Senior Rider #1 - Jackie Bennett and her trusty steed Bradley
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Jackie started competing in TREC in the UK in 2002 and has been very passionate about the sport since her first competition! She is very lucky to own Bradley an Irish Draft x Latvian, that loves the sport as much as she does. Jackie and Bradley competed at the championships in Austria in 2010 and Segovia in Spain in 2016. Jackie also represented the GB Team in Mafra on a borrowed horse, Atento in 2012. Jackie's day job is running the family car repair garage that her father started in 1972. Between TREC and the family business she has very little time for anything else!
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Dorothy and 11 year old Wahiki have been together for 6 years. Wahiki was bought in Ireland as a 5 year old in the hope that he would make a good TREC horse. Dot has competed in most equestrian disciplines and was introduced to TREC in 2008. She was instantly hooked, finding all three phases challenging and fun. Together they have become a great partnership, each relying on each other. Dot and Wahiki have been selected 3 times to ride for Team GB - 2014 Italy, 2016 Spain and 2018 Italy. They were 13th at the World Champs in Segovia 2016, and are reigning British Level 4 league Champions. In 2018 they have been 2nd in Irish open, 2nd in English open and 3rd in Scottish Open. Dorothy now has TREC friends all over the world and hopes to be involved in the sport for many years to come.
Senior Rider #3 - Kate Gillam and her mount Lily Langtree; their first crack at a major European Championships!
Kate Gillam rides her 14 year old Irish Sports Horse ‘Lily Langtree’, which she has owned and trained for the last 10 years. She has been competing in T4 TREC on Lily for the last 3 years with her first win in 2017 at the Irish National Championships. She is dedicated to the sport, loving riding across new and beautiful landscapes around the UK. Kate is from the west coast of Wales, living in a small beautiful harbour village near the Cathedral City of St Davids. If you have not been, she recommends a visit!
Senior Rider #4 Liz Davison and Indy; their international debut this year in Italy!
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Liz Davison rides her Welsh/TB horse Indy. Liz has ridden Indy for 12 years and they have competed in TREC together for 8 years. This is Liz's first European TREC Championships and she is very excited and looking forward to the challenge!
Senior Rider #5 - Sheila Watson and her own Cricket!
Sheila is secretary for a firm of architects, and runs a farmhouse B&B, as well as competing in TREC with her home bred Welsh Section D, Eldrick Redoubt (Cricket). Cricket was to lent the GB team in Segovia two years ago with another rider, and now it is Sheila’s turn to ride her own pony in the European Championships.
Junior Rider #1 - Caitlin Crossley and her trusty steed Adamfield Flashlight
Caitlin Crossley rides her Dales pony ‘Adamfield Flashlight’ (Flash). Caitlin is 21 years old and is currently a Veterinary Student at the University of Liverpool. Caitlin has owned Flash since 2009 and has competed in TREC with him for 9 years. Caitlin and Flash have previously participated in four Young Rider Championships in Belgium, Italy, Holland and France. This will be Caitlin’s last year as a Young Rider with the squad, and she is hoping to move up to seniors next year.
Young Rider #2, Alex Robinson and Trefnant Royal Warrior, representing the GB Young Rider Team for their 3rd time in 2018.
Alexandra (Alex) Robinson rides her Welsh Section D ‘Trefnant Royal Warrior’ (Warrior). Alex is 18 years old and has recently taken her A-Levels. Alex has owned Warrior for eight and a half years, and has been competing in TREC for 10 years. Alex has previously competed at two Young Rider Championships in Spain and France.
Young Rider #3 and her trusty steed; Jess Wain and Willow The Wisp!
Jess Wain rides her Anglo-arab x Welsh pony ‘Willow the Wisp’ (Willow). Jess is 20 years old and is currently a professional groom, rider and house sitter. However, she is about to study Performance Costume at Edinburgh University. Jess and Willow have been a partnership for 17 years and have competed in TREC for 8 years. Jess and Willow have previously participated in the European Young Rider Championships in Spain.
Young Rider #4; Jo McCormac riding her own Clonlaras Dubh!
Jo McCormac rides her ex racehorse Clonlaras Dubh (Dove). Jo is 20 years old and is an Equine Science student at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. Jo has owned Dubh for 5.5 years and this is Jo's second year competing in TREC and Dubh's first year. Jo is also a very experienced Endurance Rider and this is Dubh’s usual discipline, however Dubh is filling in for Jo's other pony Apache, her usual TREC partner, after she suffered a kick injury rendering her unable to travel to Italy. This is Jo’s second Young Rider Championship, having competed in France last year. Jo is also a global ambassador for Wintec Saddles.
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