Driven TREC

Driven TREC is a sport new to American drivers designed to demonstrate the skills and control needed to safely handle challenges one might encounter driving a substantial distance over varied terrain. It offers elements similar to Pleasure Driving, Obstacle-Games, and Combined Driving marathon and obstacle-cones competitions. At the lower levels Driven TREC is presented as an informal competition, ideal for the recreational driver.

DRIVEN TREC consists of 2 phases: The Driven Obstacle Course, and Driven Orienteering.

Driven Orienteering or Driven POR (Parcours d’Orientation et de Régularité)

Length of Route: 12-20 km / Speeds: 5-12 kph

Equipment Check [more detail to follow]

Drivers follow a mapped route at speeds pre-determined by the organizers using the topographic map, compass, and watch (GPS is not allowed). At more advanced levels drivers transcribe their route onto a blank map from a master copy just prior to the start.

Along the route, drivers come to section checkpoints (not marked on the map) where their times are recorded, and new speeds posted. There are also potentially controls of passing to record whether driver passes by certain specific points on the route, and also veterinary checks to monitor the condition of the horse(s).

Drivers are scored based on the accuracy of both speed and direction. Map skills allow drivers to anticipate the effort of the horse and to manage his progression.

Driven Obstacles or Driven PTV (Parcours en Terrain Varie):

Course Length: 1.5 – 2 km / Speed of 12 km/h.

The driven obstacle course is comprised of both natural and simulated difficulties designed to test the skills and communication of the driver/ horse teams.   Obstacles are scored based on how effectively the obstacle is executed, the selected gait chosen by the competitor, and possible penalties. At the higher levels this phase typically follows the POR, to test the aptitude of the horse(s) to perform after an intense and sustained effort.  

Click here for an example of driven obstacles and judging criteria

Driven TREC Obstacle Datasheets (1.1 mB ZIP file download)

LEVELS:  In the US, there are multiple levels of Driven TREC.

L1-2: At the lower levels the orienteering course shorter and speeds less demanding, and obstacles are more appropriate for beginners / more casual drivers.

L2-3: At these levels the both phases become more challenging in distance and speed, and require greater skill and fitness levels to compete successfully.


2016 FITE Driven TREC Rules

TREC-USA rules for Driven TREC are currently under development by the TREC-USA driving committee.  If you are interested in participating contributing , please contact us.