TREC is a sport intended to
test the skills of a horse and rider in planning and executing a long distance
ride in unfamiliar countryside. TREC stands for Technique de
Randonnee Equestre de Competition and originated in
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 &
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
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.