Harness Trail or Endurance


Trail driving, Endurance or Distance Driving, Phase 2 of TREC Driving, orienteering, and other similar entries go here. Distance Driving takes place on a measured and marked route, 40 to 80 kilometers long, and is driven at a pre-determined speed. There is a vet check during the event as well as before and after. It is a test of the fitness of the horse and skill of the driver, not a race.

Judged On: Suitability for the task shown, overall impression of entry. Apparent ability to travel safely on roads or trails. Gaits are usually walk and trot, but some cantering may be allowed depending on the event.

Required Equipment: Comfortable working harness may be of any type suitable for rough use, including collars, breastcollars, and marathon brollars. Must have breeching if vehicle has no brakes. Bridle with noseband, throatlatch, and browband. Vehicles should appear to be sturdy. TREC driving uses marathon carts and attire. Trail obstacles should appear safe to drive through.

Optional: Safety equipment such as helmets, body protectors, reflectors, and an orange safety triangle on the vehicle are suggested. All protective legwear is allowed. Vet check.

Driver: Driver attire is comfortable outdoor clothing. Safety gear is encouraged.

Prohibited: Fine harness or fancy show harness. Fragile-looking vehicles not allowed. Vehicles with pneumatic tires are not allowed in Distance Driving or TREC Driving. Combined weight of driver, groom and vehicle should not exceed the weight of the horse pulling it for Distance Driving.

Extra Credit: Spares kit. Color schemes carried out with matching gear. Directional signs on the road or trail. Map case and/or compass.

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