Driven TREC is designed to demonstrate the skills and control needed to safely handle challenges one might encounter driving a substantial distance over varied terrain. It has elements similar to Pleasure Driving, Obstacle-Games, and Combined Driving.
A Driven TREC Competition consists of two phases:
TEAMS / EQUIPMENT:
Driven TREC may be performed as a single, a pair, or a team.
Driven TREC is well suited for most breeds and types of turn-out.
Helmets and closed shoes are required.
Specific safety equipment is required for the orienteering phase.
According to International Rules, each driver is assistedby a groom or grooms depending on the size of the team.
In the US, there is some flexibility on this rule in order to accommodate for single drivers and smaller equines. As of 2020, a groom is not required to participate in clinics and trainings. In competitions, drivers with equines under 12 hands may compete without a groom, others may not.
Classes are based on the both the size and number of horses or ponies being driven (single, pair, team).
In the US, TREC has 4 levels to accommodate various levels of horses and drivers.
L1-2: At the lower levels the orienteering course shorter and speeds less demanding, and obstacles are more appropriate for beginners / more casual drivers. Single drivers may go out in groups of 2.
L3-4: At these levels the courses become more challenging in distance and speed, and require greater skill and fitness levels to compete successfully.