Tiverton Pony Club

Last updated 1st March 2021

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

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!


Area 15 and 16 Tetrathlon

24th / 25th July


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


07896 431229


Area 14/15 and 16 Triathlon and Tetrathlon Dates 2021

Feb 6th – Eggesford – Tri at Okehampton

Feb 13th – Polden Hills – Tri at Taunton school

Feb 20th – Cotley – Tri at Kings School

Feb 27th – Western – Tri

March 6th – East Cornwall – Tri

Sat/Sun 13/14 March – Four Burrow at Crane Brea and Colraine

Sat/Sun 20/21st March – Regional Triathlon

Sat/Sun 1/2 May – South Devon Moorland – Tri/Tet

Tue/Wed June 1st/2nd – Bicton Tet

Sat/Sun 19/20 June – North Cornwall – Bodmin and Lanhydrock Tri/Tet

Sat/Sun 24/25 July – Area 15 and 16 Qualifier at Okehampton and Southcote Tri/Tet

Sat/Sun 24/25 July – Spooners – Mount Kelly and St Leonards Tri/Tet

Sat/Sun 11/12 – South Devon West – Tri/Tet

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


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.



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.


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!


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!


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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