Happy New Year!

I will send quarterly newsletters like this by email to all subscribers – the link to subscribe directly is here, or you can choose ‘yes please’ in answer to the question about me sending you emails when you book on to a clinic.

Upcoming training opportunities

TREC GB Judge training 12 January in Wakefield – this course is an in-depth look at all the different roles required to help at a competition, so you know what you’re volunteering for. It’s also a great insight into the scoring for the obstacle section and what the judges look for, so very helpful as a rider. The cost is £10, but if you judge a full day for WHTG in 2019 you can get that refunded. Fill in this form to book

Map reading for TREC 23 February in Wakefield – if you’ve got the TREC bug and enjoyed obstacle training but find the idea of being let out in the wide world with a paper map at a summer competition a bit scary, come along to my ‘Intro to POR’ day in Wakefield on 23 February. We’ll go through what to expect in this phase from the map room to the finish checkpoint, how to interpret your map and some hints & tips for a successful ride out. It’s £25pp for a full day’s training – morning and early afternoon in the classroom, then we’ll go for a walk of around 5km to put your skills to the test to finish the day. I’m also running this course on 26 Jan but it’s full already – don’t miss out on the repeat! Book now here

PTV training – I’m taking bookings for most events listed on my home page www.trec-training.uk up to June if you want to get your diary organised early. Clinics tend to book up a few weeks in advance, and my terms are fair – if you have to withdraw for any reason I’ll refund (less £1 for admin) up to 7 days before.I’ve got lots of arena clinics around Yorkshire & the Midlands, but below I’ve highlighted a couple of outdoor venues that will give a more realistic PTV (obstacle course) experience, and those that are out of my usual area. More details/booking links for them all are on the calendar:
Lancashire – Adventure Neighground nr Accrington BB5 3SL on 5 May. This is a fantastic training destination in a 4 acre ex quarry field that offers all levels of terrain challenge combined with my mobile obstacles & in-situ horse agility obstacles. Suitable for TREC newcomers, and for all levels of competitor wanting to improve obstacle scores & have a go at some tricky combinations of terrain & technical obstacles. You can make a day of it and go hacking locally too, the yard owner has maps. It’s close to the motorway network so an easy journey if coming from further away. £40pp for 75 mins semi-private.     
West Yorkshire – Wakefield WF1 5SL on 13 April, will also run on 14 April if sufficient demand – this yard is developing a TREC training field, they already have a bank & staircase plus two sizes of drop/step (approx 1 ft & approx 2ft 3) and log jumps of all sizes. These will be combined with all my mobile obstacle kit to test all your skills! Suitable for newcomers but more experienced riders at L1/2/3 also catered for, as I will create some challenging approaches & combinations. Lovely riding-gear-friendly pub just down the road next to the lorry park & there is a nice 5km hack if you fancy it (includes some road work).
South Lincolnshire – I’m returning to Raw Equine nr Spalding on 27 April. It’s a large circular arena which makes for some interesting obstacle layouts & approaches. £25pp for groups of 3 for an hour. 
Bedfordshire – I’m hoping to return to Model Farm Shillington SG5 3NA on 31 March (just waiting on confirmation that it doesn’t clash with Central TREC training), it’ll be £30pp for 90 mins in groups of 4 if it goes ahead. If it doesn’t then it’ll be because I don’t want to clash with training by Central TREC Group in Milton Keynes who are just deciding on dates, so look them up if you’re free! 
Sussex – I’m visiting the new Southbank EC nr Henfield BN3 3WD in the afternoon of 28 April, it’s £37pp for groups of 3 for an hour in a lovely 30 x 40m surfaced outdoor with great views.
You can see costs & more details for all events on www.trec-training.uk

Three phase full day clinics – Escrick Park nr York YO19 6EA on 18 & 19 May – These day camps are a great introduction to the sport of TREC. The morning is spent working on your PTV (obstacles) and having a go at MA (control of paces slow canter/fast walk) on the parkland. After lunch in the cafe on site (not included, you can bring a packed lunch if you prefer) you’ll copy a route down in the ‘map room’, talk around what you will expect to see while you ride from looking at the route on the map, plus some basic map reading & compass practice on foot. Once you’re happy you’ll go for a short POR orienteering ride in pairs/threes on a set route round the off road tracks, including some woodlands.  £70pp (£55 rideways members) – book here

TREC Online video competition – full details here
If you can’t get transport, childcare or time off work to attend competitions/training, you can set up a course at home, ask someone to film you riding it and send it to me for feedback. I have designed options that use no equipment, 4 poles or basic school equipment such as wings, cones & poles. 

You’ll get scores with full explanations about why you got that score, as well as hints & tips on how to improve. Rosettes and prizes will be sent to those who achieve the top scores in each test & highest total score across 3 mini courses for all submissions before 31 March 2019. Why not get together with a few friends at the yard to build a course & film each other on your phones?

Even if you have no cameraperson or don’t want feedback, you can use these courses and ideas to focus your training and make the arena more exciting this winter for you & your horse. See the full details & how to enter on TREC Online

Other online information you might find useful
Scoring – if you can’t make it to judge training but want to learn more about how scoring works, I’ve written a detailed guide which will help you work out why you lost marks in the past, and common errors to avoid. 
Homework – I have a page of homework exercises that can be done in a schooling area, as well as how to make the most of your hacking.
Gates – I know a lot of people struggle with gates, and it’s tricky to make much progress in a mixed group lesson so I usually just identify one aspect for you to work on at home. I’ve now added a specific ‘gates‘ page to my website, and have just been able to add a fantastic video filmed by Marion Boyle from Scotland, which demonstrates each step of the training journey with her two lovely horses Blaven and Biddy.

Competitions
If you want to put your skills to the test at a competition then the TREC GB Winter TREC series is well under way and still has three months left to run with plenty of events on the calendar. These winter competitions have a relaxed atmosphere and just feature the slow canter, fast walk & 10 obstacles so are a great way to try out TREC and get to know people before having a go at a full three phase competition outdoors in summer. 
All affiliated competitions will be listed on the TREC GB events diary, summer dates will continue to be added over the next few months so keep checking back. 

White Horse TREC Group
The local club for most of my trainees is WHTG – they’re one of the oldest TREC clubs and if you join them for 2019 you’ll get 2x £5 vouchers to spend on training with me or the other club trainer Kathryn Rollinson in North Yorkshire, as well as discounted priority entry to all club events. 

Their next competition is 26 January at Moorhouse EC just off J38 of the A1 nr Doncaster– bookings will open to non members on 5 January at 7am, and it will probably fill up the same day so put a reminder on your calendar to check for the schedule on the WHTG website www.white-horse-trec.co.uk
After that is 24 February at Middleton Park EC just off M621 in Leeds, which I am running – it is fully booked but I could do with two more helpers for morning & afternoon to ensure it runs smoothly. Please email me to volunteer! There will be another in March at Thornton House EC just off A1079 near York, date TBC.

Other clubs 
This newsletter is going to folk in Scotland, Wales, Gloucester, Sussex, Suffolk and Essex which are well out of my normal catchment area (but I may visit occasionally), so you can find other clubs on the TREC GB website here – all will offer a variety of training and competition opportunities, the TREC community is friendly and you’ll be made very welcome. 

Yard visits
As you’ll gather from my calendar, I do quite a few yard visits. If you’re interested in arranging a TREC obstacle clinic at your yard please reply to let me know the postcode & number of people. You’ll need at least 18 trainees to get a day of your choice, but if you’ve got 9-12 people then I can put you together with another yard in your area for half a day each. It’s £20pp for an hour in a group of three, plus mileage. 

And finally – reviews! I like to update the reviews page on my website each year, so if you’ve trained with me in 2018 and would be prepared to write about your experience please send your review over. You can see what others have written here, and I’ll either choose one of the photos I took of you or you can send one of your own. Reviews & photos from a range of riders that have attended clinics can be really important to reassure people who might be trying something new for the first time that it’s worth booking on, so I really appreciate every single one. 

Wishing you and your horses all the best for 2019 – hope to see you soon. I’ll be in touch again early April, with more summer dates open to book.  

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