Sometimes the Kitchen Sink is Necessary


Stephanie and Uloa at the conclusion of the 1997 TREC World Championships.

Many moons ago I had the opportunity to represent the United States in the first world championships for TREC, a delightful sport aptly referred to as “the adventure sport for trail riding enthusiasts.” My teammates and I trained on borrowed French horses for several weeks before competing them in the event, which was held near a small town in the Rh™ne Alps. 

The sport includes three phasesÑorienteering, control of paces, and a cross-country obstacle courseÑbut it’s probably known best for the orienteering. This involves navigating a route with a map, a compass, and a series of surprise checkpoints. At each of these a judge checks your direction and time and sends you off at an appointed pace, and sometimes a veterinarian checks your

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Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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