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Nationals Schedule

Posted by TREC Ireland on April 3, 2017 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Please be advised the schedule for this year's National Championships is now available to download from the Downloads/ Event Downloads section (top of the page, highlighted in pink).

The event is taking place on the 13th and 14th of May in Co. Leitrim.

Leinster TREC POR at Coolmine EC, Saggart, Co Dublin.

Posted by TREC Ireland on March 29, 2017 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Many thanks to Sheila Fuller for submitting this:

Leinster TREC POR at Coolmine EC, Saggart, Co Dublin.

Sunday, 26th March, 2017.

The beautiful Dublin Mountains were the chosen destination for Leinster TREC’s first POR (Orienteering) competition of the year. Coolmine Equestrian Centre were the host venue and both organisers and riders are very grateful to the owners for the generous use of their spacious & modern facilities.

Blue skies and warm sunshine throughout the day were a wonderful bonus and allowed everyone to make the most of their time out on the various routes, whether as rider or steward, and enjoy the wide vistas and clear views across the city of Dublin to the sea on one side or to snow-capped Mount Kippure in Wicklow on the other.

The Level 3 and 2 riders were routed early on into the local forestry, where they had the challenge of fast tracks alternating with small footpaths through the trees, making a good challenge to calculate correct speeds for those sections between checkpoints.

A short stretch along the road then led to a second forest section for Levels 2 and 3, with a thrilling fast stretch over 1 km on a forest track, for any Level 2 riders who wished to enjoy an opportunity for a good pace. Level 3 riders were more challenged here, however, their route requiring a considerable degree of accuracy in measurement to correctly find an off-road footpath joining upper and lower tracks through the forest. Good map reading was rewarded when they reached the next track and could really up the pace and enjoy a fast speed along that section.

Arriving at the next checkpoint, highest point on the route, riders could rest their horses, check their maps and enjoy the most wonderful views across Counties Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow, in the warmest of Spring sunshine. After this checkpoint, the Level 2 riders were gradually returned to the home venue by quiet country roads. For the Level 3 riders, however, maps were sealed and the challenge of Bearings started here! Across the farmland, through drains and over banks, true accuracy was required to pinpoint the right way to go, time penalties ticking up on the clock for the unwary.

Finally arriving at the next checkpoint, maps were opened again with relief, only for riders to be handed a set of Grid References to complete the route back to the venue. The pillared gates of Coolmine EC were finally arrived at thankfully and horses and riders could relax and enjoy their achievement.

For the Level 1 riders, quiet country lanes and stretches of forestry tracks were the planned route to be ridden, with reassuring checkpoints at intervals for the less experienced riders to confirm their mapreading skills. The slower speeds given for this level really allowed riders to look around and enjoy the scenery, not just have their eyes on their map, as the route gradually rose higher up and the distant views emerged.

And that is what TREC is about… not just the skills of mapreading, or partnership between horse and rider, but also about enjoying all that is best and most beautiful about Ireland and its unique scenery.

PTV and MA Championships

Posted by TREC Ireland on March 28, 2017 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The 2017 PTV and MA Championships are to be held on the 1st of October at Ballindenisk, Watergrass Hill, Cork. The event is being hosted by West Cork TREC, event secretary is Adele Connor (, and the flyer is available to download and print in the downloads section (under Event Downloads, Upcoming events). 

This competition will include PTV and MA Championship classes, as well as D-TREC and Speed TREC.

Kerry TREC POR Results

Posted by TREC Ireland on March 28, 2017 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)






Level 3 Individual - 1, Chester (Fionnuala Solomon); 2, Johnny (Cassie Carroll); 3, Robin de Banc (Emma O’Sullivan); 4, Mazy Day (Megan Davis); 5, Daithi (Kate Ryan); 6, Coolhenry Hanna (Bobbie Ovington).

Level 3 Pairs - 1, Penny (Maunza Heidtke) and Holly (Elaine Waters); 2, Sullane Lady (Mairead Moynihan) and Lissataggle Ebony (Niamh O’Huid); 3, Hugo Boss (Caoimhe Duggan) and Casper (Lorea O’Sullivan); 4, Blue (Kate Sheehan) and Casey (Millie O’Sullivan).

Level 2 Individual – Shannon (Finn Carroll).

Level 2 Pairs – 1, Harry Legs (Dede Clune) and Dinger (Hannah Clune); 2, Nugget (Sheila Winters) and Ted (Claire Bunn).

Level 1 Pairs – equal 1, Jo-Jo (Katy Martin) and Waddy (Emma O’Regan) & Pepsi (Heather Jaynes) and Molly (Elaine Dolan Crowley); 2, Amber Sky (Patrick Byrne) and Kavanaugh (Margaret Buckley); 3, Molly (Eileen Cronin) and Chess (Catherine Devlin).


Leinster TREC POR Results

Posted by TREC Ireland on March 28, 2017 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)






Level 3 Individual - 1, Batman (Kirsten McCormack); 2, Jordie (Ryan Brooks); 3, Caspian (Kayleigh McCormack).

Level 3 Pairs - 1, Floss (Anna McCarthy) and Noodles (Sophie Robinson); 2, Garnagree Duke (Vicky McMullen) and General’s Daughter (Liz Burbage); 3, Regal Ivy (Celia Taylor) and Ludo (Caroline Aragane).

Level 2 Pairs – 1, Callie (Lorna O’Neill) and Ben (Margo Monaghan); 2, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke) and Bronte (Natasha O’Rourke).

Level 1 Individual – 1, Sailor Blue (Sheila Fuller).

Level 1 Pairs – 1, Hawk (Theresa Fitzpatrick) and April Raven (Rachel Harney) and Song of Sixpence (Pauline Crosby); 2, Quida (Laura Byrne) and Highfield Hunter (Evin Foley).


Leinster TREC League Results 2016

Posted by TREC Ireland on November 28, 2016 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)




TRI Equestrian MA/PTV League:

Novice - 1, Cocky (Minna Junnikkala); 2, Woodbine Benjamin (Margo Monaghan); 3, Haise (Marie Gallagher); 4, Polo (Madeleine Kelleher); 5, Dancer (Laura Filan); 6, Frere Jacque (Margaret Lynch).

Intermediate – 1, Foley (Maura Walsh); 2, General’s Daughter (Liz Burbage); 3, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke); 4, Coolroe Gold (Diana O’Huid); 5, Surprise (Paula Donohoe); 6, Choral (Siobhan French).

Open – 1, Ser Kai (Niamh O’Huid); 2, Garnagree Duke (Vicky McMullen); 3, Zaristo (Sheila Fuller); 4, Callie (Lorna O’Neill); 5, Ross ML (Caroline Aragane).

The Field Equestrian Centre POR League:

Level 1 – 1, Woodbine Benjamin (Margo Monaghan); 2, Sali Mali (Trish Young); 3, Frere Jacque (Margaret Lynch); 4, Polo (Madeleine Kelleher); equal 5, Westside Joey (Louise Parkes) and Caspian (Kayleigh McCormack).

Level 2 – 1, Callie (Lorna O’Neill); equal 2, General’s Daughter (Liz Burbage) and Garnagree Duke (Vicky McMullen); equal 4, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke) and Bronte (Natasha O’Rourke); 6, Coolroe Gold (Diana O’Huid).

Level 2X/3 – 1, Gallerus Boy (Rosemarie Bryson); equal 2, Robert (Ailbhe Gavin) and Zee (Tara Creighton); 4, Batman (Kirsten McCormack); equal 5, Quida (Laura Byrne) and Ser Kai (Niamh O’Huid).

Leinster TREC would like to express their sincere gratitude to the very generous sponsors, TRI Equestrian for sponsoring the PTV League 2016 and TheField EquestrianCentre for sponsoring the POR League 2016.

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Judges Training

Posted by TREC Ireland on November 28, 2016 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Judgest Training 4th December 2016

Please note you can download the flyer (including directions) in the Events tab in Downloads.

Venue for theory:

 Mealagh Valley Community Hall, Bantry


Venue for practical judging:

 Bantry Pony Trekking, X-Country Field (weather permitting), or

 Pat Keane’s Indoor Arena, Bantry



 Bastian

 Tel. 027 63180

 Mobile 085 7662201

 Email



 10.00 - 12.30 Theory

 12.30 - 13.00 Lunchbreak, please bring your own lunch.

 13.00 - 15.30 Practical Judging, including setting up obstacles


Entry Fee:

 € 10.00 (to cover expenses for tea, coffee, biscuits and copying)

 Expenses for venues and trainer will be subsidized by TREC Ireland

 Free for Guinea pigs



 Knowledge of the TREC Ireland Rules is recommended.

 Please bring your own full set of TREC Ireland PTV Data Sheets, TREC Ireland PTV Score Sheets and the Guidelines for MA Judges and PTV Judges. You can also organise to share with somebody else. Rulebook, Datasheets, Scoresheets and Guidelines can be downloaded from the TREC Ireland website.

 Pen and paper

 Waterproofs


Leinster TREC Versatile TREC League 2

Posted by TREC Ireland on November 22, 2016 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)






Novice – 1, Ross ML (Caroline Aragane); 2, Woodbine Benjamin (Margo Monaghan); 3, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke); 4, Monty’s Mason (Sheaffe Monteith); 5, April Raven (Rachel Harney); 6, Airgead (Sheaffe Monteith).

Open – 1, Eddie (Danielle Herbert); 2, Coco (Laura Corrigan); 3, Callie (Lorna O’Neill); 4, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke); 5, Ross ML (Caroline Aragane); 6, Shannon (Maria Hipple).

Best Dressage (Obedience) – Ross ML (Caroline Aragane).

Best Turned Out – Ross ML (Caroline Aragane).

Most Improved over League – Woodbine Benjamin (Margo Monaghan).


Last day to order calendars!

Posted by TREC Ireland on November 21, 2016 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The 2017 TREC Ireland calendar is still available for pre-orders today. The prices are great for bulk orders, and will make great Christmas presents. All the profits go towards running the European YR Championships in August next year. Please contact Niamh O'Huid at to order your copy, the links you need are: 

- Album of photos in the calendar:" target="_blank">http://

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Leinster TREC Versatile TREC League 1

Posted by TREC Ireland on November 9, 2016 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)






Novice – 1, Ross ML (Caroline Aragane); 2, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke); 3, Callie (Lorna O’Neill); 4, Blossom (Lynn Coyle); 5, Eddie (Danielle Herbert); 6, Airgead (Sheaffe Monteith).

Open – 1, Coco (Laura Corrigan); 2, Blossom (Lynn Coyle); 3, Ross ML (Caroline Aragane); 4, Sali Mali (Trish Young); 5, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke); 6, Fluffy (Brandon Hannon).

Best Dressage (Obedience) – Airgead (Sheaffe Monteith).

Best Turned Out – Ross ML (Caroline Aragane).


Photo Calendar Competition

Posted by TREC Ireland on October 26, 2016 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

TREC Ireland is running another photo competition on Facebook! The top 12 most liked photos will all feature in a 2017 calendar, with all profits going towards hosting the European Young Rider Championships in Gurteen College next August. Please send us your photos (2 per person max) to either, or via PM on Facebook, ensuring high resolution for printing. The album will be published online on Sunday 20th October and voting will close on the 4th, with winning photos offiically announced at the AGM. 

West Cork TREC Speed TREC

Posted by TREC Ireland on October 17, 2016 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Novice class:

1st Casey ridden by Millie O'Sullivn

2nd Blue ridden by Lorea O'Sullivan

3rd Blue ridden by Kate Sheehan


Intermediate class:

1st Bailey ridden by Sara Gems

2nd Serendipity of Orange ridden by Johanna Connor

3rd Jester ridden by Sue Parfitt


We had 14 riders 4 of whom were doing their first trec event. 6 were young riders who are getting very involved. Weather was awful so many thanks to the helpers out in the rain and cold! Luckily the competition was held indoors!

Leinster TREC POR League 16th October 2016

Posted by TREC Ireland on October 17, 2016 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)





Level 2 Pairs – 1, Coolroe Gold (Diana O’Huid) and Flash (Lorna O’Neill); 2, General’s Daughter (Liz Burbage) and Garnagree Duke (Vicky McMullen); 3, Bronte (Natasha O’Rourke) and Apache (Susanne O’Rourke).

Level 1 Pairs – 1, Woodbine Benjamin (Margo Monaghan) and Polo (Madeleine Kelleher); 2, Hugh de Lacy (Liisa Rantamaki) and Happy Gilmore (Minna Junnikkala); 3, Ziggy (Eva Murray) and (on foot) Kate Murray.


TRI Equestrian Leinster TREC PTV/ MA 9th October

Posted by TREC Ireland on October 12, 2016 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)





Open – 1, Ser Kai (Niamh O’Huid); 2, Garnagree Duke (Vicky McMullen).

Intermediate – 1, Shakespeare (Maura Walsh); 2, Cocky (Louise Parkhill); 3, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke); 4, Coolroe Gold (Diana O’Huid); 5, General’s Daughter (Liz Burbage); 6, Bronte (Natasha O’Rourke).

Novice - 1, Cocky (Minna Junnikkala); 2, Haise (Marie Gallagher); 3, April Raven (Rachel Harney); 4, Penny (Alice Murphy); 5, Woodbine Benjamin (Margo Monaghan); 6, Hugo (Liisa Rantamaki).


PTV and MA Championships 2016 Results

Posted by TREC Ireland on September 20, 2016 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A huge well done to everybody who took part at the PTV and MA Championships at Deerpark Equestrian on Sunday 18th September.

Many thanks go to all the groups who sponsored classes, Turas Trec Kerry Trec Leinster TREC West Cork Trec Midlands Trec and ThreeCounties Trec. Orchard Equestrian and PC Megabits for the sponsorship too! A big thank you to all involved on the day, Adrian J. Flynn, Karen Murphy and Bastian for the D-TREC as well our Dressage Judge, Elaine Neary for Speed TREC and Karen Nicholson for being TD for MA and PTV. Felicity Lyons and everybody at Deerpark of course!!

Michael Murphy took brilliant photos on the day as well, so thank you! A big thank you to Winfried Bastian who sponsors, and runs the Rider of the Year League, aka the 'Abbey Cup', which was also presented on the day, to Kayleigh McKormack.

Results were as follows:




PTV Open Championship – 1, Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack); 2, Mighty Mouse (Amanda Sheridan); 3, Casper (Annie O’Neill); 4, Batman (Kirsten McCormack); 5, Callie (Lorna O’Neill); 6, Marty Zee (Bambi Carroll).

PTV Intermediate Championship – 1, Shalamar Black Velvet (Jacinta Kinkade); 2, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke); 3, Surprise (Paula Donohoe); 4, Ballycumber Blue (Katie Elwood); 5, Tennessee Ted (Rachel Woollett); 6, Shakespeare (Maura Walsh).

PTV Novice Championship – 1, Monty’s Mason (Sheaffe Monteith); 2, Woodbine Benjamin (Margo Monaghan); 3, Haize (Marie Gallagher); 4, Polo (Madeleine Kelleher); 5, Sali Mali (Patricia Young); Casey (Millie O’Sullivan).

MA Championship – 1, Marty Zee (Bambi Carroll); 2, Batman (Kirsten McCormack); 3, Shalamar Black Velvet (Jacinta Kincade); 4, Tennessee Ted (Rachel Woollett); 5, Polo (Madeleine Kelleher); 6, General’s Daughter (Liz Burbage).

D-TREC Open – 1, Batman (Kirsten McCormack); 2, Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack); 3, Ser Kai (Niamh O’Huid); 4, Marty Zee (Bambi Carroll); 5, Mighty Mouse (Amanda Sheridan).

D-TREC Intermediate – Shalamar Black Velvet (Jacinta Kinkade); 2, Casper (Annie O’Neill); 3, Surprise (Paula Donohoe); 4, Ruben (Felicity Lyons); 5, Gladys (Jane Capener); 6, Carrickavoher Charlie (Ryan Brooks).

D-TREC Novice – 1, Woodbine Benjamin (Margo Monaghan); 2, Sali Mali (Patricia Young); 3, Haize (Marie Gallagher); 4, Monty’s Mason (Sheaffe Monteith); 5, Baskin (Fergal Trayers); 6, Polo (Madeleine Kelleher).

SPEED TREC Open – 1, Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack); Mighty Mouse (Amanda Sheridan); 3, Marty Zee (Bambi Carroll); 4, Ser Kai (Niamh O’Huid); 5, Tenaja Sioux (Mary Elliott); 6, Callie (Lorna O’Neill).

SPEED TREC Intermediate – 1, Shakespeare (Maura Walsh); 2, Carrickavoher Charlie (Ryan Brooks); 3, Ballycumber Blue (Katie Ellwood); 4, Apache (Susanne O’Rourke);, 5, Coolroe Gold (Diana O’Huid); Tennessee Ted (Rachel Woollett).

PTV Intermediate (Non-Championship) – 1, Coolroe Gold (Diana O’Huid); 2, Robin de banc (Emma O’Sullivan).

PTV Novice (Non-Championship) – 1, Harry (Sue Moles).

Teams – 1, Midlands TREC: Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack) & Batman (Kirsten McCormack) & Tennessee Ted (Rachel Wollett).

Abbey Cup (Rider of the Year) – 1, Carlanstown Kid (Kayleigh McCormack); 2, Batman (Kirsten McCormack); 3, Mighty Mouse (Amanda Sheridan); 4, Leith Pimpernel (Mairead Moynihan); 5, Woodbine Benjamin (Margo Monaghan); 6, Haize (Marie Gallagher).

Competitor start times MA and PTV Championships

Posted by TREC Ireland on September 14, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The start times for the PTV and MA Championships being held this Sunday, 18th September at Deerpark EC, Ballymahon, Co. Longford are now out, and can be viewed and downloaded HERE. Best of luck to all the competitors!

Spirit of TREC Competition 2016

Posted by TREC Ireland on September 13, 2016 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The person whose photo has the most likes by Sunday 18th September wins a 12 month membership of TREC Ireland!

Some people may choose to gift the membership to the person in the photo.

Share so your friends can like your photo and get you closer to that prize!

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West Cork TREC 10.9.16 Results

Posted by TREC Ireland on September 13, 2016 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

West Cork Trec 3 phase one day event, Lios Lara Riding Stables, Castletownbere Sat 10th Sept

L2 Pairs

1 Johanna Connor Dippy

Millie Casey

2 Jane Capaner Gladys

Lucy Murphy Winston

3 Shirley Squire Comanche

Kate Sheehan Camper

World Championships, Segovia, Spain

Posted by TREC Ireland on September 6, 2016 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The FITE World Championships for Senior and Young riders took place in Segovia, Spain from the 1st to 3rd of September 2016. Kirsten McCormack with her horse Strand Hill Batman represented TREC Ireland in the Young Rider section, doing so for the second time after also being selected for the team in Italy, 2014. Kirsten's mother Helen was the Irish Chef d'Equipe with International Judges Adrian Flynn, Mairead Moynihan and Gwen Bastian also representing Ireland at the event. Luckily, TREC GB was able to arrange a space on their lorry for Batman so he travelled in great company and style! 

Even with the high temperatures and barren landscape the venue was spectacular, with a number of arenas, cafes and facilities. Riders were able to practice their MA, go for many hacks to familiarise themselves with the maps and with ample wash bays were able to keep horses cool. Kirsten's sister Kayleigh, who is also on the Young Rider Development squad with her pony Caspian, was well familiar with both TREC and Batman and acted as groom, with dad John keeping everybody's spirits up and taking many photos. 

Team Ireland was completed by Noreen Hennessy, Amanda Sheridan and Elaine Neary who all came over to support the Irish and see what would be in store at future events.

Batman passed the vetting on Thursday morning with flying colours, and a great low heart rate. The language barrier proved a little confusing at the equipment check when shoes and nails were requested - of course the 'hoof boot' and ' farriers tools' is what was meant! The opening ceremony took place inside the beautiful town of Segovia, due to it being a 10km round trip on horseback, the decision was made not to put Batman through this the night before a World Championship POR! 

The POR was tricky and included grid references and very difficult terrain, as well as being incredibly hot. A lengthy thunder storm did cool horses and riders down however, and TREC GB as well as Team McCormack greeted Kirsten and Batman at the finish - some 10km away from the venue. Again, Batman sailed through the vetting and everybody was set for the MA and PTV on Friday morning. Beautifully turned out with a Shamrock adorning his quarters, Batman cantered a full 30 points and achieved a very respectable 13 points for the walk, in a very scary arena (10 judges with parasols, chairs and potted plants) to achieve 43 out of 60 points.

On to the PTV, which was full of jumps, perfectly suited for most Irish horses and riders, but this combination in particular! A group of non Irish Batman fans followed the combination around to watch the jumps, and were astounded at the control exhibited  from the Path Crossing to a difficult S-Bend, followed straight by a gallop - some 'wows' of admiration were overheard.

Finishing on a score of 111, her combined score put Kirsten into 16th place in the Young Rider Individual section, a fantastic result for a superb rider and horse, the true definition of what TREC is all about: horse and rider coming together to bring out the best in each other. 

Well done Kirsten, you have done yourself, your family, country and organisation extremely proud. We look foward to seeing what you can do on home turf next year! 

Win 12 month membership!

Posted by TREC Ireland on September 6, 2016 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

"Spirit of TREC" photo competition - Win TREC Ireland membership!

Enter your favourite photo that shows the spirit of TREC and what the sport is all about. The photo with the most 'likes' will win a 12 month membership! This membership doesn't run in the calendar year but for 12 months from when you win the competition (or when your current membership expires). Once a member you are exempt from paying the Temporary registration fee at group events, and receive a discount at National events.

How to enter:

Simply send us your photo via PM on Facebook, or to by Sunday 11th September. We will then publish an album of all the photos, you can invite all your friends to 'like' your photo, the winner will be the photo with the most 'likes' and will be announced on the 18th September at the PTV and MA Championships (as well as online).