Rulebook Edition 4

Dear Judges, TDs and Organisers

Please find below the changes to the 2018 rulebook, to be used from April 1st 2018, in all competitions.

New score sheets have been produced, similar to those used in FITE. Portrait and landscape formats are now on the TREC GB website under Summer Organiser Forms within the Members Area for you to use. They contain tick boxes that can be added up at the end of each competitor and should be easier to use.

Please be particularly careful on reading the rules concerning Level 4 riders, and the SUGGESTED differences for gait obstacles.

Brutality and/or dangerous method marks are now changed to a maximum -5 for the worst case scenario. This would also cover led obstacles.

Amendments/additions for British TREC Rulebook Edition 4 


Page No

Edition 3

Rule Alterations

Alteration or New addition

Page No

Edition 4

2.1 4 Code of Conduct Correct numbering (currently A2.1). Should be A2.2  
2.2 5 Disciplinary panel Current rule 2.1 [which is mis-numbered and should be 2.2] to be replaced with text as detailed in document below. 5
2.5 7 Additional Rules Organisers/Technical Delegates running Level 4 classes may wish to use FITE TREC Rulebook alongside this Rulebook. Notice should be given to the FITE Liaison Working Group of intention to do this (contact details can be found via or, and the Working Group will also supply a copy of the FITE rules on request. Riders entering Level 4 classes to be run wholly/partly under FITE rules MUST be informed prior to the competition that this will be the case (ideally in the competition schedule). 7
3.3.4 8 Age Requirements – Riders Add ‘in competitions/classes including a POR phase’ to end of 1st sentence. 9
3.5.5 10 International competitors

An ‘International Rider’ is a rider who has been selected to represent Great Britain at a FITE TREC Senior Championship i.e. the World or European Championships as a team member or individual in the current year or the previous 3 years. This definition does NOT include riders who have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Young Rider (21 years and under) Championships.

Change Penalty points for international riders to 50 points for L2.

3.5.5 10 International Competitors International Riders may only compete as individuals at Level 1 Hors Concours (HC) [i.e. non-competitively]. They can compete as part of a pair at Level 1 but will be penalised by having 50 points deducted from their own score. At Level 2 International Riders may compete as individuals or as part of a pair but will be penalised by having 50 points deducted from their own score. It is the responsibility of the rider to inform the organiser when entering a Level 1 or 2 competition that they are an International Rider and therefore need to have a penalty applied or will be riding HC. These penalties also apply to International Riders competing at Level 2A. 11
3.11.5 19 Whips/Spurs Amend 1st sentence of 2nd paragraph to read Spurs, if worn, must not exceed 3cm or point upwards and must be rounded. 20
3.11.5 19 Whips/Spurs Move last paragraph (re penalties for whips/spurs that are not permitted under this rule) to form new rule 3.11.6 (and advance existing following 3.11 rules by one). 20-21
4.9.5 26 Control of Shoeing Amend 2nd sentence in paragraph after bullet points to read ‘Rider(s) will be held in a CP until the TD or vet arrives, if the judge feels it is necessary for them to be called, but the rider(s) will not be penalised for this held time.’ 28
5.2.1 34 Crossing [MA] start and finish line

Amend rule to read

The whole horse must cross the start & finish line in the required gait in order to be able to score’


6.7.9 &


45 Rider fall [on PTV] Add following to end of rule: ‘A fall during this phase does not result in elimination from the competition unless the Technical Delegate or a first aider/vet considers the competitor or the horse unfit to continue.’ 48 & 49
6.11.7 50 Penalties Alter penalty points for brutality or dangerous riding to a maximum of -5 53
New PTV Obstacle S-8 Ticket Punch Obstacle Data sheets attached



S-3 73 Walk obstacles Add to effectiveness faults: ‘If less than half the obstacle is done in walk, score 0 for Effectiveness.’ 77
A7.4.4 88 Tack & Equipment arena TREC

New No3.Medical armbands & horse & rider ID are not required in Arena TREC.

Then at the end of New No4 (Old 3)

A rider found to be using equipment that is prohibited under this Appendix or any rule in Chapter 6 will b penalised as detailed in Rule 3.11.6, except that the maximum number of penalties which may be given is reduced to 15.


App 10

Low Branches

115 Course building details for low branches

Amend text in Equipment to read

supports graduated from 1.20m to 2.30m

[rest as existing]’ This will make text match diagram.


2.2          Code of Conduct

FITE and TREC GB require all those involved in equestrian sport to adhere to the FEI Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse (see Appendix 1.) and accept that at all times the welfare of the horse must be paramount and must never be subordinated to competitive or commercial influences.

In addition, the following behaviour by competitors or officials will not be accepted at any TREC GB affiliated event:

•             Conduct in a manner which is offensive to the public, competitors, judges, organisers or any other official

•             Arguing with a judge, official or other competitor, use of abusive or threatening language, or behaving with  contempt towards a judge, official or other competitor

•             Ill-treatment in any way of a horse at any time or in any circumstance

•             Dangerous riding

•             Breaking of the rules

•             Failing to obey any reasonable instruction given by a judge, official, organiser or Technical Delegate.

If a competitor or official is reported for one of the above they may be disqualified from the event and the matter may be investigated by a disciplinary panel.

2.3          Disciplinary Panel

The disciplinary panel:

•             Consists of three members, two representatives from the Board of TREC GB and a representative from the competition organisers. Neither of the Board members will be a representative of the region within which the event was held and they will be representatives of different regions. 

•             Investigates the matter within 14 days of the incident.  The facts of the situation should be sought from all persons party to it and these persons should also be invited to speak at the hearing. 

•             Informs the competitor/official of the results within 24 hours of the hearing. The competitor/official then has 7 days to decide whether they wish to appeal. An appeal would be heard by the TREC GB Board within 28 days and the decision of the Board is final. 

•             Any period of disqualification or suspension must be approved by the TREC GB Board, either by email (provided at least70% of current serving Board members vote) or at a Board meeting.  

Best Regards