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Competition puts riders to the test on varied terrain
10:00am Wednesday 16th May 2012 in Equestrian
SINCE it was first introduced in the UK by the British Horse Society (BHS), the sport of TREC has continued to grow in popularity.
It appeals to any horse and rider combination from the everyday grass roots rider to the international competitor.
For those who are new to the sport and would like to try something different, Friars Hill Stables will be hosting a twoday TREC competition across consecutive Sundays, June 24 and July 1.
BHS TREC is designed to test the partnership between horse and rider and their ability to ride across varied terrain. It involves the type of natural obstacles that any rider might encounter while out hacking and comprises three phases – orienteering, control of paces and an obstacle course.
The first day will comprise the control of paces and obstacle course phases. The second day heralds a test of navigational competence, the orienteering phase.
Riders take their turn to enter the maproom, where they have ten minutes to copy the route from the master onto the map provided. Riders that deviate from the route may receive penalty points.
Riders must wear a hat that meets current safety standards and there are certain items that must be carried with you as listed in the BHS TREC rules.
Points are awarded for each exercise during the three phases and the rider with the highest combined score wins.
Riders competing as a pair will have their individual scores combined. There will be a winner on each day as well as an overall champion. Safe, comfortable riding gear is the order of the day and usual tack will be fine.
The competition will be run under BHS TREC rules which can be found on the British Horse Society website. Places are limited, so it is advisable to book early.
There will be an introductory talk at Friars Hill Stables on the evening of Saturday, June 23.
For details, call Friars Hill Stables on 01751 432758, e-mail alison@friarshill stables.co.uk or go to friarshillstables.co.uk