Triathlon / Tetrathlon

Triathlon and Tetrathlon is run by Georgie Cole (07771 865103) and Kathryn Melia (07764 929971)
Upcoming Tri and Tetrathlon Events
Known Tri/Tet events, schedules will be added as they become available, but ask Georgie or Kathryn if they are not here as they may have more information.

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ENTRIES can only be made via a team trainer – not directly to organising club. Generally entries close approx 10 days before a competition date, so you need to be contacting Georgie or Kathryn 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 Georgie or Kathryn for your competition times which are usually available 2 days before competition. Best time to call is in the evening between 7-9pm. If you receive no reply please leave a message and they will call you back.

Several Pony Clubs run Triathlons alongside Tetrathlons 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 a one day event. Please call George or Kathryn 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 are quite complex but a brief summary is listed below. Please contact the Secretary for a copy of the current rulebook for more details.

AGE GROUPS (on 1st January)
  • Beanies 7yrs & under
  • Tadpoles 8-9yrs
  • Minis 10-11
  • 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.

    Beanies: Throw Beanbags. 5 practice throws followed by 10 Beanbags. Maximum 1000 points
    Others: Air pistols shot at standard pony club targets. 5 practice shots, followed by 10 competition shots. Maximum 1000 points
    • Tadpoles: 2 handed 7 metres from target (static).
    • Minis: 2 handed 7 metres from target (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
    • Beanies (boys & girls) 500 metres
    • Tadpoles (boys & girls) 1000 metres
    • Minis (boys & girls) 1000 metres
    • Junior (boys & girls), Intermediate & Open girls: 1500 metres
    • Intermediate Boys: 2000 metres
    • Open Boys: 3000 metres
    TRAINING make the most of XC running at school plus any training you can do at home will help.
  • 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!!
    • Beanies: 2 minutes
    • Tadpoles: 2 minutes
    • Minis: 2 minutes
    • Junior boys & girls, Intermediate girls & boys and Open girls: 3 minutes
    • Open Boys: 4 minutes
    TRAINING most of you will do swimming at school or via a swim club.
  • 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. Some competitions offer novice classes with a lower height, others offer a drop in height with some penalty points.
    • Tadpoles: 60cm (when available)
    • Minis: 80cm
    • Juniors: 90cm
    • Intermediate & Open: 100cm
    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!!!
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.