Rules as per the 4th edition TREC GB rulebook, which can be found at

  1. Horses must be a minimum of four years old to compete at Level 1, 2 and 2A and five years old to compete at levels 3 and 4 (ie for levels 1, 2 and 2A, a horse born in 2014 may compete in 2018). Mares more than four months pregnant may not compete.
  2. The welfare of horses competing in British TREC competitions is paramount. No horse may compete if it is unsound or unfit to carry the rider for any reason.  Any rider who continues on a horse that they know to be unsound or that has been definitively stopped by the veterinary surgeon or designated competent official on fitness and/ or welfare grounds will be eliminated from the competition.
  3. Riders under the age of fourteen on day of competition may only compete in Pairs classes and must be accompanied by a rider of 18 years or older. Pairs ride together for POR and separately for the MA and PTV. Parents/guardians of competitors under the age of 16 will be required to complete a Parental Consent Form (available on the TREC GB website).
  4. All riders competing must be members of either Trec Southwest, TREC GB or a GB TREC Club. Non members will pay an additional £5 to become members of Trec Southwest for the duration of the competition.
  5. Clearly visible coloured tail wraps/ribbons should be worn to advise other riders of a potential hazard – Red = kicker, Green = young/inexperienced horse, Blue = stallion. If the horse/pony is a stallion then stallion discs must also be worn on both sides of the bridle.
  6. No rider will be permitted to start any phase of the competition unless wearing a hard hat, which meets a standard currently approved (listed in Appendix 2 TREC GB Rulebook). The appropriate hats should have the BSI ‘KITE’ mark and/or Inspec IC Mark and/or the American equivalent, the ‘SEI’ mark securely (non-removable) attached to the hat. Medical armbands must also be worn for all phases.
  7. Riders must wear a BETA level 3 standard body protector for the PTV phase. From 2018 all body protectors must have a purple label dated 2009 or later. An approved body protector must be worn for the PTV at all levels unless the course includes no ridden fixed jumps. The definition of a fixed jump includes jumps such as hedges, path crossings, steps up, steps down and tree trunks which cannot be knocked down. Body protectors are recommended on the PTV phase even when no fixed jumps are used. It is recommended that body protectors are replaced every 3-5 years, even if they are apparently undamaged.
  8. Riders must wear clothing that is suitable and practical for riding out in the countryside. Horses must wear the same tack (saddle and bitting arrangement) for all three phases.
  9. Horses may compete shod or unshod. Horses with loose or badly fitting shoes will not be allowed to compete.  The state of shoeing will be noted at the vetting or tack check and this will be considered the minimum shoeing for the POR for that horse.  If a horse loses a shoe on the POR and no hoof boot/ similar is available to replace it then the rider will be eliminated and the horse must be led/walked back to the venue by the shortest route or transported in a horsebox/trailer.
  10. Standing martingales and other fixed reins are forbidden. For led PTV obstacles the horse must be led using the reins taken over the head or a headcollar and leadrope. If a horse is ridden in a running martingale it must be led from a headcollar and rope for any led obstacles on the PTV, unless the martingale can be unclipped from the neckstrap so that the reins can be taken over the horse’s head.
  11. Whips must not exceed 75cm (1m for side-saddle) overall length (including any thong or tassel). Spurs, if worn, must be rounded, not exceeding 3cm in length and must not point upwards.
  12. Mobile phones may be carried for use in emergency but must be declared prior to start of POR and be switched off. Level 1 competitors may be asked to ride with their phones turned on and provide their mobile number to the organisers at the tack check.
  13. During the POR phase riders must wear fluorescent/reflective hi-vis clothing. The minimum requirement is clearly visible fluorescent strips (or garment) on the rider’s torso. It is strongly recommended that this is also reflective, and is supplemented by a fluorescent/reflective hatband and fluorescent/reflective hi-vis on the horse.
  14. Medical armbands and ID are compulsory and must be worn for all three phases of the competition. The medical armband should include basic information to help any First Aid staff to assist you and should be easily visible. Information should include: name, address, next of kin with contact details, competitor number, emergency telephone number for event and any relevant medical information (such as allergies, any current medication).
  15. If a rider / pair returns to the venue without having passed through the finish checkpoint (ie still in possession of their record card) they must report to the map room or an official immediately.

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with the basic rules. The TREC GB Rulebook (4th edition 1 February 2018) can be found on the TREC GB website,

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