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Tetrathlon
Last updated 22nd May 2018

Triathlon and Tetrathlon is run by Katherine Emmett katherine_emmett@yahoo.co.uk or 07896 431229

Entries have to be made by the team trainer, so if you want to enter a competition please contact her.

Don't leave entering to the last minute: entries typically close a week or so beforehand but try to be earlier than that.
Scheduling these events takes time and a lot of effort, even with computer and spreadsheet, and organisers really do *not* need last minute changes.

Known Tri/Tet events, schedules will be added as they become available, but ask Katherine if they are not here since she will have more insider information!




Inter Area Tetrathlon on 30th and 31st May

Open to Mini's jumping 80cm to Open 1m

See here for schedule

If you would like to enter please book in via our PC booking page.

If you would like more information please feel free to contact me.

In order to enter our competitors we need to supply a fence judge. If anyone is available on 31st May and would like to do this please let me know.

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North Cornwall Triathlon/Tetrathlon
16–17th June

You can do the Triathlon or Tetrathlon. Please book online by 1/6.

See here for schedule


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Area 15's Area Tetrathlon

30th June for Ride and Run at Pontispool
1st July for Shoot and Swim at Wellington Sports Centre

The Area competition is for Juniors (Aged 12 upwards) but they will now be running a SJ Tetrathlon for the Mini's Aged 8yrs (30/6) - 11yrs (1st Jan).

Numbers limited for Mini Competitions. Please book online by 14/5, entries may be taken after this time but only if there is space.
This is open for Juniors (aged 12-14 on 1/1/18) jumping 90cm  and Open (aged 15+ on 1/1/18) jumping 1m.

See here for Area schedule.
See here for Mini schedule.

If you are interested in taking part at this please let me know asap.


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I have Pony Club guns here if anyone (8yr +) would like to borrow one to practice just let me know

Katherine

07896 431229

(katherine_emmett@yahoo.co.uk)




2018 DATES

13/5 & 14/5 South Devon Tri/Tet
19/5 & 20/5 Sandroyd School
30/5 & 31/5 Bicton Inter Area Tet
2/6 & 3/6     Junior Regionals Morton Morrell
16/6 & 17/6 North Cornwall
30/6 & 1/6   Area 14/15/16 Tetrathlon
21/7 & 22/7 Spooners Tri/Tet
10-12           Tet Nationals
25/8 & 26/8 Wylye Tri/Tet
22/9 & 23/9 South Devon West
6/10 & 7/10 Eggesford Tri/Tet
28/10  Spooners




ENTRIES can only be made via a team trainer – not directly to organising club. Generally entries close approx 10days before a competition date, so you need to be contacting me 2-3 weeks before, due to the huge task of co-ordinating times for these events - it is not possible to submit late entries.

PLEASE NOTE as soon as your entry has been made to the appropriate pony club you will be liable for the entry fee – whether you take part or not!! Entry fees vary between events, and must be paid on or before the competition date.

Ringing for times: don’t forget to ring me for your competition times which are usually available 2 days before competition, best left until evening time between 7-9, if no reply please leave a message and I’ll call you back."

 

NB several pony clubs who run Tetrathlons also incorporate the Triathlon as a separate competition (our own included), so if for any reason you can’t do the riding phase it may be possible for you to do just the Triathlon, usually day one – please call me for details

NOTES ABOUT PONY CLUB TRIATHLONS / TETRATHLONS FOR BEGINNERS

AIM to encourage interest in riding by combining with other activities, thereby retaining interest in Pony Club.

PERSONAL AIM to amass as many points as possible over the different activities

TRIATHLONS usually consist of Running, Shooting and Swimming. Add Riding for a TETRATHLON!!

RULES quite complex!! But I have briefly provided some main points below.  Please contact the Secretary for a copy of the current rulebook for more details.

AGE GROUPS                        Minis   8-11                        Juniors   12-14                        Open    15 +

             There is also a Novice section, which is primarily to bridge gap between Junior and Open

ENTRIES. All compete as individuals, also each pony club can form teams of 3 or 4 competitors in an age groups.  If not enough from our branch to submit a team, organising branches often amalgamate members to make up mixed teams, within an age group.  The 3 highest scores from each team count towards team prizes.

PRIZES usually individual, teams and best of each phase are awarded, per age group.

PHASES

SHOOTING.

Air pistols shot at standard pony club targets.  5 practice shots, followed by 10 competition shots. 
Maximum 1000 points

  • Minis: 2 handed 7 metres from target (may be static or turning).
  • Juniors: Single handed 7 metres from target (turning, 4secs per shot)
  • Novice & Open: Single handed  10 metres (turning, 4secs per shot

TRAINING Our club has a few pistols for use by members at organised practice sessions.

   
RUNNING.

Over a marked course, usually all grass!! Distances as follows

  • Minis (boys & girls) 1000 metres
  • Junior/Novice (boys & girls) & Open girls: 1500 metres
  • Open Boys: 3000 metres

TRAINING make the most of XC running at school plus any training you can do at home will help.  Hopefully some sessions at Heathers in the near future!

   
SWIMMING. 

Each competitor has a lane of a 25m pool (usually), The object is to swim as far as possible in the time allowed for your age group.  Any swimming style can be used, you do not need to dive start or tumble turn if you don’t want to!!  You can even stop and re-start from the same point if you wish!!

  • Minis: 2 minutes
  • Junior/Novice boys & girls, and Open girls: 3 minutes
  • Open Boys: 4 minutes

TRAINING most of you will do swimming at school or via a swim club.  There are sessions at Taunton (organised by TVH PC) on a Tues evening, but I know there is a waiting list!

   
RIDING

Over Cross Country course, much like a normal Hunter Trial but usually with both a slip rail (negotiated by dismounting) and a gate (mounted).  For Juniors plus, the course is also given an optimum time.  For a clear round within any time allowed will amass a maximum of 1400 points. Below is list of the maximum height of fences per section, but very often (especially for minis) the courses are more lenient.

  • Minis: 76cm (2'6")
  • Juniors: 91cm (3'0")
  • Open: 110cm (3'7")

TRAINING attend as many XC schooling rallies as possible, and any Hunter Trial will provide good practice.  Gates and slip rails can be practiced at home!!!

NB You don’t have to be a brilliant athlete to take part in this very enjoyable Pony Club event.  It really is lots of fun and you get to know Pony Club members from other Branches and Centres.

GO ON – GIVE IT A GO !!!!!!!  

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