Posted by: rstor | October 29, 2014

Have you Tried TREC?

NagMag October Trec spread

Recently reported by NagMag magazine our latest blog takes a look at TREC a fantastic equestrian discipline now being sponsored by the RS-tor riding safety aid.

So have you thought about trying TREC with your horse? The discipline helps develop the skills horse and rider need while hacking, and can include orienteering, negotiating obstacles and basic flatwork.

The RS tor Rider Safety Aid TREC GB Winter league runs nationwide from October 1st until March 31st and any horse and rider combination is able to enter. If you have ever wondered what the difference is between the two seasonal leagues, here is the info you need:

The full outdoor TREC League runs from March to October, and comprises three main elements –

  1. Orienteering on horseback (POR)
  2. Control of paces (CoP)
  3. Cross-country/obstacle course (PTV).

There are four levels of ‘full blown’ TREC competition, with Level One being the simplest, and Level Four the most challenging. Level One is suitable for beginners. Riders can typically expect to be out for around two to three hours on the orienteering on horseback (POR) section, and the cross-country/obstacle course (PTV) course may include jumping obstacles of up to 2 feet (60cm). In Level Two, the POR route is up to 20kms long and the PTV course can include obstacles up to 2’4 (70cm). Level Three has a POR route up to 32kms long, and competitors can expect PTV obstacles up to 2’8 (80cm). Level Four has a POR route up to 40kms long and a PTV course that includes jumps up to 3’ (90cm).

The RS tor Rider Safety Aid TREC GB Winter league is a simplified version and only includes the following elements –

  1. Control of paces (CoP)
  2. Cross-country/obstacle course (PTV)

The venues in the league will each run different classes at each event, such as newcomers, open, intermediate, pairs classes and even in-hand (the latter being very useful for youngsters). In addition, many centres also offer ‘Versatile TREC’ contests over the Autumn and winter months, in which the orienteering on horseback (POR) phase is replaced by an obedience test, to be performed in a 20m x 40m dressage arena, and marked on accuracy and obedience of transitions.

The sport’s competitors come from a wide range of riding backgrounds, from the pure hobby rider to the semi-professional dressage/event rider wanting to improve their horse’s basic schooling. Western and side saddle riders can compete alongside traditional English style riders, with horses bitted or bitless, shod or unshod.  No other equestrian sport can offer such diverse appeal.

Equipment for TREC

So, what equipment do you need in order to compete? Protective headwear must be worn that meets current standards. Personal IDs and medical armbands are a minimum requirement, while for the orienteering phase, high-viz clothing must be worn. For the PTV phase, or any competitions when fixed obstacles form part of the course, a body protector is required.

The RS-tor rider safety aid (www.rstor.co.uk) is ideal for TREC enthusiasts – it boosts stability in the saddle and reduces the velocity of the rider’s movement if they become unseated, potentially preventing a fall.

For more information regarding the RS-tor riding safety aid visit the website today at www.rstor.co.uk 

 


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