During the past few months The British Horse Society and the TREC Competitions Advisory Committee have been investigating the viability of TREC within the Society.
This investigation was requested by the Board of The British Horse Society amid concerns that TREC required a significant investment of charity funds each year. As a charity, The British Horse Society must ensure that its funds support the core aims of education, access, safety and welfare.
At the Board meeting on Wednesday 5 February, the results of the TREC feasibility study were presented and discussed. It was unanimously agreed that 2014 would be the last year that The British Horse Society would support BHS TREC. After this season, The British Horse Society would no longer organise the TREC qualifiers and Championship. The financial investment of operating as the governing body of a sport which serves such a relatively discrete number of people was voted an unsustainable and inappropriate use of charity funds.
BHS TREC was brought to Great Britain in the late nineties and it has provided riders with wonderful competitions supported by a loyal group of organisers and volunteers. These dedicated people have made it possible for TREC competitors to enjoy the sport, and we extend our thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years.
We are hopeful that another organisation may continue with the legacy which the BHS has left to the equestrian community, rising to the challenge of supporting TREC and organising the competitions and associated functions.
Chief Executive, The British Horse Society