Katy Memorial Trophy – CTG Horse of the Year – Voting Now Open

Every year we like to recognise our four legged partners without whom their would be no TREC. Please take a look below at our two nominees for this year’s Katy Memorial Trophy. Once you have made up your mind please cast you vote on the link below. This vote is only open to CTG members, so please include your membership number. Voting closes 24 Nov, and the winner will be announced at the AGM on 25 November.

  1. Cape Clear Casey (Casey)

Casey joined the Weston stable in April 2016 aged 21 and having never done TREC before. I had just lost Jack so there were big hooves to fill. She got my confidence back for riding and hunting and soon learnt some of the finer points of TREC. We did some Level 2 competitions and then stepped up to Level 3 Pairs at the GB Champs at Poplar Park when Helen’s partner was unable to compete. Despite not jumping we came 2nd having done a good POR.

We have since had great fun at Level 2A, both individually (placed in the League in 2017 and 2018) and as a Pair with Anna. Casey also ‘nannied’ several others during the riding Holiday on Anglesey in June 2018 and is now sharing some duties with Claire’s 2B with the Woodland Pytchley Hunt.

I nominate her for the Katie Memorial Trophy. Mary Weston


2. Clonlaras Dubh.

I’ve nominated Dubh because she has been nothing short of legendary this year.

Tia the TREC pony sadly got kicked in the field in June and had some nasty suspensory damage. This meant although I’d qualified to go to the World Young Rider TREC Championships in Italy, I had no horse to take. I have another horse, Dubh, an over keen ex- racehorse, who is low-key psychopathic and is still too keen after 80km at 15kph hence why she does endurance not TREC.

However I was left with no option when trying to hire a horse out there came to nothing, meaning that 2 weeks before leaving, Dubh became the nominated horse and had 2 weeks to learn everything about TREC, with a stint at the Welsh Champs being her only prior event before competing on the international stage.

Not only did Dubh make light work of the whole international travel challenge, she behaved beautifully while in Italy and did a fantastic job in the competition to finish the 2nd highest British combination and finished 29th individually, fulfilling my aim of top 30 and managing to finish in a higher position than I did with Tia last year – an incredible feat considering this was a harder competition and Dubh had no preparation!

The whole adventure has been made so much more special because 2 years ago Dubh was on death’s door and was vowed to never be ridden again. Over a slow careful year of rehabilitation, she recovered from her long list of ailments to start gentle ridden work, and then one thing led to another and she eventually returned to endurance competition – something the vet still cannot believe. For her to have such an incredible recovery and to then compete for her country this year, I have no words. Dubh is my horse of a lifetime and I am eternally grateful to her!

This year she has stepped up to compete in Italy at the World Champs, helped me attend my first National TREC Champs where I collapsed with severe appendicitis on the second day (and she looked after me a treat, lying down next to me in the corral), and has recently climbed Snowdon in severe gales, just for fun. This on top of generally being my best friend, my shoulder to cry on, and giving me so many laughs every day. She makes me smile when nothing else can and I am proud beyond words of my little trooper and feel she deserves some recognition for being such a willing and able partner.

CTG Summer League standings 2018

The results are in, the placings have been counted and verified and the final standings for the Central TREC Group Summer League 2018 are now available!

To summarise the way the standings are worked out, all results gained in TREC GB affiliated TREC competitions run in the summer 2018 season by CTG members count towards this league. Placings from pairs and individual classes at the relevant level(s) are all awarded points (1st = 10 points, 2nd = 9 points, 3rd = 8 points, etc). The best 3 results gained at each level are counted, and ties are split using the MA+PTV score gained by that rider at each competition for which the placing is counted.

Engraved wine glasses are awarded to the top 6 members in each league, and they will be presented at our AGM and Awards Presentation on 25th November at the Blue Lias Inn, Stockton Road, Southam. We hope to see lots of winners there!

Tur Langton & Alconbury – Results

The results are now available for our split competition at Alconbury and Tur Langton. Please visit the Results page for more information.

2018-19 winter season and 2018 AGM

The 2018-19 winter season is about to get underway, with our first Arena TREC competition at Long Drove Equestrian Centre. We hope that you will join in the fun at some of our events, and don’t forget that all CTG members who compete in the same class at more than one CTG event will be entered into the 2018-19 Winter League.

We have also organised the date and venue for our Annual General Meeting – Sunday 25th November at the Blue Lias Inn, Long Itchington. We will have Sunday lunch, there will be a paper-based training exercise available for those who would like to exercise the grey matter a little, the AGM of the charity and then we will award the prizes for the 2018 CTG Summer League. Full details of the day can be found on the Calendar page, and the provisional standings for the summer league will be posted here once they are available.

Alconbury results

The results for the Alconbury event (also comprising the MA and PTV phases of the Alconbury and Tur Langton split competition) are now available on the Results page. Well done to everyone who rode, and many thanks to all those who judged and helped (particularly Sarah Wynn who organised the event and Claire Pollard who TD’d).

The second half of the competition will be the POR at Tur Langton on 30th September, and there are still places available for that event. The schedule is on the Calendar page of the website and we look forward to seeing lots of people there!

Long Drove applied dressage training – back by popular demand!

Following on from the success of the 2 applied dressage training events that we have run with Tara Osborn so far this year (in January and April) we have booked another date at Long Drove near Huntingdon – Saturday 22nd September 2018. If you want to polish your MA and PTV skills in time for the winter season or fancy trying your hand (or hoof!) at TREC for the first time then come along and join the fun. We may be able to run an in hand session if there is demand for this, just mark it on your entry form.

We are also offering judges’ training alongside the mounted training, if you are interested please email central@trecgroup.co.uk. Judges who were trained in the first year of TREC GB (2015) need to refresh their qualification by the end of October 2018 if they don’t want to have to go through the provisional sign-off process again.

Full details of the mounted training and the entry form can be found on our Calendar page.

Anglesey TREC Results available

The sun shone on our recent inaugural Anglesey TREC competition and a fantastic time was had by all, despite the challenging terrain! We would like to thank our fabulous landowners and the Anglesey Drag Hounds for all their help, and have plans to return to the island for more TREC events in future.

The results are now available on our Results page, well done to all the winners.

Alconbury / Tur Langton split venue competition – schedule now available and entries open

The schedule is now available via our Calendar page and entries are open for our split venue competition in August/September at Alconbury/Tur Langton.

We’ve tried to make the schedule as straight forward as possible but if you do have any questions such as to how to enter or which combination of classes can be completed then please get in touch with Sarah via chair@trecgroup.co.uk

Anglesey competition – schedule now available and online entries open

Our Anglesey competition is confirmed to include Levels 1, 2 and 2A for both individuals and pairs. The route has been planned and checked and the Traceur reports that the POR route goes through a beautiful area with fabulous views!

The schedule and entry form are now available on the Calendar page, and there is also a link to the online entry system. If entering online you will need to pay separately, full details are given on the form. Any queries or suggestions should be sent to entries@trecgroup.co.uk.

National Forest basks in sunshine

Riders and volunteers alike basked in the sunshine at the National Forest TREC competition on 19-20th May, and all enjoyed a well-organised competition in beautiful surroundings. Thanks go to Jackie and Lynne for their tireless efforts in setting a great POR and challenging MA and PTV courses, not to mention keeping competitors and judges very well fed! The Young Riders judged willingly all weekend and there were all manner of interesting fund raising activities for the International teams – Liane ran an excellent quiz alongside the Saturday night social and there was an honesty tombola and Guess the Weight of the Cake competition.

The results of the TREC competition are available on the Results page, well done to all the winners and those who picked up qualification cards for the GB Championships later in the summer.