Britain’s squad for the 2006 TREC European Championships has been announced. The Championships will take place on Exmoor (15 September to 17 Septermber) at East Luccombe Farm near Minehead. A total of 12 seniors and four young riders will be representing Britain in the first international TREC event to be held in this country.

TREC (Technique De Randonnée Equestré De Competition) is the newest international discipline in the horse world and was developed to encourage riders to school their horses to meet the demands of riding over rough terrain.

The competition is held across two days, the first of which involves navigating a course of up to 45kms working from a precise route, aerial photographs or using a compass. On day two, riders demonstrate their control of their horse’s paces over a set distance, before negotiating a course of natural hazards and simple obstacles.

Ninety-two riders will be competing from Europe with a line-up of Canadian and American entries in the open class. Britain’s selectors have named Kathryn Bean, Kate Ellison, Helen Paine and Julia Knight-Jones as the young rider team. Britain’s senior squad is as follows:

  • Hilary Barnard
  • Caroline Brammer
  • Julian Brown
  • Jennie Free
  • David Hay-Thorburn
  • Lorna Holden
  • Madeleine Jacob
  • Anthea Kendrick
  • Deborah Swann
  • Paul Turner
  • Vanessa Warren
  • Anna Weston

Reserves are Alison Elmer and Lynne Mabbitt.

The opening ceremony will be held at Dunster Castle on 15 September and all other events will start and finish, or be held in their entirety, at East Luccombe Farm.

The Championships are being organised by a local committee on behalf of the British Horse Society. For more information, visit www.equinetourism.co.uk and www.eurotrec.com.