We all know the classic disciplines practised by most of the riders who are jumping, training or even cross. But we rarely talk about other disciplines going on outside. Today we will talk about the TREC in other words the "equestrian Techniques of competition".
A small presentation is necessary. This sport was born at the end of the years 1980 in groups of hikers who wanted to measure their horses and their equestrian skills during tests valuing the qualities necessary for the practice of the hike. This discipline can be practiced as a team (3 or 4) or individually. You have to know that the inscription is on the national studs. In the TREC any type of horse can participate as well as ponies. Horses/Ponies of established origin (OC) and unrecognized origin (NCB) are accepted. It consists of 3 tests to evaluate the rider and his mount as a whole.
The first Test is the POR (Orientation and regularity course). It calls for good management of the horse's effort and knowledge in topography, especially in card reading. Before going on his journey, the rider will spend 20 minutes in a room called the Map Room. He's going to have to copy a route on his map. He will have to be very vigilant at the route on the map. This course can go from 12 to 50 km depending on the category. During the POR, checkpoints are scattered and their peculiarities are that the rider ignores their locations. At the beginning, and each control the ideal speed to be carried out on the next section is indicated.
The second is the mastery of gaits. It evaluates the equestrian technique of the rider and the training of the horse. Its goal is for a distance of 100/150 meters and in a corridor of 1.5 meter wide, the rider must take his horse in a slower gallop and come back in a not the fastest. For the Club 1 category, the test consists of five phases:
1:10 m in step
5 m transition Zone
2:15 m trotting
10 m transition Zone
3:20 m galloping
20 m transition Zone
15 m transition Zone
5:15 m gallop
This test must take place in a confined space, type career.
Each phase and each transition zone is materialized by cones forming a door of 2 m
Large minimum. This event is timed.
The last is the PTV (course in varied Terrain). It consists of 12 to 18 difficulties depending on the level. They can be natural or simulated. They reproduce situations that the rider and his horse can meet in the wilderness. It's all about crossing them in peace and security. On this test it is the efficiency, the franchise and the style of the couple that are noted. It can be composed of Ford, Hedge, staircase, ditch, footbridge, gate, low branches, trunk… The difficulties are chained, alternating fast jumping sections and technical passages requiring calm and precision. Some difficulties cross on foot as in the wilderness the rider may be brought down to some obstacles he meets.
Before there was a fourth trial which was the presentation of the couple but it was removed. It aimed to control the outfit and the harnessing of the couple, which must be adapted and maintained to "go away by cleaning the mount" and… The rider.
The rider must have a level three protective vest which is obligatory on the PTV, a pair of chaps which are obligatory only on the control of the gaits and on the PTV, the wearing of the bib on all the tests, a vest of signalling , a photocopy of his identity card and his license and a mobile phone (only one per team). For the horse's equipment, the rider is free to choose his harnessing (the without-jaw is allowed) but he must keep it on all three Tests. The horse must wear a halter with a lanyard underneath its equipment.
I thank Nature Trait for having kindly shared his photos during his TREC. She organizes one on June 4, 2016 in the farm.
If you want to know more about the discipline here is the TREC by FFETV:
So if like me you are passionate about outdoor riding and want to test your couple, start!