13th & 14th July 2013
Two Day TREC competition a great success!
The British Horse Society Isle of Man were blessed with glorious weather when they held a BHS Affiliated TREC competition on the weekend of 13th & 14th July. The competition covered two levels with the Level 2 competition being a qualifier for the TREC GB Championships due to be held in Wales in September.
The first day of competition was held at Palm Cottage in the Ballaugh Curraghs by kind permission of Vicki Fleming. This day was the POR (Orienteering on Horseback) phase. The competitors had to first enter the map room and copy down a map then follow their route at set speeds. If the competitors followed their route correctly then the level 1 competitors rode a distance of 9.7km and the level 2 17.4km. While riding the route competitors also had to look out for "pieces of fruit" which were used to check if they were on the correct route. This proved to be the downfall of some competitors who went home cursing the pineapple or pear they had missed!
The second day of competition was held at GGH Equitation Centre by kind permission of the Gilbey family. There were two phases to complete on this day. The first was a Control of Paces phase where competitors had to canter along a 150m long corridor as slowly as possible. They then had to walk back through the corridor as quickly as possible. Next they completed a course of 16 obstacles some of which are ridden and some led. These included things like a Water Crossing, Low Branches, Ridden Bridge, Bending and also a Ditch which caused the most entertainment ! The best thing about TREC is that no obstacle is compulsory as each one is scored individually so if you don't want to attempt something you simply tell the steward you won't be doing that obstacle.
We had some very nice prizes from our generous sponsors: Equisilva, Ballavartyn Equestrian Centre, Utopian Saddle Solutions, Horse & Rider, British Horse Society and Manx Equine Services. These were presented at the Glen Helen Inn on Sunday evening during an open meeting with the new BHS Chief Executive who had visited the Island for the weekend to meet BHS Isle of Man Committee & Members.
Thanks must go to our visiting Technical Delegate Helen Wain who had come over to oversee our competition. She provided great support to the organisers during the weekend.
The BHS IOM would like to thank Mr and Mrs Gilbey for the kind use of their facilities at GGH which provided us with a brilliant venue for the PTV course & Vicki Fleming for her hospitality on the Saturday.
Thanks also all the volunteers who gave up their time to help with stewarding and to make the event such a success.
Photos from the event can be viewed & purchased at www.icon-iom.com
Level 1 Pairs
1st Cathy Craine & Janet Craine
2nd Alison Callister & Sammie Callister
3rd Sam Frize & Leanne Harper
4th Daisy Loader & Jody Hazell
5th Trish Halliwell & Emily Gaylor
6th Lindsey Hotchkiss & Amelia Hotchkiss
Level 1 Individual
1st Janet Craine
2nd Alison Callister
3rd Cathy Craine
4th Jody Hazell
5th Leanne Harper
6th Trish Halliwell
Level 1 PTV & COP Only
1st Jo Priest
2nd Emily Lord
3rd Emma Sayle
Level 2 Pairs
1st Laura Gill & Zelda Newey
2nd Jo Ralston & Caroline Hawley
3rd Robert Thomson & Kathryn Scarlett
Level 2 Individual
1st Laura Gill
2nd Zelda Newey
3rd Kathryn Scarlett
4th Caroline Hawley
5th Jo Ralston
6th Robert Thomson
Highest overall score - Laura Gill