Donegal Trec activities increase over the coming months

If you fancy trying out the equestrian sport of Trec, you’ll be glad to hear that Donegal TREC will hold a TREC skills training league over the autumn and winter months. The aim of the league is to give riders an opportunity to build their TREC skills or to try the sport for the first time.

The league will commence with an orienteering practice day at Nixon’s Corner, Derry. The routes will take riders on quiet farm trails, lanes, forestry and small amount of road work. The day will start with an information session for newcomers to TREC. Riders may choose to complete the Level 1 or Level 2 routes.  Level one will be ridden in pairs (riders under 16 must partner an adult) and the longer and more technical level 2 route may be ridden in pairs or individual. As this is a training day there will be with map reading available so it is a perfect opportunity to try out the orienteering phase of TREC.

The league will then focus on the PTV (obstacle) and Control of Paces skills with the competition, moving to Stracomer Stables (Bundoran), Lenamore and Templemore. Rosettes will be awared at each leg of the league, with overall prizes presented at the final.  Riders may compete with more than one horse with league points being awarded to the horse and rider combination.

League dates
Saturday 13 October – POR Orienteering at Nixon’s Corner, Derry
Saturday 20 October – PTV & CoP at Stracomer Stables, Bundoran
Saturday 3 November – PTV & CoP at Lenamore
Sunday 18 November – PTV & CoP at Templemore
Sunday 9 December –  PTV & CoP (League final) at Templemore

League classes
Class 1: Open (experienced TREC riders)
Class 2: Novice (new to TREC)
Class 3: Children’s,(ages 10 – 15)
Newcomers always welcome. All riders aged 12 and over may take part in the first leg of the league (orienteering) and riders aged 10 and over in the subsequent legs.

Conditions and cost
Minimum age for horses/ponies is four years of age.
It’s not necessary to be a member to take part as riders may avail of temporary insurance for the day. Entry fee €12 for members of TREC Ireland and €17 for non-members.

Entries and information
Please enter by the Wednesday before each leg so that times may be allocated to riders. For entry forms or further details please visit the Donegal Trec website or email donegaltrec@gmail.com or phone 087 643 2458.

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