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Hodgemoor Le Trec – Riding mum wins equestrian event with her daughter at her side
Chalfont St Giles, Sunday 25 August 2013. Hodgemoor Fund-Raising Event for riders

 As the rain cleared on Sunday morning, 18 riders and their horses made it to the start of the annual Hodgemoor Riding Association Le Trec event. After 3 hours in the saddle  and three different phases of the contest, Fiona McNaught, a 35 year-old mum from Holmer Green who has been riding since she was 13 in Hyde Heath, came through as the overall winner. The riding standards were high this year: Fiona scored 81%, 75% and 87% in each of the three phases, a remarkably consistent performance and a good indication of rider-horse coordination.

 

Overall results (score out of 480)

 

1

Fiona McNaught

 

402

2

Jean Hicks

 

384

3

Aida Molineux

 

374

4

Sasha Budzynski

 

362

5

Ali Wisbeach

 

356

6

Rebecca Lee

 

351

7

Caroline McCooey

 

349

8

Chelsea Reilly

 

329

9

Laura Jones

 

314

10

Keren Moody

 

303

11

Kirsty Brown

 

301

 2nd was Jean Hicks from Beggars Bush Lane, Watford, 3rd was Aida Molineux from Winchmore Hill and 4th was Sasha Budzynski from Seer Green. Winner Fiona’s daughter, 7 year old Rebecca Lee was 6th overall; juniors Chelsea Reilly and Kirsty Brown also featured well in the results. Aida Molineux from Winchmore Hill was 3rd overall.

Le Trec is composed of three phases, Obstacles, Control of Paces and Orienteering, the last of which carries more points than the first and second put together. The Phase 1 obstacles all need a relaxed horse who can work quietly and quickly with its rider. Obstacles include a 8 metre corridor, zig-zags on an incline, “feed the birdie”, the maypole, immobility and crossing a simulated water jump. Phase 1 winner Geoffrey Gudgion from Beaconsfield got top marks in 9 of the 15 obstacles, and he took them all with a minimum of hesitation and with admirable pace. Caroline McCooey, Jean Hicks and half a dozen other riders were right behind him.

Phase 1 (Obstacles) results.

1

Geoff Gudgion

 

128

85%

2

Caroline McCooey

 

126

84%

3

Jean Hicks

 

124

83%

4

Aida Molineux

 

123

82%

5

Fiona McNaught

 

122

81%

6

Sasha Budzynski

 

121

81%

7

Keren Moody

 

120

80%

8

Sarah Kane

 

120

80%

9

Monique Millington

 

118

79%

10

Laura Jones

 

112

75%

11

Kirsty Brown

 

110

73%

12

Michelle Stoliar

 

108

72%

13

Ali Wisbeach

 

102

68%

14

Victoria McGovern

 

100

67%

15

Chelsea Reilly

 

99

66%

16

Jane Van Dyke

 

89

59%

17

Rebecca Lee

 

88

59%

18

Julie Nolan

 

66

44%

 Geoff also won Phase 2, Control of Paces. He scored a rare 100% by cantering 150 metres as slow as possible (more than 32 seconds) and walking back as fast as possible (in less than 67 seconds).

Phase 2 (Control of Paces) results

1

Geoff Gudgion

 

60

100%

2

Michelle Stoliar

 

58

97%

3

Sasha Budzynski

 

56

93%

4

Caroline McCooey

 

53

88%

5

Laura Jones

 

52

87%

6

Monique Millington

 

51

85%

7

Fiona McNaught

 

45

75%

8

Chelsea Reilly

 

45

75%

9

Ali Wisbeach

 

44

73%

10

Aida Molineux

 

41

68%

11

Kirsty Brown

 

41

68%

12

Jane Van Dyke

 

39

65%

13

Sarah Kane

 

38

63%

14

Keren Moody

 

33

55%

15

Victoria McGovern

 

29

48%

16

Rebecca Lee

 

28

47%

17

Jean Hicks

 

25

42%

 Michelle Stoliar from Iver was 2nd in Phase 2, with Sasha Budzynski  from Seer Green 3rd.

 For the 3rd and most difficult phase, Orienteering, with map, compass, stopwatch and clues through Hodgemoor Woods, overall winner Fiona McNaught made a two-rider team with her own daughter, 7 year old Rebecca Lee who was therefore equal first in the Orienteering with her mother (contributing to her 6th overall). The Orienteering is scored on answering 7 questions to prove that you have been to the waypoint in question, and on noting the elapsed time to 10 waypoints to show the times taken.

Phase 3 Orienteering results

Position

 

 

Phase 3 questions

Phase 3 timings

Phase 3 total

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Fiona McNaught

 

60

175

235

87%

1

Rebecca Lee

 

60

175

235

87%

1

Jean Hicks

 

60

175

235

87%

4

Aida Molineux

 

70

140

210

78%

4

Ali Wisbeach

 

70

140

210

78%

6

Sasha Budzynski

 

70

115

185

69%

6

Chelsea Reilly

 

70

115

185

69%

8

Caroline McCooey

 

65

105

170

63%

9

Laura Jones

 

45

105

150

56%

9

Keren Moody

 

45

105

150

56%

9

Kirsty Brown

 

45

105

150

56%

 Jean Hicks, was equal first in the Orienteering with the mother-and-daughter pairing, with Aida Molyneux and Ali Wisbeach equal 4th.

Susie Bicknell, secretary of the association, said £360 was raised to go towards maintaining the paths in the woods used by walkers, cyclists and riders. Even better, all the riders and the many helpers had great fun participating and learnt a lot about some important equestrian disciplines. The details of the scoring methodology for each Phase is given at the bottom of the four blue tabs on the results sheet. Full results at www.hodgemoor.org.uk/downloads/hodgemoor_trec_results_2013.xls

Note:
Le Trec is a multi-discipline horse event approved by the British Horse Society which helps give riders confidence in dealing with obstacles and encourages agility, flexibility and control. The Hodgemoor event encourages beginners by a handicap process, so 14 of the competitors had not done Le Trec before. There are 3 phases: a 15 or 16 "Obstacles" phase where you are judged on how well you negotiate, for example, reining back, turning tight corners, bending, or down a narrow corridor. Then a “Control of Gaits” phase where you canter as slowly as possible for 100 metres, then walk back as fast as you can.  The final and optional phase is "Orienteering", where clues help you to find a 1½ to 2 hour route through Hodgemoor Wood. The last phase can be undertaken solo or in a small team up to three riders.

Hodgemoor Dressage and Top Score jumping 23 June 2013
Many, many thanks to Jenien and Rik at Grove Livery for hosting the dressage and jumping today: £460 was raised for the Association which is amazing. Many thanks also to our Judge, Natalie Hosier, who was very constructive in her comments to the many entrants today who were there, many for their first ever tests, with young, newly broken, ex-hunters, ex-racehorses, you name it, they were there, dealing with high winds, piggies in a corner, children playing, clicking pylons, ......Then the Top Score jumping provided a lot of fun, with 17 entrants, with Chris Edmunds on Spotty winning the £100 prize, kindly donated by Balcomm Ltd and Grove Livery. And, it only rained once!!

Hodgemoor Challenge: results of the Dressage at Austens Farm 22 Sept 2012
We spent a happy morning at Austens Farm, with thanks to Sacha Hamilton for the hospitality and for judging the dressage to music. The weather was delightful and the ambience was very relaxed which helps those competing for the first time. Winners in the various classes were Katy Overton, Phoebe Ellis, Tessa Bayliss, Lisa Mayhew, Jaimi Roehrig and Susie Bicknell. Download the full results here and click on the 22 Sept tab at the bottom right to see Saturday's detailed results. All competitors got a rosette and their judge's sheet. Biggest thanks of the day go to Di Bovey for judging 23 tests, and to Bunny, Geoff, Susie and Marcus for helping on the day.

Note that the Hodgemoor Challenge 2011/2012 is drawing to a close. The 30th September event at Widmer has been cancelled so 14 October at Windmill will be the last event of the 24 month contest (click here for the list of upcoming events http://www.hodgemoor.org.uk/events.htm ). The leader is Chris Edmunds on Spotty, followed by Jo O'Mahony on Misty and Marcus Bicknell on Bally. The juniors are led by Caitlin Mayo on Daisy. You clearly need to get a horse whose name ends in "y" if you want to do well across the year! If you were a winner of a perpetual trophy in 2010 please rteun it now for engraving for the new winner.

Hodgemoor Challenge: results of the Dressage at Widmer 26 May 2012
The 4 Class winners were Pip Edmunds on Irish Mist, Jo O'Mahony on the same horse, Jodie Maile on Finnley and the same rider on Buffy. Lovely organisation by Francesca and James and their team. Thank you so much. Download the full results here and click on the 26 May tab at the bottom right. 

Improvements in the woods
In addition to the upcoming work on Susie's Loop (at the Association's cost), Forestry Commission themselves are undertaking another drainage and surfacing exercise  similar to that undertaken by the charcoal burner a few years ago. The location is at the bottom of The Mount where the trail from the Beeches meets the trail from the Charcoal Burner (previousl called Mulcern's Drive). This area alongside the sinkhole was extremely muddy last year during the filming of Skyboy and the vehicles left ruts. The contractor is going to install covered perforated pipes under the ground to take the water into the ditch and off down to the south of the path. He will then surface the junction to his normal standard. Jo Mason at the Forestry Commission had identified the issue 18 months ago and put it a bid to DEFRA. It was approved so just now waiting for the works to be completed.

Hodgemoor Challenge: standings
There were 6 Challenge events in 2011 so this year's will be cumulated  into those to make a Challenge running across the two years. Results. After the Dressage of 26 February 2012, Susie Bicknell is now in the lead of the Hodgemoor Challenge, with the Edmunds stable moving up the standings ... Chris to 2nd, Pip (2010 winner) to 8th and Charlie Hertel to 4th. Both Monique Millington's horses have had recent injuries so she was unable to defend her lead; she drops to 2nd but she'll be back. Jo O'Mahony has changed horses so loses her 3rd place. For the future events click on Events Calendar and for info about the Challenge click on Hodgemoor Challenge.

Hodgemoor Challenge: results of the Dressage at Waylands 26 February 2012
Congratulations to the 6 class winners, Lucinda Young, Gill Garside, Jo O'Mahoney, Jodie Maile, Aleesha Adams and Maxine Butter. We were also so pleased to see newcomers and competitors having their first outings on new horses; the relaxed atmosphere of the Hodgemoor events seems to help sooth the nerves. Thank you from Susie and Marcus to the judges Jodie Maile and Rob Waine, to the writers Rob, Yvonne Edwards and Janet Blair, to Lana for the use of the school, to the helpers Dawn Castle our No.1  scorer, Geoff Gudgion, Linda Tuttle, Georgina Blair, Anna Pugh and those we have forgotten. Download the full results here. Great weather, great vibes and some terrific riding. Well done all.

Picture: Two eventual winners Muffin (Gill Garside) and Dunboy (Jo O'Mahoney) rub noses and discuss the price of hay during a break in warming up.

Web site re-vamp
Marcus Bicknell and Francesca Burfitt revamped this web site during January 2012. Please report broken links and errors to Marcus.

We're on Facebook
Thanks to Jenien Cunningham we now have a Facebook page where you can post images and messages.

2011 party and AGM: 12 December 2011
A bit later this year so we can be even more riotous and Christmassy. AGM at 7 follow by drinks and a chance for a good chinwag with your riding pals. Reading  Room, Chalfont St Giles, opposite the butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker (green-grocer).

Hodgemoor mini-cross-country 6 November 2011
15 riders competed in the mini-XC at Homefarm Orchard; a couple of new jumps, white and red marker flags, a bogey time to aim for and a cool sunny morning so everyone had fun. Home advantage to the Hodgemoor chairman Marcus Bicknell, whose new horse Bally now lives on the field next door. He won by only one point from last year's winner Chris Edmunds on Spotty, whose time was exactly the bogey time, to the second, but who had a course mistake and one jump done in the wrong order. You can check the full results by clicking on Hodgemoor Challenge results; the results are on the tab "6Nov11" at the bottom, and the overall standings on the tab "Standings". Chris Edmunds takes the lead in the standings, chased by Monique Millington, Susie Bicknell and Jo O'Mahony. We will decide before the AGM whether to call the Challenge 2011 on these results or to continue it into next year.

Hodgemoor Challenge dates and results: just click on the link.

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Pony and Pimms results: 22 May 2011
This unusual event saw riders undertaking Working Equitation exercises like bendy poles, figure of eights, reinback, over a bridge, picking up a hoop on a pole and picking up a jug of Pimms. Yes, they got a drink afterwards! Winner was Tim Taylor on Arqueiro followed by Fleur Cunningham and, in equal third, Nicky West and Jade Blake. You can download results here; if you competed you will see your detailed scores on one of the tabs at the bottom of the sheet. The updated Hodgemoor Challenge sheet can be downloaded here.

Le Trec event 9 April 2011
      The annual Hodgemoor LE TREC event was held in dazzling sunlight and 20°C warmth on Saturday 9th April. This French-originated discipline tests riders and horses in three phases... a) precision riding obstacles, b) control of paces and c) orienteering with map and compass in the woods. Sarah Lowe was the overall winner, with Andrea Mayo on her daughter Caitlin's pony second. Pip and Chris Edmunds were third and fourth. In the three phases, Tracey Cook was best in the obstacles, Geoff Gudgion (on the chairman's Bally) in the control of paces, and Sarah Lowe in the orienteering along with her riding partners Chrissie and Hannah West. Quite a few riders did not do the orienteering phase so did not score those points, so the details of all three phases are given in the results. Photos at http://www.jnaphotography.com/ . Complete results including the sheet for each rider at www.hodgemoor.org.uk/downloads/letrec_results_9Apr2011.xls Hodgemoor Challenge points will be updated during the week.

New Riding Trail Official Opened 2 April 2011
      BBC Breakfast’s Bill Turnbull kindly made the time to open the new riding trail in Hodgemoor Woods on Saturday 2nd April 2011. He was the guest of the Hodgemoor Riding Association and Forestry Commission in the heart of the woods with about a hundred assorted riders and walkers.
     The Hodgemoor Riding Association celebrated its tenth anniversary by opening a new riding trail in Hodgemoor Woods, in cooperation with the Forestry Commission.  In the last 10 years, the Hodgemoor Riding Association has raised nearly £100,000 towards maintaining the trails, making Hodgemoor Woods a much pleasanter environment for walkers, cyclists and horseriders alike.  Local celebrity Bill Turnbull has kindly agreed to cut the tape and open this addition to the existing network. 
     “Hodgemoor is an outstanding facility,” says Turnbull, “a real oasis of calm in the local area.  Trails like the network maintained by the Hodgemoor Riding Association allow everyone to enjoy the space – from horse riders to dog walkers like me.  I’m delighted we have such an active group, and I’m looking forward to making good use of the new trail.”
     Marcus Bicknell, Chairman of Hodgemoor Riding Association, commented; “Our association is thriving.  Buckinghamshire has one of the highest concentrations of riders in the country, and we now have over 250 members.  Our partnership with the Forestry Commission means that those members have access to over 4 km of safe, off-road trails in a beautiful location. It’s to the credit of the riders that all these improvements are at their own cost; funds are raised by riding events, the annual Hodgemoor Hoedown and £5 each in annual subscriptions. But we aren’t only thinking of the riding community; we recognise that horses can damage surfaces – they can’t help it – so we concentrate on building and maintaining trails that can be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists as well as riders, and which leave the walkers’ parts of the woods free of the morass of mud which existed ten years ago. All users can be proud of the extraordinary amenity available to us.”
    Picture: Jo Mason and Bill Turnbull were awarded specially-inscribed rosettes thanking them for their cooperation in the opening of the trail.

• Susie Bicknell (after whom the new trail is named), Secretary, Hodgemoor Riding Association.
• Marcus Bicknell, Chairman, Hodgemoor Riding Association, 
• Jo Mason, Chilterns Beat Forester, Forestry Commission, South East England, 
• Bill Turnbull, BBC Breakfast presenter, 
• Geoff Gudgion, Hodgemoor Riding Association, Events Coordinator, 
     Photos: view and order prints on Snapfish (you need to make yourself an account for free but you can opt out of their emails). You can also order from the photographer Pete Glowski on pete@southbankphoto.co.uk

     The new trail is open to all users including riders and cyclists (but no motorised vehicles are permitted on any Forsetary Commission land). Click here to see the map page or here to download the map in printable pdf  form. Have fun!

Motorbikes in Wood - you can help
     A girl out in the woods on Saturday afternoon 19 March 2011 with Aescwood Riding School was taken to Wexham Hospital after falling off because the ride was confronted by 3 motorbikes. Luckily her injuries were not serious. The police came quickly with a helicopter and cautioned one of the bikers under Section 59. The other two escaped. The reason the police came was because they had had several calls about the bikers from Audrey's staff, Judith Broadley, other riders and walkers . The police have now flagged Hodgemoor as a priority when they get calls. So PLEASE PLEASE put this number on your mobile phone 0845 850 5505 and call them direct rather than calling us: it is the number of calls the police receive that makes them react (plus an accident, sadly). So lots of calls from you rather than one call from us will have better and quicker results.

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Strangles: everyone must be vigilant all the time
     You are probably aware that there is a small case of strangles at one local stable. Three horses were affected in late 2011, one case with symptoms and 2 horses tested positive but with no symptoms. So far only the one horse has shown symptoms and we will let you know when the yard is clear.  Please call 07766 731831 for more information on this occurrence and the new page on our web site for information about how you can help reduce future outbreaks. Posted 3 Jan 2011

The Hodgemoor Challenge Trophy: Press release
HODGEMOOR CHALLENGE AWARDS IN CHALFONT ST GILES: CLEAN SWEEP FOR EDMUNDS FAMILY

The 2010 Hodgemoor Challenge trophies were awarded at the annual get-together of the Hodgemoor Riding Association in November. The Challenge started in 2010 and will continue every year. It's designed to encourage riders of all talents to compete in a variety of disciplines in the local area; this year 88 riders competed in 14 rounds of dressage, show jumping, cross country and Le Trec. The champion, junior champion and 5 other winners walked off with a mass of silverware and vouchers worth over £900 provided by trade sponsors in the area, Southbank Photographic, Chalfont Saddlery, Aescwood Riding School, Barton Reynolds Motors and Pristine Paddocks. The 2010 Champion is Pip Edmunds from Stoke Poges riding Irish Mist, while her husband Chris Edmunds was second. The Junior Champion (under 15 years old) is Ms. Charlie Hertel who works at the Edmunds’s stable. The complete list of winners is ...

Overall:
1 Pip Edmunds on Irish Mist
2 Chris Edmunds on Tyersal Souix
3 Sarah Kane on Barley

Junior category:
1 Charlie Hartell on Misbrooks Kangaroo
2 Marie Chatterton on Heltondale Ruby III
3 Sarah Witty on Little Tommie

Hodgemoor Challenge prize-giving
Our picture above (also available in high resolution at http://www.hodgemoor.org.uk/IMG_0237.jpg) shows left to right Charlie Hertel (junior champion), Pip Edmunds (champion), Marcus Bicknell (Hodgemoor), Charlie Swerling (Special Achievement), Marian Holder (Pristine Paddocks),  Chris Edmunds (second), Pete Glowski (Southbank Photographic) and Susie Bicknell (Hodgemoor). Click on the image for a high resolution version.

The Special Achievement trophy was won by one of the youngest competitors, 10-year-old Charlie Swerling of Chalfont St Giles. The judges said “Charlie earned this award notably for the excellent placing at the 7th March dressage in which he came 1st overall (including the seniors) in the Class 1 Section A competition, the first time he had ever competed in dressage. He has shown determination and talent in undertaking a technical discipline like dressage, against the seniors, on horseback.”

Press release in pdf here. More details on the Hodgemoor Challenge Trophy page. Click here for entry form and details of sponsors, rules and prizes. The results of events are on the same page: look for the calendar and click on a results link.

If you want to know the location of our mini cross country field, it's under the letters "Cha" of Chalfont St Giles on the map at http://www.hodgemoor.org.uk/downloads/map.pdf

If you would like to prepare yourself for the layout of mini cross-country jumps, the plan is at http://www.hodgemoor.org.uk/downloads/hodgemoor_cross_country.pdf 
 

Membership needed to ride in the woods
After 18 months' consultation, it was decided in October 2007 to make membership compulsory for riding on the permissive trails in Hodgemoor Wood. Following the contract (download a copy) between the Hodgemoor Riding Association and the Forestry Commission for our use of the wood, it is indeed now obligatory to be a member if you want to ride on the permissive trails in the wood. With a modest membership fee of £15 (or £10 for a standing order), the time had come to encourage all local riders to participate in maintaining the trails in the Woods. You can look at the reasons for the decision in the consultation paper. Contact Susie Bicknell 01494 872447 or email susie@hodgemoor.org.uk or download the membership form and standing order mandate form in the blue column to the left..

Current Links
Map of the Mini Cross-Country Course with new jumps in 2008 Remember that members can rent this XC field at any time, £5 per person. Call Susie 01494 872447
Riding by Permit Only: Consultation Paper Click here to down load
What is Le Trec?
Agreement between us and Forestry Commission, complete text (new July 2008)
AGM Minutes October 2009
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Some of our previous events: 

We have added an ARCHIVE page to the web site so that we can keep the announcements and news over the years, without cluttering up the front page. Please click here for the archive page.

4 June 2011 Hodgemoor Hoedown 
17th July 2010. The first Hodgemoor Hoedown was at Flexmore Farm, Bottrells Lane, Chalfont St Giles - a barn dance to live music by ‘The Mad Hatters’ - Ceilidh & Country Band. Sumptuous Hog Roast & Vegetarian BBQ. Licenced Bar – tombola.  150 good souls came along, had a laugh whilst supporting the efforts to keep the trails in the woods in good nick! 
Saturday 18 April 2009 10-13h. Unaffiliated Le Trec Competition
Saturday 28th March 2009: Wendover Woods Ride: Box to near RAF Halton for a rare opportunity to ride in picturesque hilly woods with views of the Vale of Aylesbury. Half a dozen riders has a terrific 2 hour hack.
Saturday 3rd January 2009 @11am - Clinic. SUE EDWARDS (British Eventing Accredited Trainer, 3 Day Event & Dressage Rider, Member of B.E Coach Development Program). 

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