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ThreeCounties Trec - Inaugural
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

ThreeCounties Trec 21st September 2014 

The weekend witnessed the first event of Three Counties Trec held in Drumshanbo Co. Leitrim by kind invitation of John Mcloughlin of Grangefort Equestrian Enterprises. A new member of Trec Ireland Three Counties Trec covers the counties of Leitrim,Roscommon and Longford. This new club was founded earlier in the year and having won the level one pairs national championship title in Stradbally Co. Laois they successfully went onto to host their first Training day in Co. Leitrim which took place on Sunday 21st.

With superb weather there was a good entry for the day, including many newcomers to the sport with eight competitors in the Junior section!

In addition to welcoming riders from across the region some as far as Athlone and across the border this offered many riders their first opportunity to experience Trec.

This successful day was made further possible by our Technical Delegate of the day and Secretary of Trec Ireland Karen Murphy. Karen who has recently returned from Italy with the young rider squad who recently competed at the World and European championships.

The day kicked off with riders all kitted out in high vis gear with highlighters at the ready for Map room training with Karen. This was followed by a short break for some refreshments and home made treats which were kindly provided on-site throughout the day by Maura Farrell. 



Sun cream was then applied by a few before setting out for the course walk to include COP (Control Of Paces) and PTV (Obstacles). Spectators were interested to see the variety of equines competing ranging from 11hh ponies up to 16.2hh .The use of western tack was also a focal point used by one competitor Elizabeth Cunnane who came all the way from Co. Roscommon. Liz, said she and her friend stumbled onto the sport of Trec two years ago and from that day they were hooked. ‘I enjoy my leisure time hacking out and around the lanes locally. I am not into hunting or showjumping but always felt there was a sport out there that i could get involved in that would suit me and my horse. It’s such a fun sport for horse and rider. For the first year we were travelling quite some distance but now with the formation of ThreeCounties Trec we can enjoy our sport right on our doorstep. We attended the inaugural event held at Grangefort Equestrian Enterprises in Drumshanbo on 21st September and had a thoroughly enjoyable day! We look forward to supporting this new group by attending as many events as possible

Some interesting options on course with breathtaking views but nothing would distract from the much coveted High score sash to be won! This was kindly sponsored by X-Factor rosettes located in Co. Galway.

Co Founder of Three Counties Trec Elaine Neary spoke of the incredible reaction from competitors and spectators alike “ They were blown away by the incredible facilities,stunning scenery and the warm welcome from the Grangefort team”Elaine said.

John McLoughlin,owner of Grangefort Equestrian Enterprises has many plans for the future. A professionally run facility with newly built indoor walker and lunge pen,2 all weather arenas plus approx 120miles of trekking to explore surrounded by forestry and the stunning Sliabh an Iarainn mountains.

Hosts John and the wonderful team at Grangefort treated riders to a beautiful setting, great orienteering and lovely facilities which we all look forward to returning for more adventures later in the future.

Three Counties Trec can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or on their Facebook page for further information.

Article written by Heidi Doyle Co founder of ThreeCounties Trec

Contact: 0830030606

Photos Contact and copywrite permission details on last photo captions attachment 1 to 5

Photo 6 is of Caroline Armond 2nd place in Seniors newest member from Leitrim Riding Club


Results from Three Counties Trec Training Day September 21st 2014


trec_1_resized_1.jpgJunior Section: 

Joint 1st Shannon Hennessy and 1st Saoirse Walker

2nd Alannah Childs

3rd Rihanne McGuinness

Joint 4th Megan McAvoy and Charlotte Doyle

5th Maria McGrenaghan

6th Alanna Keaney



Senior Section:


1st Katie Elwood

2nd Caroline Armond

3rd Moira Hanaphy

4th Charmaine Goodall

5th Jacqueline Magennis

6th Paula Farrell


High score sash sponsored by X-Factor Rosettes went to Katie Elwood with a highscore of 158.

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