Looking forward to 2017!

Happy New Year to all Central TREC Group’s members and friends!  We hope you have had a fabulous festive season and been able to enjoy some time with your ponies as well as your family and friends.

Now that 2017 has arrived, it is time to look forward to the spring events! Entries are already coming in for our remaining Arena TRECs of the season, so get yours in soon to make sure you get a place. If you want your placings to count towards the CTG winter league make sure you have renewed your club membership (either via TREC GB or directly with us).

Entries are also coming in thick and fast for our TREC Camp in April at Dudgeley Farm, Shropshire, so if you want to join us please get your form in as soon as you can.  Full details can be found on our Calendar page.

We look forward to seeing you at a Central TREC Group event in 2017!!

Membership update

The new membership year for Central TREC Group (and TREC GB) started on 1st October, so if any members haven’t renewed yet please do so!

– If you wish to be a TREC GB and Central member then do join via the TREC GB website – click on Join TREC GB in the pale blue bar at the top of the website, www.trecgb.com – and nominate Central TREC Group. Central then gets £10 automatically which means you get all the benefits of CTG membership until 30th Sep 2017!

– Those members who have already renewed should have received an email from Mary Weston, our Membership Secretary, welcoming you to the club for another year. If you have not received your welcome email please send an email to central@trecgroup.co.uk so that we can update our records.

AGM – Sunday 13th November

Following the CTG AGM there are a few highlights to share with you.  We were blessed by the weather and enjoyed a sunny and clear morning of navigation training at Burton Dassett Country Park.  Thanks are definitely due to Claire Pollard for setting some testing grids and bearings to help us polish up our skills.

After wending our way back to the Wharf Inn, we enjoyed delicious roast dinners and generous desserts followed by a talk from Daniel Nolan about his adventures and experiences in Segovia at the World Championships earlier this year.  Seeing the maps and the aerial photos of the tickets and checkpoints was definitely illuminating for those of us who do not ride at level 4!

We swiftly moved on to the “business” part of the day and the AGM ran smoothly.  Everyone present expressed thanks to Anna Weston, who has decided to step down as our chairman after 5 years (but will remain a member of the committee).  Anna first came up with the idea of starting the Club and with her enthusiasm and dedication soon gathered like-minded people together to bring CTG into existence.  Four members of the committee retired by rotation but all wished to stand again and were duly re-elected, and Bev Abbott was welcomed as a new committee member.  Members also received reports from the Chairman and Treasurer about the status of the club at the end of the 2015-16 year, both of which reflected the excellent position that Central TREC Group is in going forward.

The other main part of the day was the presentation of awards for 2015-16.  The CTG Summer League awards for 2015 were presented, and the full list of winners will be available on our Results page very shortly.

In additions, the following trophies were awarded:

Katy Memorial Award (awarded to the best horse belonging to a CTG member, as voted by the members) – Thomas, owned and ridden by Julie Allsop

Phantom Flyer Memorial Award (awarded to the CTG member who achieved the slowest MA canter at a CTG event in the 2015 summer season) – Casey, owned and ridden by Mary Weston

Chairman’s Award (awarded by the Chairman to the CTG member in their opinion most deserving of it) – Claire Pollard, without whom the CTG Calendar page would be significantly less busy!

During the committee meeting following the AGM Sarah Wynn was unanimously elected our new chairman.  Trish and Helen remain in their existing roles as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

Our committee now comprises:

Chairman – Sarah Wynn (re-elected to the committee after retiring by rotation).

Treasurer – Helen Martin

Secretary – Trish Donnelly (re-elected to the committee after retiring by rotation)

Membership Secretary – Mary Weston

Merchandising & Clothing Co-ordinator – Sally Elliott

Webmaster – Siobhan Mills (re-elected to the committee after retiring by rotation)

Facebook Co-ordinator – Sarah Wynn

Publicity Officer – Julia Ironside

Training Officer – Claire Pollard

Committee members – Neill Elliott, Sarah Pollard, Alice Pollard, Anna Weston (re-elected to the committee after retiring by rotation), Bev Abbott (newly elected).

Judges and PTV training, 11th December at Watt Meadow

We are using a new venue, Watt Meadow in Shareshill, Wolverhampton for a day of judges training and PTV training on Sunday 11th December. The training is only £10 for CTG member, £15 for non-members and the judges training is free for CTG members. For more information and the entry forms please click on the links below:
PTV training
Judges training

Twin Trees Arena TREC 9th October 2016

The start times for our first Arena TREC of the 2016-17 winter season, at Twin Trees, Equestrian Centre, Bedfordshire, are available now. Competitor Information is now also available.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Training events – details and entry forms available

Central TREC Group are offering riders the opportunity to develop their MA and PTV skills and also the chance for members to train as British TREC judges this winter.  For dates, full details and entry forms please visit our Calendar page. We look forward to seeing you!

Winwick full and Score TREC results

Central TREC Group’s last event of the 2016 summer season was much enjoyed by those who attended, the sun shone and over 50 riders had a great weekend in the pretty Northamptonshire countryside. The results from the full and Score TREC competitions are now all available on our Results page.

The club is now gearing up for the forthcoming winter season, which kicks off with our first Arena TREC event at Twin Trees Equestrian Centre on Sunday 9th October. Training is available on the Saturday 8th October (email team@twintrees.net for full details) and we hope to see you over the weekend.

Winwick start times

We are looking forward to our last summer competition of the 2016 season, our full and Score TREC at Winwick this weekend.  The start times are now available for Saturday, Sunday and the Score TREC and the competitors’ information and PTV course plans can be found here.

We are still short of judges so if you know of anyone who might be interested in a convivial day or weekend having a lovely time in the pretty Northamptonshire countryside then please email mary@bankart.co.uk.

2016-17 winter dates announced

The committee has been very busy over the last few weeks booking dates for our arena TREC competitions this winter, and we have been so successful that we will be kept extremely busy running them all over the winter! We have plans for 2 days of mounted PTV training, both with the possibility of unmounted judges’ training alongside, the club AGM (including unmounted navigation training) and an unprecedented 6 arena TREC competitions.

We are returning to 4 previous venues, Milton Keynes Eventing Centre, Low Farm near Wellingborough, Brooksby College and last year’s new venue Gracelands Equestrian Centre near Droitwich.  We are also trying 2 new venues for the first time:

  • Twin Trees Equestrian Centre near Biggleswade is run by CTG members Cath and James Anthony and we are delighted to be working with them in order to add TREC GB affiliated classes to their established arena TREC competitions.
  • Watt Meadow equestrian centre near Cannock Chase is extremely close to the M6 and we are excited to be able to offer their excellent facilities to our members.

The schedule is available on the Calendar page. We have compiled a combined schedule again, as last year, so please check the details of the Entries Secretary carefully. We will try to honour any entry sent to the wrong address but cannot guarantee to do so. We hope to make all the events available to enter via Equo events, please have a look on there if you would like to enter online.

We look forward to seeing you at an event over the winter!

Summer event results available

The Results page contains the full results (phase and overall) for all of our summer events run so far in 2016. Central TREC Group has been continuing to cement its reputation for running enjoyable events that are well organised and give a good level of challenge, which must be why competitors travel from all over the country to take part. Do check out who has been winning and come and have a go yourself next time!

Central also has 36 members competing in the SEIB TREC GB Level 2-4 Championships of Great Britain at Poplar Park in Suffolk this weekend (which means that about a third of the field are members of our club!) and we wish them all the very best of luck.  Hopefully they will ride well and we will have a chance of retaining the NEST Club Challenge trophy, which has been gracing the mantelpiece of Anna, our Chairman, for the last year! Watch this space, and our Facebook page, for updates and results.