Annual Riding Holiday & Group Trips

Every year the Red Kite TREC Group arranges a riding holiday for members. 

An opportunity to join other TREC enthusaists riding, improving your orienteering skills, socialising and having a great time with your horse.

2020 Riding Holiday

The RKTG Top Barn Short Break Riding Holiday

Jacqui Kedward is organising a holiday at Top Barn in Gloucestershire. All the details are below, and she is now taking bookings - first come first served, it should be a great chance to work on TREC skills as well as experience some wonderful riding and good company.

Dates: Tue 2 June to Thu 4 June
Cost : £250
Accommodation and coralling included.
You may stay the Monday night if required by arrangement for an extra £40.

To book please contact Jacqui Kedward, a deposit of £100 (non refundable) will be required to reserve a place. There are 2 places left, so dont miss out 

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Reports on some of our past riding holidays and links to venues:


2019 There was no formal holiday organised this year as the committee members were pretty tied up with organising two big full TREC events, Scolton early in the year, and more recently the highly successful Welsh Championships at the beautiful National Park on the beach and forests of Pembrey. Several members went up to the TREC GB National Championships in Scotland which was a major excursion in itself, there was also a good representation at the Level 1 Championships in England.

Kate Gillam took herself off to a weeks TREC training in Morvan, France with French World Champion, Ludovic Garnier. This was available to L4 and L3 riders. 16 people participated from multiple nations. 

NB. Please let us know of any other TREC holidays / courses / travel taken by members - all reports/photos welcome. Thanks.

2018 Riding Trips - Within UK

This year members went on a couple of smaller riding holiday trips in small groups. 

There was also a long distance ride in September where riders rode from Pembrokeshire to Newport staying in B&Bs enroute.

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Kate Gillam, Kathryn Wilding and Jacqui Kedward win the Level 4 and Level 3 Pairs

2017 Red Kite TREC Group Competition Holiday

The Red Kite TREC Group arranged a riding holiday to compete in the Irish National TREC Championships at Ballycoola near Drumond for a 6 day break.

The group travelled by ferry from Pembroke, landing in Rosslare and stayed overnight at the fabulous Wexford Equestrian Centre (highly recommended!).  The horses had lovely deep stables and the riders watched show jumping into the evening.

The following day they travelled up to the competition venue.  The competition was a challenge in itself as TREC Ireland compete using 1:50 scale OS maps blow up to the 1:25 scale, so they are lacking the features we are used to seeing.  The competition went well and Jacqui, Kate and Kathryn all bought home 1st place for their classes.  After the competition the group travelled back to Wexford and spent a day hacking and using the arena eventing facilities before boarding the ferry home for Wales.  Quite an adventure and all involved are itching to go back!

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Riders enjoying the scenic Shropshire views on the 2016 RKTG Riding Holiday

2016 Red Kite TREC Group Riding Holiday

The Red Kite TREC Group arranged a riding holiday to Tugfrod Farm, Cravan Arms, Shropshire in September 2016 for five days.

The group stayed in the wonderful self-catering cottages on Tugford Farm which is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty deep in Cravendale and overlooked by the Brown Clee Hill.  The ambition was to include the Long Mynd EGB (BRC) ride in the holiday but the competition was cancelled and so the riders had a more relaxed few days riding around the Shropshire hills.

Whilst the weather wasn't balmy the riding and views were stunning.  The group was made up of mixed ages (both horses and riders!) and abilities and went on rides of varying length and complexity over the few days away.  Some wanted to test their map reading and others simply wanted a nice ride and so everyone could be accommodated.

The accommodation was lovely, Tugford Farm is a family run working farm, with easy access to a multitude of bridleways.  Best of all the self-catering accommodation included a hot tub, which was most welcome after a hard day in the saddle.  The group shared the catering between them, eating very well indeed!  On one night they ventured out to Ludlow for a pub meal together. 

On the last day some even had a play on the cross country course at the farm which was rather exciting!  The equine accommodation was excellent with roomy stables or coralled fields on offer depending on the requirements.  As Tugford Farm also operates a livery yard there was a tack room, horse wash, plenty of parking for lorries and trailers.

Eveyone agreed it was lovely to spend a few relaxed days together in the beautiful countryside.

A small film of some of our members enjoying the Radnorshire Hills on the 2013 RKTG Riding Holiday

2013 Red Kite TREC Group Riding Holiday

The Red Kite TREC Group arranged a riding holiday to Brandy House, Brecon in June 2013 for five days.

The group stayed in the accommodation at Brandy House with some in the self-catering cottages and others opting for the B&B in the farmhouse.  The group got together for a meal every night in the farmhouse cooked by our wonderful hosts and on one night ventured to a local pub.

Each day the group split into rides and tackled rides of different lengths and complexity depending on each riders desires.  The Radnorshire countryside is amazing and we were able to ride for literally hours without meeting a soul.  It was wonderfully remote country!  There were miles and miles of bridleways and open moorland just waiting to be explored. The countryside was wild but not rugged and is abundant with birds and other wildlife.  There were two bridle-paths passing directly through the venue that took us up onto Beacon Hill, a 6000 acre wild moorland Crown Estate. We rode to the trig point on the top which is at a height of 1796 ft (547m). The tracks were good and offered lots of opportunities for long canters and gallops across flat-topped hills

A great few days away was enjoyed by everyone whether mounted or on foot.