The West Cork branch of TREC Ireland is holding a two-day riding competition from the Bantry Pony Trekking Centre in the Mealagh Valley near Bantry on July 4 and 5, 2015. Entries from local riders who are interested in trying out this versatile equestrian sport are welcomed!
TREC is an equestrian discipline, which was originally developed in France in the 1970s. Standing for ‘Technique de Randonnee Equestre de Competition’, the original aim of TREC was to improve the skills of trekking guides and horses. It has since grown into a sport that is now enjoyed by thousands of riders worldwide.
TREC is a very versatile and social sport suited to all levels and ages of riders and horses. Riders can develop their skills and confidence in a team environment, and whilst riding through beautiful countryside.
A TREC competition has three phases: orienteering, control of paces and obstacle and skills test.
In the orienteering phase, the skills of a horse and rider are tested in planning and executing a long distance ride in unfamiliar terrain. Riders follow a given route on a map at set speeds. Checkpoints are placed along the route, but their locations are unknown to the riders. This route may include riding off road into the hills, through forestry or along beaches.
The control of paces tests the rider’s control over their horse’s paces — riders have to walk and canter along a 150m corridor within a set timeframe.
The obstacle course is between one and five km long and consists of 16 obstacles, which test the skill and partnership of rider and horse. Obstacles may include crossing water, logs etc.
TREC is fun, challenging and above all, a great way to spend time with your horse.
If you want to find out more about TREC, or if you are interested in participating as a rider in the July competition, or want to come along to watch or help (volunteers are always welcome and essential for the running of these events), please contact Adèle Connor on her email email@example.com.