North East Scotland Trec


North East Scotland Trec was set up in 2009 to promote the sport in this
area. We hold various events at all levels including training days, single phase
competitions, mini events and two day competitions.  We hosted and organised
the Trec Scottish Championship 2010 on behalf of the Scottish Trec Action
Group and ran the BHS British Trec Qualifier in 2011.  We try to make
events accessible to all, so choose venues all over the North East from
Meldrum to Tomintoul and many places in between.

Over the winter we have several training / have-a-go days at indoor venues.
These have been very popular and great fun.  In the summer we try to hold
an event 1-2 times a month, we have been fortunate to be able to access some
spectacular farm land, forest tracks and beaches

We also hold a Fun Weekend Camp towards the end of the year.
Placings from events attended during the year count towards our Points
League, with Awards presented at the end of the year at the NEST
Christmas Lunch. A good time is usually had by all!

NEST is a member club of TREC GB, the governing body for TREC.

The sport of Trec originated in France as a way of testing and providing
competition for Trail Ride Guides but has evolved over the years into a
hugely popular and exciting sport.

Introduced to Britain about 10 years ago it is very rapidly growing in this
country, due in the main to its friendly approachable nature.  Competitions
have a relaxed and family feel, with a high emphasis on the social side. Trec
is suitable for horses and riders of all ages and ability, it is not necessary to
have a special breed or size of horse to take part.  The nature of Trec is
that many riders take great joy from simply improving their own scores from
one competition to the next. Others riders are much more competitive and
are out to win!

Being a “Trecci” you can be as competitive as you choose, it’s up to you - the
main object is to enjoy yourself.

Trec is a three Phase sport, consisting of Orienteering, Control of Paces and
an Obstacle Course. The three Phases are designed to test harmony and
horsemanship and the ability of horse and rider to deal with situations they
may meet whilst out riding.  Trec is one of the few sports where participants
can compete as a pair (in the orienteering phase).

The Phases are run at 4 Levels, with Level 1 being achievable by most riders
and horses, up to Level 4 which requires considerable skill and fitness on the
part of both horse and rider.

Phase 1 is Orienteering (POR) – Riders follow a set route on a map at given
speeds. Check points are placed along the route, riders do not know the
locations of the checkpoints. Distances range from 10km at Level 1 to 40km
at Level 4.
Phase 2 is Control of Paces (COP) - Riders must canter a set distance as
slowly as possible and return the same distance in walk as quickly as
possible.  The highest marks are awarded for the slowest canter and the
fastest walk. The horse may not break gait or all points will be lost.
Phase 3 is Obstacle Course (PTV) – generally considered to be the most
exciting! – a course of 16 obstacles of the type a rider would meet whilst out
riding, some are negotiated whilst leading the horse and others whilst
mounted. No obstacle is compulsory, but all must be negotiated in a
controlled, accurate manner.

Trec is a very flexible sport that can be enjoyed by any rider and horse
combination regardless of age, ability or size - but to be really good
requires much practice and dedication.  Above all, Trec is a fun way to spend
time with your horse or pony as well as being a very social sport.
TREC GB is the governing body for Trec in the UK and a
more detailed description of the sport and all 3 phases can be found on