External Technical Auditor
Carive Moon and the Stars 13 years old. TB cross.
Horses history, how did they end up being a superstar TREC horse!
Star was originally bought for my daughter Alex at the same time as we got Trefnant Royal Warrior for myself, but then we finished up swapping horses as she was a better match with Warrior. We’d lost my previous horse who I competed at TREC on and so both horses were initiated into TREC through L1 and L2 pairs competitions (Alex was too young to compete as an individual). They were great together on the POR, however, separation issues for the other phases certainly made interesting riding. Since we’ve been riding as individuals the separation issues have subsided significantly. Star initially had lameness problems through repeated abscesses and since the summer of 2017 has had no shoes and her feet have improved significantly and we use Scoot boots to protect her feet.
How did you get into the sport of TREC?
I got into TREC through our local Countyside Ranger back in 2000 – she’d heard of it through her sister and a talk was arranged through the BHS locally and Rob Jones came with a load of wonderful slides and stories of the foreign competitions. A local competition was organized and I took part on my 30 year old mare Cindy, who we unfortunately lost the following year. A few years later in 2006 I got the use of my sister’s horse, took part in a L2 at Garstang, then the Championships at Lowther and have been competing ever since.
What do you love about the sport?
The sport is wonderful, the camaraderie is second to none. Right from my first competitions I was amazed how helpful the other competitors were in giving advice about the many different aspects. It is also so inclusive to every type of horse (as long as it is fit and healthy for the standard at which it is competing) and rider. The sport also gives us the chance to ride in some fantastic areas, where the public do not always have permission to ride.
What is your favourite Phase and why?
The POR has to be my favourite discipline, getting to challenge not only my riding skills but also my brain power, whilst remembering to keep it nourished sufficiently so that it doesn’t switch off. Some of the places that we have ridden have been absolutely stunning and it is a wonderful feeling when you’ve come into that checkpoint or found that ticket point that was hidden away.
What advice would you give someone wanting to get into the sport?
Getting into the sport can be intimidating to some, however, there’s nothing to be frightened of at all. Ask yourselfa basic question – can you read a map? – yes – good, no, then find a map reading course – TREC groups run these but also other organisations, such as the local Countryside ranger service. Don’t be bothered too much about the speeds on the POR – it is far better to do it and be slow or fast than to miss or wrong route into a ticket or checkpoint. Don’t be afraid to ask.
And the one moment of TREC you will never forget!
Becoming the English L3 champion at Lincomb in 2014. We had a fantastic POR, even though we’d lost a shoe on an early section and had to replace it with a boot, – losing just 5 points in total on the last two sections and really just had to successful complete the 2nd day to win. I went over and over the PTV course in my head beforehand, then once it was complete went through it again double checking that I’d completed every obstacle. We even got 30 points for our canter on the MA. When I got home with the trophy, the first thing the family asked was ‘Were you the only one in that class’ – Certainly not, it was a good entry.