Sue Lee's story on her introduction to TREC to riding for the GB team
MEET A TRECCIE - SUE LEE
My first TREC experience was at an Indoor winter TREC at my local riding club. Having absolutely no idea of what it entailed, I did know that all obstacles were optional and mainly done at a controlled pace. This seemed a fabulous place to take my recently broken TB x mare , Daisy. Very tense, cold backed with some pretty scary, explosive episodes, I wasn't expecting to stay aboard very long let alone go back for more! Fortunately broncing throughout the canter in the COP phase meant we ended up with a very slow canter and we scored well. I was also made to feel very welcome and encouraged to try a few more by the lovely lady, Heather Lucas.
My previous horsey life had centred around Mounted Games so the full summer TREC competitions complete with very sociable weekends away felt like I has found a great new sport. Having struggled to navigate my way round Tesco, I managed to find a couple of POR training days to help me prepare for my first individual competition.
With some trepidation (and a fluorescent pink bridle so I could be found if I got lost!) I found myself in mid wales and after a bit of help from other competitors managed to chalk up a win at my first L2 individual.
A few weeks later I found myself at the GB championships and managed a creditable 4th at that level and was part of the winning nations cup team.
Always ambitious, I was taken under the wing of experienced TRECcie Izzy France and competed as a pair at L3 that next year. Along with winning the league and the GB championships that year, I also took 10 years experience from Izzy, for which I will always remember, and set my sights on L4 and a GBR team place the year after.
I was invited to join to join the GBR development squad and benefitted from further training and mentoring and was unlucky to narrowly miss put on a place on the Team for 2012. For the next team event, our own horses were used and a different qualification criteria used. After a good couple of seasons using some super horses I achieved my goal of representing my country with Daisy at the European Championships in Italy 2014. The next goal is to not only represent my country again, but drive towards a medal position in both team and individual capacity.
I love TREC. As a newcomer to the sport in 2009, I have been encouraged and helped in a way rarely found in other equestrian disciplines. I have been all over the UK and Europe riding in places I had not imagined and gaining some amazing experiences. I continue to train out of my comfort zone in all aspects of TREC which has also helped me achieve great success in Dressage with Daisy (competes at Advanced Medium), very far removed from those first crazy competitions! So my advice is give it a try, you never know where it might take you.