Marks Hall POR Saturday 13th May 2017 by Jill Perry
We were fortunate with the weather, although the ground was still quite hard.
Poor Emma Walsh was unable to help in the role of tack checker and starter, due to a sudden asthma attack. She had to pull out on Friday. Fortunately her place was taken by a friend, Jane Gilbert who had never had anything to do with TREC before. Thank you Jane, you did a super job!
Jane Snowden did a very effective job in the Map Room and all the competitors set off efficiently after going through their checks.
A few riders did seem to take a wee time to come back and the venue closed their gates in the meantime which caused me some consternation and a hurried phone call.
A note to anyone running another POR, don’t forget to check the Grid References and bearings! Yes, doing things late at night, I did the grid references but didn’t check them. Big mistake! During the Competition I had a phone call from Charmaine at Checkpoint 2 regarding the grid references. Some of the riders were heading up the road instead of up a woodland path. Only one person did the bearings, Caroline Barton who found the names of a farm on her travels.
However, everyone got round in the end although there was a tractor and pipes to get over, - the farmer had assured me the night before that they wouldn’t be there – All good fun.
When Mary Weston had done her ride, we started the scores and managed to get the provisional results out, then she went home. I cleared up, closed the gates, fed my horses and by 9pm set off to stay at Mary’s to stay the night as the next day we both went up to Nantwich for the TREC Judge’s training day and back home by 8.30pm after 4 hours driving!
Many thanks to all who helped: Katrina Gemmel, Amanda Snowden, Kate Chapness, Charmaine and Colin Cooper. And of course my husband for looking after my horses during the day.
The things we do for this sport we love!
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