The Sport of TREC
TREC stands for Techniques de Randonnee Equestre de Competition and originated in France as a way of testing the competence of long-distance trail riders and leaders. TREC has always had a strong connection with equestrian tourism and this emphasis continues within the GB nations. TREC was introduced into the UK in the early 1990s and in 2014 TREC GB was formed to become the Governing Body of the equestrian sport of British TREC.
TREC GB is the NETO (National Equestrian Tourism Organisation) representative for Great Britain and is affiliated to FITE (Federation Internationale de Tourism Equestre). TREC GB is responsible for the Governance of the sport of TREC, produces the Rule Book and keeps an oversight of affiliated competitions and training.
Red Kite TREC Group is one of 15 affiliated TREC Clubs which cover England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man which all run local training and TREC events. TREC encompasses all sorts of training, activities and competitions that develop the partnership between horse and rider – all aimed at increasing horsemanship skills and confidence to enable you enjoy riding in the beautiful and varied countryside throughout the UK – and further afield too!
A wonderful way of meeting people throughout the country and forming new friendships. TREC training and activities take place all year and may cover some or all of three elements of a full TREC competition.
Full TREC Competitions
The three phases of a full Summer TREC competition are outlined below. Full details on each of these phases can be found in the British TREC Rulebook which is available from TREC GB
Full competitions are normally held in Summer months when there are longer days and better weather. Competitions may be held on a single day or over a weekend.
TREC GB runs a Summer League for TREC GB members, where placings at all affiliated full Competitions count towards a National League.
The majority of affiliated competitions are also Qualifiers for the annual TREC GB Grassroots (Level 1) and National Championships (Levels 2, 2A, 3 and 4).
There are five competition levels that you may find at a TREC competition, ranging from Level 1 which is entry level to Level 4 which is international standard. Below is a guide to what you can expect at each level – but why not chat to some RKTG members to find out more?
Arena TREC events can be held throughout the year, normally in an arena, which can be indoors or outdoors, or in a small field. There is no orienteering ride (POR), simply a short course of 10 obstacles (PTV) and the MA. For this format, the MA is worth half the points that would be scored at a full competition. TREC GB run a Winter Series League which runs from October through to the end of March and local events may run affiliated classes which participate in this league.
Other TREC Formats
Other TREC events are also held – such as Score TREC (like a Treasure Hunt), 10:10 (with 10km ride and 10 obstacles), Versatile TREC Horse, orienteering ride (POR) only – the only limit is your imagination!
For questions relating to TREC or TREC GB please contact your South Wales Region Reps