The White Horse TREC Challenge by Charles Irvine
BHS Wiltshire’s Alton Barnes TREC competition and UK TREC championship qualifier attracted a capacity entry on Sunday 22 June with riders from as far afield as Kent, Surrey and the Midlands. Hosted by White Horse Liveries for a second year the event saw success for local rider Donna Skinsley of Wilton who gained the most points overall of any rider winning the demanding Level 2 individual class.
Left: Level 1 winner Niki King and Tortuga
Right: Level 2 winner Donna Skinsley and Charmer
Courtesy: Steve Wall Equestrian Photography
There was further local success too in the level 1 individual class with the top three spots going to Wiltshire riders, Niki King of Swindon, Jayne Prestwick of Ogbourne St George and Judith Morris of Lacock. In the level 2 pair’s class, Margaret and Jon Lomas of Broughton Gifford secured a worthy third place.
This year also saw the introduction of a new ‘have a go’ class which challenged rider’s skills on the Control of Paces and the PTV obstacles. Wiltshire rider Tacye Ashford-Brown of Pewsey took top honours. The full results can be found at www.bhs.org.uk/enjoy-riding/bhs-trec
Qualifying riders now go forward to the TREC Championships of Great Britain being held in Banbury, Oxfordshire over the weekend 22 to 24 August.
We are of course very grateful to all our sponsors who donated prizes including; Agricentre, Countrywide, CT Equine Dentistry, Old Dairy Saddlery, Trotters Equine & Country store, The Rowde Cow, SCATS, Steve Wall Equestrian Photography and Wadswick Country Store. We would also like to thank all the local landowners who supported this event.
However this event would not have taken place without the ‘army’ of volunteers who gave up their time to steward and judge the competition. Co-organiser, Liz Keen said, “It was great to see so many enthusiastic helpers give up their day to promote the sport of TREC in Wiltshire”. Liz added her thanks to our hosts, White Horse Liveries. “Michelle Williamson and her team made us so welcome and put on a great BBQ which was much appreciated by riders and volunteers alike”.
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