VWH TREC Clinic at H&B Equestrian, Kemble Glos, GL7 6AB


Sunday 27th October 

BHS TREC is one of the fastest growing equestrian sports. It is fun for both the horse and rider and while it is a challenging event, it is suitable for all levels of rider.

TREC competitions are made up of 3 phases - orienteering, control of paces and obstacles.  Each phase does what is says on the tin!  During the winter BHS runs a series of competitions in conjunction with Kelly Marks:

Kelly Marks Perfect Partners BHS TREC Winter Series

This competition focuses on the Control of Paces (CoP) and PTV Obstacle phases. It is an ideal introduction for riders new to the sport.

The events take place within a single day, and include the Newcomers, Intermediate and Open classes. The competition takes place on an all-weather surface either indoors or outdoors.

On 27th October we are running a TREC training morning focussing on CoP (this phase is a fast walk and slow canter along a course - not dressage!) and Obstacles (such a footbridge, maypole, gates, figure 8's, S-bends etc).  You don't have to try any obstacles that you don't want to and you don't need to jump if that's not your thing - you just miss that bit out.  Any type of horse or pony is suitable so if you want to have lots of fun and laughter with your horse then come and join us!  There will also be a BBQ and cakes so something for everyone!

 Our instructor is Sophie Dickinson who has trained TREC competitors to Championships of Great Britain level and our facilities at H&B Equestrian include a 60 x 40 m school with a Martin Collins surface and parking on hardstanding. There will be lots of obstacles to try and we will group you according to experience.

 Dogs and families welcome provided they are kept on a lead.  Please pick up your horse's droppings and feed hay inside your trailer/lorry.  Horses/ponies 4 years and over please.

Cost will be between £15 and £20 depending on how many in each group (so bring your friends!).

 For more details and to book your place please contact Caroline at H&B : email info@hbequestrian.com or tel 07801 839 613



Is a fun sport, suitable for a wide range of horses and ponies regardless of breed, and for riders of all ages, from the grass roots recreational rider to the ambitious competitor.

It consists of three timed phases:

Orienteering, or POR, a map-reading ride (up to about 12 kms at Level 1), with the aim of riding between checkpoints averaging a given optimum speed (usually between 6 and 9 k.p.h.). This phase can be ridden either as an individual or in pairs.

Control of Paces, or CoP, requires cantering slowly along a marked corridor, up to 150 metres in length, then returning in fast walk.

Obstacle Course, or PTV, tests the horse-rider partnership at 16 natural or simulated obstacles which might be met on a long hack, such as a gate or a ford. Up to three of the obstacles may be small jumps (maximum height 60 cms at Level 1) and some obstacles have to be tackled with the horse in hand. Each obstacle is optional, and riders gain points out of 10 for each one they attempt.

Riders must either be aged 14 by the 1st September; or if younger, must enter as the second rider in a pair with a rider aged 16 or over, and must include a completed parental consent form with their entry form.

All competitors should be familiar with the current BHS TREC Rulebook, available from the BHS Bookshop (www.britishhorse.com) 


Rules as per the current BHS TREC Rulebook (Fifth edition) and general rules detailed

BHS TREC Rulebook is available from the BHS Bookshop, Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth CV8 2XZ. (www.britishhorse.com).

1.     BHS TREC Competitions are open to all horses and ponies providing that they are a minimum

of four years old in 2012 (i.e. a horse born in 2008 may compete in BHS TREC in 2012).

2.     Mares more than four months pregnant should not be competing.

3.     Competitors must hold suitable third party liability & personal accident insurance or be a BHS

Gold member or BRC member.

4.     Riders under the age of fourteen on day of competition may only compete in Pairs classes and

must be accompanied by a rider of 16 years or older. Pairs ride together for POR and separately for CoP and PTV. Parents/guardians of competitors under the age of 16 will be required to complete a Parental Consent Form.

5.     Competitors competing in BHS TREC Qualifiers or the Championship of Great Britain must either be a BHS Gold Member or a BRC member.

6.     Clearly visible coloured tail wraps/ribbons should be worn to advise other riders of a potential hazard - Red = Kicker, Green = young/inexperienced horse, Blue = Stallion. If the horse/pony is a stallion then a stallion disc should be worn on both sides of the bridle.

7.     For Level 1 and Level 2 competitions any Senior rider who have been selected to represent Great Britain at TREC in the last two years will be ineligible to compete as individuals (they may compete HC). They may compete as part of a pair but will be penalised 25 points per phase for both the POR and PTV phases (total 50 points).

8.     No rider will be permitted to start any phase of the competition unless wearing a hard hat, which meets a standard currently recommended by the BHS PAS 015, BSEN1384, EN1384, All SEI, ASTM F1163, SNELL E2001, Australian & New Zealand All SAI AS/NZS 2828. All of the above should have the BSI 'KITE' mark and/or the American equivalent, the 'SEI' mark securely (non- removable) attached to the hat.).

9.     Riders may choose to wear a body protector during any phase of the competition. If worn, Beta 3 standard is strongly recommended. If a rider is wearing a body protector for the PTV phase the following allowances will be added to the height of the Low branches obstacle for that competitor: Level 1 and Level 2 - 2 Inches, Level 3 - 1 Inch, Level 4 - No Allowance

10. Riders must wear suitable riding footwear, or use suitable enclosed stirrups.

11. Standing Martingales and other fixed reins are forbidden.

12. Whips must not exceed 75cms (1m for side-saddle). Spurs if worn must be rounded, not

exceeding 3cms in length and pointed downwards.

13. Mobile phones may be carried for use in emergency but must be declared prior to entering the

map room and be switched off.

14. During the POR phase riders must wear fluorescent/reflective hi-viz clothing. The minimum

requirement is clearly visible fluorescent strips (or garment) on the riders torso. It is strongly recommended that this is also reflective, and is supplemented by a fluorescent/reflective hatband and fluorescent/reflective hi-viz on the horse.

15. Medical armbands and ID are compulsory and must be worn for all three phases of the competition. The medical armband should include basic information to help any First Aid staff to assist you and should be easily visible/ Information should include: Name, Address, Next of kin with contact details, competitor number, emergency telephone number for event and any relevant medical information (e.g. allergies, any current medication). Medical armbands can be purchased from the BHS Bookshop priced £5.99 Tel: 02476 840541

16. ID will also be required to be carried on the horse during the POR. This should be visible, and should consist of (minimum) competitor number, and emergency telephone number for event.

17. A horse losing a shoe (or boot) during the POR must be fitted with appropriate protective footwear (a hoof boot or replacement shoe if the competitor is also a registered farrier), and will not be permitted to leave a checkpoint without such a boot being fitted and time penalties will be incurred if the rider cannot leave a checkpoint at their allotted time. Competitors competing in Hoof boots will be expected to replace the missing boot with a replacement, while out on the POR.

18. If competing in Hoofboots emergency farrier tools for removing a shoe would not be required, however riders are recommended to carry a tool/tools suitable to adjust the sizing of their particular brand of hoof boot. If the horse is unshod a hoof-boot must still be carried at Level 3 or above. In the event that the hoof becomes damaged or horse becomes lame and the horse can no longer continue, the hoof-boot could be used to alleviate any pain or discomfort if necessary.

19. The decisions of the BHS Technical Delegate and the Judges are final and must be complied with at all times. Competitors may be eliminated from the competition for any of the following reasons: • Excessive use of the whip • Dangerous riding • Abusive language/rudeness

20. For every commencement of a minute that a competitor stays over their allocated departure time at all checkpoints, including the map room, 5 penalties will be given.

21. Fall Ruling - POR - Competitors experiencing a fall during this phase are required to report the details to an official (organiser/TD/next checkpoint judge). All falls during the POR phase will not result in automatic elimination unless the official considers the competitor is unfit to continue.

CoP - A fall of rider/horse during either the canter stage or walk stage of this phase will result in a zero score for that stage only. A fall during this phase does not result in automatic elimination unless the official considers the competitor is unfit to continue.

PTV - Competitors experiencing a fall as a result of an obstacle during this phase of the competition will be awarded 65 penalties. If the same rider was then to become unseated for a second time will result in elimination from the competition. If a rider becomes unseated/falls off not as a result of an obstacle, the competitor can remount and continue without being awarded any penalties. A rider may be given a 'leg up' after being unseated without the risk of being eliminated.

PTV - Horse fall - Any horse fall (a horse or pony is considered to have fallen when the shoulder and the quarters have touched the ground) during this stage will result in elimination from the competition.

If a rider becomes unseated/falls off not as a result of an obstacle, the competitor can remount and continue without being awarded any penalties.



Tack and equipment will be checked. The following should be carried on the POR phase, failure to have these items incurs a 2 point penalty for each item up to a maximum of 10 penalty points:

POR Required Equipment (for all riders) Penalties will be incurred for missing items

·       Compass

·       Pens (for map marking - ideally two colours, permanent ink with thin nibs, red and fluorescent orange are popular and black or blue for notes)

·       Torch (lightweight - sufficient to read a map - a head torch is ideal)

·       Waterproofs

·       Whistle (for use in emergencies) to be carried on the rider

·       Headcollar and leadrope or combination bridle

·       Emergency farriers tools (Suitable for the removal of a shoe and nails) and equi - boot or similar

(compulsory at Level 3 and 4, recommended for Level 2)

·       Every competitor whether competing as an individual or as part of a pair should each carry all of the above equipment

Helpful equipment for the POR phase:

Map case, Drink/snack for rider, Coins for emergency phone call, Digital watch (or stopwatch), mobile phone (switched off).

NB Pairs competitors should carry all of the required equipement. They should also EACH have a hard hat, waterproofs, headcollar/rope, whistle, competitor ID, horse ID, medical armband and fluorescent clothing and are encouraged to carry the full list if possible.

*Hard hat and medical armband required for ALL phases of the event. Tack used must remain the same for all three phases.

The event manager/organiser should take all reasonable precautions to ensure the health and safety of everyone present. For these measures to be effective, everyone must take all reasonable precautions to avoid and prevent accidents occurring and must obey the instructions of the officials and stewards on the day.

Trained First Aiders will be present at the event and should be summoned through an official in the event of an accident. The event manager/organiser will provide contact telephone numbers for emergency veterinary and farriery service.

Competitors are asked to safeguard valuable tack and possessions. Young children must be supervised at all times. Neither the event manager/organiser nor the land/course owners can accept responsibility for loss or injury to persons or animals howsoever caused.