East Anglia TREC Group Newsletter 2017-18
2017 was certainly a strange year especially with the weather.
With the POR in May at Marks Hall, White Roding the ground was very hard, until a couple of days beforehand which made everything slippery.
Then on the weekend of 17th -18th June the temperatures went past 30 degrees, in fact it reached 34 degrees. ”Way too hot for man and beast “. So we postponed it to the 21st October.
1st July was the TREC judges training day at Petasfield Riding School. It was well supported and the ploughmans and homemade cakes went down well.
Our full TREC competition was at Danes Farm, by kind permission of Miss Kate Noble and help from Souki Hartigan, the yard manager. Again it was well supported with 60 riders and just enough help although someone had to dart from one checkpoint to another! There was some lovely riding and best of all, 3 checkpoints at pubs, really handy!! And not many TREC events have a hillside seat looking over Knebworth with music in the park at night, with fireworks of course, just put on especially for everyone!!! J
September started with more PTV and MA training at Beechwood EC ready for the Winter Series.
Once again we joined up with Epping Forest Riders Association and on 15th September we had Levels 1 and 2 riding local bridleways and in the forest. A big thank you to Elizabeth Hollingsworth and Stephanie Brown on finding most of the checkpoint judges. They had never heard about TREC before but by the end they all said what fun it was and how friendly everybody was.
On 1st October we joined up with Central TREC to run a PTV and MA at Home Farm Alconbury near Peterborough which went around a cross country course. Again it was very well supported and thoroughly enjoyed by all. A big thank you to Sarah Wynn and team for all their work in setting up and running it.
The 15th October was going to be a POR at Danbury but this had to be cancelled due to myself and family being struck down with the sickness bug the night before. It took nearly a week to recover, but on the plus side we have already got it sorted for 2018.
Then there was the Dressage and TREC Combined training held at Aldburys Farm on 21st October, (which had been postponed from the June date). The Dressage proved very helpful thanks to Jan Bettles’ instruction and judging.
Although very windy, we were able to use another arena down the road to do the TREC training in, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs J Cowley and not too many things blew away! This was an interesting and enjoyable way to brush up on both skills, and working in friendship groups for TREC was a good experience for competitors.
The next day we were at Beechwood EC for the first of the Winter TREC competition series. Then the second Beechwood Competition was held on December 9th. It was cold but dry, but weren’t we lucky with the weather as it snowed hard the next day. Both of these events went well with a number of competitors new to TREC. Let’s hope they are all converted and we hope to see them again in the future.
On December 30th I went up to Humberstone Farm EC near Gt. Yarmouth to do TREC training and it was well supported considering it is a new venue.
Now coming into 2018. There are a number of Winter Series events still on offer. Look for details on the EATG Calendar. www.eastangliatrec.co.uk
10th February TREC Training at Humberstone Farm EC
17th February TREC Winter Competition at Humberstone Farm EC
25th February TREC Winter Series Competition at Beechwood EC
10th March TREC Winter Series Competition at Humberstone farm EC
25th March TREC Winter Series Competition and EATG AGM plus prize giving at Beechwood EC
Then into the Summer Series Events:
8th April POR at Marks Hall Farm White Roding.
14th April POR Training at Itteringham Norfolk.
29th April Petasfield X.C /PTV/MA.
13th May Dressage/TREC Combined Training at Aldburys Farm.
20th May POR Training at Itteringham Norfolk.
28th May POR at Itteringham Norfolk.
30th June -1st July Full TREC competition, organised by Keysoe and the 3 shires. EATG are helping.
There are more dates in the pipe line, so keep an eye on the web site.
The EATG Committee wish everybody a happy new year, 2018.
Combined TREC, Dressage Training and Competition on 21st October 2017 at Aldbury's Farm, Hatfield Broad Oak by Jill Perry
For the results see the results page
We at last managed to do this event which was first going to be on the 18th June, but because of the extreme heat wave that was happening then with temperatures of 34 degrees it was postponed.
So it was wind this time but thank goodness it was not as bad as they said it was going to be.
We had Dressage in one arena and the TREC instead of being on grass, because of the rain a few days before, was in a local arena down the road, which was more sheltered.
Jane Bettles, the dressage judge, with the help of Claudia Nackle, the writer, judged the first test, then gave some improvements, and then the test was ridden again, when the points counted, nearly all the competitors had improved their points from the first to the second test.
They then, in groups of 4, rode down the road to the TREC training with individual judging at the end of each session, again gaining points.
Everybody enjoyed it and found it very helpful doing the training then being judged, it really helped the confidence for horse and rider.
We thank Julian and Helen Cowley for helping us with the use of their venue.
And the following volunteer’s for all their help: Jan Arthur Secretary, Colin and Charmaine Cooper for scoring and collecting scores and Fiona Kukiewicz acting as the dressage caller.
The Report for the Epping Forest Riders Association and East Anglia TREC Group TREC POR on the 23rd September 2017 by Jill Perry
For the results see the Results page
We were lucky with the weather and on arriving early at the venue we found road men parked in our parking area, where they were just mustering, ready for doing the road works at Stewardstonbury further up the road; a point worth noting for later in this report.
The first two horse boxes were from Kent they had made very good time which is unusual. I reiterated that there was no fencing so it was best to keep horses in the lorrys/ boxes until competitors have been to the map room.
Liz Hollingsworth and myself headed out to put out caution signs and tickets, a lot of walking as there were 9 tickets to be recorded. On the way back to base we encountered a big chestnut horse trotting smartly up the road with just a head collar on; we tried to stop it; it just carried on until it came to the traffic lights and road works, where funnily enough it slowed down, and the work men managed to catch him. Also there was a horse and rider coming our way who had stopped at the traffic lights the other way; so there you go work men are handy sometimes, so lots of ‘thank you very much’ to everybody. The owner retrieved her horse and the other rider rode back to base with the cheeky chestnut and owner, none the worse for their experience.
Everybody set off in the correct direction: a good start. A few took quite a while to find checkpoint 2 and checkpoint 3 proved a slight problem for a pair of riders as the long horn cattle, and they really do have very long horns, decided to set up their eating station just were the riders were supposed to follow the route, so they had to do a slight deviation, but did find the checkpoint. Level Ones headed back home via checkpoint 4. But level 2 had to go half way along the route home then turn left towards the Queen Elizabeth’s hunting lodge, to cross the road and head left, to the east, before going left, following the boundary to cross Ranger Road, then heading back to checkpoint 4 level 2, they then went off on another path, for about 5 km then back to base.
This year we did a different route starting with a little bit of unknown forestry, on to bridleways, a small amount of roadwork, then back into the forestry, not always staying on the made up paths. This proved interesting for the level 2s proving that a compass is a necessity for TREC riding in forestry
Poor Ali Craigmile had to drop out as Sophie was lame, so Louise Fuller her partner decide she would walk the level 1 route on foot. She managed to get all the tickets although a little slow, and she said she now knows what the horse feel like at the end as well!
Stephanie Brown did a super job finding enough volunteer’s to be a check point judges. They all enjoyed it and said they are happy to do a checkpoint again.
A big thank you to Val Vidler who provided food goody bags for all the volunteers and food for everyone at the end, Jan Arthur in the map room, and for the scoring with Emma Walsh who also did the tack check and start with Cindy Simikel; Dawn and Scott Mckenna for CP 2, Colin and Charmaine Cooper for CPs 3 and 4, level 2 , Amanda James and Suzanne Drain for CP 4 and 5, level 2, Liz Hollingsworth helping with the route, putting out signs, and checkpoints, and collecting them back in again and the best thing of all - we did the results on the day, by paper. Hooray!
Marks Hall POR Saturday 13th May 2017 by Jill Perry
East Anglia TREC Group's PTV event at Home Farm - Alconbury 21.10.16
Report: Alconbury TREC 21.10.16
Brocks Farm POR Danbury 22.10.16
Beechwood WS TREC 16.10.16
Epping Forest POR 15.10.16
College of West Anglia , Winter Series TREC Competition.
TREC Training 8 May 2016