Ridden TREC

On this page please find a brief description of a ridden TREC competition followed by an overview of ways to learn TREC skills and otherwise enjoy the sport!

The TREC Competition

A Ridden TREC Competition consists of three phases:

At the international level a TREC competition takes place over 2 days and includes vet checks throughout. In the US there are four levels of competition to accommodate all levels of horses and riders, with Level 1 being suitable for beginners and Level 4 the most challenging.  At Levels I-III most competitions take place over the course of a single day and do not include formal vet checks although organizers have the authority to hold or disqualify riders if their animal appears unduly stressed by the competition. The phases may be ordered differently at the event organizer’s discretion.

Screenshot 2015-11-23 08.32.14Phase I: Mounted Orienteering    240 Points

This phase is also known as the POR (Parcours d’Orientation et de Régularité)

The POR phase of a TREC competition is designed to demonstrate skills need to navigate a mapped route in a time accurate manner. In this phase riders follow a 10-45 kilometer route at speeds set by the event organizer. Riders come to unmarked checkpoints where their times are recorded and new speeds set. Riders are judged based on accuracy of speed and their ability to follow the designated course. Tools permitted include watch, compass, and timetable. No GPS allowed! Learn More

Screenshot 2015-11-23 08.34.27Phase II: Control of Paces / COP     60 Points

This phase is also known as the Maîtrise des Allures or MA.

The Control of Paces phase is designed to demonstrate a rider’s ability to influence their horse’s gait and direction. It is a timed event practiced along a 150 x 2m marked corridor. The rider first canters the corridor as slowly as possible with out breaking gait or stepping outside of the corridor, then returns walking as quickly as possible, again without breaking gait or stepping out of the corridor. Breaking gait or stepping outside of the corridor results in a score of zero for that section. It is a simple exercise that can be difficult to master! Learn More


Phase III: Trail Obstacle Course   160 Points

This phase is also known as the PTV (Parcours en Terrain Varie).

The Trail Obstacle phase  is designed to show the ability of horse and rider to handle obstacles and difficulties that might be encountered riding on the trail. The course consists of 10-16 TREC obstacles worth 10 points each. Obstacles are judged on how accurately they are performed, the willingness of the horse, and correct use of the aids and position of the rider. While this phase does include some jumping, the size of the obstacles is set according to the level of competition and each obstacle is optional and does not incur elimination if bypassed. The course also includes some tasks which must be undertaken while dismounted, as well as tests of obedience and calmness. The trail obstacle course may be 1km to 5kms long. Learn More


TREC Rules, Score Sheets, and Obstacle Specifications


  • Skills Building Clinics – To learn or refine the skills needed in a competition.
  • Orienteering Training Rides – To develop and practice map skills.
  • Recreational TREC Events – Trail adventures, beach rides, pond swim, practice competitions (Judged Pleasure TREC Rides / Scavenger Hunts) and more!
  • Judge, Event Organizer, Rider and Instructor Trainings.
  • TREC Talks – Hosted online presentations and discussions.
  • Team TREC-USA – Opportunities to participate in international TREC competitions and events as riders, judges, or volunteers.
  • Become a Member or Volunteer!

Please see our Event Calendar and Member Resources areas for more.