Despite the fact that the BHS is no longer the awarding body for the sport of TREC (now managed by TREC GB), there is continued recognition for how valuable the skills required can be to any horse and rider.
To that end, BHS Northumberland continues to offer training to riders wishing to strengthen the partnership with their horse and develop their skills.
Recently, on what turned out to be one of the wettest days of the year so far, we converged on committee member Jools Howard at the BHS Approved High Plains EC.
High Plains is the perfect venue, offering a range of natural hazards and obstacles, including water, ditches and banks, in a picturesque and safe, enclosed setting.
It was busy from first thing until late afternoon with our three coaches, BHS Northumberland Safety Officer Sue Whicker BHSII, BHS Cleveland Chair Jill Horseman BHSAI and Regional Manager Wendy Suddes BHSII SM working simultaneously, each with four riders.
After five sessions each - and a thorough soaking - we are pleased to report that there were still smiles all round!!
BHS Northumberland Events and Education Officer Fiona Gough said, "Almost sixty horse and rider combinations were unanimous in their praise for the day".
"Everyone felt it was a very worthwhile experience and I am confident that horses and riders returned home, better for the experience", she added.
We hope to repeat an event of this type both at High Plains and at other venues around the region. Please let us know if you know of a suitable venue near you.