October 5th saw the very first RS Tor Rider Safety Aid winter TREC kick off the season at Coxleigh Barton near Barnstaple much to the delight of the Devon riders who attended. This was the first competition in the country to be run under the new rules set out by TREC GB the new governing body of the sport. (Previously the sport was looked after by the BHS)
The new rules didn’t take much getting used to and riders at the lower levels benefitted from the fact that some of the obstacles now have easier dimensions then previously and as a result there were some very high scores.
This event provided three affiliated classes: Newcomers, Intermediate and Open, with Suzy White and Cherry being the very first winners taking the newcomers class, Anna Ames was second. The Intermediate class was won by Gina King and Doblon with Jenny Plastow in second. Whilst Yolande Ifold took the top three places in the Open class – winning with her late husband’s very special veteran – Farley Jambo who is now 27 years young.
As well as the serious classes there we also some fun classes – the Starter class – aimed at horses and riders who have never competed at TREC before this season. This class was won by Helen Prentice with Glenda Bailey second both first timers at the sport. A pairs class won by Jenny Palstow and Anna Ames with Gina King and Julie Brand in second. However, THE most fun class of the day was surely the Top Score – based on the show jumping principles where riders can pick their own course and try to score as many points as possible in 3 minutes. This class was won by Kathy Whitehead.
As part of the sponsorship of the series RS Tor Rider Safety Aid are nominating “Riders of the Month”. Selected riders will have the opportunity to use an RS Tor Rider Safety Aid for one month to see how they get on with it. The RS Tor was developed by George Gorman to help the rider in an “unexpected” moment to retain their balance and more importantly remain on their horse.
The first “Rider of the Month” was young rider Faith Anderson from Bovey Tracey. Faith started competing “properly” in TREC in 2014 coming 7th in the Level 2 pairs championships of Great Britain riding her Grans’ pony Brimble. Brimble is 20 year old Welsh Section D who has competed in TREC for many years but she is an incredibly strong and keen ride. Faith has come on really well with the pony but still remains a bit of a nervous rider especially when it comes to jumping. Faith is hoping that the RS Tor will develop her confidence and allow her to work towards her goal of being selected for the young rider team when she is old enough (16).
TREC Southwest second winter event in this series was on November 2nd at Coxleigh Barton and attracted even more entries. The day started with the “starter” class and was won impressively by Helen Prentice and her Morgan Celeste ahead of Maryln King and Romeo. The first RS Tor affiliated class – the Newcomers was the largest of the day and the winner was Vanessa Warren and Domino who had travelled from the Quantock area. Vanessa finished ahead of Helen Prentice (Celeste) and the October winner Suzy White and Cherry.
The fun pairs class sae Vanessa Warren team up with Gina King (the event organiser) to win the pairs ahead of Helen Prentice and Yolande Ifold. The latter pair were riding horses that were mother and daughter – probably a first in the sport.
The other two affiliated classes in the RS Tor series saw another win for Vanessa Warren in the Intermediate who finished ahead of Julie Brand and Smilie. Whilst, once again, Yolande Ifold took the top three places in the Open. This time Monnington Showbiz finished just ahead of the ever green Farley Jambo.
A full list of the results can be found at www.trecsouthwest.com
TREC Southwest have a full diary of winter dates if you are interested – the next event is a fun Christmas event at Mullacott near Ilfracombe. Followed by training near Ivybridge in Januaray and a competition at Duchy College; Bicton college and Half Moon Stud, Dorset in February and Coombe Park in March. For more details please go to the website.
Further RS Tor events are planned across the country – for more details please look at www.trecgb.com