The aims of the sport (Le Trec) are designed to test a horse/rider combination through a whole range of activities rather than focusing on one particular discipline. The sport requires versatility and training, combining the requirements of trail riding, with jumping and correct basic flatwork.
Can be held over one day or two days and has there phases:
- PHASE A – Optimum Speed and Orienteering – The principle is to follow a set route of a given ride at predetermined speeds. This is a test of the rider’s navigational and/or orienteering abilities as well as the horse’s willingness to go into unknown terrain. Participants must arrive at designated checkpoints along the route, in a given order. Since this is the first time for all participants, the rules for this phase have been modified somewhat. For this time only, it will be done on foot and will include a treasure hunt!
PHASE B – Control of Gaits – This phase is intended to demonstrate the willingness of the horse to be controlled, and the ability of the rider to walk at a rapid speed and canter (lower levels trot) at a slow speed along a given track. The start and finish of the track are flagged and riders with the most optimal time for each gait earn full points.
PHASE C – Cross Country Trails Course – This phase is intended to demonstrate the appropriateness of the horse for trekking, hacking and trail riding by showcasing its temperament and physical fitness. It is also intended to demonstrate the overall horsemanship of the CPC member. The cross country course must be carried out at a set speed. Throughout the course the rider will navigate a set of stations with assigned tasks. Each station is marked out of 10 in accordance with the marking scheme given. The number of stations and degree of difficulty of the set tasks reflect the CPC level of the competitor. Each station may require the rider to demonstrate a riding skill or answer general knowledge questions. For example, a rider at the C1 Pony Club testing level may be required to ride through a corridor 1 metre wide and 8 metres long, to name the seven rules of feeding and to assemble a snaffle bridle while blindfolded (three of 10-12 possible tasks).
This is an “every person “discipline, appealing to a variety of riders of all ages, with all breeds of horses and ponies.
It comprises of three phases, testing the partnership’s ability to cope with a ride across varied terrain, route finding, negotiating natural obstacles and hazards, while considering the welfare of the horse, respecting the countryside and enjoying all it has to offer.
The sport has something to offer every horse and rider, with opportunities for pairs or teams of riders to compete together. Classes can cater to a range of riders from those with very modest goals, to more competitive individuals, and all the way to an international championship level.
It can be a social activity, providing the chance to enjoy an exciting day or weekend away with horse and friends/family, exploring new places and developing a true appreciation of the countryside. that a non horsey attendee can enjoy.
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Pony Club Le Trec Handbook: http://canadianponyclub.org/resources.php?page=downloads&topic=le-trec