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|Posted by TREC Ireland on August 26, 2021 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
By W Bastian
West Cork TREC is back on track! With the start of Covid 19 pandemic in Ireland in 2020 and the following restrictions, holding events was not possible or very limited.
The last event before the first lockdown was a compass bearing training in Glengarriff woods.
On 4th of October, when the restrictions had been temporarily eased, west Cork TREC was able to run a One Day Event at Whooley’s farm in Kilrussane, Knockraha. Despite very bad weather conditions, heavy wind and rain, the competing riders could finish all 3 phases of the competition with Frances Whooley as Traceur, and Bastian as Chef de Piste and Technical Delegate.
Since the country was slowly reopening for sports activities, including equestrian events, West Cork TREC responded immediately with organising events.
• 30.05.2021 POR training at Billy Wolf’s farm in Ballydehob.
Bastian did a short compass bearing refresher training before riders started out on the POR route, traced by Ian Squire and Bastian with a lot of off road riding across the Mizen peninsula. The riders enjoyed a sunny day with magnificent views.
• 27.06.2021 MA/PTV training at Creedon’s farm in Macroom.
The riders, were divided into two groups. One group had MA training with Bastian as trainer, and the other group had the PTV training with Frances Whooley and Elaine Dolan Crowley as trainers at the four new TREC Ireland obstacles, the “Slalom Ridden one handed”, the “Ridden One handed Corridor”, the “One handed Figure of Eight Style” and the “Ticket Punch”
After one hour the groups changed over. Following a lunch break, a PTV practice run was started over a 16 obstacle course ,designed by Chef de Piste Adele Connor.
Again we had a lovely sunny day and West Cork TREC wants to thank the Creedon family, for permission to use their land, and for all their support.
• 18.07.2021 MA/PTV Training at Whooley’s farm in Knockraha.
The training was organised in the same format as the one at Macroom with the same trainers. The PTV course was this time designed by Frances Whooley with the help of Elaine Dolan Crowley. At 28* Celsius, the heat was a challenge for horses and riders, but all had a great day with a lot of training and practice.
Our new timing system for the MA and the new long distance walkie/talkies, generously funded by the Irish Sports Capital Programme, worked perfectly.
A big “Thank you” to the venue owners, our event secretary Jill Davies, the event officials and the helpers.
• 31.07./01.08.2021 Leinster TREC: 3 phase competition in Lacken, Blessington, Equestrian Centre.
• 29.08.2021 Leinster TREC: POR Level 1,2,3 at Donard Co Wicklow
• 12.09 and 10.09.2021 West Cork TREC: 3 phase competition, PTV on 12.09 at Bastian’s, Glengariff followed by POR L1,2,3 on 19.09, at Whooley’s farm Kilrussane Knockraha.
|Posted by TREC Ireland on July 2, 2020 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
Trec China International Report 2019 by Mairead Moynihan
Our China adventure began on 3rd October when the official invitation came from the Chinese government to Trec Ireland to send their chosen riders to China International Trec Competition! This is their second year to hold this competition, last year Judi Pheysey, Niamh O’Huid and I represented Ireland and Trec Ireland! Once this year’s riders were chosen, Elaine Dolan Crowley and I, the countdown started!! Flights booked, time off work arranged, minders arranged for the horses, kids and dogs and a quick chat with a wonderful sponsors Kellihers Mills Tralee about some fancy gear to help us look the part!! And we did!!
A change in venue from Weifang beach to China horse town, near Inner Mongolia, corresponding extra flights to Beijing, followed by a mad dash for visas and we were on our way to China!! Only when we arrived in Beijing airport did the reality of an international competition kick in –met by Deborah, our Chinese tour guide, and competitors Amanti from France, Alex from Singapore and Kim from USA!!!
Off we headed for China Horse town 4 hours’ drive northwards. Stopped for some Chinese takeaway on the way! Weather was bad with heavy snowfall and freezing roads so we stayed overnight in a hotel halfway and finally met up with the rest of our fellow competitors early next morning. A quick breakfast, bag drop and off to the stables to meet our horses for the competition!
Ground still covered in snow and temperature about -4 degrees!! A draw took place to allocate horses to riders. We grabbed some tack, saddled up and off we went!! Quick photo first and then a 10km fun ride to the competition venue!! What a way to check out horses!! And competitors!! Mine was a nice handy 15hh chestnut gelding.
Dropped our horses into corrals, quick bit to eat and it was vet check time. A few minutes to teach horses to trot up, with encouraging words from fellow competitors and onlookers, some passed and others had to be substituted! Straight into a sand arena to teach them all about trec obstacles in approximately 2 hours while our PTV course was being built around us!! Just like you do at home!! It was interesting to watch riders realise that these were neck reined horses firstly and that they had never jumped before. As for low branches and S- bend, they thought we were crazy!! Reinback proved impossible for most of us, except for Amanti, who used his long legs wrapped around the horse’s chest as encouragement! And it worked!! Not one to try at home, though!!
Horses put away and a quick change for opening ceremony and food!! Amazing ceremony and main course was lamb on a spit ceremonially presented to us!!
Day 1 started with PTV, course walk already started when Elaine and I arrived, so we joined in! An amalgamation of Chinese riders and judges, French Technical delegate, Irish, Russian, Austrian, American, UK and French riders all chatting at the same time!! Saddled up and watched the Chinese national riders competing, had photos taken by amused spectators while we waited. Next it was our turn and each horse and rider was vocally encouraged around the course in several languages! That over, we dined in style, in the royal stables in the company of their royal horses. Totally surreal experience!!
A tough MA followed lunch; start line was surrounded by photographers and horses not too enthusiastic about entering corridor. We were all there encouraging each other, as true treccies, we wanted to win but on a level playing field!
Days competition over, we headed to the amphitheatre to see an amazing show with fire eaters, acrobats, trapeze artists, dancing horses and Mongolians stunt riders!! Out of this world!!
Dinner and an early night, for the next day was POR!!
First challenge was a black and white aerial photo as our master map, then photographers and drones to get by at the start of our POR!! Once we were off and travelling it was wild open plains with frozen rivers and streams, rough tracks through little villages and specular views from hilltops of skyscrapers of the city behind us and miles of countryside in front of us!! And our cute horses knew the way mostly, seems we were travelling on some of their trekking routes!! Home after a 6 hour adventure, crispy cold start but a clear sunny day!! We all headed to hotel for a quick shower and back for closing ceremony and results!!! Top table for us, no less!! Riders called out in reverse order, and next thing we knew there are 5 on the table including Elaine and I!! Two weeks later and we are still on a high!! I came third and Elaine came second!! Chinese TV interview, local paper and radio interviews, a new and exciting experience for us!!
Both of us stayed on for a tour organised for the riders which included a snow blizzard 30km ride to Inner Mongolia ,a two hour personally escorted tour of a state-of-the art expo charting the role the horse has played in the history of China. A walk on the Great Wall of China with spectacular views and VIP access!! Finally Beijing and the Forbidden City in 25 degrees heat. Flew home to a marvellous reception at Cork airport!! Doesn’t get better that this!!
Thanks to China Institute of Horse culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Wutzala Wu Gang Fang and Justin Tseng, Deborah Wang and Bruce Leung, to Trec Ireland and all who made this possible for Elaine and I!!!
|Posted by TREC Ireland on August 31, 2019 at 12:55 PM||comments (0)|
NATIONAL PTV AND MA CHAMPIONSHIPS
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25TH
PTV Open Championship – 1, Paddy (Annie O’Neill); 2, Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack); 3, Secret (Anne Laure Guerin); 4, Lackagh Castle (Kayleigh McCormack); 5, Mo (Kate Sheehan).
PTV Intermediate Championship – 1, Cheyenne (Karina McVeigh); 2, Boynehall Benny (Sheaffe Monteith); 3, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke); equal 4, Lackagh Oscar (Kirsten McCormack) and Ballyphillip Gold (Frances Whooley); 6, Rio (Natasha O’Rourke).
PTV Novice Championship – 1, Lexy (Sue Walker); 2, Madam Rouge (Catriona Doran); 3, Rio (Niall O’Rourke); 4, The Mighty Tim (Catherine Bartley); 5, Ballynolin Annie (Sheila Fuller).
MA Championship – 1, Ballyclough Nugget (Sheila Winters); 2, Cheyenne (Karina McVeigh); 3, Paddy (Annie O’Neill); 4, Apache (Suzanne O’Rourke); 5, Lexy (Sue Walker); 6, Madam Rouge (Catriona Doran).
D-TREC Open – 1, Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack); 2, Piccolo Boy (Bobbie Ovington); 3, Lackagh Castle (Kayleigh McCormack); 4, Gallarus Boy (Rosemarie Bryson).
D-TREC Intermediate – 1, Cheyenne (Karina McVeigh); 2, Lackagh Oscar (Kirsten McCormack); 3, Ballyclough Nugget (Sheila Winters); 4, Haise (Marie Gallagher).
D-TREC Novice – 1, Ballyphillip Gold (Frances Whooley); 2, Lexy (Sue Walker); 3, The Mighty Tim (Catherine Bartley); 4, Dernahatten Grey Mist (Cora Halloran); 5, Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley); Ballynolin Annie (Sheila Fuller).
SPEED TREC Open – 1, Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack); 2, Paddy (Annie O’Neill); 3, Mo (Kate Sheehan); 4, Lackagh Castle (Kayleigh McCormack); 5, Piccolo Boy (Bobbie Ovington).
SPEED TREC Intermediate – 1, Cheyenne (Karina McVeigh); 2, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke); 3, Ballyphillip Gold (Frances Whooley); 4, Ballyclough Nugget (Sheila Winters); 5, Amber Sky (Patrick Byrne); 6, Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley).
Non-Championships PTV Intermediate – 1, Haise (Marie Gallagher); 2, Surprise (Paula Donohoe).
Non-Championships PTV Novice – 1, Dernahatten Grey Mist (Cora Halloran).
PTV Team Championships – 1, Leinster TREC; 2, Midlands TREC; 3, West Cork TREC.
|Posted by TREC Ireland on July 29, 2019 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
West Cork TREC One-Day Event
Bantry Bay Pony Trekking, Hollyhill, Bantry, Co. Cork
Sunday 28th July 2019
Level 2A Pairs
1 - Ballyphillip Gold (Frances Whooley) & Crunchie (Breda Mulcahy)
2 - Ballyclough Nugget (Sheila Winters) & Kavanaugh (Margaret Buckley)
Level 2 Pairs
1 - Lady (Lorea O'Sullivan) & Mo (Kate Sheehan)
2 - Shelley (Norma Steele) & Comanche (Shirley Squire)
3 - Paddy (Julie O'Neill) & Angel (Katie O'Sullivan)
Level 1 Pairs
1 - Faerietale Dreams (Karen Vicencio) & Jim (Anna Fox)
2 - Silversprings Sia (Mary Creedon) & Lucy Lucky (Richard Creedon)
3 - Girl (Majella O'Shea) & Rí Slánú (Jennifer Perry)
4 - Luna (Sylvi Rigden) & Clonakilla Princess (Nicole O'Regan)
5 - Seany (Miriam McDonnell) & Chunky (Jennifer Horgan)
6 - Merlin (Elaine Waters) & Pep Squeak (Saundra O'Sullivan)
West Cork TREC would especially like to thank Bantry Bay Pony Trekking for the use of their facilities for this event, and the competition officials, Elaine Dolan Crowley (Assistant Technical Delegate and Chef de Piste), Bastian (Consulting Technical Delegate ), Adèle Connor (Traceur) and Jill Davies (Event Secretary and Scorer). Finally, we would like to thank all the competitors, many of whom not only competed but helped judge, and all the volunteers who came to judge and act as stewards throughout the day. Great gratitude can be seen with the comments riders have posted on social media.
|Posted by TREC Ireland on July 29, 2019 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
LEINSTER TREC D-TREC
SUNDAY, JULY 28TH
Open - 1, Haise (Marie Gallagher); 2, Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack); 3, Gallarus Boy (Rosemarie Bryson); 4, Piccolo Boy (Bobbie Ovington); 5, Lackagh Castle (Kayleigh McCormack); 6, Aria (Sheila Fuller).
Novice - 1, Rio (Niall O’Rourke); 2, Apache (Natasha O’Rourke); 3, Peanut (Ciara Connolly); 4, Kinnaveelish Socks (Margaret Lynch); 5, Madam Rouge (Catriona Doran); 6, The Mighty Tim (Catherine Bartley).
Open H/C - 1, Whisper (Mary-Kate Willie).
Novice H/C - 1, Piccolo Boy (Bobbie Ovington).
Best Dressage - Haise (Marie Gallagher).
Best Turned Out - Peanut (Ciara Connelly).
Loughway Stud Open League - 1, Haise (Marie Gallagher); 2, Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack); 3, Piccolo Boy (Bobbie Ovington); 4, Lackagh Castle (Kayleigh McCormack); 5, Aria (Sheila Fuller); 6, Gallarus Boy (Rosemarie Bryson).
Loughway Stud Novice League - 1, Rio (Niall O’Rourke); 2, Wilson (Judi Goor); 3, Lexy (Sue Walker); 4, Madam Rouge (Catriona Doran); 5, The Mighty Tim (Catherine Bartley); 6, Tango (Tina Fagg).
Loughway Stud Most Improved - Madam Rouge (Catriona Doran).
Loughway Stud Newcomer - Willow (Chloe Kelly).
|Posted by TREC Ireland on July 15, 2019 at 12:45 PM||comments (0)|
LEINSTER TREC D-TREC
SUNDAY, JULY 14TH
1, Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack);
2, Haise (Marie Gallagher);
3, Boynehall Bennie (Sheaffe Monteith);
4, Piccolo Boy (Bobbie Ovington);
5, Lackagh Castle (Kayleigh McCormack);
6, Aria (Sheila Fuller).
1, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke);
2, Rio (Niall O’Rourke);
3, Wilson (Judi Goor);
4, Lexi (Sue Walker);
5, Tango (Tina Fagg);
6, Charlie (Sarah Spain).
Open H/C - 1, Wilson (Judi Goor).
Novice H/C – 1, Boynehall Bennie (Sheaffe Monteith).
Best Dressage – Wilson (Judi Goor).
Best Turned Out – Piccolo Boy (Bobbie Ovington) and Sandy (Heather Jaynes).
|Posted by TREC Ireland on April 29, 2019 at 5:30 AM||comments (0)|
PTV competition (Winter League Leg #6)
Bantry Bay Pony Trekking
28th April 2019:
Level 1 NOVICE
1, Luna (Sylvi Rigden); 2, Lucy (Richard Creedon); 3, Cody (Aoife O'Shea); 4, Sia (Mary Creedon); 5, Tilly (Roisin Whooley); 6 (tied), Ellie (Klervi Colas) and Rocky (Maria O'Mahony); 8 Paris II (Sally T); 9, Apachi (Margaret Manning).
Level 2 INTERMEDIATE
1, Paris II (Siobhan Wolf); 2, Cookie (Judith Perrin); 3 Kal (Frances Whooley); 4 Shelley (Norma Steele); 5 Nugget (Sheila Winters); 6 Kavanaugh (Margaret Buckley); 7, Miley (Dave Finn)
Level 3 ADVANCED
1, Cookie (Judith Perrin); 2, Paris II (Siobhan Wolf)
We were very grateful to all who came to help set up the course at the start, and those who lent a hand with judging. Special thanks to Fiona Thurnell, an experienced judge with TREC GB, who joined us for the day to help out and judge at our local league event. Thanks also to Megan, Jill, & Adèle, all our competitors, and to Georgia & Bantry Bay Pony Trekking for the use of their facilities.
|Posted by TREC Ireland on March 24, 2019 at 5:30 AM||comments (0)|
The fantastic weather was a real bonus today, and our competitors were able to enjoy sea views over Roaring Water Bay and Carbery Hundred Isles. Thank you to all the competitors, helpers and officials, especially Adèle and Shirley, they did a wonderful job with the route and the bearing tickets.
Special thanks to Billy for the use of the farm and his stables. The latter was multi-functional today, being the map-room at the start, and the tea room at the end of the day. Riders and helpers were able to congregate there while waiting for the scores to be processed, munching on Adèle's buttery flapjacks and May's wonderful buttered tea brack , all washed down with tea or coffee.
Level 2A Individual: 1st Kaldavan Cookie (Judith Perrin), 2nd Trigger (Ellie Horgan).
Level 2A Pair: 1st Ballyphilip Gold (Frances Whooley) and Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley), 2nd Mikaela (Bridget Sheeran) and Diego (Niamh O'Carroll)
Level 1 Pair: 1st Faerietale Dreams (Karen Veicencio) and Mickey (Marlina Posthuma Quirke), 2nd Silversprings Sue (Mary Creedon) and Lucy Lucky (Richard Creedon).
Special Competition Level 2A bearing Accuracy
1st Ballyphilip Gold (Frances Whooley) 2nd Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley), 3rd Mikaela (Bridget Sheeran) and Diego (Niamh O'Carroll), 5th Kaldavan Cookie (Judith Perrin) and Trigger (Ellie Horgan).
|Posted by TREC Ireland on February 18, 2019 at 4:25 AM||comments (0)|
West Cork TREC PTV Competition (Leg #4, Winter League)
Caherdaniel, Bantry, Co. Cork.
February 17th 2019
Level 3, Advanced class - 1, Paddy (Annie O'Neill); 2, Lily (Patricia Kindler); 3, Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley)
Level 2, Intermediate class - 1, Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley); 2, Ballyphillip Gold (Frances Whooley); 3, Goleen (Marlina Posthuma Quirke); 4, Lily (Patricia Kindler); 5, Flower Power (Marlina Posthuma Quirke)
Level 1, Novice class - 1, Casper (Eimear Sheehan); 2, Paddy (Julie O'Neill); 3, Paddy (Sophie O'Sullivan); 4, Apachi (Margaret Manning); 5, Casper (Carla Rodriguez); 6, Casper (Zoe Higgins); 7, Tom (Adèle Connor)
We would like to thank Shirley Squire for taking on the role of Chef de Piste and designing the course, Bastian as Technical Delegate, and all our competitors, judges, helpers and spectators. Special thanks to Pat and Zora for the use of their facility.
|Posted by TREC Ireland on January 28, 2019 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
West Cork TREC PTV Competition (Winter League Leg #3)
27.1.19 at Bantry Bay Pony Trekking
Many thanks to all who attended yesterday. We were lucky that the weather stayed fine until the last 20 minutes of the competition.
Thanks to all the people that helped build and put away all the obstacles and most importantly all the judges that gave their time to us competitors.
The course was technical and rode very well, Ellie Horgan (Chief de Piste) put time and effort into this with Bastain TD and Megan Davis Asst. TD.
Thank you to Georgia and her staff at Bantry Bay Pony Trekking.
Novice (Level 1)
1st - Spot (Maddie O'Sullivan); 2nd - Misty (Victoria Haffner); 3rd - Minty (Delilah Roberts); 4th - Girl (Majella O'Shea); 5th - Girl (Katie Cullinane); 6th - Cody (Aoife O'Shea)
Intermediate (Level 2)
1st - Flower Power (Marlina Posthuma Quirke); 2nd - Paris II (Siobhán Wolf); 3rd - Cookie (Judith Perrin); 4th - Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley); 5th - Polly (Frances Whooley); 6th Sia (Mary Creedon)
Advanced (Level 3)
1st - Paddy (Annie O'Neill); 2nd - Flora (Sandra Schmid); 3rd - Cookie (Judith Perrin)
|Posted by TREC Ireland on January 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
Kerry Trec Ptv and Speed Trec Competition 19 Jan 2019
1st Paris 2/ Siobhan Wolf 131
2nd Nugget/ Sheila Winters 129
3rd Penny/ Maunza Heidtke 117
4th Molly / Elaine Dolan Crowley 106
5th Polly / Frances Whooley 92
6th=. Merlin / Elaine Waters 56
6th=. Mikaela / Bridget Sheeran 56
1st Miley / Dave Finn 177
2nd Teddy / Phillippa Christie 174
3rd Jack / Claire Bunn 150
4th Skye / Liam Coughlan 149
5th Shelly / Norma Steele 139
6th Tom / Adele Connor 89
1st Molly / Elaine Dolan Crowley 2.03
2nd Nugget / Sheila Winters 2.06
3rd Penny / Maunza Heidtke 2.10
4th Paris 2 / Siobhan Wolf 2.24
5th Mikaela / Bridget Sheeran 2.32
6th Merlin/ Elaine Waters 2.38
7th Polly / Frances Whooley 2.49
|Posted by TREC Ireland on November 12, 2018 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
Level 3 - Advanced
1st - Paddy (Annie O'Neill)
Level 2 - Intermediate
1st - Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley); 2nd - Paris II (Siobhán Wolf); 3rd - Diego (Niamh O'Carroll); 4th - Flower Power (Marlina Posthuma Quirke); 5th - Goleen (Marlina Posthuma Quirke); 6th Lady (Tinso); 7th - Mikaela (Bridget Sheeran); 8th - Polly (Frances Whooley);
Not placed (out of competition) - Goleen (Bastian); Flower Power (Bastian)
Level 1 - Novice
1st - Clyde (Wayne Brealey);
Not placed - Frank (Linda Brealey)
We would like to thank our judges and helpers for their time today, and all our competitors, especially those waiting outside who got caught in the heavy downpours. Special thanks to Pippa for designing her first course, to our Technical Delegate Bastian, and also to Zora and Pat for the use of their indoor arena and facilities.
|Posted by TREC Ireland on October 14, 2018 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
West Cork TREC PTV Competition (Leg #4, Summer League 2018.)
Bantry Bay Pony Trekking, Hollyhill, Bantry, Co. Cork
14 October 2018
Sunday 14th October 2018 was the final leg of West Cork TREC’s Summer League. Less than a week after the country had got a battering from Storm Callum and subsequent days of wet and miserable weather, the dawn broke to reveal a calm and dry day, with morning sunshine promising some reasonably warm conditions for a day in mid-October (although the wind started to pick up in the early afternoon, and occasionally blew a little on the bitter side).
The first of the horseboxes began arriving at Bantry Bay Pony Trekking Centre shortly before 10.45am, followed by another and another, with the yard quickly filling up. Riders, judges and helpers began to move obstacles into their place around the arena, spacing out slalom poles, setting up the s-bend, jump, footbridge and the other obstacles, under the instruction from the chef-de-piste and the technical delegate.
The start of the actual competition was delayed, during which time the chef-de-piste gave a course walk and explanation of obstacles which was of great benefit for competitors who were new or inexperienced in TREC PTV obstacles.
After judges and assistants were allocated their obstacles, the first competitor entered the arena and we were off… The first two obstacles, the ridden corridor and slalom, were fast and some of the riders managed to get a nice canter through both. Control was required immediately after the slalom as the rider had to slow to a walk to negotiate the footbridge. Around the corner from the footbridge was the reinback, with some riders cantering from a standstill out of the reinback to pop over a jump. Skill and control was required here to gather the horse again for mounted immobility without passing through or beyond the circle. A knotted rope strung between 2 jump stands sufficed for a gate next. The method required to open the gate, move the horse through and close the gate again without letting go is more or less the same whether it be a rope or solid gate. However, this was a strange and new design for many of our equines and their riders to face, and was not without some refusals. The ridden S-Bend was next, with the rider dismounting to do the next three obstacles in-hand. The last of these three was the in-hand gate – without the previous drama as all the horses and ponies followed their riders quite happily through. Mounting from the offside was next, some riders having to think really hard about which foot to raise up to the stirrup. Once mounted, the rider took a diagonal line across the arena over the fake ditch, another obstacle newly introduced to our group’s indoor repertoire of obstacles, and it was not without a few problems. Riders had to turn sharply after the ditch to get back to the footbridge for a second time, followed by both the slalom and ridden corridor again, allowing for a quick turn of speed through to the finish line.
There was a break after the intermediate level riders had finished, allowing those judging to go and get their horses ready, and those who had just completed their competition had to put their horses away so they could judge the novice riders. The course was the same for both levels, though heights and widths of certain obstacles are adjusted to reduce the level of difficulty.
Once the last rider had finished their round, the course was dismantled and put away – many hands make light work as the saying goes. Shortly afterwards, the scorer announced the results, and rosettes were handed out accordingly. Group photographs were taken, and a steady rumble of horseboxes heading home commenced.
We hope everyone enjoyed the day and we would like to thank Bantry Bay Pony Trekking for the use of their lovely indoor arena, we are very grateful to be able to use their facility. We would especially like to thank Siobhán Wolf for taking on the role of course designer (chef de piste) for the first time and for challenging our riders, Bastian for being our technical delegate, and Jill as organiser/scorer.
Level 2, Intermediate class - 1, Flower Power (Marlina Posthuma Quirke); 2, Teddy (Phillippa Christie); 3, Cookie (Judith Perrin); 4, Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley); 5, Paris II (Siobhán Wolf); 6, Polly (Frances Whooley);
Level 1, Novice class - 1, Ellie (Sylvi Rigden); 2, Minty (Delilah Roberts); 3, Girl (Majella O'Shea); 4, Génie (Solenn Méleu); 5, Lucy Lucky (Richard Creedon); 6, Tom (Adèle Connor);
|Posted by TREC Ireland on October 7, 2018 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
LEINSTER TREC POR (Orienteering)
BALLINAGAPPA HOUSE STABLES
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7TH
Level 2A Individual – 1, Boynehall Benny (Sheaffe Monteith); 2, Robert (Ailbhe Gavin).
Level 2A Pairs – 1, Kal (Francis Whooley) and Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley); 2, Floss (Anna McCarthy) and Wombat (Keelan McCarthy).
Level 2 Individual – 1, Ross ML (Caroline Aragane).
Level 2 Pairs – 1, Jack (Katie Smyth) and Fanta (Rachael Smyth); 2, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke) and Rio (Natasha O’Rourke).
Level 1 Pairs – 1, Kleiner Onkel (Ulrike Schweder) and Sherry (Maria Schweder); 2, Wilson (Judi Goor) and Charlie (Katie Egan) and Tango (Tina Fagg); 3, Dan (Laura Filan) and Sparky (Eithne O’Kelly).
|Posted by TREC Ireland on October 4, 2018 at 3:40 AM||comments (0)|
NATIONAL PTV AND MA CHAMPIONSHIPS
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH
PTV Open Championship – 1, Paddy (Annie O’Neill); 2, Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack); 3, Templebready Poppy (Lorea O’Sullivan); 4, Strandhill Batman (Kirsten McCormack); 5, Lackagh Oscar (Kirsten McCormack); 6, April Raven (Rachel Harney).
PTV Intermediate Championship – 1, Shalamar Black Velvet (Jacinta Kinkade); 2, Ross ML (Caroline Aragane); 3, Regal Ivy (Celia Taylor); 4, Ballyclough Nugget (Sheila Winters); 5, Flower Power Diamond (Marlina Posthuma Quirke); 6, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke).
PTV Novice Championship – 1, Rio (Natasha O’Rourke); 2, Lackagh Castle (Kayleigh McCormack); 3, Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley); 4, Zaristo (Sheila Fuller).
MA Championship – 1, Strandhill Batman (Kirsten McCormack); 2, Ross ML (Caroline Aragane); 3, Ballyclough Nugget (Sheila Winters); 4, Templebready Poppy (Lorea O’Sullivan); 5, Paddy (Annie O’Neill); equal 6, Apache (Suzanne O’Rourke) and Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley).
D-TREC Open – 1, Robert (Ailbhe Gavin); 2, Lackagh Oscar (Kirsten McCormack); 3, Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack).
D-TREC Intermediate – 1, Cheyenne (Karina McVeigh); 2, Shalamar Black Velvet (Jacinta Kinkade); 3, Boynehall Benny (Sheaffe Monteith); 4, Ballyclough Nugget (Sheila Winters); 5, Regal Ivy (Celia Taylor); 6, Flower Power Diamond (Winfried Bastian).
D-TREC Novice – 1, Zaristo (Sheila Fuller); 2, Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley).
SPEED TREC Open – 1, Templebready Poppy (Lorea O’Sullivan); 2, Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack); 3, Robert (Ailbhe Gavin); 4, Paddy (Annie O’Neill); 5, April Raven (Rachel Harney).
SPEED TREC Intermediate – 1, Shalamar Black Velvet (Jacinta Kinkade); 2, Cheyenne (Karina McVeigh); 3, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke); 4, Paris II (Siobhan Wolf); 5, Ballyclough Nugget (Sheila Winters); 6, Ballyphilip Gold (Francis Whooley).
Non-Championships PTV Intermediate – 1, Cheyenne (Karina McVeigh).
Non-Championships PTV Novice – 1, Rio (Niall O’Rourke); 2, Bella (Colette Gaffey); 3, Song of Sixpence (Pauline Crosby).
Team PTV Championships – 1, Midlands TREC; 2, Leinster TREC A; equal 3, Leinster TREC B and West Cork TREC A.
|Posted by TREC Ireland on August 27, 2018 at 2:35 PM||comments (0)|
TREC IRELAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2018.
THE FIELD EQUESTRIAN CENTRE, CO LAOIS, SUNDAY JULY 22ND
Sunday, 22nd July dawned bright and clear as riders prepared themselves and their mounts for the TREC Ireland National Championships. The venue was The Field Equestrian Centre at Ballyadams, in Co Laois, with the kind permission of Robert Owens and Kenna Chapman. The Field EC was the perfect setting for the Championships, with its fantastic all-weather cross country course and its surrounding forestry and scenic countryside. Leinster TREC were the hosts and organisers.
As a National Championships, all three phases of TREC were to be included in the competition and Chefs de Piste were Leinster TREC’s Paula Donohoe and Marie Gallagher and Traceurs for the POR were Sheila Fuller and Margaret Lynch. TD for the Championships was Bambi Carroll of Turas TREC.
The day started off with the MA (control of paces). This was laid out on part of the all-weather track, a lovely straight level stretch, but with the challenge of some jump obstacles and water feature alongside! This caused a few swerves and breaks in pace for some but many horses got decent scores here, giving them a good start to the day.
On then to the PTV (Obstacle) part of the competition, with its 16 Obstacles, planned by Paula Donohoe and Marie Gallagher This section started in the grassy paddocks and then continued onto and round the all-weather track. An excellent mixture of Style, Pace and Timed Obstacles meant that both rider and horse skills were challenged appropriately for a Championships. Obstacles included the Hedge, Gate, Shamrock, Water Crossing, S-bend, Mounting, Immobility (Ridden and In Hand), Footbridge and a final gallop to the Tree Trunk for those who wished! Several of the Obstacles also had a related difficulty, such as walking through water, and here riders and their mounts had an opportunity to show the partnership combination which is part of the original test for TREC.
After that test, riders presented their horses for a checkup, then had a welcome break before the afternoon’s challenge of the POR (Orienteering). Levels on the day were 2A, 2 and 1, both Individual and Pairs and there was also a non-Championships class.
So - Hi-Viz gear was put on horses and riders, fly masks, fly spray, fly fringes all attached and all prepared for the hot day and for the Equipment Check. Riders then entered the Maproom, copied their maps and set off on their routes. With the help of Robert Owens, owner of The Field EC with his local knowledge & contacts, the Traceurs Sheila Fuller and Margaret Lynch had managed to put together routes with lots of off-road for all Levels, with some wonderful views, old castle ruins and a walk around a lake. Also to help with the heat, checkpoints were supplied with water for the horses. And as a final surprise and to cool off horses’ legs, the last section of the route for all horses and riders was to enter and walk through a shallow forest stream for the last 250m back to the venue and final checkpoint.
Safely back at the venue, horses could be cooled off at the washbay before a rewarding haynet and rest. From then on, it was the Scorers, Brendan Gavin and Ros Lynch who were the busiest, as they compiled the rider’s results from the various sections, adding points and subtracting penalties to find the winning combinations.
In the meantime, several presentations were made. A raffle took place for all helpers on the day, to thank them for giving so generously of their time. And presentations were made of horse/rider gear to Kirsten and Kayleigh McCormack, who will be representing Ireland at the Young Rider FITE Euromondial Championships in Italy in August this year.
Finally, the Results were out, the Championships places decided and the prize giving could take place. Trophies, rosettes & prizes from TREC Ireland were awarded to all who were placed in each class and a special crystal presentation prize was generously given by sponsor Patricia Foley of Ballyglass Farms to the winners of each class.
All who helped to make the day such a success were gratefully thanked and applauded and finally, tired but happy riders and horses made their way home to all parts of Ireland.
Level 2A Individual – 1, Strandhill Batman (Kirsten McCormack); 2, Robert (Ailbhe Gavin); 3, Gallarus Boy (Rosemarie Bryson).
Level 2A Pairs – 1, Regal Ivy (Celia Taylor) and Boynehall Benny (Sheaffe Monteith); 2, Ballycumber Blue (Katie Elwood) and Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack); 3, Piccolo Boy (Bobbie Ovington) and Polly (Siobhan Wolf); 4, Juno (Trish Young) and Ginger (Sonia Serramia Ruiz).
Level 2 Individual – 1, Ballyclough Nugget (Sheila Winters); 2, Amber Sky (Patrick Byrne).
Level 1 Individual – 1, Coolroe Gold (Diana O’Huid); 2, Kedra Hugo Boss (Liz Burbage); 3, West Joey (Louise Parkes); 4, Trigger (Ellie Horgan).
Level 1 Pairs – 1, Cedergardim Ocean (Siobhan Ovington) and Teddy (Phillippa Christie); 2, Kleiner Onkel (Ulrike Schweder) and Sherry (Maria Schweder); 3, Apache (Joanne Robb) and Ringo (Lauren Robb).
Non-Championship Pairs – 1, Ballyphilip Gold (Ann Little) and Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley); 2, Townend Lionheart (Chloe Brophy) and Rizzo (Sophie Crow); 3, Crosskennan Jethro (Ali Shields) and Zuko (Kerry Neill); 4, Maggie (Marissa Elliott) and Riley (Neil Kearns).
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Kilrussane, Knockraha, Co. Cork
23-24 June 2018
Level 3 Individual - 1, Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack); 2, Marty Zee (Bambi Carroll); 3, Winnie (Sandra Schmid);
Level 2A Individual - 1, Piccolo Boy (Bobbie Ovington);
Level 2 Individual - 1, Ballycumber Blue (Katie Ellwood);
Level 2 Pairs - 1, Ballyphillip Gold (Judith Perrin) and Polly (Siobhán Wolf); 2, Shady (Lucy Murphy) and Teddy (Phillippa Christie);
Level 1 Individual - 1, Trigger (Ellie Horgan);
Level 1 Pairs - 1, Kleine Onkel (Ulrike Schweder) and Casanova Kenry (Mags O'Riordan); 2, Walty (Samantha Payne Murphy) and Silver Spring Sia (Mary Creedon); 3, Cedargardim Ocean (Siobhán Ovington) and Lackagh Oscar (Helen McCormack); 4, Rocky (Maria O'Mahony) and Slieve Rushen Warrior (Shirley Squire);
Best POR - Kleine Onkel (Ulrike Schweder) and Casanova Kenry (Mags O'Riordan);
Best MA - Ballyclough Nugget (Sheila Winters);
Best PTV - Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack);
Best Young Rider - Trigger (Ellie Horgan);
West Cork TREC would like to thank our sponsors (Bluegrass Feeds, Dairygold, Equine Partnership, O'Briens Saddlery, Ryall & O'Mahony, Southern Farm & Fuel Supplies, Toymaster Ballincollig, Wolf Physical Therapy & Acupuncture Clinic, Zilco, and anonymous donors) for their generosity and lovely prizes. We would also like to say thank you to the Whooley family for the use of their farm as our venue for the weekend; to the local landowners for allowing us access across their land; to all the competitors and volunteers; and to the event officials Frances Whooley (Traceur), Adèle Connor (Chef de Piste) and Bastian (Technical Delegate).
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LEINSTER TREC – HORSEMANSHIP WEEKEND (16/17 June, 2018).
The excitement levels were high and the atmosphere was electric as a host of riders arrived on the Friday afternoon at Spruce Lodge EC in Co Wicklow for Leinster TREC’s very first Horsemanship Weekend, over the 16th and 17th June, 2018.
Organised by Caroline Aragane, the Keogh family’s wonderful facilities were perfect for the various training sessions throughout the weekend. A magnificent all-weather arena, part of which includes X-country obstacles and a water complex, was the principle centre of action. And for non-riding activities, a conference room for the scheduled talks and canteen facilities for refreshments on site were also provided. Furthermore, top class stabling for the horses meant that riders could have everything to hand for the whole weekend.
Day One (Saturday) started with riders being divided into 2 groups, according to their TREC level and skills, ready for their 1.5 hour session. One group went with Nicky Mummery (HSI Level 1 coach & biomechanics practitioner) to practice PTV Obstacles around the water complex while the other group accompanied Orlaith Delamere (HSI Level 2 coach and 2* Event rider) to the other half of the huge arena to polish up their flatwork and way of going.
Nicky’s first focus was on the riders’ position and the biomechanics of this in relation to the horse’s movement. After helping riders to make a few adjustments and also practicing how to ride a light seat, it was time to start the obstacles.
First was the Water Crossing, which was tackled by a confident horse ‘buddying’ one with less experience. This was a very successful technique and very rapidly all horses were happily striding through water by themselves with no hesitation.
Next came the Step Up, and again to build confidence, horses started with a small Step and then moved to a higher one, with no problems. On to the Ridden Drop next and at this point, some excitement began to creep in, with some horses doing it calmly whereas others clearly thought it essential to leap off! However, the calm atmosphere and lots of repetition meant that all finally took it in good style. Nicky’s reminder to ‘Look Up!’ was a frequently heard comment.
Next came the Hedge, with 2 pretty troughs of flowers underneath. But they were no problem to any of these horses, who all took the obstacle beautifully. And finally, on to the Ditch. This was approached in small steps again, to build confidence. The riders who wished to do it In Hand first were encouraged to have a go and then mount and try it Ridden. Others who were more confident or experienced tackled it straight away. By the end, all riders had successfully jumped over the Ditch and it was a great way to end the morning session on a high note.
Meanwhile, Orlaith had also started her group preparing for their flatwork session. She first asked how long each rider had owned their horse and also about the horse’s background. Then she checked on the riders’ position and contact through the reins, giving some correction and advice to each. As the lesson progressed, Orlaith encouraged riders to keep moving forward in a good rhythm, while keeping straight on the long sides of the arena and using a nice bend around cones placed at intervals. She also used plenty of transitions up and down through the paces, to help horse and rider keep their focus and improve their whole way of going, while all the time commenting and suggesting on how riders might help the horse go better. By the end of the session, it was noticeable how well the whole group were moving and the improvement in both horses and riders.
Everyone was more than ready for refreshments after that. Horses were comfortably stabled with their lunch while riders headed for the Canteen where Caroline’s Mother and her friend, Marion and Liz, and daughter Jess, had prepared a multitude of delicious sandwiches and cakes for all, which were eagerly devoured (Thank You!).
On then to the next session of the day I the Conference room, a talk by William Micklem, entitled ‘Going over the E.D.G.E.’. This 2 hour session, which flew by, was truly inspirational. Drawing on his life experience and using research and quotes from many reputable organisations and individuals, William summarised his findings into a simple acronym:
E= Enquiring – develop an enquiring mind, keep asking questions. Learn. Have a GO!
D= Demanding – keep stretching yourself. Have another GO.
G= Generous – cherish difference. Cherish your own skills. Have empathy. Have another GO.
E= Empowerment, the total of the above three together.
And many of those present thought his best quote was ‘Inch by Inch, life’s a cinch, yard by yard, life is hard’ and riders could be heard quoting this one to each other throughout the rest of the weekend, such was the impact of William’s excellent and motivational talk.
Back in the saddle then, for the afternoon sessions and this time the two groups swopped over, with Nicky taking the flatwork group from the morning to now work on their PTV Obstacles and Orlaith taking over the PTV group in order to improve their flatwork.
Serious faces and great concentration were observed as riders endeavoured to make the most out of these coaching opportunities, also inspired further by William’s lunchtime talk.
End of the day’s training, and tired horses and riders returned to stables to bed down (horses!). Riders refreshed themselves and then met up for a meal in Micky Finn’s Pub in Redcross village, where a Spanish Tapas night with delicious food and authentic live music was included in the weekend’s entertainment. And so to bed, ready for the next day.
Day Two (Sunday) started with Nicky’s group continuing with the TREC PTV Obstacles, this day including the Low Branches, the Slalom, One-Handed Figure of Eight and the S-bend. As before, all obstacles were tackled ‘step by step’ so that success was experienced at all times, many horses for example ending up cantering the Low Branches successfully. And during the session, horses once more had opportunities to refresh the previous day’s obstacles so the Water Crossing, Ditch and Hedge were also practiced. By the end of the session, confidence was really high with both horses and riders working as a team to successfully complete the obstacles, and the more experienced riders getting chances to tackle bigger obstacles as well.
Meanwhile, Orlaith’s group had moved on to a Jumping session with a large number of poles and jumps laid out around the huge arena. Following on from the previous day’s approach, steady progress was the order of the day to achieve success. Orlaith started with a series of trotting poles, either on a straight line or after a turn. As horses and riders got their eye in and rhythm developed, she progressed to working on turns into a jump followed by a dog leg to another. All done with trotting poles at first, followed very soon after by raising each jump to X-poles. This having been successfully jumped, Orlaith then made each into an upright, and it was really obvious how this steady approach led to success as each horse and rider confidently tackled the jumps and managed to cope with the dogleg turns. By the end of the session, the more experienced riders also had the opportunity to jump higher jumps, with cheers and yippees being heard after each successful clear, as onlookers and riders enjoyed their achievements.
On then again to another delicious lunch in the canteen. And this time the talk in the Conference Room was by Joe Tobin, Master Farrier, entitled ‘Your Horse’s Feet’. Joe has a wealth of experience and knowledge gained over 30 years and he also judges at the RDS as well as internationally. He brought along a collection of over 40 different horseshoes used for many purposes and explained how many could help the horse. He also had some sections of legs and hoofs and it was a revelation to actually see the inside structures in reality, rather than as a diagram in a book. Joe was a very entertaining speaker, who had a wealth of anecdotes gained over the years, and the time flew by as he answered many questions from his fascinated audience, who gratefully thanked him for his time and patience.
Finally, back in the saddle once more for the last session of the weekend. And as before, Nicky and Orlaith swopped groups and the afternoon sessions were a repeat of the morning’s ones, for the different groups. Despite the demands of the whole weekend, both horses and riders were still willing and able to find the energy to get the most out of their training. Even the weather co-operated and what had been some rain in the morning turned into a fine hot sunny afternoon to finish on a high note.
So the whole weekend ended with smiling faces and high spirits. Everyone had a great time and learned a huge amount, gaining in confidence and partnership with their horses. Sincere thanks go to Caroline Aragane and her family for organising a seamlessly perfect weekend for horses and riders, to the two trainers Nicky and Orlaith for their excellent coaching, to the two excellent speakers, William Micklem and Joe Tobin, and to the Keogh family for the use of their truly wonderful facilities at Spruce Lodge EC.
-- Sheila Fuller
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West Cork TREC Summer League leg #2
Bantry Bay Pony Trekking, Bantry, Co. Cork.
Novice - Level 1
1st Minty (Delilah Roberts); 2nd Spotty (Anna Sofie Haffner); 3rd Ellie (Sylvi Rigden); 4th Teddy (Karen Hickey); 5th Misty (Victoria Haffner); 6th Molly (Eileen Cronin)
Intermediate - Level 2
1st Flower Power (Bastian); 2nd Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley); 3rd Teddy (Philippa Christie); 4th Ballyphilip Gold (Frances Whooley); 5th Hazel (Kate Sheehan)
Congratulations to all the competitors for coming to our league event. Thanks to Bantry Bay Pony Trekking for the use of their facilities, to Megan as chef de piste, and to the judges, helpers and spectators for making this such a lovely TREC day out.
Our next event is our Midsummer event, which will be a 2-day, 3-phase event held over the weekend of 23/24 June at a lovely venue in Kilrussane, Glanmire, Cork, just off the M8 motorway. The first day is the POR (orienteering) phase, with routes through rolling countryside, quiet roads, forestry and local bye ways. The second day is for the MA (control of paces) and the PTV (obstacles) phases. Entries are being accepted for the full 2-day event or just a single day (choose either Day 1 or Day 2). Closing date has been extended until Friday 15th June. Please email [email protected] for the schedule.
We will not be able to run a Summer League event in July, but we shall be back running more events for the Summer League in August and September, so please keep an eye out on our Facebook page for news of upcoming events. We would also like to wish the best of luck to our members who will be travelling to compete in the TREC Ireland National Championships at The Field Equestrian Centre, Monascreeban, Co. Laois on 22nd July 2018.
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The beginning of a new season can be daunting in any equestrian sport and equally so in TREC. It is particularly difficult for riders hoping to move up the ranks to the higher levels. There are four levels beginning with the entry Level 1 with a maximum of 15km orienteering and 60cm jump height. At this level riders get a taste of what TREC is all about, spending lots of quality time with their horse and enjoying different parts of the countryside, while challenging their own and their horse's orienteering skills. Then moving on to level 2 where the distances and heights increase somewhat with slightly more technically challenging orienteering routes and PTV obstacles. There is a big leap from Level 2 to Level 3 and a rider moving up to Level 3 needs to be adept at using their compass and measuring distances both on their map and while riding their route on the ground. No mean feat !
This season TREC Ireland and Leinster TREC came together with a series of training events aimed at building rider confidence and helping riders move up the levels especially that challenging leap from Level 2 to Level 3. It started with an on foot day back in March facilitated by Niamh OhUid and Ailbhe Gavin where riders began to become acquainted with their compass and measuring distances and finding themselves on the map if they were "lost" ! This was without the added difficulty of being on the horse. This challenge came at the second training session at Coolmine Equestrian Centre this time facilitated by Bambi Carroll and Sheila Fuller. Here the horse was added into the mix. This gave riders the opportunity to put into practice what they had learned at the first session and discover areas that needed a little more work.
The third training session with Niamh OhUid and Diana O'Huid in April was around the Maproom. This is a critical time for the orienteering competitor who has a very limited duration in the Maproom to copy down their route from a master map onto a map which they will carry with them to find their way. If they don't get the route copied correctly or if they don't have enough time to copy the whole route they are lost before they begin !! There was an excellent turnout for this evening session where alongside nurturing Level 2 to Level 3 riders, riders new to TREC were also introduced to orienteering. There was a fantastic turnout of aspiring TRECCIES that evening.
The fourth step was to set riders the challenge of a competition, something which would not scare them off but build on that confidence which was increasing with each session. This was held at Loughway Stud in Timahoe at the end of April and Sheila Fuller set the routes guided by Gwen Bastien as TD. It was a very successful event with most of the Level 3 riders riding at this level for the very first time and nearly all of the riders new to TREC who attended the Maproom Training taking on the challenge of their first orienteering competition. Confidence was definitely building as riders were talking about entering the Open Championships at a higher level than they would normally ride !
Now it's on to the FINALE, the TREC Ireland Open Championships at Slieve Aughty in Loughrea, hosted by Turas TREC. Championship competitions are by nature much more challenging than a local competition so the bar is well and truly raised. Despite this there was lots of enthusiasm from riders now armed with new skills and there were riders from the training entering at all levels up to level 3 individual. Bambi Carroll and The Turas TREC team, guided by Adrian Flynn as TD, had truly challenging routes planned which were a delight to ride and lots of fun. This was also a lovely opportunity for riders from all the regions of Ireland and beyond (England, Scotland Wales and the USA) to come together and mix and mingle, sharing experiences and helping each other discussing difficult areas on the routes and more. ALL of the riders who attended the training were placed with some winning their classes and one of our Newbees to POR Ulrike Schweder came away with the Orla O'Reilly Memorial Shield for best Newcomer. Keyleigh McCormack came away with the Grangeclare Cup for the highest scoring Irish rider at level 3.
A truly successful Training Series !!