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 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. 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.
Our members can also purchase our lovely polo shirts and jackets with the West Cork TREC logos.
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 2015 and 2016
2015 was a very successful year for West Cork TREC, as our riders were placed in all national events. One of our members won the "Abbey Cup" (TREC Ireland's Rider of the Year) and one of our young members became Ireland's youngest Regional Judge to date.
At the MA/PTV Championships 2015 in Punchestown, West Cork TREC riders brought home many rosettes and trophies. We won both the Intermediate and the Open PTV classes. Our two teams were placed first and third in the team competition. The MA/PTV Championships 2016 were held in Co. Longford, and although our members did their very best we were unfortunately unable to retain the trophies we won in 2015.
TREC Ireland's National Championships 2016 were hosted by West Cork TREC in July. It was a successful event for us, and we used the venue at Bantry Pony Trekking in the beautiful Mealagh Valley, with its stunning views overlooking Bantry Bay.
What lies ahead for 2017?
The biggest event in 2017 is the European Open Young Riders Championships in France, please see below for more details.
Our annual Midsummer Competition this year will be a one-day 3-phase event and will be held at Lee Valley Equestrian Centre near Macroom, Co. Cork.
West Cork TREC will be also be hosting the MA/PTV Championships 2017 in October, and we shall be using the facilities at Ballindenisk Equestrian Park, near Watergrasshill in Co. Cork for this event. The facilities here are worth a visit – the Ballindenisk International Horse Trials attracts top quality international competitors each year.
Our Summer League runs from May to October, and our Winter League runs from November to April. We hope to organise a few training days during the year as well as the league competition dates, and we are also running judges, traceur and chef-de-piste training courses.
European Open Young Riders Championships 2017
The European Open Young Riders Championship 2017 will be hosted in France this year from August 31st - September 2nd. One of West Cork TREC's young riders, Fionnuala Solomon, and her pony Chester, will be travelling to France to compete for Ireland.
West Cork TREC currently 8 young riders in a young rider panel and some even younger riders in a development squad across two groups, Bantry and Castletownbere. A Young Rider must be aged between 16 and 21 years on the day of the competition. Our trainers have special training days for the two groups, sometimes separately and sometimes together.
Please help us send Fionnuala and Chester to France.
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