TREC by Dark Horse Media featuring Paul Turner

TREC by Dark Horse Media featuring Paul Turner

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Trec is a sport whose origins are based in 'green tourism' and is accessible to the ordinary recreational rider. Trec competition combines the elements of trail riding with (optional) jumping and riding school flatwork. It doesn't require a particular type of horse; Shires compete alongside Shetlands - and everything in between! It is relatively inexpensive to take part - most of the equipment you will most likely already have. You can compete in pairs, in fact the social aspect of Trec is what sets it apart!

About Trec
The discipline which originated in France as Techniques de Randonnée Equestre de Competition, is designed to test the horse and rider over a whole range of activities and is conducted in three phases. First the orienteering section or POR (Parcours d'Orientation et de Reglarite) which is designed to test the rider's ability to follow a route map at predetermined speeds. The Control of Gaits is the 'dressage' phase aimed at testing the collected canter and extended walk. Finally the exciting obstacles or cross country phase known as the PTV (Parcours en Terrain Varie) is a course of sixteen obstacles out of a possible 23, which have to be negotiated in a set time. These may include water crossings, trailer loading or a variety of natural jumps.