Senior Riders` Profiles – Claire Pollard

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Occupation.    Chartered Accountant

Horse’s name ,age and breed.      Name 2B, age 9  Connemara x TB mare by a JA Cob stallion, or as I usually describe her a Heinz.

Horses history, how did they end up being a superstar TREC horse!

Not sure she is yet but we are working on it – She appears to be very intelligent and gets bored easily, so I believe that the variety involved with TREC competitions suits her, and her improvements over the last couple of years have been incredible.

How did you get into the sport of TREC?

Many years ago I had a skiing accident, when I did quite a bit of damage to my knee. After surgery, the physio told me to trot my horse as an exercise to strengthen my leg. I started trotting Betty, a shire X, and gradually worked up to trotting reasonable distances. This resulting in both me, and Betty, getting quite fit, so I started looking round for something to do with her and happened upon TREC. I went to watch a competition at Rugby Riding Club, with my daughter, Sarah, who was about 11 at the time, and we entered the Level 2 pairs at the next available competition which was at Denford, and we were hooked.

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What do you love about the sport?

I love reading maps and riding horses, TREC is the perfect combination for me.

What is your favourite Phase and why?

My favourite phase is the POR, I love riding across different types of terrain, and visiting different parts of the country.

What advice would you give some one wanting to get into the sport?

Give it a go, most competitors are more than willing to give some advice, just ask, and remember that you only have to do what you are happy to do, and any horse, that will go for a hack, can compete.

And the one moment of TREC you will never forget!

There are tons of moments I will never forget, but maybe the most memorable for me, and the organisers, was when I was competing Betty at Level 4 and we had a reasonable sized hedge to jump. Generally, with Betty, I put her at a fence and if she jumps it great, if not I accept that she knows best and we miss it out. She is not very scopy, particularly if the fence is wide, but she loves jumping.

As I turned her into the hedge, she set herself up for it, and I rode her on. When she was about half a stride away, beyond the point of no return, she realised it was pretty wide, and backed off. However, I gave her a good kick and she took off. She paddled through the fence and demolished it, all three telegraph poles were knocked out, I think, because we both landed on the other side in one piece, and being as it was the first element of a path crossing, the other being an offset log, I pointed her towards the second element and she popped it. Bless her. I think we scored 5, getting minus 2 for style! And caused a considerable delay on the PTV course whilst the fence was rebuilt.

Betty, now about 24 years old, has retired from Level 4 competitions, and jumping.

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