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Treccies in the Firing Line

5 Aug 2012

Wiltshire BHS Fun Combined TREC training event saw novice competitors take on the challenge of a POR (orienteering) phase over part of the Army’s Salisbury Plain Training Area at Everleigh on an unexpectedly warm and sunny Sunday in August.

Horse negotiating BHS TREC 'S' Bend

 

 

A rider tackles the 'S' Bend at
Checkpoint 1

 

Wiltshire BHS Fun Combined TREC training event saw novice competitors take on the challenge of a POR (orienteering) phase over part of the Army’s Salisbury Plain Training Area at Everleigh on an unexpectedly warm and sunny Sunday in August.

As part of Wiltshire’s initiative to introduce TREC to the wider riding community this event followed on from an earlier classroom based map reading course and was intended as a practical training event allowing riders to test their newly gained navigational skills over a mixture of open downland and woodland – but with a twist. At each POR Check Point they were asked to test their horse riding skills to successfully negotiate a TREC obstacle. Horses practising TREC obstacle

Although some competitors did admit to being ‘geographically challenged’ once or twice all successfully completed the 12km route and said how much they had enjoyed the experience. The winner overall was Tacye Ashford-Brown from Pewsey closely followed by Kathy Neville from Abingdon in second place and Wendy Bridger from Devizes in a close third. 

Crossing the Bridge

Our thanks however must go to our volunteer stewards and judges without whose help we could not have run this event and to the Army’s team at Landmarc, in particular Bill George, for allowing us to use the Salisbury Plain Training Area and to Mr David May of Linden Farm, Everleigh.

BHS Wiltshire will be running a TREC map reading course on Saturday 3 November.  See diary dates on the Wiltshire website page

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