Anna and Lolo – Low branches


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01/09/2021 – Last weekend we had our first competition at Philorth near Fraserburgh.  Michele and Vicki organised their first competition with me being a back seat driver, and I think we can all agree they did a cracking job. They didn’t even need the NEST trailer, they had everything to hand, even arranging hot drinks and snacks for the judges. The weather didn’t quite know what to do with its self but remained mostly dry. Not a huge turn out but a nice number. I hope this will grow and take TREC to the tip of the North East. The course rode quick with some good hoollies in between the challenges of the obstacles, some slightly hidden in the long grass. We had some lovely local judges who were roped in from Buchan riding club who enjoyed watching us and thought they might like a go themselves. Great venue and I hope that we can use it in the future for a full competition. Nudge, nudge Michele and Vicki!!!! If anyone else who  fancies having a go at organising full support will be given, just get in touch.


23/08/2021 – Over the weekend we had 15 NEST members travelling from the North East to Ovenstone in Fife, where TREC Scotland were hosting the Scottish TREC Championships to either compete or judge. The journey took approx 3 – 4 hours. The orienteering on Sat was in the rain, although it was warm and didn’t affect the riding much. The map was a typical Karen Waite (traceur) route  with lots of twists, turns and loops. It was an amazing ride, mostly on field margins with some good canters on the straight bits (when we knew which direction we were heading) Up the hill in the mist, very odd when horse and riders clad in hi viz appear out of nowhere. Not sure who was more spooked us or the horses. The stunning views were hidden for another time! We all got home, tired but safe and sound having had excellent riding and brains tested. Sunday was a better day with the great PTV on the Ovenstone cross country course followed by a lovely straight MA. It certainly was challenging and lots of giddy horses out on the course, but we all came away smiling.  Barbara and I popped into Costco on Thursday night and bought enough food to sink a ship, and Anna’s mum and Dad had brought the caravan for Anna and Dot to use with an awning so we made that NEST HQ for the weekend. It was great sitting with easy chat flowing, lots of laughter, eating and drinking in-between our rounds and of course the kettle was always on. Nearly like old times! The NEST team did great in the results too. Here are the official placings – Level 1 Pairs  Michele & Vicki 1st. Victoria and Virginia 4th. Sheila & Kate 5th. Level 2 pairs Clare and Elodie 2nd, Jen and Barbara 3rd. Level 2A Pairs Dot and Anna 1st. Level 2 Individual Rosie 3rd.  A couple of special mentions. Elodie got the highest PTV score of the day with 148 points out of a max 160 points from 50 riders, you can check out a video of her round on the NEST Facebook page. Sheila and Kate got highest scoring Level 1 POR. Anna and Dot were competing in their first Level 2A, Michele and Vicki were competing in their first ever full TREC competition and away from home. Barbara was competing in her first Level 2 full competition.  Victoria’s horse has only ever been to one TREC training and it was their first time away from home and Virginia’s baby horse Flash also stepped up to the challenge. Lots of firsts and personal achievements which go way beyond the showing of the results. Thank you to Janet and Margaret supporting us. Happy but tired NESTies. 


05/07/2021– Yesterday we had our MA/PTV competition at Dinnet on the Deeside Pony Club field. When we set the course up on the Friday we were surprised to find a Working Hunter course had grown where we planned to have some obstacles, Oops! We had to wait to finish setting up until Sunday morning. Then we had a few poorly judges, with broken bones, broken tooth (not the same person) and a few other obstacles thrown in the way, including getting bread for the judges rolls (who would have thought) Anyhow an early start to finish getting the course ready.  We had all sorts of weather thrown at us poring rain and a threat of thunder, my husband said “and you do this for fun?” YES!!! The start ran a little bit later than planned, the rain stopped and we soon caught up. Lovely course, lots of smiling faces. Covid heads still on for some people and horses, not quite used to getting out and about with an occasional buck thrown in. The ditch seemed to be the bogie fence.  Some super rounds and great seeing riders hard working showing in the scores.  A lovely day, with lovely riders, judges and horses,  great results and we cleared the course in sunshine. It always surprises me how each event throws up new challenges for horses, riders and organisers. Roll on the next one. 

07/06/2021 – We had our first competition at Mosswood at the end of May be it only the MA/PTV and what a great day it was. The sun was shining at last, and lots of smiley faces. The course took a few by surprise and some wrong turns were taken. I think a course walk will be on peoples lists of what to do next time, although we can still get it wrong even then. Great to catch up with folk having fun with their horses and lots of first timers out on a full PTV course, which I think they will agree is totally different to our indoors series. It was great to see the judges turn out in force too. All in all a grand day out. Roll on Dinnet.  

6/05/2021 – Update – Due to request we have started a memory page for Marlene on the Macmillan site for donations and sharing memories of Marlene.  Please click here to donate. 

26/04/2021 – We had some sad news last week with the announcement of the death of Marlene Ralley former Chair of NEST after a battle with Cancer. She retired to the Isle of Lewis a few years ago but still came over to the mainland to compete when she could.  She was a great ambassador for the sport, and  encouraging others to embrace the sport and travel further afield. She dragged myself and many others on unforgettable adventures, including Marr Lodge weekend, a trip to TREC Ireland, visits to other UK clubs to attend competition’s if not riding then judging, and so much more. Gone much too soon. Our thoughts are with Fraser and Findlay. We are getting our heads together to think of a fitting tribute to this funny, determined, animal loving lady. 

10/04/21 Great news…..At our AGM we all agreed that as a big thank you to our members, for their continued support during the pandemic, the membership fee for the next membership year which runs from 1st October 2021 to 30th September 2022 will be FREE to all NEST paid up members from the current year.

We are back! AGAIN!!

Pre Competition reminder and pointers we all have to run with. Details may change slightly for each venue but the basics remain the same.

If you are going out to compete or train please remember:  There needs to be as few people as possible on site. Do not bring additional people with you. Be on site for the shortest time you can. ‘Arrive, Compete, Leave’ and always maintain social distancing.

It may be hard for you to remember when you first arrive at an event – you will be seeing people you may not have seen for several months. However, be responsible at all times.  You still need to adhere to government guidance in terms of gathering size, continuing to sanitize your hands and social distancing.

Bring your own loo, most loos are out of bounds unless in dire need!

Bring your  horses and your own drinking water and food as there will be no catering.

Please lock cars for security.

Do not graze your horse around the arena and verges.

Riders to be with their own horses at all times unless a member of your family can hold your horse for you. Do not leave your horse tied up unattended, if you must leave them unattended keep them in the trailer/box.

You must stay at least 2m apart from all other people. At all times.

Bring your own washing/sanitizer.

Take rubbish home, Poo pick after your horse. Leave everything as you found it.

Parking leave at least 5-10m apart so you can follow social distancing at all time.

Arrive around your allotted time, not to early  as we need to avoid crowds. Keep clear of the entrances to the school so you stay within 2m of others.

Vaccinations need to be emailed to before the event AND will be added to the TREC GB central database unless you request for us not to add it.

Entry forms the be emailed to

Payments to be made in advance on the website or via BACs as per entry form.

There will be no presentations, all results will be emailed after the event.

Sorry for all the rules and regulations but we have to follow this to get our sport back on the road and so we can all be safe.

Be sensible, be responsible, keep socially distant but do have fun . We are really looking forward to seeing you all again!

TREC GB is the National Governing Body for our sport in the UK.

Red Tier Individual Membership (equivalent to gold membership)

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    • Personal accident insurance (up to a claim limit of £10,000)
    • Eligibility to vote in TREC GB elections
    • Eligibility to ride at TREC GB Championships (subject to qualification criteria in force at the time)
    • Ability to apply for TREC GB places on international TREC training courses
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