Saturday 20th February, 2016
Lullymore EC, Rathangan, Co Kildare.
The fine Derby Arena at Lullymore Equestrian Centre in Co Kildare was the perfect venue for Leinster TREC riders who were keen to refresh their PTV and MA skills ready for the upcoming competitive season.
A selection of 16 natural obstacles and TREC-specific obstacles was available on the day, including lots of different height Step-Up, Drop and Tree Trunks. There was also a substantial Water Crossing, different Inclines Up and Down and a Mound which we rarely get a chance to practice out of competition. Also set up in the large arena were the TREC obstacles including Mounting, Rein back, Slalom, One Handed Figure of Eight and Gate, plus the S-bend which was cunningly placed on top of a Step-Up and Immobility obstacle placed beside the Water complex!
There was also plenty of opportunity for riders to practice their Paces along a 100m MA corridor.
Such was the enthusiasm for trying out all the Ridden Obstacles and MA corridor that each 45 minute group session was almost finished before there was much time left to try anything In-Hand! But the objective of the day – to get riders back into TREC form – was amply fulfilled and the smiling faces as everyone left the arena (via the Ridden Gate obstacle!) showed the fun and success of the day.