The National Tetrathlon Championships were held at Bishop Burton College from the 11th – 13th August 2017.
Area 5 had 7 competitors who qualified at the Area 5 Tetrathlon competition held at Whitfield farm, Warwick for this prestigious event. Unfortunately, Keeva Stott was unable to attend.
Both Area 5 Open Boys, Russell Wingfield (Aberconwy) and Toby Johnson (East Cheshire) came in the top 10 placings! Toby was 4th with a joint Best Shoot (940) and Russell 9th. Both competitors achieved a total score in excess of 4000 points which is fantastic achievement.
The previous weekend, Toby and Russell had both represented Wales and Borders in the Regional 100 Event held at Southfield House, Nunney, Frome, Somerset.
Area 5 had a Mixed Area team of four Junior Girls taking part in the event. Annabel James (East Cheshire), Ella Booth (Cheshire Hunt North), Kiera Booth (Cheshire Hunt North) and Orla Stott (Cheshire Hunt South). This was an exceptionally large class consisting of 86 girls! The competition got underway with some very impressive shoot scores from Area 5. Orla – 900, Kiera – 800, Annabel – 960 and Ella – 980. We hoped Ella’s score would gain her the award for the Best Shoot in the Junior Girls competition but two girls, Connie Gould (Old Berkeley Hunt) and Charlotte Hicks (East Cornwall Hunt) both scored the maximum points achievable of 1000. All the Area 5 Junior Girls had a clear cross-country round on a course that was designed by Joe Weller.
This year was the fourth year of the Grassroots Tetrathlon competition. The competition is open to both branch and centre members but competitors must not have competed at Junior level tetrathlon or above at Regional or Area level competitions.
Swim: 3 minutes
Shoot: 7 metres
Ride: Show Jumping course with a slip rail and a halt box
Heights: 2ft to 2ft 6in (60-75cm)
Area 5 had two competitors gain the highly sought-after places in this competition both from Flint and Denbigh PC, Archie Lynch and Leah Lamb. Both put in fantastic performances and held their own against much older competitors in a class of 48! Archie achieved 2nd place with a shoot score of 840. He was 4th in the swim and 6th in the run. Leah came 18th with a very impressive shoot of 920 narrowly missing the award for Best Shoot which was 940. Both Archie and Leah rode clear.
AWARDS AREA COMPETITIONRosettes are awarded to the Members of the first six teams and the first six individuals.Prizes only awarded if the rider is present at the prize giving. The organisers reserve the right to amend awards presented.Members MUST be correctly dressed for prize giving.PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE ONE RING; CLASSES WILL FOLLOW ON FROM EACH OTHER.
Please find the attached schedule and entry form along with direction to this years Area 5 Show Jumping competition.
Please note that we are requesting each branch or centre provides FOUR adult helpers to pole pick for their own team during each or their rounds!
Please find attached the schedule and entry form for the above event. I have also attached some information regarding 3rd party/public liability insurance which I trust you will find helpful together with a Frequently Asked Questions sheet
This year the event includes not only the 2017 Area 4 and Area 5 Championship qualifiers but also, for the first time, the Area 4 and Area 5 Regional Championships qualifier (formerly known as Grassroots) for both teams and individuals in our Newcomers Class. For this reason we expect entries from Pony Club member’s to be significantly higher. Inevitably this means that capacity for non-Pony Club members may be reduced. However, we are still accepting entries from non-Pony Club riders and we will do our very best to accommodate as many as possible. It is therefore expected that the demand for places will be even higher this year and entries will need to be submitted as early as possible.
Once again, those Pony Club Branches wishing to enter teams are able to leave team selection almost until the last minute. All riders/branches should submit entries for individuals by the closing date of FRIDAY16th JUNE and team selection from those individual entries does not need to be notified (by email would be preferred) until FRIDAY the 23rd JUNE.
It is important, however, that ALL RIDERS HAVE ENTERED BY THE 16th JUNE REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE TO BE INCLUDED IN A TEAM.
We have decided this year to incorporate the £10 start fee into the entry fee and, following our experience of last year, we have also had to make provision for abandonment. Further, in view of the fact that the Newcomers class is now a qualifier, we have decided to equalise the entry fee for all classes.
Please use a separate entry form for each rider/horse combination entry .
I do hope to be able to communicate with all competitors by email and keep them up-dated with event information from time to time, so please try to include a LEGIBLE (to me!) email address. If you don’t have a personal email address, try to arrange to use that of a friend who will pass on news.
to all members, parents, DCs, coaches, friends, aunts, uncles and grandparents who supported the Celebration at Northop on November 6th 2016.
Going by the number of complimentary emails I have had received, it was enjoyed by all and there was a great atmosphere. The riding members put on a wonderful show and wowed us all and it was thrilling to see them all in the Parade – and beautifully turned out too.
Your efforts were very much appreciated by all present. Mary Tuckett was kind enough to congratulate each rider individually and presented each with a commemorative badge.
Parade of all Champs participants/Teams at about 2.40 note.
Le Trec Hunt Relay 8 teams.
There will be 2 teams in the arena at a time. The fastest 4 overall from the first 4 races will go through to the second round which will be a knockout round.
There will be a map of the course by the arena.
Obstacles will be bending poles, walk from A to B without breaking, a parallel fence which you can jump or walk through, zigzag poles to walk through, four-second halt, slip rail with an optional mounting block and finish with the parallel again. It should be really good fun. Do hope you enjoy it and I hope we have lots of support to cheer you on. Please wear what you would wear for your discipline.
As you will all be in the parade – please would you write something about yourself on a card- even if it’s only your name/ horse/discipline so that it can be read out by the compere.
The Area 5 celebrationevent will be Nov 6th in Northop at about 2.00 til 5pm
NOTE: Now Earlier Start Time
There will be a parade of Champs participants – all welcome. Some will take part in a fun competition between possibly 8 teams eg MG team, Tet team, SJ team etc who took part in the Champs so they will basically be Branch teams.
There will be an opportunity to see the winning and second placed Musical rides which were amazing and there will also be Pairs D to Music .
Not necessarily in that order.
Free cake to all riders !!
We need an audience of parents/ friends /coaches etc and busloads of unmounted members plus their friends – who will be amazed at what the Pony Club does and hopefully will think about joining.
Please do what you can to drum up support for this event even if you did not have any Branch members there.