Fill in the form below to enter the TREC obstacle & gait competitions. Map reading exercises and competitions are free to enter each month and will receive a small prize – you can enter for fun as many times as you like whether you have a horse or just dream of having one, your highest score or quickest time will be recorded on our leaderboard.
The full Trec GB rulebook is available free to download here:
The obstacles are the most complex part of TREC competition and are strictly defined in the rule book above but I’ll break things down here.
Firstly, basic scoring. Every obstacle has a maximum of 10 points available.
All obstacles have a maximum effectiveness score of 7. Essentially if you ‘clear’ the obstacle (no knocks, bumps, changes of gait, refusals etc) you will get 7. There are two exceptions to this (ridden immobility and led immobility) which I will come onto later.
You can then get style points from +3 (giving the total obstacle total as 10) down to -2. 0 is average so not to be sniffed at!
Gait based obstacles:
Some obstacles don’t have style points – instead, you get more points for going faster. If ridden, this equates to +3 for canter, 0 for trot, -2 for walk. See note below re: other gaits. If the obstacle is led, it is 0 points for walk but +3 for trot.
Page 44 of the 5th edition rulebook states that: “Paces exhibited by specific breeds including, but not limited to, tölt (as done by Icelandic horses) and pacing (two-beat pace with the legs moving in same-side pairs) will be judged as the nearest English pace, ie on the impression the judge forms of the pace. Pacing and tölt will normally be judged as being trot. A change of gait between a breed pace and an English pace will be penalised as for a change of gait.”
Advice I have been given is make sure the tölt is a clear change of gait as you approach the obstacle, if you want it marked for tölt (typically marked as trot.) As it is so smooth, inexperienced / non-gaited-horse judges may think its a weird joggy walk and score you very badly indeed but most can see it’s a totally different gait if they see the transition. I have always been scored as if it was trot, even before the rule was made explicit.