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STOP PRESS! Last minute camp places 13-14 July in Wakefield
Due to unforeseen changes in circumstances for some of the people who had booked on, I now have three spaces on my Wakefield TREC Camp 13-14 July. The location is tranquil, a real gem just two miles outside Wakefield with fabulous facilities – ample corralling space, loo, mini kitchen, powerful hot shower & a super pub a 5 minute walk away. You’ll have a private obstacle lesson, group control of paces practice, group map reading practice, free time to play on the obstacle course, an accompanied hack & mini competition all for the great price of £115.
I ran the first one of these camps this weekend, photos are above (more on facebook!) here are some of the comments:
“Thank you for an amazing weekend! The time, effort and energy you put into training is incredible.”
“Fantastic weekend learning all about TREC, Evie has been brilliant putting so much time and effort into the camp, very well organised and great facilities and teaching! We can’t wait to come back again next year”
“I can’t wait to book again! A fantastic set up and facilities where nothing was too much hassle. Evie is such a calm, patient and fantastic instructor, teamed with a great combination of 1:1 and group sessions on and off your horse covering all the elements of TREC. I would highly recommend!”
“Sam and I loved our weekend, we learnt a lot, laughed a lot and had an amazing time. Brilliant venue, the nicest teacher and generous hosts. I’d recommend it to anyone starting TREC or wanting to improve those scores.”
The cost of £115 also includes facility hire, fruit & hot/cold drinks all weekend and Sunday breakfast, so to book on just fill in my booking form here & I’ll reply with payment information.
NEW special offer for private midweek training
If you can get to Wakefield on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning you can have a 1hr private obstacle lesson, map theory on foot & hack out with me on foot to help with the map & any obstacles you find out on the route. Three hours of training for just £75, add on half an hour of MA (control of paces) training for an additional £15. Email or message me to book a date.
Upcoming training opportunities – whether you’ve never stepped foot out of the arena on horseback before, or have done a few competitions and want to improve on specific obstacles, you can come to a clinic and develop your skills for riding confidently in the countryside. I’m down to the last few places for most clinics so please get in quick!
As well as my Yorkshire clinics I’m visiting Bedfordshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, West Midlands and Herefordshire this summer – hopefully there’ll be something near you!
PTV (obstacle) training – I’m taking bookings for most events listed on my home page www.trec-training.uk up to October if you want to get your diary organised early. Clinics tend to book up a few weeks in advance, and my terms are that if you have to withdraw for any reason I’ll refund (less £1 for admin) up to 7 days before, or after that I’ll refund if I can fill the place.
Outdoor PTV clinics with mobile obstacles on varied terrain
CHAPS Newark (agility playground) 21 July – 2 hours in group of 6 £38 (2 places)
NFRC Ticknall (show field) 27 & 28 July – 90 mins in group of 4 £27pp (2 places left on Sat, 3 places on Sun)
Derby College, Derby (XC field) 3 Aug – 90 mins in group of 4 £35pp (2 places left)
Guisborough N Yorks (undulating field) 17 Aug – 90 mins in a group of 4 £30pp (plenty of space)
Hopton Horse Centre Mirfield (XC field) 18 Aug – 90 mins in a group of 4 £30pp (5 places left)
Weston Lawns Coventry CV12 9JA (show field) 1 Sep – 90 mins in a group of 4 £30pp (plenty of space)
CHAPS Newark (agility playground) 22 Sep – 2 hours in group of 6 £38 (bookings will open late July)
Arena clincs (mobile obstacles only)
Helen Barrett Equestrian Northowram 20 July (morning, outdoors) 60 mins group of 3 £25 (FULL)
Long Lover Livery Halifax 20 July (afternoon, outdoors) 60 mins group of 3 £25 (3 places)
Weir End Farm Ross on Wye (outdoors) 31 Aug 90 mins group of 4 £30 (7 places)
Model Farm Bedfordshire (outdoors) 15 Sep 90 mins group of 4 £30 (plenty of space)
Cloughfields Equestrian Sheffield (indoors) 28 Sep 60 mins group of 3 £30 (bookings not open yet)
Helen Barrett Equestrian Northowram 29 Sep (morning, outdoors) 60 mins group of 3 £25 (9 places)
Long Lover Livery Halifax 29 Sep (afternoon, outdoors) 60 mins group of 3 £25 (9 places)
Three phase full day clinics
Farnley Estate, Huddersfield HD4 6UQ on 4 August
These day camps are a great introduction to the sport. 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, then after lunch 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. £70pp – book here.
You can see booking details for all events on www.trec-training.uk
Online information you might find useful, especially if this is your first newsletter!
Scoring – stop throwing away easy marks! Read my detailed PTV scoring guide which will help you work out why you may have lost marks in the past, and highlights 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 written a specific ‘gates‘ page on my website, and have been able to add this fantastic video filmed by Marion Boyle from Scotland, which demonstrates each step of the training journey with her two lovely horses Blaven and Biddy.
If you want to put your skills to the test at a competition then get booking – events are popular and usually fill up well in advance of the entry closure date.
All affiliated competitions will be listed on the TREC GB events diary. Start with level one – these are the lowest affiliated level, very friendly events usually run in one day. The navigation phase is 10-15km long, jumps are maximum 60cm (and are optional anyway, as with all the obstacles) and obstacles are on the easiest settings.
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 entry to all club events.
Their next competition is 28 July at Bishop Wilton in Yorkshire – level 1 & 2, in stunning countryside. Entries are closed as it’s full, but if you want to volunteer for a full/half day and find out loads about the sport please email firstname.lastname@example.org – all helpers get cake, lunch & drinks.
This newsletter is going to folk in Scotland, Wales, Gloucester, 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.
I do quite a few yard visits so 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 weekend day of your choice, but if you’ve got 9 people then I will try to put you together with another yard in your area for half a day each, or I can come to you on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon/evening. It’s £20pp for an hour in a group of three, plus mileage if you’re over an hour away – if you’re a long way from Wakefield then I’ll try to arrange two consecutive days in the same area, to reduce mileage costs.
And finally – reviews!
I like to update the reviews page on my website regularly, so if you’ve trained with me and would be prepared to write about your experience please send your review over, or post a recommendation on facebook. You can see testimonials 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.
I’ll be in touch again in September with clinic dates for October onwards. To keep up to date in the meantime please like & follow me on facebook (click the ‘following’ button and choose ‘see first’ to increase the chances of me popping up in your news feed).
Wishing you and your horses all the best for a great summer season, whatever you get up to – I hope to see you soon.