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!