Author: Amy Ransley

Anne Williamson

Anne, now sadly deceased, was a HUGE influence in getting TREC started in Scotland and kindly loaned her very talented event mare to get riders into the Senior and Young Riders teams to represent the UK in 2000 & 2001.

Special Awards 2022 – Results

Special Awards 2022 – Results

Congratulations to all nominees, runners up and winners in the TREC GB Special Awards 2022 which recognises the work of our Organisers, TDs, Traceurs, PTV course designers, Judges and Volunteers in running TREC events across the country. The results were very close again this year and the full list of finalists, runners up and winners can be found below.

The full list of nominations can be found here:

1. Best Summer TREC Venue

Winner: Welsh Championships, Llanthony

Runner Up: Grassroots Championships


  • Grassroots Championships
  • Marlborough Downs
  • Stourhead
  • Welsh Championships, Llanthony

2. Best Summer POR

Winner: Welsh Championships, Llanthony

Runner Up: Grassroots Championships


  • Grassroots Championships
  • Marlborough Downs
  • Stourhead
  • Welsh Championships, Llanthony

3. Best Summer PTV

Winner: Stourhead

Runner Up: Welsh Championships, Llanthony


  • Grassroots Championships
  • Marlborough Downs
  • Stourhead
  • Thornton le Moor
  • Welsh Championships, Llanthony

4. Best Saturday Night

Winner: Grassroots Championships

Runner Up: Deer Park


  • Deer Park
  • Grassroots Championships
  • National Championships

5. Best Winter Venue

Winner: Cheltenham RDA

Runner Up: Thornton House


  • Cheltenham RDA
  • Croft Farm
  • The Grange
  • LRAC Kenwick
  • Shuttleworth
  • Thornton House

6. Best Judges Hospitality

Winner: Grassroots Championships

Runner Up: Stourhead


  • Grassroots Championships
  • Stourhead
  • Thornton Le Moor
  • Welsh Championships, Llanthony

7. Best TREC Photo

Winner: We’ve Finished – photo by Victoria Adams Photography & submitted by Liane Robinson

Runner Up: The Beauty of TREC – photo taken & submitted by Kate Gillam


  • PTV Fun – photo taken by Paws for Thought Photography & submitted by Caroline Pederick
  • Somewhere over the Rainbow – photo taken & submitted by Dave Cromarty
  • Oh I do like to be beside the seaside – photo taken by Chris Gipson & submitted by Zoe Morton
  • Llanthony route checking – photo taken & submiteed by Cath Cromarty
  • Sit Tight – photo taken by Amy George & submitted by Helen Curley
  • Just Chillin’ – photo taken and submitted by Erica Thomas
  • That first cuppa – photo taken & submitted by Karen Butt
  • What a view! – photo taken and submitted by Lesley Lewis
  • Dreams do Come True – photo taken by NHMM Photography (France) and submitted by Kirsty Adams
  • Size doesn’t matter – photo taken by Harri Like & submitted by Cressy Murphy
  • Rain or Shine – photo taken & submitted by Hattie Abretti
  • This is fun! – photo taken by Andrew Youll & submitted by Tania O’Connell
  • Closing the gate – photo taken by Christopher Lee & submitted by Michelle Bowe
  • Level 3 Plotting grids – photo taken & submitted by Dave Cromarty
  • Say Cheese – photo taken & submitted by Charlotte Fleming
  • Happy Partners – photo taken by Tony Pays & submitted by Lucy Wild
  • The Beauty of TREC – photo taken & submitted by Kate Gillam
  • We’ve finished – photo taken by Victoria Adams photography & submitted by Liane Robinson

7. Best Volunteer

Winner: Sue Squirrell

Runner Up: Andy & Dave Chappell


  • Andy & Dave Chappell
  • Cath Cromarty
  • Helen Curley
  • Karen Butt
  • Mike Messenger
  • Sue Squirrell

    9. Unsung Hero

    Winner: Cath Cromarty

    Runner Up: Jess Wain


    • Cath Cromarty
    • Evie O’Keeffe
    • Jess Wain
    • Jill Perry


    owned by Marie Spillane

    Portia was the horse who got owner Marie Spillane started with competing in TREC in 2003. 

    Portia was an ex-racehorse who was a true all-rounder representing Pony Club and Riding Club at arena qualifiers and national championships in Eventing at novice level. Portia & Marie had a go at TREC after retiring her from Eventing. She took to the sport very easily and enjoyed several years competing at TREC before old age sadly caught up with her. She was super consistent at MA scoring full marks for canter and 15 plus for walk nearly every time. She often got one of the highest PTV scores too. She was a regular winner of winter series competitions. Portia & Marie’s best season was in 2008 where the pair won the Welsh, Scottish and British Championships as a level 2 individual. They followed this up with a win in the English level 2 individual championships in 2011 when she had to stand in at the last minute after Marie’s other horse went lame. 

    Maggie Robertson

    Maggie, together with her partner Rob, did a lot for TREC in the early days, including forming the SE TREC Group many years ago.

    They organised all of the routes for the twice yearly Tilford Riding Club TRECs and Maggie was promoting the sport.

    They also organised some events near where they lived in Surrey, one of which went through their fields with the PTV on the route.

    Additionally, they organised the English championships at Plumpton in 2004, with Rob spending several weekends building a staircase up and down a slope (which was still there a few years ago, when I last visited)

    They also provided on the foot training and even did one after dark, providing a barbeque afterwards. Maggie still runs On the Hoof themed rides in Surrey.

    Lily Langtree

    owned by Kate Gillam

    Lily has been a great TREC partner to owner, Kate Gillam for many years, with highlights including competing in the European Championships in Italy in 2018 where they tackled the fearsome1.40m brush jump in the photo with an invisible 1 stride landing before heading down a steep hill, made even more difficult as it was the first obstacle on the PTV. Kate’s most memorable moment from the trip however was during a practice orienteering ride earlier in the week when she rode to the top of an Italian mountain:

    “The shimmering, silvery view was breathless, spreading out over the mountains to the glistening sea in the distance far below. I was moved by both the splendour of vision and as I reflected upon the pretty horse that had travelled so far with me and who had become so much a part of my life.”

    With retirement coming earlier than expected, Lily will be remembered as a horse that always scored very well in PTV & MA, as well as being an excellent POR horse at top level. She has often been the only horse to jump a large or tricky obstacle at an event.

    Jupiter’s Gold (Moley)

    owned by Bob Cripps

    Moley is 28 years young and is now fully retired.

    In his TREC career he won the English L2 individual Championship in 2005 in Wiltshire, followed by a couple of years off recovering from a significant wound. We gradually built back his strength and in 2012 he won the L2 individual British Championship in Scotland. This was followed two years later in 2014 where we paired with Katie Holmes and the wonderful Fenn, to win the L2 pairs at the British Championship in Oxfordshire. Moley is such a kind and gentle soul, he adored TREC and was “renowned” for his ability to gallop the low branches and a super-fast PTV. In 2008 we were invited to participate in a TREC demonstration at Windsor Horse Show where he regaled the crowd with his fun loving antics.

    Cape Clear Casey

    owned by Mary Weston

    Casey is Mary’s 3rd TREC horse and this speedy pony has finally retired from TREC in the autumn 2022 at the grand age of 28. Casey and Mary were always fearsome competitors with amazing speed and dexterity, with their career highlight being winning the 2022 National Championships Level 2A individual class with a combined age of 103!

    Burgundy Boy (Bugsy)

    Owned by Anne Hand

    Burgundy Boy (known to everyone as Bugsy) came into my life as a just backed 4 year old off Exmoor. His TREC career started in 2004 as the guinea pig for a TREC judges course, my introduction to TREC, and his first competition.  From there we sped up the levels and competed at Level 4 from 2006 until 2014 and thereafter at Level 3. Living on the edges of Exmoor until 2013 meant that we had wonderful TREC training country. The highlights of his career were a top five placing in the Level 4 National Championships in Pembrokeshire in 2007 and reserve Level 3 champion on home territory at Treborough in 2018. Other than TREC, he was a fixture on many riding club dressage, show jumping and eventing teams, and had a presentable collection of British Dressage novice and elementary points. He loved his work but was happiest bowling along on a loose rein on a POR. He always knew the way back to his trailer wherever it was parked, which was useful on the occasions when I had lost the plot with my map.

    His breeding was a mystery on his dam’s side, although his sire was a full thoroughbred racehorse from whom he inherited his weak and flat front feet.  There was definitely naughty pony and a bit of Arab in his mix. His TREC career would have been more illustrious if only he could have been kept sound more consistently. It says a lot for his big heart and cheeky character that he was still enjoying dressage, jumping and fun rides (albeit on good going) almost to his 25th birthday. We did not quite make a combined age of 100 but he gave me 21 years of fun and companionship and always tried so hard to do his best at everything.

    Brilyn Bashful Barney

    owned by Sarah Thurnell

    Barney has shown throughout his twenty year TREC career that small ponies with adults can compete with (and beat!) the full sized horses. His character and soundness have carried him to GB Championship wins and successfully from Level 2 through to Level 4. He is a great ambassador for tough native ponies ridden by adults enjoying TREC.

    Barney joined the Thurnell family in 2001 as an extremely nervous seven year old Welsh Section C. He competed at Level 2 and 3 initially in pairs classes, gaining confidence from his much larger horse pair. At only 13 hands and ridden by adult Sarah, he was expected to do everything the big horses did despite his small size.

    Barney continued to grow in experience and confidence and won, and competed at, numerous GB Championships from 2002 onwards, including Level 4 individual and night sections. He was placed 5th in the Level 2a class at the 2019 National Championships, his most recent competition aged 25. He has covered more than 1000km in TREC events and only retired once, after losing a shoe in a boggy river. A cheeky legend in his own lifetime, he is often the smallest pony at the vetting. He knows all the PTV obstacles and most of the judges personally.

    Zara Lawlor

    Zara has been instrumental in setting up and growing Wessex TREC Club. She continues to be an active member of committee, a TD and Trainer of Judges, giving her time generously to train new TREC judges. Zara is also an enthusiastic competitor and is always encouraging to her fellow competitors, volunteers and organisers.