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National Championships 2021 Schedule now available

National Championships 2021 Schedule now available

The TREC GB National Championships 2021 at Brynllewelyn, Llanllwni, Pencader Carmarthenshire, SA39 9ED schedule is now available via the following link:

Entry is Online only.

Entry opens on Thursday 1st July 2021 at 10am for individuals and established pairs. Entry opens on Monday 12th July 2021 at 10am for non-established pairs.

Entries close  at midnight on Tuesday 20th July 2021 or earlier if the event is already full – although, in this case, a waiting list will be held.

From the relevant date, please follow this link:

You all know that TREC events cannot run without the generous help of our supporters and we require Judges and Volunteers to help at this event.

All helpers will be provided with a packed lunch on the days they are helping and volunteers who help on both days will be provided with a Saturday Evening Meal. 

If you have time to spare and are available to help at the Championships, this would be much appreciated. If so, please fill in the form on the link below. This will help greatly in the planning of the event and food orders.

Please contact us if you require further information.

We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.

Night Sections at TREC GB Events

Night Sections at TREC GB Events

Unfortunately, due to potential insurance issues, we have had to request that the night section at Wernham Farm on the 28th May 2021 does not run. We recognise that this is disappointing for both the organising team at Wessex and for the Level 3 competitors who were due to ride.

However, until these insurance issues have been resolved, we will not be able to allow any night sections at TREC GB events.

We will of course keep you informed of progress.

TREC GB Trustees

National Championships Qualification Criteria

National Championships Qualification Criteria

National Championships Qualification Criteria have now been published.

For 2021, we are pleased to announce that the National Championships will be run as an ‘open’ Championships with limited entry criteria.

Our aim is to allow as many TREC GB members as possible to compete, without compromising safety on the orienteering section but taking into account that very few competitions were held in 2020.

Please use this link to read full details: National Championships 2021


Grassroots Championship 2021 Announcement

Grassroots Championship 2021 Announcement

Unfortunately, TREC GB will not be able to hold a Grassroots Championship in 2021.

We know this is very disappointing but the provisional arrangements that had been in place could not be confirmed due to Covid-19 and we have been unable to arrange a suitable replacement.

However, we have agreed that, for 2021, Level 1 riders will be welcome to enter the National Championships as part of a pair with a Level 2 (or above) rider, so they will still have the opportunity to experience a championship competition. The National Championship Qualification announcement gives full details of how this will work.

We hope to be able to run a Grassroots Championship in 2022.

Covid-19 Update – Indoor Schools

Covid-19 Update – Indoor Schools

Currently all TREC insured events, including Winter Series Arena Competitions, must take place out of doors.

TREC GB wishes to remind all Organisers that they must comply with this guidance for their insurance to be effective.

It has been confirmed that in England, fully enclosed indoor riding schools are considered ‘indoors’, and their use is not currently permitted for ‘Organised Sporting Events’.

To be classed as ‘outdoors’ more than 50%of the wall area must be ‘open to the elements’ and these arenas may be used without restriction.

The current situation is expected to remain in place until 12th April at the earliest.


Chris Paine

Chair of TREC GB

New Equitoolz Modules now available

New Equitoolz Modules now available

TREC GB have developed two further free information assignments, entitled ‘Competition Levels’ and ‘TREC Overseas and International’, to encourage riders to compete in TREC and motivate them to go further.

‘Competition Levels’, including an article from the Isle of Man, gives an overview of the levels within TREC and is intended to provide information which we hope will encourage everyone to go further within our great sport.

‘TREC Overseas and International’ gives a more detailed insight on everything you need to know to prepare for a TREC competition abroad and hopefully encourage riders to achieve the ultimate in competing as an International Rider.

Both modules are available to members and non-members of TREC GB.

Please follow the link below to the Equitoolz site to access the TREC GB modules and so much more.

Equitoolz also offer free courses on the following, with more being added all of the time.

  • BETA body protector information
  • Emergency removal of horseshoes
  • First aid
  • Horse first aid
  • Parasite control
  • Safeguarding awareness
  • Road Safety
COVID-19 Update 26th February 2021

COVID-19 Update 26th February 2021

The Prime Minister’s statement of 22nd February gives a clear indication of how ‘lockdown’ is expected to be eased in England over the coming months.

The National Governments in Scotland, Wales and IOM are all following a similar pathway, but with slightly different priorities and timescales.

TREC GB welcomes the key, positive message that in England, from 29th March, formally organised outdoor sports can restart and will not be subject to limits on numbers. However, these must follow Covid secure procedures and guidance issued by the sport’s national governing body. Limited, local travel will be allowed.

This is for ‘sport’ only – including TREC, and social meetings will only be permitted outdoors. These must be limited to two households, or up to six people from different households. This principle must be applied to ‘warm up areas’, course walks and other social interactions as previously.

In England, limited overnight stays are expected to be allowed from 12th April.

The 17th May holds out the prospect of ‘outdoor’ gatherings of up to 30 people and fewer travel restrictions – which should allow more ‘normal’ full TREC competitions to be held.

Providing progress against the virus continues and the ‘four tests’ (in England) continue to be met, we can look forward to further loosening of restrictions.

In Scotland, restrictions may be eased from the end of April and a return to ‘levels’ is expected.

In Wales, a further announcement is expected on 12th March.

The IOM has no restrictions – other than travel to IOM from other countries is not permitted.

We believe that the Prime Minister’s statement gives us reasonable optimism that we can return to full summer TREC competitions this year – although this may not be at exactly the same time for different nations.

We will issue further guidance once we have more information, but for now TREC GB

  • Welcomes applications from Clubs for training and other events
  • Encourages Clubs to plan and hold whatever form of event / competition they feel best suits their circumstances and their members
  • Will update the ‘Framework’ and other Covid related documents for Clubs, to ensure these reflect the current situation.

We still have a long way to go before this pandemic is fully controlled, so please stay safe and take care.

But for now, it feels as if the light at the end of the tunnel is suddenly brighter and closer and we will be able to unlock ‘TREC’ this summer.


Christine Paine,
Chair of TREC GB

The Great TREC GB Spring Challenge 2021

The Great TREC GB Spring Challenge 2021

As we move forwards towards Spring, the days get warmer and longer and we begin to think of our preparations towards potential Summer Competitions. TREC GB would like to invite you to join our Spring Challenge.

The Great TREC GB Spring Challenge provides a range of challenges, both ridden and non-ridden, horsey and non-horsey to help to motivate you in these times of uncertainty.  The Spring Challenge has also been designed to work with our Affiliated TREC Clubs so that any events they have put on in the Challenge period will be eligible and can be included in your goals.

How does it work?

The Great TREC GB Spring Challenge has 4 challenge levels which can be completed either ridden or walking/running/cycling (for those who don’t or can’t ride):

Level 1: Hack out (or walk/run/cycle) for at least 1 hour per week

Level 2: Hack out (or walk/run/cycle) for at least 2 hours per week

Level 3: Hack out (or walk/run/cycle) for at least 3 hours per week

Level 4: Hack out (or walk/run/cycle) for at least 4 hours per week

Select the level you wish to do and commit to that number of hours per week throughout the challenge.

In addition to the basic levels above, we invite you to select 10 challenges from the Challenges list to be completed over the 10 weeks of the Spring Challenge. If you wish to choose more challenges, you are more than welcome to!

Join us on our Facebook Group, introduce yourself and your horse, if you have one, and the challenge level you have selected. The Facebook Group is there to help you with motivation and encouragement towards your goals – your own support team from fellow Treccies!

As you progress through the challenges, keep a record of them on our Tracker sheet and, when completed, send it in to All completed Tracker sheets will be entered into a free prize draw for a selection of lucky dip prizes.

Do I need a horse?

No! Anybody can take part whether they ride/own a horse or not.

When does the Great TREC GB Spring Challenge run?

The Great TREC GB Spring Challenge runs from Saturday 27th February to Monday 3rd May 2021.

How much does it cost?

The Great TREC GB Spring Challenge is free to members and £7.50 for non-members.

Ok sounds good, how do I sign up?

To join us, click on the link below to sign up via our Shop and we will send you the Tasks List, Tracker sheet and a link to the Facebook Group to join.