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Senior Riders – Jo McCormac



Horse’s name ,age and breed.

Dubh, 17yo TB cross.

Horses history, how did they end up being a superstar TREC horse!

Dubh got dragged into TREC when my pony was unable to go to the World YR Champs in Italy. She had 2 weeks to be introduced to the entirety of the discipline and prepare to compete abroad, with just one competition under her belt – a very rainy stint at the Welsh Champs. Dubh was a fit endurance horse, too mad to do TREC, so it was quite the
adjustment. Still very much a work in progress, she has great potential when we can contain her excitement, she did a fantastic job in Italy so we are going to keep plugging away at it, she has been out a fair bit attending the Winter Series and this has helped her hone her skills.

How did you get into the sport of TREC?

Honestly no idea! I remember always wanting to get into it but couldn’t do it on Dubh, the mad ex-racehorse, as she’s downright insane at the best of times. When I got Tia my old pony, I got into the sport quickly with her, entering straight in at 2A/3 and attending the Young Rider European Champs in our first year competing in TREC and first year together – when she was unable to attend the Italy Champs in 2018 Dubh got dragged in as a back up.

What do you love about the sport?

I love the camaraderie. It really is second to none. I have competed in many disciplines for both pleasure and work, and nothing is as friendly and supportive yet competitive as TREC – people are keen competitors but are still welcoming and friendly, a pretty unique combination! My closest friends are ‘Treccies’ and the support network you can gain through TREC is just incredible, proven to me when I got a nasty bout of appendicitis at the National Champs in 2018 and offers of help flood in from people I knew well, and even those I’d never met. You won’t find a nicer bunch of people!

What is your favourite Phase and why?

POR, it has to be. I have an obsession with all things map, so combining horses and maps and adventuring is heaven for me. Exploring new areas is so exciting and the terrain so varied, it’s different everywhere you go and you really never know what is round the next corner! I love how at its simplest, you are going for a varied interesting ride with your horse; and yet at its extremes it requires extreme physical and mental stamina, precision, accuracy, skill, and the ability to do all of the above while controlling a half tonne animal with their own free-will! The buzz you get from it is exhilarating, after a post-POR nap of course.

What advice would you give some one wanting to get into the sport?

Offer to help or attend events to watch – the Winter Series is a good way to understand the rules and meet people when there is less pressure around, and help is always appreciated. Everyone is approachable and wants to get more people involved in TREC – so just be brave and ask people questions.

And the one moment of TREC you will never forget!

Crossing the finish line in Italy at the World Young Rider Champs on my super special horse Dubh. Tears of joy and extreme pride. Competing for GB on an ex-racehorse that was bought for tuppence as a dangerous project, that was written off by vets in 2015 due to varying health issues, who I spent 2 years slowly rehabilitating to return to work to then be taken out to Italy with next to no preparation but still gave it her all and did it in style finishing 2nd highest Brit. That is a feeling that will stick in my head forever.

Senior Riders – Lynne Mabbitt

GB Trec 2015 shoot

Name  Lynne Mabbitt

Junior or senior Rider Senior

Occupation   Semi retired

Horse’s name, age and breed    Jigsaw 19 years Crossbred

Alaska 7 years Appaloosa cross

Horses history, how did they end up being a superstar TREC horse!

Jigsaw was taken into possession via the RSPCA as a 3 year old with a yearling foal at foot.  Neither her foal nor a 3rd horse taken at the same time survived. Jigsaw came to me as an unbroken 4 year old a year later and it was clear after the first couple of TRECs that I did with her that she had the potential to be a really good TREC horse. She`s generally very well behaved,  chilled, good at looking after herself (and me) and careful where she puts her feet

Alaska bought via Preloved as a 5 year old, still very much a work in progress!

How did you get into the sport of TREC?  Officiated at the English Championships local to me back in 2002 and amazed at the antics of the various competitors but impressed with how well behaved most of the horses were. Did one competition as a pair the following year and loved it so much signed up the following weekend for another.  I`ve been hooked ever since.

What do you love about the sport? That we get to go to some amazing places and ride some wonderful routes, combined with the technical challenge of getting the POR route correct.

What is your favourite phase and why? Has to be the POR, the more technical the better even if my score decimated as a result.

What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the sport? Go for it. It`s very addictive

And the one moment of TREC you will never forget!  Switching my brain off at the end of a European Cup Competition in Germany.  Consequently I failed to take a right turn and ended up wandering around a German town that was off the edge of my map,  leading my hired horse and  trying to find my route back to the venue!

Senior Riders – Kate Gillam


Computer programming

Horse’s name, age and breed.

Lily Langtree, 13 Irish Draught Sports Horse

Horses history, how did they end up being a superstar TREC horse!

I went to see a locally bred thorough-bred horse for sale at a farm a couple of miles from home. It ditched me in less than 30 seconds with violent bucks (I heard later that it had an abscess in his hoof), meanwhile Lily was watching the episode, wide-eyed and innocently over the stable door. I loved her beautiful white spots set against dark steel grey, a little rocking horse that I thought I could never hope to own; 30 minutes later I was loading her into my horsebox and taking her on her first trip towards TREC. Actually, she was beyond my price range, so I had agreed with the farmer to ‘ride her on’ as she was 4 years old and had just returned from being backed. Several months later it was obvious I should buy her and soon took her to her first TREC competition; I was appalled by her silly behaviour, spooking at every coloured thing available and so I returned to riding club, dressage, show-jumping and eventing, but several years later when we both ‘grew-up ‘ a bit (not much), I decided to return to TREC and so here we are today, 7 or so, years later.

How did you get into the sport of TREC?

It was mentioned in Riding Club AGM as a new sport in UK and described as “games for grown-ups”, “you gallop flat out beneath low branches and there is bending”. I was awoken from my reverie, happy memories of riding as a child in the Prince Phillip Cup team in Pony Club, always trying for the elusive Wembley, came flooding back. Games, a new sport, I was already forming ideas of getting into the team and re-living childhood fun.

What do you love about the sport?

In actual fact, although the games are what appealed to my early imagination, it is the riding across new landscapes, the exploration and the journey that I most enjoy. I love the connection and dependency that is built between horse and rider and the long weekends away together.

What is your favourite Phase and why?

Orienteering, as stated above, I love riding across new landscapes and visiting new places around our beautiful country; plodding down ancient by-ways, fleeting across hillside and mountain, listening in silent old woodlands. On the ancient tracks I think about all the many people who have ridden or walked the route over the years, the many footsteps, how the rocks are worn and what their stories are.

And the one moment of TREC you will never forget!

The first weekend away with Lily, it was a warm night and I had slept in the horse box with the top flap above the side ramp open. In the morning I was able to walk out from my “bedroom” by simply pushing down the ramp into Lily’s coral. I shall never forget the look of total astonishment and wonder on Lily’s face, she just seemed so bowled over by the fact that I was in her ‘horsebox’ and so close at hand. She is such a sweetie.

Senior Riders – Liz Davison

Photo courtesy of Steve Wall



Horse`s name, age and breed

Indy 18 years Welsh/TB

Horse`s history, how did they end up being a superstar TREC horse

We have tried lots of different riding disciplines. In 2009 we tried TREC and the rest is history!

How did you get into the sport of TREC?

Bowland TREC group`s “Cartmel Camp” great riding out, training and fun 2009

What do you love about the sport?

It`s a friendly sport

Riding and exploring lots of new places

“A weekend away” I love watching all the different types of horses that take part, it`s such an inclusive sport

What is your favourite phase and why?

Difficult to choose…  POR – spending a “few” hours riding and exploring

PTV – exciting stuff and interesting challenges

What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the sport?

“Give it a go” – try a TREC camp or training day, help judge at a competition and watch what goes on.

And the one moment of TREC you will never forget?

Lots of great TREC moments – White Horse TREC Group Woodhouse Farm TREC 2015 competition – challenging POR with amazing views, great social and BBQ, challenging PTV and our first L4 competition

Senior Riders – Caitlin Crossley

Photo courtesy of Steve Wall

Occupation  Hospital Porter

Horse’s name, age and breed  Adamfield Flashlight, 10 y.o. Dales Pony

Horse`s history, how did they end up being a superstar TREC horse!
We bought Flash as a 4yo from his breeder, where he had been returned after becoming unmanageable in his previous home. He was my first proper pony as a 13 year old, and he has always needed a job to occupy his mind- TREC seems to be that perfect job! We entered our first TREC competition as a L1 pair with my riding instructor in 2010. We then competed 2 seasons as a Level 2 pair, and have been riding as an individual at level 3 and 4 for 4 years now. Flash is a very chilled out pony who takes everything in his stride, but there is nothing he loves more than exploring new places at speed!

How did you get into the sport of TREC?
My instructor has competed in TREC for many years and thought it would be a good education for both me and my young pony to enter a competition. It was especially helpful because I worked for her as an assistant ride leader and a lot of the skills learnt through TREC are transferrable to this. I was hooked on the sport from then on and haven’t missed a season since.

What do you love about the sport?
I think the independence of the sport is fantastic, it allows both you and your horse to show off ability across a wide range of skills, and demands a good partnership between horse and rider, something I have always been interested in. The people who compete in TREC are generally very friendly and encouraging, and the competitions become like a little holiday, where you meet the same people all over the country.

What is your favorite Phase and why?
My favourite phase is the POR because it allows you to ride in places around the country which you wouldn’t otherwise visit or be allowed to ride across. I prefer POR to the other two phases as it allows me to spend a lot of time on my pony, which I love, but also time to think through decisions without so much time pressure.

What advice would you give some one wanting to get into the sport?

Start riding TREC as a pair so that the POR and map reading isn’t daunting. I would also recommend arriving at the venue with time to take an OS map and go for a walk around the area to get your bearings, if you know where home is on the map its much more comforting when you are out on the POR!

And the one moment of TREC you will never forget!

When competing in the European Young Riders Championships in
Holland this year I was determined not to knock off any branches on the low branches…I therefore went very low down Flash’s neck…so low in fact that I ended up on the floor!

Senior Riders – Caroline Brammer

Name Caroline Brammer

Occupation. Clinical Oncologist

Horse’s name, age and breed

Maisie : 10 yo Welsh cob section D

Jingo: 12 yo Highland/Connemara Cross

Horses history, how did they end up being a superstar TREC horse!

Maisie was bred by a good friend, but unfortunately shortly after Maisie was broken-in, my friend had a nasty accident which led to her decision to give up riding. Maisie then had a comfortable life as a companion horse for a few years but her breeder realised that Maisie was too special not to be worked, so Maisie came to live with me to be brought on, initially with the intention of being trained as a pony club horse for my daughter. Maisie needed to be rebroken after her extended holiday and it soon became apparent that she was a little too spirited for Louisa, but was great fun for me so she joined our family. I was looking for a horse for TREC and Maisie seemed perfect. She is sure footed and sound for the POR and has a great jump being bold but careful . She learns quickly and progresses month by month in her training.

Jingo is Louisa’s my daughter’s horse. He is solid as a rock if rather cheeky and a highly skilled escapologist (not so great for corals as he can jump out from a standstill ). He is very bold having evented at BE 100 and cannot be overfaced when jumping. He is not built for speed but has stamina in bucketfuls . I’m allowed to borrow Jingo when Louisa is working for her GCSEs.

How did you get into the sport of TREC?

We moved to Telford in 2000 and was lucky enough to get to know Heather Lucas ( who we miss greatly) who was in the process of founding the Mercia TREC club. I have always enjoyed orienteering as well as horse-riding so TREC was a natural fit for me.

What do you love about the sport?

I love TREC because it is all inclusive. You can compete with any horse as long as it is sound. All breeds have strengths and weaknesses so any horse can be a TREC horse. For some you need to concentrate on the endurance elements, others on the technical obstacles, but all can excel with a bit of training.

Plus my fellow competitors are a great crowd which always means a fun weekend away when at competition.

What is your favourite phase and why?

I’m a map geek so I love the POR. As well as the orienteering challenge I love being out experiencing the countryside in partnership with my horse.

What advice would you give some one wanting to get into the sport?

Don’t be afraid of the map. Go out of your regular rides with a map to familiarize yourself the features and then take it from there, also join your regional TREC club for friendly encouragement and advice.

And the one moment of TREC you will never forget!

The dew forming while dawn was breaking in the woods on the Centaure in France (night-time POR) – Magical. Followed by actually coming in to a ticket

Senior Riders – Jackie Bennett

Name  Jackie Bennett

Junior or senior Rider   Senior

From Derbyshire

Occupation   I work full time running the family garage business my father started 47 years ago

Horse’s name, age and breed  Bradley, 20,  Irish draught x Latvian. 16.1hh

Horses history, how did they end up being a superstar TREC horse!

Bradley came to me as a very green 6 year old after my world horse welfare  horse went lame. He had been bred to show jump but did not excel in that field. It has been a long journey to get Bradley to where he is now but he loves his sport. He enjoys the POR, knows his job on the MA and loves the diversity of the PTV. Hard work and determination has got Bradley where he is and I wouldn’t change anything about him,

How did you get into the sport of TREC?

I saw a TREC training day advertised in the BHS magazine with a short write up of what it was. It was ran by two ladies Sarah and Fiona Thurnell at Flash in Derbyshire. I took my two World  Welfare horses for a friend and I to have a go. Loved it and was totally hooked,

What do you love about the sport?

What is there not to love? The challenge of the POR, the schooling required for the MA and the fun of the PTV. The camaraderie of competitors and the flexibility of being able to compete at the level you are comfortable with pushing yourself as much or as little as you want and suiting any and every horse out there.

What is your favourite Phase and why?

Has to be the PTV. The best fun you can ever have on a horse

Photo by Emily Corcoran

What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the sport?

Get out there and have a go. Pairs, individuals, whatever you want. It’s a brilliant sport open to anyone and everyone.

And the one moment of TREC you will never forget!

A poor pen choice in the map room at my first international competition the European Championships, Austria 2010. The route as good as disappeared from the map but I still got around. I realised how much I had learnt and how far I had come.

The PTV in Segovia at the World Championships in 2016. Brilliantly put together course and an absolute blast to ride around.

Covid-19 Update – Indoor Schools

Covid-19 Update – Indoor Schools

Currently all TREC insured events, including Winter Series Arena Competitions, must take place out of doors.

TREC GB wishes to remind all Organisers that they must comply with this guidance for their insurance to be effective.

It has been confirmed that in England, fully enclosed indoor riding schools are considered ‘indoors’, and their use is not currently permitted for ‘Organised Sporting Events’.

To be classed as ‘outdoors’ more than 50%of the wall area must be ‘open to the elements’ and these arenas may be used without restriction.

The current situation is expected to remain in place until 12th April at the earliest.


Chris Paine

Chair of TREC GB

New Equitoolz Modules now available

New Equitoolz Modules now available

TREC GB have developed two further free information assignments, entitled ‘Competition Levels’ and ‘TREC Overseas and International’, to encourage riders to compete in TREC and motivate them to go further.

‘Competition Levels’, including an article from the Isle of Man, gives an overview of the levels within TREC and is intended to provide information which we hope will encourage everyone to go further within our great sport.

‘TREC Overseas and International’ gives a more detailed insight on everything you need to know to prepare for a TREC competition abroad and hopefully encourage riders to achieve the ultimate in competing as an International Rider.

Both modules are available to members and non-members of TREC GB.

Please follow the link below to the Equitoolz site to access the TREC GB modules and so much more.

Equitoolz also offer free courses on the following, with more being added all of the time.

  • BETA body protector information
  • Emergency removal of horseshoes
  • First aid
  • Horse first aid
  • Parasite control
  • Safeguarding awareness
  • Road Safety
The Great TREC GB Spring Challenge 2021

The Great TREC GB Spring Challenge 2021

As we move forwards towards Spring, the days get warmer and longer and we begin to think of our preparations towards potential Summer Competitions. TREC GB would like to invite you to join our Spring Challenge.

The Great TREC GB Spring Challenge provides a range of challenges, both ridden and non-ridden, horsey and non-horsey to help to motivate you in these times of uncertainty.  The Spring Challenge has also been designed to work with our Affiliated TREC Clubs so that any events they have put on in the Challenge period will be eligible and can be included in your goals.

How does it work?

The Great TREC GB Spring Challenge has 4 challenge levels which can be completed either ridden or walking/running/cycling (for those who don’t or can’t ride):

Level 1: Hack out (or walk/run/cycle) for at least 1 hour per week

Level 2: Hack out (or walk/run/cycle) for at least 2 hours per week

Level 3: Hack out (or walk/run/cycle) for at least 3 hours per week

Level 4: Hack out (or walk/run/cycle) for at least 4 hours per week

Select the level you wish to do and commit to that number of hours per week throughout the challenge.

In addition to the basic levels above, we invite you to select 10 challenges from the Challenges list to be completed over the 10 weeks of the Spring Challenge. If you wish to choose more challenges, you are more than welcome to!

Join us on our Facebook Group, introduce yourself and your horse, if you have one, and the challenge level you have selected. The Facebook Group is there to help you with motivation and encouragement towards your goals – your own support team from fellow Treccies!

As you progress through the challenges, keep a record of them on our Tracker sheet and, when completed, send it in to All completed Tracker sheets will be entered into a free prize draw for a selection of lucky dip prizes.

Do I need a horse?

No! Anybody can take part whether they ride/own a horse or not.

When does the Great TREC GB Spring Challenge run?

The Great TREC GB Spring Challenge runs from Saturday 27th February to Monday 3rd May 2021.

How much does it cost?

The Great TREC GB Spring Challenge is free to members and £7.50 for non-members.

Ok sounds good, how do I sign up?

To join us, click on the link below to sign up via our Shop and we will send you the Tasks List, Tracker sheet and a link to the Facebook Group to join.


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