Driving TREC has become international in 2008 and is one of the three disciplines managed by the FITE. These international events are organized by NETOs members of the FITE.
He has to be at least 4 years old and must be in good shape, calm, attentive and should have bonded with his driver.
He or she has to be at least 16 years old. He or she goes with a teammate who reads the map during the POR phase. Both are expected to be able to move in a natural environment, using a topographical map and to safely cross all the difficulties usually encountered in nature. There is no mandatory outfit, however, proper attire is required.
Using a riding helmet is compulsory.
Compass, map and chronometer are essential.Competitors must conscientiously follow a 30 to 50 kms long route that corresponds to a marking they will have discovered and transcribed 20 minutes before their departure. Stage and route checkpoints whose locations are unknown by the competitors are hidden throughout the route. These checkpoints purpose is to check on the competitor's time of route, the accuracy of the route taken as well as the horse's welfare with veterinary controls. Riders must abide by an imposed speed (between 6 and 12 km/h). Good knowledge of topography enables to predict the horse's effort and to manage the progression.
This circuit, from 1,5 to 5 km, is to be performed in an ideal time which means a maximum of 12km/h. It presents a range of natural or simulated difficulties: corridor, bank, cross-slope, dip, gate, footbridge, water crossing, immobility, etc... Judges grade the efficiency, the style or chosen pace by the competitors and the potentials penalties.
This phase takes place the day after the POR phase and enables to evaluate the horse's abilities of recovering after a sustained effort.