Welcome to West Cork TREC
We are very pleased to welcome you to our site, where you will find some details about us and about TREC itself. Our site also includes a calendar of upcoming events, news, results and a gallery of photos from our recent competitions and training events. More photos can be viewed on our FaceBook page, please click here to be redirected.
West Cork TREC is an equestrian group which was founded in 2008. We are affiliated to TREC Ireland, the governing body of TREC in this country which was formed in 2007 by Irish riders when they returned from the European TREC Championships in Exmoor, England.
West Cork TREC members have the privilege of riding through the stunning landscapes of the Mizen and Beara peninsulas, with its variety of terrains of coastlines, boglands, mountains and valleys.
We are very fortunate to have Winfried Bastian, one of the original founders of TREC Ireland, as our trainer and mentor. Within our group we have national and international officials who organise and run each event. Our members and volunteers are always willing to provide the help needed to make things run smoothly.
We organise events throughout the year, a winter and a summer league, our mid-summer competition, training and social events. We travel to competitions held by TREC Ireland or other TREC groups. Our members can also purchase our lovely polo shirts and jackets with the West Cork TREC logos, and a group can create a striking sea of navy and pink, easy to spot at the national events.
Every level of horse and rider are welcome, so please, come along and join us. It’s hugely rewarding, wonderfully encouraging and, above all, great fun!
Our achievements in 2017
West Cork TREC members competed in various competitions around Ireland during 2017, including Dingle, Co. Kerry in April, followed in May by the TREC Ireland Nationals which were held in Ballymahon, Co. Longford, and our own Midsummer competition near Macroom, Co. Cork in July.
At the end of August, one young rider and her pony travelled all the way from Ballydehob to France to compete at the TREC European Young Riders Championships 2017. Her support team included two West Cork TREC members as chef d'equipe and groom. West Cork TREC also supplied an international judge for the event.
In September, four young riders from the Beara peninsula, together with their coach, chef d'equipe and ponies, travelled across the Irish Sea to Wales to compete for Ireland at the TREC GB Championships 2017.
Another young rider from West Cork, having taken time out from competing, has qualified as Ireland's youngest ever National Judge and is now working towards attaining International Judge status in three years time.
We are very proud of and grateful to all of our members. The support given has been phenomenal, from the trainers, parents and members, to those who gave financial support and those who accompanied and transported the youngsters and their ponies to competitions and training both near and far.
What lies ahead for 2018?
Our Winter League runs from November to April, and our Summer League runs from May to October, so there are many local competitions to enter. Newcomers are always welcome, and the local leagues are a great way to learn about Trec.
Our annual Midsummer Competition will be a 2-day 3-phase event held over the weekend of 23rd/24th June. The venue we have chosen this year is a small farm about 8 miles from Cork city, just off the M8 motorway and easily accessed from all directions. The venue is surrounded by quiet country lanes and forestry tracks which should make for a lovely route in the orienteering phase.
We also hold training courses during the year. These can be for different roles, such as judges, chef de piste, traceur, or for elements of the different phases, e.g. map reading, compass bearing and grid reference training for the POR phase, improving your MA score, PTV obstacle training, etc.
West Cork TREC hosted the rescheduled MA/PTV Championships (2017) in April this year at Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Adare, Co. Limerick, and the event proved to be a successful day out for our members, including 1st place in the Team PTV Championship class.
International competitions in 2018
This year the major international competition will be the 2018 European Senior and Junior Championships, which is to be held in Rome, Italy from August 30th - September 1st. This is the biggest TREC competition for 2018 and will include both Senior Riders (Level 4 Individual) and Junior Riders (Level 3 Individual) from countries all over Europe. A Junior Rider (or Young Rider) must be aged between 16 and 21 years on the day of the competition to be able to compete as an individual at Level 3.
A little closer to home, the TREC GB Championships 2018 will be held at Treborough Hill, Somerset on the weekend of 15th-16th September 2018. Up to 10 competitors from the whole of Ireland may enter once they meet the qualification criteria.
The TREC Ireland Opens Championship, which is to be held in Loughrea, Co. Galway in May has been classified as one of the legs of the European Cup, and some of our own members will be travelling to Galway to compete at this international competition.
West Cork TREC have a strong Young Rider panel, and also some younger riders who are in training. Our local and national competitions allow pairs to compete, and the younger riders may team up with an adult for these competitions, allowing them to get experience at the lower levels.
Are you interested in joining our team?
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