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TWO TETRATHLONS

On August 7/8th and August 13/14/15th two major Tetrathlons Championships took place.

The first was the Senior Regional Championship which took place in Melton Mowbray.  For this competition, the best in the various regions are invited to be in Regional Teams and compete against one another.  So, although competitor numbers are relatively low, the quality is high as they are the cream of their particular region.  The XC was full of questions but the bogey fence was the skinny in the water and was very influential.

Wales and the Borders did particularly well as both the Girls and the Boys Welsh teams came 3rd out of 10 regional teams. Unfortunately, Ireland could not be with us this year because of Coronavirus.

The Boys team was –

  •  Morgan Thompson (LLangeinor)
  • Jack and Kitt Stevens (Brecon)
  • Rhys Smart and Morgan Edwards

 Jack Stevens from Brecon was overall Senior Champion with an amazing and rare 1000 in the one-handed, 10m shoot.  A Welsh Champion.   MorganThompson was 5th.

The Wales and Borders Girls team was – 

  • Beatrice Taylor (Cheshire Hunt South)
  • Ella Booth (Cheshire Hunt North)
  • Annabel James (East Cheshire)
  • Anniken Stythe (East Cheshire)
  • Megan Jones.

The second Competition was the National Championship which took place at Offchurch Bury.  This is the first year that Tetrathlon has been held at the same venue/time as the main Championship and the atmosphere was quite special.  This Tetrathlon Championship is when Branch teams compete against one another but the 19 Areas are invited to enter teams as well into a separate Area competition.

The only Branch Team Area 5 had was Cheshire Hunt South Junior Team who did very well to come 6th with a team of Thomas Johnson, Abigael Mulcaster and Polly Johnson.  Thomas also shot 1000 (2 hands, 7 m).  Great shooting.

Area 5 were well represented at this competition for which they had to qualify from the Area competition in June.  Members were from ChHS, ChHN, E.Ch., FnD and Tanatside.

There were 29 Area teams in all – Area 5 had 3 forward. The “Oaks” team (Beatrice and Harry Taylor, Lana Booth and Freddie James) came 5th. It was extremely close – their final score was 12832 – only 81 points behind the winning team.  Every second on the run and every metre in the swim was fought for.  Individually, LANA BOOTH (CHN) won the Junior class with a 980 shoot and a clear XC –  so is the Junior Champion. This was by far the biggest Class of the day with 88 competitors.

The Area 5 “Beech” team (Annabel James (E.Ch), Rufus Taylor (CHS), Oliver Loud (WWW) and Leah Lamb (FnD) came a respectable 10th. Individually, Rufus came 5th in the Intermediate boys with an amazing 9.9 swim. Oliver Loud (WWW) came 7th in the Junior boys competing in his first big competition.  Leah Lamb (FnD) did well in the Junior Girls going clear on the biggest course she had ever done in her life !

The Grassroots is a mixed age/gender class for which you don’t need to qualify. It is there to encourage youngsters or beginners.  Archie Evans from Tanatside competed in the Grassroots as did Lochie and Finton White (E.Ch).  Well done to Sophie Mulcaster(CHS) who came 2nd.  This class did not go XC but did a small course of Sjumps instead.

The XC course at this venue caused huge problems for the Seniors – there were a number of falls,  stops and riders walking home in the first half hour but things improved as the day progressed.

Apologies for not mentioning everyone and for any factual mistakes!

NOTE – Area 5 Tet Committee is holding a Triathlon in Mold Sunday Oct 31st.

Lana Booth (Cheshire Hunt North) wins Junior International Tetrathlon competition!

Four competitors from Area 5 were invited to represent Wales and Borders at the Junior International Tetrathlon competition, which was held at Moreton Morrell College, Warwickshire, on June 5th and 6th 2021.

Throughout the lockdown Lana Booth (Cheshire Hunt North), has trained intensely and it certainly paid off! Lana, our Wales and Borders Girls Captain, came in 1st place out of a whopping class of 69 Junior Girls! She did fantastically well coming in 2nd place in the shoot (940 out of 1000), joint 3rd in the run, and 2nd in the swim. She topped this off with a clear ride! Well done Lana!!

It was Leah Lamb’s (Flint and Denbigh Hunt) first time competing at this level and she did so well, with a particularly good shoot (860).

Our two Junior Boys both had a fantastic weekend, with both placing in the top 10, out of 27 boys! Freddie James (East Cheshire) came in 5th place overall with an impressive shoot (900) and the 4th best swim in his class.

Harry Taylor (Cheshire Hunt South) was close behind in 8th place. Harry was one of only 8 boys to ride clear over a very technical cross-country course.

This year there was also an additional class for the 15 year olds who had unfortunately as a result of COVID, missed last years competition. Area 5 had 3 competitors eligible to take part.

Beatrice Taylor (Cheshire Hunt South) did brilliantly, coming in 2nd place out of the 16 girls, and achieving the best swim. She was only 91 points behind first place!

Archie Peffers (Waen-y-Llyn) had a great run (coming in 4th place) and swim (6th place). Our final competitor, Rufus Taylor (Cheshire Hunt South) had a superb swim, achieving 8th place overall.

Well done Area 5 competitors! You all did so well. 

AREA 5 SHOW JUMPING

Thank you to Cheshire Hunt South /Waen Y LLyn Branches for hosting our Area 5 Show Jumping, particularly to Chris Kirby and Dani Tanton and their teams for such a well organised day. 

It was a very long day but the weather and the venue – Bolesworth castle – were outstanding. The course, designed by Jill Milner – was suitably testing.  The members were very lucky to be able to Show Jump at such a prestigious venue.

The picture is of a relatively small Branch – Aberconwy – who did particularly well and will be one of the teams going forward to the Championships.  Full results will be on the Website soon.

Meg Green

STEPS 1 COURSE report

Well done today …

Rosemary and Katy who delivered a high quality “Introduction to Coaching” STEP 1 course for 10 Young Instructors from across Area 5. Candidates were a keen group and will now be able to help in their branches with badges, Stable Management and rallies (when supervised).  They will do 40 hours of volunteering and will then be able to do STEP 2 next year.  The following year they can do STEP 3.

Thank you to the Guinea pigs who volunteered.  We would not have been able to do it without them.  Again, they came from quite a distance (Anglesey and Gwynedd) as well as local Branches.  M.E.G.

CONGRATULATIONS – B Care test

All 8 candidates passed their B  Care Test today near Ruthin.

They were :-

  • Jessica Roe (Berwyn & Dee)
  • Connie Garvey (Tanatside)
  • Sophie Williams (Berwyn & Dee)
  • Ellie Jones (ChHS)
  • Eleanor Tomkinson (E.Ch)
  • Macey Richmond- Guy (E.Ch)
  • Emily Entwhistle (ChHN)
  • Holly Wharfe (ChHN)

They have done most of their training on Zoom with different coaches but had a practical day before the test too.  They have all worked hard.  Well done.