TREC is a three phase equestrian discipline, that is suitable for all types of horses and riders. TREC is fun, challenging and above all, a great way to spend time with your horse. It combines three phases; POR (Orienteering), MA (Control of Paces) and PTV (Obstacle & Skills Test).
The POR (Parcours d'Orientation et de Regularite) is the orienteering phase of TREC. Riders follow a given route on a map at set speeds. Checkpoints are placed along the route, but their locations are unknown to the riders.
Parcours en Terrain Varie (Obstacle course) is the cross country element of TREC. The course is generally between 1k and 5km long and consists of 16 obstacles which test the skill and partnership of horse and rider. Obstacles may be mounted or led and include a range of the skills needed to negotiate riding in open terrain such as crossing water, drops, logs etc.
Maitrise des Allures (MA) is the Control of Paces phase. In this section the riders are asked to show control over their horse's paces. Competitors have to walk and canter along a 150m corridor that is 2 - 4m wide. Time is used to calculate the marks awarded with the highest marks awarded for the slowest canter and the fastest walk. Marks for each are out of 30, giving a total of 60 marks for this phase.
TREC is very versatile in that it caters for horses and riders young and old, riders can challenge themselves and progress to the highest levels in the sport, or select the level which suits their confidence and ability. Above all, it's a very social sport, providing riders with the opportunity to develop their skills in some of the most stunning settings.
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TREC Ireland Committee 2013 - 2014
Chairperson: Adrian Flynn
Vice- Chairperson: Celia Taylor
Secretary :Karen Murphy
Assistant Secretary x2 :Judi Goor, Tina Fagg
Membership Officer: Tina Fagg, Judi Goor,
PRO: Orla O Reilly
Assistant PRO: Bambi Carroll / Karen Reilly/ Jacinta Magennis
Treasurer: Mairead Moynaghan
Assistant Treasurer: Grainne Ni Uid
Child protection Officer: Orla O Reilly
Safety officer: Karen Nicholson
International Liaison Officer: W. Bastian.