Friendly events held by rid­ing club

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Mem­bers of the Ar­ran Rid­ing Club have been busy re­cently tak­ing part in a TREC com­peiti­tion and a com­bined train­ing run.

TREC is a rel­a­tively new eques­trian dis­ci­pline, orig­i­nat­ing in an exam for trail ride lead­ers, and now com­peted in­ter­na­tion­ally. This year rid­ers had to nav­i­gate their way round Glen­cloy and the Fairy Glen, mak­ing sure they found all the peo­ple wait­ing in the woods to check them through. Suc­cess­ful horse ori­en­teer­ing re­quires at­ten­tion to de­tail in the map room, where the route is copied, in or­der to have half a chance of find­ing the ex­act route on the ground.

Rona Ful­ton and Ali­son Cur­rie were one of only a cou­ple of pairs to find all the check­points. They topped this off with very good ‘con­trol of paces’, where rid­ers must can­ter as slowly as pos­si­ble and walk as fast as pos­si­ble over a marked cor­ri­dor.

The fi­nal sec­tion is the ‘ptv’ which con­sists of a se­ries of ob­sta­cles to rep­re­sent chal­lenges and haz­ards that you could meet whilst out rid­ing off road. To score well in this part horses have to go back­wards, turn ac­cu­rate tight turns, go un­der low branches and ne­go­ti­ate nar­row cor­ri­dors. Rid­ers have to mount from the ground from the ‘wrong’ side, ride turns one handed and have a good, trust­ing part­ner­ship with their horse or pony. Run­ners up were Jen McNeish and Lily Cur­rie, mak­ing it a fam­ily vic­tory.

There was a great turn out for the TREC this year, and ev­ery­one en­joyed the day in a bit if sun­shine squished be­tween some very rainy days. It’s not of­ten rid­ers get to com­pete as a pair, and it makes for a very friendly event.

The TREC fol­lowed hard on the heels of the com­bined train­ing run at Glenkiln. Ev­ery­one ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to ride a round of showjump­ing fol­lowed by a cross coun­try course, es­pe­cially since it was a bit touch and go if the ground would be up to it fol­low­ing a wet Au­gust.

The rid­ing club was grate­ful to Kenny and Eleanor Bone for al­low­ing the event to go ahead – gal­lop­ing horses do leave a few sou­venir foot­prints when they jump cross coun­try.

There were three heights avail­able, 30cm, 60cm and 90 cm, which seems to be work­ing well at pro­vid­ing some­thing for ev­ery­one. The 30cm course was won by Rosie Wilkin­son and Milo. Hol­lie Adam­son and Ricky won the 60cm and Isla Yuill and Vel­vet clinched the 90cm class.

Well done ev­ery­one for get­ting round, and thnks were given to all the course builders and tak­ers-down, pole-put­ter-back-on-ers, scor­ers and starters, it would not have gone ahead with­out any of them.

Rona Ful­ton and Ricky and Ali­son Cur­rie and Tia who won the rid­ing club’s re­cent TREC com­pe­ti­tion.

Faye An­der­son takes a jump at the train­ing run on Storm.

Class win­ner Rosie Wilkin­son with Milo at the train­ing run.

A rider tack­les one of the ‘pvt’ ob­sta­cles.

Rona and Ali­son set­ting off on the ori­en­teer­ing. Even the horses are con­cen­trat­ing.

Lily fly­ing round the cross coun­try course on Busy. Lily brought Busy with her on hol­i­day.

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