow
Sat 19th November – Arena TREC competition at Aldham Mill Farm Livery near Barnsley
Sat 17th December – Arena TREC competition at Moorhouse near Doncaster
If you are renewing or joining TREC GB, as a Red or Blue member this month, please remember to nominate WHTG as your chosen TREC Club.  That way you will receive a £10 rebate on your WHTG club membership which will be due on 1 November.  Our fees are frozen again at £22 per person (so it will only cost you £12 for a whole year of WHTG membership!)  We really appreciate your continued support.
The TREC GB Rules Working Group are meeting again shortly to review the current rulebook and make any changes in time for the 2017 season.  If you would like them to look at or change a particular rule, please email your TREC GB regional reps Dave Rogerson and Sarah Thurnell urgently.
We hope to offer some POR training/practice online this winter – what sort of things would you most like help with? Also what practical training would you attend during the winter months – on foot, with a horse, both? Please email with your ideas.


cb2A bright day dawned on Sunday 11th September, as Cleveland Bay enthusiasts made their way to the Northern Racing College, near Doncaster. There were celebrations going on as part of Cleveland Bay awareness weekend, a world-wide weekend to celebrate and raise awareness of this wonderful, but no.1 critically endangered breed of horse.

Andy and Dave Chappell, Mick and I went along and set up an MA and some PTV obstacles on the lovely grassy area in the middle of the gallops, at the Northern Racing College. The weather couldn’t have been kinder and it was fantastic to see such majestic horses and their owners having fun. As well as the TREC taster, there was a parade to start things off, along with show-jumping and a chance to try out the gallops.

cb-1There was lots of interest in the TREC, so we’’re hoping to see some lovely Cleveland Bays turning up at some winter and summer events soon. I’m converted, so I hope they are too!

Competition report
bunsOn 25 September 10 horses and riders made their way to Wakefield for a mini competition to round off the outdoor season with a short MA, 12-obstacle PTV course and 4.5km route at 7kph with tickets to find worth 20 points each, and deductions for being too slow/fast.

The winners were Sarah Appleby & Jo Fisher, 2nd Kirsty Collinson (highest MA & PTV) & Charlotte Crowther, 3rd Isla & Lizzie Murdoch, 4th Carol Connelly & Shirley Leonard and 5th Richard & Debbie Milner. For a change from rosettes, Ruth baked some buns which went down a treat, along with polos for the horses!

Championships reports
The first ever Trec GB level 1 Champs took place at Lincomb Equestrian centre in Worcestershire at the end of August, and several WHTG members took part. Thanks to Rachel, Kirsty & Fiona for their reports and photos!

First a word from Rachel:
lizzie-l1-champsThe venue was superb with the choice of several nice looking x country courses to get hot headed ponies, who should know better, very excited.
A rainy start cleared to leave a muggy, humid day for some great riding round a challenging POR. The speeds were fast with constant map reading required to ensure an accurate course was kept. There were many tricky manned checkpoints which left large numbers of riders slightly confused and definitely on our toes. The aforementioned hot headed pony would have definitely preferred a good gallop on a simple section of POR first to help get both her and her riders head in gear so a simple mistake was made on first ticket. However, the route was very enjoyable through lovely countryside which would have never been on my list to visit prior to the competition. We felt we had done WHTG proud by coming a respectable 3rd following the first day’s adventures.
TREC GB hosted a great BBQ, much enjoyed by everyone and the inevitable analysis of the route rather like a post exam session, took place.
kirsty-champsThe following day dawned even hotter and the competition intensified as the day went on. Interestingly all pairs were split in times to avoid any separation issues and the PTV was held prior to the MA. The course made maximum use of the x country facilities and was great fun. Kirsty Collinson went first on her trusty steed Buzz, doing only his 2nd ever TREC, and scored an amazing 129 on the PTV and 30 on MA. My hot headed pony Lizzie seemed unusually calm at the start which unnerved me slightly but she went on to score a fairly respectable 98 on PTV, with me letting her down on unmounted bits. I can’t run with 15 screws in my ankle!  But the biggest accomplishment was actually scoring for canter in MA!!! We have long been noted as getting the fastest canters ever seen at TREC. She pulled it out of the bag when required and we scored …..1.  It’s a start, she’s only 20. We did actually score on the walk too.
With the final scores in we managed to achieve 4th place which we both felt very chuffed about and can’t wait till next years season for the fun to start again.


fionachampsreportAnd now a very thorough report from Fiona Newboult and Prince, who did the individual class, sit down with a cuppa and enjoy…

Driving down on Saturday afternoon through the rather impressive thunderstorm (so impressive the planned vetting was postponed to the following morning!) I wasn’t really sure what to expect having never qualified for anything before, ever. Part of the reason for this is that Prince spent quite a while being plagued with soundness issues due to his rather rubbish feet. It was eventually decided that the most appropriate thing would be barefoot rehabilitation started off by the
amazing Rockley Farm. Although it has definitely worked in that it has returned him to soundness it has not been a quick fix and as we also only recently got our own wheels this is the first year that we’ve been able to consistently get out and about competing (And in our one previous full TREC competition we had a partner who was a better map reader than me!) Promptly got drenched upon arrival constructing a coral for the pony, all the while cursing my decision not to book a stable. (he of course was nice a dry inside the lorry, not that he was happy about being shut in and of course he let the world know this!)

fionachampsreport2Luckily the weather did brighten up a bit for POR day and the rain was intermittent rather than torrential! We had quite a late setting off time so actually had time to have a leisurely breakfast and read a book for a bit in the morning before tack check time. Nearly had a disaster here when both my head torch and spare head torch turned out to have flat batteries (note to self: check equipment in between competitions!) but the little wind up one that lives in the lorry cab (as the internal light in there is broken!) came to the rescue!

Further evidence that we were not having one of our better days came in the map room where the twisty route was rather fiddly to draw and I needed extra time (never have been a fast copier!) Had a brief moment of actually knowing where we were going for once before reaching the XC fields and realising this would all be so much easier if the jumps appeared on the map. Prince chose this moment to be decidedly unhelpful by ignoring all requests (polite and otherwise) to stand still so I could try and work out where we were. Luckily we did eventually run into some other also lost people and their similarly annoyed horses (all of whom probably wished the humans would just make their minds up about where they were going!) along with the river to orientate ourselves and eventually the first checkpoint (only about 40 minutes late!) The rest of the POR went reasonably well (apart from a few hairy moments climbing up a rather steep and muddy bridlepath) until the bit between the final two checkpoints where I had a moment of madness and convinced myself we were going the wrong way when we weren’t and then refused to believe that a really obvious gap in the hedge and footpath were in the right place so rode past, realised that it MUST have been right as there was nowhere else we could go and basically wasted about another half an hour! All this mucking about racked us rather a lot of penalty points fiona-corralup and sat us nicely in last place! (Although I think that we deserved some bonus points for totally failing to notice the pigs the other side of the hedge until I heard them oinking after we’d passed them, especially given that my pony is terrified to death of other farmyard animals such as cows!)

POR day was followed by a lovely BBQ in actual nice, warm sunshine after the rain finally gave up and went home. (Catering was fab all weekend actually, really nice that there was food available all weekend as I don’t have any facilities in my lorry).

fiona-minion-champsThe PTV course was set around one of the beautifully well maintained XC fields and made use of a few of the existing obstacles. Overall things went ok apart from pony being unimpressed by the path crossing, loss of balance / break to trot and general destruction in the bending, not standing still after the remount and a bit of an argument about who was in charge of speed control on the bank (Prince won that one!). He also didn’t fancy standing still on top of the mound (brilliant obstacle idea by the way!) for the immobility as all the grass had been eaten by then! We did however manage to redeem ourselves with the “minion” jump, went straight through the water, did a good reinback and did the shamrock in canter for the first time ever!

The MA had been inventively laid out so that it went through the middle of two “scary” jumps and was very long! This actually worked to our advantage as meant the pony couldn’t really spook at either one and gave me time to push him on through the timing gates and hold him back In between. Managed full marks for canter and a walk score in the double figures which is as good as it gets with him. Due to a few people not having the best of second days we managed to claw our way into 2nd place. We also came 1st in the team competition with the “far and wide” team of total strangers from erm far and wide! Not bad for a pony who I couldn’t hack alone without temper tantrums and napping at every opportunity when I first got him, who spooks at every rustle in everyday life and a human who still fails at map reading!

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Autumn dates for your diary

We are putting together a full autumn & winter schedule of training and arena competitions, if you have a suggestion for a venue we should visit then please get in touch!

New events in our area open for booking
25 September WHTG mini fun TREC, Wakefield Booking form & more details
1 October WHTG Tracey Dillon XC Training, Leics Booking form
1 October WHTG Intro to TREC demo and Q&A, Wellow EC near Ollerton, Notts
We are looking for help from members including guinea pig riders (ideal for young horses), car park and door stewards, please email to volunteer. Intro to TREC Demo booking
2 October FUG unaffiliated TREC, Oldham Booking form & more details
2 October Hope Pastures charity ride around Ilkley – get a sneak peak at the lovely area you will ride in for our postponed Ilkley TREC which will now take place in 2017! Evie will be there with some PTV obstacles for you to have a go at, too. Event details.
8 October WHTG Judge Training, Wakefield 10am-4pm
FREE to WHTG members and friends/family who help at WHTG events.
£10 cost for all others, please email to book.
Classroom based with approx 90 minutes’ practical judging of guinea pig horse & rider outdoors to end the afternoon, really useful training to improve your knowledge and application of the rules.
9 October – WHTG Arena TREC Milton Equestrian Centre, nr Worksop Schedule or Enter online via Equo
15 October SHRC PTV training with Evie in East Yorkshire HU12 9BX Booking form

Dates for your diary – booking details to follow
12 November – WHTG map training & AGM, King’s Arms, Heath, Wakefield
17 December – Arena TREC Moorhouse EC, nr Doncaster

Competition reports
Have you been to a WHTG competition (Ingleby, Bulcote, Prestwold, Ellerker) or TREC GB championship this year? Would you and your horse like 5 minutes of fame? We would love to put your reports and photos on our ‘summer round up’ at the end of the month, please email with the details.

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Ellerker TREC report & final results

Unaffiliated individual
Unaffiliated pairs
Affiliated individual
Affiliated pairs

Wow, some of those scores were close! Thank you so much for bearing with us while the scores were finalised – with so many aspects to the scoring of the three phases, it’s a lot of numbers to enter. Affiliated competitors in classes 3 & 4 – don’t forget to enter the first ever level 1 TREC GB championships, entries close on Friday 12th August for competitors from this event. 1st – 4th qualify and placings roll down the line if anyone has already qualified.

So why do people who were a minute early into a checkpoint not get any penalties? 
The first minute early isn’t penalised, because we only record whole minutes for arrival at checkpoints (with no rounding up or down of seconds). The official optimum time for each measured section is always rounded down to the nearest minute. If the time allowed is 34 mins, someone up to a minute either side of 34m 0s will get 0 penalties for that section. Anyone taking 32m 59s or less/35m or more will receive penalties.

Why do some people get 20 penalties at a ticket and others 30?
This only happens at ‘manned’ tickets, where a person is positioned to check the route taken by riders. If you take an incorrect route but still find the person there is a 20 point penalty, however if you miss that point on the route altogether it is a 30 point penalty.

A report from your organisers…
It was with some degree of trepidation that we  were cajoled into organising a TREC on our farm.  We soon realised that hosting a TREC is a huge responsibility and very much a team effort on the day.  Any feelings of anxiety were soon dispelled however, as the weekend unfolded.  Volunteers came forward and others were press-ganged to help, but this small army played a big part on the day – thank you all.

greyWe welcomed 35 riders to our Level 1 TREC at Ellerker on a lovely sunny weekend.  More than half of these riders had never attempted a full TREC before, and that included eleven year old Phoebe and eight year old Holly who both achieved creditable PTV scores.  Although they did not complete the POR phase on this occasion, both are keen to compete again.

We offered overnight corralling on the Saturday night, which was taken up by 10 riders, and our course walk was very popular, expertly guided by our TD, Peter Bean, with welcome contributions from a few more experienced riders who also attended.

bbqWe thoroughly enjoyed the company of you all, and it was especially rewarding to see so many at the Saturday night barbecue in the garden mixing together and sharing thoughts on the day ahead.  The food all seemed to disappear quite quickly – our daughter Jill who was in charge of catering couldn’t believe the appetites of treccies!

The PTV course over 2 kms of grass field margin was easy to follow, and seemed to ride well, with everyone enjoying their ride, and provided some good scores.  The POR provided some unexpected challenges – the Birds Eye pea viners moved into the middle of the route at midday, but all co-operated and coped with these huge mechanical monsters and their entourage, then towards the end a group of carriage drivers decided to take a “short-cut” (unannounced and uninvited!) along the farm track.

There have been some questions regarding the POR penalties.  To ensure the riders’ safe passage round the course, and to create competition, we use checkpoints and tickets.  The tickets are placed in an area to confirm that you have passed that point.  If you do not write down the ticket on your score card, it is deemed as missed and incurs a 30 point penalty.  There are also Manned tickets, where someone is positioned to check the route taken.  If you reach that point by an incorrect route, there is a 20 point penalty – if you miss that point on the route altogether it is a 30 point penalty.  A checkpoint is manned to enable confirmation of arrival, change of speed for the next leg, allow you and your horse a chance to rest and collect your thoughts, and lastly to spread the competitors to avoid a cluster of riders following each other.  If you come into a checkpoint (and the Finish is classed as a Checkpoint) on the wrong route, there is a 30 point penalty.

It was extremely disappointing that a hiccup with the scoring system meant that after such a successful day we were unable to finish off with the prize-giving ceremony we had envisaged – thank you for your understanding and patience.

blackWe would like to congratulate all the riders who took part.  The atmosphere and enthusiasm was infectious, and that is what drives an organiser and helpers to plan another event.  From the positive comments received, it was obviously a successful and enjoyable event.  We were also very impressed at how clean and tidy you left the venue – a real credit to TREC, especially as newcomers – thank you!

Chris and Joy

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Newsletter including Ellerker info

How is it August already?

The English Championships at Prestwold at the end of June were a great success despite the traditional British weather making an appearance! Thank you to Jane & team for putting on such a great competition for riders of all levels, with stunning routes and a testing but enjoyable PTV. The extra challenge provided by the fun run next door certainly had an effect on the MA scores!

The introductory POR training on foot, held on 31 July, was well attended with 6 complete newbies to TREC which was great – hopefully all will be seen at future events.

On the same weekend several club members made the journey down to Suffolk for the TREC GB Championships – well done to Fiona Thurnell, Jane O’Shea, Alex Sales, Liz & Mick Payne, Tina Negri & Amanda Royle, Vicky & Molly Rothwell, Sheila Roberts, Alex Robinson, Sarah Thurnell, Sheila Rogerson & Liane Robinson.
You can view the overall results here – well done all.

Good luck to the members who have qualified for the inaugural level 1 TREC GB Championships being held nr Worcester at the end of this month.

We would love to feature some of this season’s riders in our next newsletter so please email with an event report and your photos if you would like 5 minutes of fame!

Competition updates
Unfortunately for circumstances outside the organisers’ control the September competitions have both been postponed.

4 Sept Tadcaster PTV/MA only competition has been postponed but Evie is trying to re-arrange a date for this year.
18 Sept Ilkley has been postponed to 2017

Other events

14 August – PTV training, Hopton Horse Centre, Mirfield West Yorkshire
Evie has booked a cross country field at this new venue, with inclines, water, small ditches and a bank to play on as well as the mobile obstacles. Lots of places left, come and join us!
Booking form & more details
Bookings received: Karen, Jill

2 October – Hollingley Farm Charity Fun Ride, Ilkley
All proceeds to Hope Pastures and the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association
The ride will start at Hollingley Farm, Denton near Ilkley over land not normally accessible to horse riders. The ride will be off road, incorporating farm land, moorland and wooded paths. We are lucky to have such lovely riding on our doorstep and wish to share it with other riders for a small fee to raise funds for Hope Pastures and UWFRA. The ride is suitable for all ages and abilities. Free parking and refreshments/BBQ on site, plus the chance to have a go at TREC obstacles with Evie O’Keeffe TREC Trainer.
This will be a great day out with a lovely ride and chance to play with some of the obstacles on grass, and a great chance to see what the riding in this area is like, ready for the postponed competition next year! £20 to book. To register, or for more information, please ring 07943 532151 or email

Next year

The committee is starting to look ahead both to the arena TREC season and next year. We know of several great venues but competitions need organisers. Would you like to help organise an event? For a full summer competition you get to go out riding in lovely areas to set the routes, and can even be the one to test-ride the PTV to set the time allowed! Help available from experienced organisers. Contact or 07939 471564 if you would like to get involved.

And now the bit you have all been waiting for – Ellerker details

We have got a great entry of 34, with a lot of people giving a full summer TREC a go for the first time – good luck everyone! If you are able to lend a hand please email

Ellerker Start Times
Competitor information
PTV talk roundEllerker Trec Site Plan

PTV Course


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Times and info for English TREC Championships

Please see start times and important information for the English TREC Championships at Prestwold this weekend.


English TREC Championships

Prestwold competitor info please read!

PTV Obstacles

Prestwold POR Times v2

Prestwold PTV Times v2

Venue Plan

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Hot competition at Bulcote TREC!

52 riders packed their sun cream, shorts and smiles and descended on Bulcote Farm in Nottinghamshire this weekend for the first two day WHTG competition this year. Severn Trent Water and farm manager John & Katie Jackson had kindly agreed to let us take over their historic farm for the event. The horses were happy with the corralling field, with knee high grass and plenty of space.  On Saturday morning the Level 4 riders were not the only ones with an early start, as the Level 2 classes used a second map room and set off at the same time but in a different direction around the fishing lakes to the east of the venue.  Level 3 followed soon after, but fortunately did not have to start with a 1:50,000 scale map unlike the Level 4s!  The two longer routes used a mixture of bridlepaths and roads to reach Epperstone where grid references were issued.  After completing this task it was Hoveringham to Gunthorpe, crossing under the road bridge back onto Severn Trent land. After a vet check onto bearings around the fishing lakes, meeting Ruth Saunby from Indiepics on the way who took some stunning photos.  Then the Level 3 and 4 riders joined the Level 2 route, which took riders almost entirely off-road to Stoke Bardolph village and back with some testing tickets on the way.  By late afternoon the sun had come out and riders and helpers made their way to Arkenfield Stables to walk the PTV course and then enjoy hand made pizzas cooked on site by The Peel Wood Fired Kitchen

Sunday morning started off cool but soon warmed up as the MA and PTV got underway thanks to a huge band of volunteer judges. Only a kilometre long, the course made clever use of the permanent features in the Arkenfield paddocks to provide a challenge at all Levels. The ridden ditch, zebra crossing and house jump made interesting entertainment for the spectators, who had a great view from the finish area complete with catering van from The Cottage Kitchen.  Ace scorer Ali Pollard number crunched super efficiently to get the scores displayed despite some reluctant new software. The blazing sun made for a memorable weekend, and there were lots of glowing faces at the prize giving.  Due to the generosity of Severn Trent Water the corralling fees are being donated to the TREC GB International Riders , raising over £500 for their trip to Spain for the 2016 World Championships.  Local rider Jenni French found both the venues and the POR routes and was given a well deserved vote of thanks before the rosettes were handed out.  Technical Delegate Sarah Thurnell enjoyed the event so much she might even run another one at a different venue next year!

Below are examples of all the master maps used, the ones in the map room were photocopied so were identical to each other.  Also information on the tickets and the additional tasks given to the Level 3 and 4 riders. The phase and overall scores for each class are available here too. All prizes were collected, if you left a SAE your individual score sheet and rosette will be posted out this week.  Otherwise these can be collected from Sarah’s horsebox at Keysoe TREC.

Bulcote 2016 Level 4 PTV scoresBulcote 2016 Level 4 POR scoresBulcote 2016 Level 4 overall scoresBulcote 2016 Level 4 MA scoresBulcote 2016 Level 3 PTV scoresBulcote 2016 Level 3 POR scoresBulcote 2016 Level 3 Pairs overall scoresBulcote 2016 Level 3 MA scoresBulcote 2016 Level 3 Individual overall scoresBulcote 2016 Level 2 PTV scoresBulcote 2016 Level 2 POR scoresBulcote 2016 Level 2 Pairs overall scoresBulcote 2016 Level 2 MA scoresBulcote 2016 Level 2 Individual overall scores



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Newsletter inc Bulcote times & Ellerker Schedule

Please help!
All members were emailed on 9 May asking for dates on which they will be able to volunteer to help the club. Thank you to everyone who has replied so far, but please can the remaining few identify the competitions that they will be able to volunteer for – all members are required to provide help for one full day or two half days (which can be organised around competing by judging another level’s PTV). If you can’t personally help then bringing a willing volunteer also counts! You can see the dates available below.
We provide refreshments for all judges, and anyone making a special journey just to judge will be given some cash towards their mileage. Email with details.

Nottinghamshire POR

Bulcote TREC L2/3/4 on 4/5 June Start Times and competitor info and directions (please read before setting off).
Prestwold TREC L1/2/3/4 on 25/26 June is expected to fill up quickly – if you are intending to enter then please do so now – online entry is easy with Equo, and the schedule is here. Withdrawals before the closing date will be refunded.
Ellerker TREC L1 on 7 August is now open for entries – unaffiliated class is available alongside a qualifier for the championships which will be near Worcester on 27/28 August. Schedule here, enter easily online with Equo. Withdrawals before the closing date will be refunded.
Tadcaster PTV/MA on 4 September – save the date
Ilkley L1/2 on 18 September – save the date

19 June NON-WHTG event, Ivesley Equestrian Centre, Nr Durham Kathryn Rollinson PTV clinic book here
31 July
newcomers map reading training on foot with Evie at Brodsworth (just off junction 38 of A1).
Chance to get to grips with a 1:25000 map, and walk round a level 1 style route on foot within a group. Will take approximately 3 hours at a very steady pace as there is lots of stopping to discuss the map, which will be provided. Ideal preparation for Ellerker & Ilkley level 1 TRECs. Minimum of 10 participants required for this training to go ahead, bring a friend and your compass! £10 for WHTG members, £15 for non-members, email to book.
Tracey Dillon arena XC will continue from July, once Jane has got Prestwold out of the way – dates to follow.

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6 August NON-WHTG event, Evie O’Keeffe PTV training at CHAPS nr Collingham, Newark, with both mobile & fixed TREC obstacles, booking form available soon. See more photos from the previous training which was attended by several WHTG members, on Evie’s facebook page.
TBC in August: PTV training incorporating natural & XC obstacles at Thornton Lodge nr York and Hopton Horse Centre West Yorkshire.
If you would like to organise your own training, contact:
Evie O’Keeffe (Yorkshire & Midlands)
Kathryn Rollinson (North Yorkshire)

Redwings Strangles Survey open until 8 June

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