Young Riders` Profiles – Caitlin Crossley

 

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Photo courtesy of Steve Wall

 

Occupation  Hospital Porter

Horse’s name , age and breed  Adamfield Flashlight, 10 y.o. Dales Pony

Horse`s history, how did they end up being a superstar TREC horse!
We bought Flash as a 4yo from his breeder, where he had been
returned after becoming unmanageable in his previous home. He
was my first proper pony as a 13 year old, and he has always
needed a job to occupy his mind- TREC seems to be that perfect
job! We entered our first TREC competition as a L1 pair with my
riding instructor in 2010. We then competed 2 seasons as a Level 2
pair, and have been riding as an individual at level 3 and 4 for 4
years now. Flash is a very chilled out pony who takes everything in
his stride, but there is nothing he loves more than exploring new
places at speed!

How did you get into the sport of TREC?
My instructor has competed in TREC for many years and thought it
would be a good education for both me and my young pony to enter
a competition. It was especially helpful because I worked for her as
an assistant ride leader and a lot of the skills learnt through TREC
are transferrable to this. I was hooked on the sport from then on
and haven’t missed a season since.

What do you love about the sport?
I think the independence of the sport is fantastic, it allows both you
and your horse to show off ability across a wide range of skills, and
demands a good partnership between horse and rider, something I
have always been interested in. The people who compete in TREC
are generally very friendly and encouraging, and the competitions
become like a little holiday, where you meet the same people all
over the country.

What is your favorite Phase and why?
My favourite phase is the POR because it allows you to ride in places
around the country which you wouldn’t otherwise visit or be
allowed to ride across. I prefer POR to the other two phases as it
allows me to spend a lot of time on my pony, which I love, but also
time to think through decisions without so much time pressure.

 

 

What advice would you give some one wanting to get into the sport?
Start riding TREC as a pair so that the POR and map reading isn’t
daunting. I would also recommend arriving at the venue with time
to take an OS map and go for a walk around the area to get your
bearings, if you know where home is on the map its much more
comforting when you are out on the POR!

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And the one moment of TREC you will never forget!
When competing in the European Young Riders Championships in
Holland this year I was determined not to knock off any branches on
the low branches…I therefore went very low down Flash’s neck…so
low in fact that I ended up on the floor!

 

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