Young Riders – Alex Robinson

Occupation.                                    School Pupil

Horse’s name ,age and breed.

Trefnant Royal Warrior  11 years old.  Welsh Sn D

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

Warrior was bought by mum from someone who’d brought him to bring on.  We don’t know what had happened to him in his previous life, but he was terrified of anyone getting on him and would try to back away, then be very tense once mounted.  He would relax as you started to ride him.  If you tried to check your girth up, unzip your coat a bit etc. then he would once again tense up terrified.  That all seems to be behind him now and he genuinely tries his best.  His jumping has improved, but he still needs a bit of confidence for those larger, scarier jumps.  He’s eager to please and thinks he’s human at times!

How did you get into the sport of TREC?

Mum was taking part in TREC and she entered me in an assisted class at Five Pits near Chesterfield on my old pony Pepsi.  After that I took part in a few pairs classes with mum both at L1 and L2, on Pepsi, then when we got our new horses we started to do L3 pairs classes until I was old enough to take part as an individual.

I enjoy helping out at TREC’s – judging for other classes, as well as taking part myself.

What do you love about the sport?

It is a good sport that tests all round abilities.  I like that any horse/pony can take part, no matter what breed, colour etc. as long as they are physically fit.

I also love the friendly (yet still competitive) nature of the events and competitors and that the more experienced are always ready to help less experienced out with advice.

What is your favourite Phase and why?

My favourite phrase is the POR, as I love the challenging orienteering, and the gorgeous views I often get to see.  It’s just you and your horse, and together you can have some fabulous rides.

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

To someone wishing to start TREC, I would say start off at a Level 1 or2 then gradually build your way up to the higher levels if you wish to.  You could practise a little beforehand, so you have a basic knowledge of what to do, but don’t be too bothered about winning.  And finally, have fun!

And the one moment of TREC you will never forget!

I will never forget my first TREC, which was the Five Pits Trail TREC, when I was doing Level 1 assisted.  My pony, Pepsi, kept trying to follow all the other horses going the other way, so my mum, who had intended to cycle round with me, had to abandon her bike at the first checkpoint.  I was also really proud, as I came 5th out 6.

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