Ellen Valley Riding Club
Ellen Valley Riding Club



Is fun for you and your horse!

We usually hold two TREC competitions during the year.  In the spring there is a two-phase arena-based TREC.  This includes the Control of Paces (COP) where you have to walk quickly and canter slowly along a measured distance.  Your time taken for both paces is converted to a score – the quicker you walk and the slower you canter, the higher the score you will get.

Next comes the fun!  Up to 10m obstacles (PTV phase) that are designed to test how obedient your horse is.  The obstacles are designed to reflect what you might encounter out hacking and may involve moving forwards, backwards or sideways, a small jump and standing still.  Some of the obstacles may involve you leading your horse.


In the autumn we hold a 3-phase competition.  In addition to the control of paces and the obstacles, you will also do the orienteering phase (POR).  Don’t panic as there is lots of help available.  The orienteering phase should take no longer than about 2 hours.  Your score is based on an optimum time for the speed you will be given on the day.  It is not a race and you should be able a reasonable score by the sensible use of paces.


The governing body for TREC is TRECGB.  It is worth looking at their website as it gives diagrams of the sorts of obstacles used.

If you have any questions, please contact Helen Kerry
tel. 016974 78431 or email cgbreeze@btinternet.com

On Sunday 11th June

We are holding a 2 phase TREC competition on 11th June at Nord Vue. - Details are on the website and Facebook page. Volunteers are needed for the day please to help with a variety of tasks.  The farm ride at Nord Vue is open but we have not included it as part of this event. Please contact Helen if you are able to help or if you need more information on 01697478431.

This 2 phase competition will include the Control of Paces (canter slowly and walk quickly) and the Obstacles phase. The obstacles will be designed to show how obedient your horse is.  Both of these will take place on grass.  If there is an obstacle that you don't want to attempt, just tell the judge and move on to the next one. 

You will need a body protector to the current standard (purple label 2000 or 2009) as there will be a small jump. If you don't have a body protector, you can still take part but will not be able to attempt the jump obstacle.

Details of the types of obstacles you might expect can be found on the TREC GB website.



TREC 2 Phase scedule
TREC 2 phase open JUNE 2017.pdf
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