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TREC comes West
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
I enjoy my leisure time hacking out and around the lanes locally. I am not into hunting or show jumping but always felt there was a sport out there that I could get involved in that would suit me & my horses.
My friend & I stumbled upon the sport of TREC two years ago - from that day we were hooked! It’s such a fun sport for horse & rider!
For the first year we were travelling quite some distance to attend TREC events but now with the formation of ThreeCountiesTREC we can enjoy our sport right on our own doorstep! We attended the inaugural event held at Grangefort Equestrian in Drumshanbo on 21st September and had a thoroughly enjoyable day!  
The venue was super, the support & organisation was perfect & the sun shone on us all day! We look forward to supporting this new group by attending as many events as possible.
TREC comes West – Yay!!!  

What is TREC?

TREC stands for Technique de Randonnee Equestre de Competition and originated in France. TREC was designed to test the competency of professional trekking guides, but proved so popular that it soon expanded to include equestrian tourists being guided by these professionals. TREC is now practised in a large number of countries, including the UK, Germany, Portugal, Austria and Switzerland. Argentina, the United States and Canada are amongst the most recent to take up the sport.

The governing body for TREC is FITE (Federation Internationale de Tourisme Equestre), the International Federation for Equestrian Tourism. In Ireland the FITE membership is divided between TREC Ireland and AIRE (Association of Irish Riding Establishments). 

TREC is composed of three phases:

1. The POR (Parcours d’Orientation et de Regularite), which is the Orienteering phases. Riders follow a given route on a map at given speeds. Checkpoints are placed along the route, but their locations are unknown to the riders. The distance starts at 12kms for beginners and can be as long as 45kms at Championship level.
2. The CoP, Control of Paces (Matrisse de Allures) where riders are asked to show control over their horse’s pace. Competitors have to walk and canter (without breaking into trot) along a 150m corridor that is 2- 4m wide. The highest marks are awarded for the slowest canter and fastest walk.
3. The PTV (Parcours en Terrain Varie), the Obstacle Course, is the Cross Country element of TREC. The course is generally between 1km to 5kms long and consists of 16 obstacles, which can be both mounted and led. No obstacle is compulsory and riders can chose to avoid an obstacle and still be eligible for competition.

For more information about TREC in Ireland please visit:
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