Ridden TREC – Gate

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A flagged hinged gate that swings freely in both directions, with an attached rope or handle.

– Height: around 1.20 m
– Width: around 2 m
– Dimensions are the same for all Levels.

Note: The hinge must be fixed and must not be loose. No part of the gate should stick out from the frame.


While mounted – the rider is to open the gate, ride the horse through, and close the gate without letting go of the gate or attached rope / handle.

To show the obedience and willingness of the horse as well as the correct approach of the rider.

The rider is to maintain control of the horse and the gate throughout.

Effectiveness Faults

Effectiveness Faults (E Score) -3 per incident

BEFORE the obstacle:

– Running Out
– Error of Course Corrected
– Stepping Back
– Refusal
– Circling

IN the obstacle:

– Letting go of the gate
– Horse Banging into gate with force

Style Faults (S Score) -1 per incident.

– Irregular Forward Motion
– Incorrect Rider Position, Not Over the Stirrups and Light
– Loss of Balance of the Horse or the Rider
– Incorrect or ineffective rider aids
– Rider Interfering With Horse’s Balance
– Horse evading the gate
– Horse lightly touching the gate

Penalties (P Score)

– Brutality (-5)
– Dangerous Riding (-5)
– Fall of Horse or Rider (Rider Excused)
– Leaving The Obstacle (-10)

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A. E Score: 7 / S Score: 2 Long Pauses / Total: 9*

B. E Score: 4 Horse Contacting Gate / S Score: 2 / Total: 6

C. E Score: 7 / S Score: -3 Rider Position, Aids, Irregular Motion Total: 4

D. E Score: 7 / S Score 3 / Total: 10

* Rider may choose whether to start nose towards hinges or otherwise.