If the riding club calendar isn’t enough to satisfy your equestrian addiction, you might enjoy some non-riding club events:
St Patrick’s Day Show, Templemore
This annual event draws a huge crowd and is immensely popular. This year it runs as a non-registered event, making it more accessible than ever before. Bob and Mary Barrons at Templemore are always very supportive of our club activities so don’t be shy about turning out for their big day on Monday 17 March, beginning at 9am.
Trec Ulster PTV Championships and Drumlin Harriers Hunter Trials
Many of our members are familiar with the wonderful all-weather cross country course near Cootehill in Cavan, home of the ever-popular Drumlin Harriers Hunter Trials. This year’s hunter trials take place the weekend after Flowerhill on Sunday 13 April. Those of you who prefer top experience the amenities at a steadier pace and who might appreciate a school before Flowerhill should consider the Trec event on Sunday 30 March. Full details on the Donegal Trec website.
Donegal TREC will host a PTV (cross country obstacles) and Control of Paces day at Ballinacross Farm (Nixon’s Corner, Derry) on Saturday 14 September.
Riders will have a 90-minute practice session with the obstacles before riding a PTV competition track. This is a great opportunity to make use of nice canters through the stubble fields while raising funds for a good cause. The proceeds from the day will go to the winter feeding costs at Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary. Entry for the day €20. Please contact Orla for further information or to book in. The group would also love to welcome 3 or 4 volunteers to the team for the day. If you can help out, please get in touch. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Orla directly on 087 643 2458.
Although the local competitive riding club scene is quiet at present, there’s plenty of non-AIRC activity throughout the summer. Last weekend Louise and Christopher travelled as part of the Donegal representation to the TREC Ireland National Championships in Ross House Equestrian Centre in Cavan. They finished 2nd in the Level 1 pairs competition but that wasn’t the end of the story. Christopher was awarded the Grangeclare perpetual trophy for the highest scoring Level 1 rider while Hannah was expertly piloted by Louise to take second prize in the veteran horse class, just four points behind the overall winner.
As with any major event there are plenty of hurdles to overcome merely to get to the starting line. These championships were no exception and it was thanks to another of our members that the Donegal partnerships actually got to the competition. With Christopher’s jeep laid up on its sick bed and no van to be hired for love nor money, it was Audrey who came to the rescue, generously donating her jeep for the excursion. Some acts of generosity leave you speechless and Audrey has an endless capacity for pulling them out of the hat. What a friend!
Orla has been in touch to say that the closing date for Sunday’s TREC competition in Rathmullan has been extended to Wednesday 1 May. The day will include individual and pairs TREC competitions. Each class will comprise three phases; control of paces ridden in canter and walk over a distance of 150 metres, PTV obstacle course comprising 16 obstacles over a distance of 1–3km and a POR (orienteering) phase ranging in distance from 12km at level 1, 17km at level 2 and 24km at level 3.
Riders aged 12 and over may take part (under 16s wishing to take part in the orienteering phase must pair with a rider aged 16 or over).
1. Level 1 pairs (POR up to 12km)
2. Level 2 pairs (POR up to 17km)
3. Level 2 individual (POR up to 17km)
4. Level 3 pairs (POR up to 25km)
5. Level 3 individual (POR 25km)
Entry fee members: Full competition €30, non-members €35
POR (orienteering) only €17, non-members €23
PTV & CoP €17, non-members €23
The presentation of prizes on Sunday evening will be followed by a social evening, tickets for which must be booked in advance through event secretary. Contact email@example.com or 087 643 2458 to receive an entry pack.
On Friday we will have an “introduction to TREC” evening with Orla in Milford. Starting at 7pm, the activities will consist of a training session with a variety of trec PTV obstacles and CoP (Control of Paces). Riders will then ride a PTV track laid out as would be found at a competition.
Whether you’re striving for a straighter centre line in your dressage tests, better rhythm between the show jump fences or smoother communication on the cross country, the PTV skills are applicable so why not give it a try.
An optional added extra is a 30 minute introduction to maproom skills — perfect for anyone who has considered giving trec a try but is put off by the idea of map reading.
Please book with Orla by Thursday lunch time on 087 643 2458.
Orla has been in touch with a reminder that Donegal TREC will hold a three phase TREC training competition on Saturday 13 April in Milford. The joy of a training competition is that riders can practice all aspects of a competition while availing of back up and pointers from the stewards and coaches.
Contact Orla for full information on firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 643 2458.
Remember too that Orla is giving riding club members an introduction to TREC on Friday next, 12 April, at Cyril’s.
Donegal TREC will hold a POR (orienteering) practice competition on Saturday 16 February in Kilmacrennan. This is a Level 1 training route and suitable for newcomers to TREC. Entries are in pairs. Horses should be aged 4 or over. Minimum rider age is 12 years and riders under 16 must partner with an adult.
Entry forms are available from email@example.com. Entries should be made by Tuesday 12 Febuary and rider times will available on Thursday 14 Febuary via email or by phoning 087 643 2458 (8-9.30 pm). Entry Fee: Members €8, Non-Members €13
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 087 643 2458.
Donegal TREC moves from Bundoran further north on Sunday 9 September with POR (orienteering) and PTV (obstacle) training taking place in Milford. The training is suitable for all levels of riders and perfect introduction for those who have not tried TREC before as well as catering for riders with experience of TREC.
If you’re interested in participating, contact Orla on 087 643 2458.
Donegal TREC are hosting an introduction to TREC day in Bundoran on Saturday 8 September. The day is suitable for all levels of riders. It will be a perfect introduction for those who have not tried TREC before as well as catering for riders with experience of TREC.
Young riders interested in applying to join the list of potential candidates for the Irish team to compete in the European Young Riders Cup (2013) will have the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session following the training.
Entry fee TREC Ireland members €20, non-members €25, and on foot participants €5. Entries close 5 September.
Venue Stracomer Stables, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Please send entries and any queries to event secretary:
Orla O’Reilly, 1 Pound Street, Ramelton, Co. Donegal; 087 643 2458.