Friendly events held by riding club
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.