Park Farm update

As previously published, we have an enormous number of entries for Park Farm this year. Because of this we have had to dramatically change our timetable, which is below.
We are putting on an extra dinner, on Saturday, for those competitors who wish to partake. The cost will be £10, please let me know numbers by emailing
Also we have not had much uptake for the Sunday night dinner, and Claire is a bit worried that, as we are using on line entries for the first time, some may have been missed. Please let us know if you have booked or would like to book, we don’t want anyone to go hungry. 

Performance Equestrian are bringing their stand for both days, for anyone who wants to update some of their kit.

Park Farm 2018 – revised timetable
5pm Venue open for ONLY for those Levels 3 & 4 who have a long journey. Please email if you wish to arrive on Friday.

12 pm Venue open
3 pm Start of PTV and MA for Levels 3 & 4
5.30 pm Tack check for Levels 3 & 4 and night time
6 pm Map room for Levels 3 & 4 and night time
7 pm Dinner for those competitors who wish to partake and Saturday helpers
9.30 Start of POR for Levels 3 & 4 and night time

9 am Map room for Levels 1 and 2. Levels 2A, 3 & 4 to follow in that order
9.50 am First Level 2 competitor on POR. Levels 2A, 3 & 4 to follow in that order
10.00 am First Level 1 competitor on POR
4 pm approx. Level 1 prize giving. Provisional results will be published within an hour of the last competitor completing and there will be 30 mins for queries. The prize giving will happen on completion of that query period.
7.30 pm Dinner and results for Levels 2, 3 & 4. Followed by prize giving. There will also be the CTG Winter series awards presentation.

Leave the venue by 10.30 am. The Chasers Cross Country course is open and can be booked with Park Farm, if you consider your horse has not already had enough exercise for one weekend…

We look forward to seeing you!

First Aid and judges’ training – places available

Central TREC Group are holding an Equine Specific First Aid course on Sunday 29th April in Wellesbourne near Warwick. The course covers all aspects of emergency first aid and leads to a nationally recognised FAA Level 3 qualification. Places are available to all CTG members, please email for full details and to book a space.

We are also hoping to hold a Judges’ training course on 9th or 10th June, watch this space for venue and timings. This course leads to qualification as a TREC GB probationary judge and is free to all CTG members (riding and supporter members).

Winter League 2017-18 results

The results in the Central TREC Group Winter League 2017-18 have now been worked out, well done to all our members who have competed over the winter.

The league is based on placings gained by CTG members our arena TREC events, with 1st gaining 10 points, 2nd 9 points and so on down to 10th place gaining 1 point. The best 3 results count for each rider/ pair in each league. Any ties are split as follows:

  • One higher placing beats 2 lower placings
  • If the points were gained from the same number of classes, the total score for each counting class is totalled and the highest total wins.
  • If the riders/pairs are still tied, the number of riders beaten is worked out and the rider/pair who beat the largest number of other riders wins.

The Frank Trophy is awarded to the CTG member gaining the highest PTV score in a TREC GB league class at any CTG arena TREC.

Riders and pairs who are 1st to 3rd in each league will receive engraved glasses and the Frank trophy is a silver salver, kindly presented last year by Bella Craven. The prizes will be presented at Park Farm so we hope to see lots of you there!

Park Farm TREC competition – 5th-6th May

We have had a bumper crop of entries for the Park Farm competition which opens our 2018 summer season – nearly 100 riders are heading to Stanford on Avon for the Bank Holiday weekend! Thank you to all those who have offered to judge or are bringing judges so that the event can take place. Claire is busy figuring out the logistics and timings to get everything in (and finish before 8pm on the Sunday!) so please watch this space and your email inbox for any amendments to the plan.

This competition includes a night-time POR, so there are increased requirements for visibility for this section. Riders competing at night will need to have high-viz on their torso, which MUST include reflective strips/ material. Riders are strongly encouraged to wear light(s), this could be a head torch or torch on the body for example.

Horses must have high-viz equipment too, which must include reflectives visible from the front (such as a neck strap) and a light visible from the back (eg a flashing tail guard or similar).

To help riders with meeting these requirements, and as part of TREC GB’s sponsorship from V-Bandz this year, we have been offered a 15% discount by V-Bandz on their flashing products. This is available via their website,, until Monday 30th April. To take advantage of this discount, select your item(s) from the V-Bandz website and use the voucher code central. Please also put your CTG / TREC GB membership number(s) into the Customer Comments box during the checkout process. [Products can be purchased from other categories, but the discount will only be applied to the flashing items.]

Entries for this competition are closed, but riders (and volunteers) are welcome to request meal tickets for the Sunday night or corralling if they have not already done so. Please email to request these extras. Details of how to pay via BACS transfer or PayPal may be found on the schedule.


Gracelands rounds off the season – in the sunshine!

In contrast to wintry Willicote, the sun shone on our final Arena TREC of the 2017-18 winter season at Gracelands Equestrian Centre! The results are now available on the Results page and the placings in the 2017-18 Central TREC Group Winter League will be published shortly. Thanks go, as ever, to our valiant judges and helpers for making the day possible.

We hope to see you all at our Winter League presentation of awards, at Park Farm on Saturday 4th May.

Park Farm schedule available

The schedule for our summer TREC competition at Park Farm on 6th May is now available on our Calendar page. We are running this as a combined-phase event, so all the PTV obstacles and the MA will be out on the POR (and therefore the competition for Levels 1-2A will be a one-day event). This means that LOTS of helpers will be needed, so if we are full or close to being full then priority will be given to those competitors who can provide a helper on the day. This is because the event cannot run if we don’t get enough helpers.

Despite this event being predominantly 1-day, there will be a social and meal at the venue on Saturday 5th May. Tickets are £10 for competitors and free for judges. We hope to be able to present our Arena TREC League prizes and trophies for the 2017-18 winter season at this social, so we hope that lots of our members and friends will join us.

There will also be a night-time orienteering section included in this event, which will form part of the Level 3 and 4 POR phases and also be available as a stand-along class for pairs riding at a lower level (or not competing in the other parts of the competition). The night-time orienteering will be done on Saturday 5th May.

Central TREC Group is also keen to keep up with technology, so riders will be able to enter this competition via Equo Events if they wish to enter online instead of via a paper form. Please visit Equo Events and search for ‘CTG Park Farm TREC competition’. There is a flat rate of £1.50 for using the Equo system, regardless of how much your payment is.

Training events – more sessions for all phases

Two more dates have been added to our calendar of training events for this spring, enabling you to develop your skills in all three phases of TREC.

  • Saturday 7th April – Mounted POR training, Dimlicote Farm, Great Bowden (unmounted exercise also available)
  • Sunday 15th April – Mounted MA and PTV training, Long Drove Dressage Centre, Somersham, Huntingdon

Full details and entry forms are available on the Calendar page.

2017 AGM highlights

The 2017 AGM and Awards presentation on 3rd December at the Blue Lias, Southam, was enjoyed by the 12 members who attended. Anna and Trish gave the grey matter a good workout with an unmounted orienteering exercise in Long Itchington to hone bearings and grids skills which was well received by all. We then enjoyed a lovely lunch before moving on the business end of the day – the AGM. Members will receive the minutes of the meeting and the annual accounts via email in due course.

The Awards presentation followed the AGM, congratulations to the winners of all our lovely awards.

CTG summer league: Level 1 winner Sarah Wynn, Level 2 winner Bella Craven, Level 2A winner Alex Sales, Level 3 & 4 winner Sue Lee

Phantom Flyer Award (presented to the CTG member achieving the slowest scoring MA canter at a CTG summer event) Janet Jones

Katy Memorial Trophy (awarded to the most deserving horse owned by a CTG member, as voted by the CTG membership) Tia, owned by Jo McCormac

Chairman’s Award (presented by the Chair to the most deserving committee member) Neill Elliott

Well done to all the winners and here’s to a great 2018!

AGM – Sunday 3 December 2017

It’s that time of year again – our AGM! This year we’ve got on foot POR training set by Anna Lea and Trish Donnelly, followed by lunch at the Blue Lias in Long Itchington. We will then have a map exercise and kit tips talk and will round off the day with the AGM and our Summer League Awards ceremony.
We hope that you can join us – more information is available here.

Winter season 2017-18 underway!

Well done to all those who enjoyed the winter sunshine at Milton Keynes today for our first arena TREC of the 2017-18 winter season! It was a little chilly but the sun shone (mostly) and the atmosphere was great, as usual for CTG events.

The results are now available on the Results page and the standings for the CTG winter league will be publicised in due course.

We look forward to seeing lots of you at our upcoming events, next is the club AGM and training on 3rd December and then the arena TRECs continue after Christmas with Low Farm on 11th February.