About TREC Southwest

TREC originated in France. It was introduced into the UK in the 1980’s, and has since expanded into a popular and accessible equestrian activity throughout Europe. Developed from the skills and expertise required of both horse and rider out hacking, it is designed to test and improve navigational competence, control of horses paces, and the ability to tackle a variety of terrain and natural obstacles whilst crossing country.

  • There are 4 competitive levels in TREC from beginner to international.

  • Riders can compete as an individual or in a pair.

  • Each level comprises of three phases in which different skills are tested and points are won.

  • At the end of the competition the points gained in each phase are totalled and the highest score wins.

The three phases are:

Orienteering (POR)

Riders follow a route they copy onto a map and then ride the route at speeds predetermined by the organisers. The POR is designed to test the riders orienteering skills as well as the horses fitness.

A maximum of 240 points can be won; riders lose points for incorrect navigation and timing.

Depending on the level riders compete at, determines the distance and difficulty of the route.

  • Level 1- Route up to 15km, basic navigation.
  • Level 2- Route up to 25km, compass needed as well as accuracy when crossing open land.
  • Level 2A –Route up to 25km, will include features of technical difficulty associated with Level 3.
  • Level 3 and 4- Routes up to 35km and 45km respectively- includes navigating to grid reference points and by bearings.

Control of paces (MA)

This is a ridden test measured in a corridor up to 150m in length and 2m wide. The combination must canter down it as slowly as possible and return walking as quickly as possible. Both of these paces must be completed without breaking pace or leaving the corridor.

A maximum of 30 points can be won for each pace.

Obstacles (PTV)

This section of a Trec recreates natural obstacles riders may encounter whilst out hacking in the British countryside. The course comprises of 16 optional obstacles such as opening a gate, riding up or down a bank, crossing water, ducking under low branch or a jump.

Each is worth 10 points for style, effectiveness and pace.

TREC events run all year round but have a slightly different format in the summer to the winter.

FULL TREC’s are in the summer months, and include all of the above. Winter TREC’s take place in an Arena. These competitions don’t have the orienteering aspect, there are normally fewer obstacles in the PTV and the MA course is often shorter.

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