Wednesday September 18, 2019
Tetrathlon

TETRATHLON / TRIATHLON

Pony Club Tetrathlon is very much like Modern Pentathlon, which you may have seen in the Olympics. It provides Members with a challenging competition requiring practical horsemanship, general athletic ability and a steady hand for shooting. Tetrathlon originated as a competition for boys however there are now competitions for girls and for different age groups.
Tetrathlon is a four-part competition, for teams and individuals, combining cross country riding with three unmounted phases: swimming, running and air pistol shooting. Triathlon is a winter competition which omits the riding phase.

Running
In Tetrathlon, runners go off at one minute intervals over a carefully measured course and each competitor’s time is measured. A bogey time is set for the course and for each second over or under that time a number of points are deducted from or added to 1,000 points.

Distances
Boys Open- 3000m
Boys Intermediate- 2000m
Girls Open and Intermediate- 1500m
Juniors- 1500m
Minimus- 1000m

Bogey times which score 1000 points are shown below:
Open Boys- 10 minutes 30 seconds
Intermediate Boys- 7 minutes 0 seconds
Open and Intermediate Girls- 5 minutes 20 seconds
Juniors- 5 minutes 40 seconds
Minimus- 4 minutes 0 Seconds

Riding
The riding phase usually takes place over fixed cross country fences however, arena jumping can sometimes be used as a substitute. Area 7 usually run a great arena jumping triathlon at Morton Morrell each year – keep your eyes peeled in the new year! 

Where possible Tetrathlon courses always include a gate to open and close whilst mounted, and a slip rail at which the competitor dismounts, takes down the rail, leads his pony or horse through, replaces the rail and remounts.

Maximum Heights 

Open- 1.00m
Intermediate- 1.00m
Junior- 90cms
Minimus- 80cms

Swimming
Competitors will score points according to how far they can swim in a certain time: 
Open Boys- 4 minutes
Open Girls- 3 minutes
All Intermediate and Junior Competitors- 3 minutes
Minimus- 2 minutes

For example, competitors at minimus level would score 1000 points for swimming 4 lengths.
Competitors should swim in heats, the number in each heat depending on the width of the pool.

Shooting
This phase uses any make of single shot 4.5mm calibre air pistol and Pony Club Targets. Competitors each have 5 shots fired consecutively with a time limit of 4 seconds per shot at each target. There is a maximum of 2 targets per competition.

Targets are checked by the scrutineers/judges and marked as follows:
10 marks for a Bull
8 marks for an Inner
6 marks for a Magpie
4 Marks for an Outer
2 Marks for outside the outer circle

A maximum score is worth 1,000 points. To work out the total points scored by a competitor the marks from both targets are added together and multiplied by 10.

Safety while shooting is paramount and our Shooting Coach, Rob Horton-Smith, takes all areas of safety very seriously. Training sessions are held regularly at Rob’s house by request. Guns are provided by the Pony Club.

NO CHILD IS ALLOWED TO COMPETE AT A COMPETITION UNLESS THEY HAVE ATTENDED TRAINNING SESSIONS WITH ROB AND HE IS SATISFIED YOUR CHILD IS CAPABLE OF HANDLING AND FIREING A GUN SAFELY. PARENTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE TRAINING SESSION.

Depending on your age would depend on which section you entered at competitions:

Tadpoles Under 8 on the date of the event
Swimming As far as you can swim in 2 minutes. Buoyancy aids are allowed
Running Run 500m as fast as you can
Shooting This is bean bag throwing onto a target laid on the floor 7m away
Riding Usually 1’6” and under (approx. 45cm), normally an adult can run with the child.
Can include a slip rail & gate

 

Minimus Under 10 on the 1st January
Swimming As far as you can swim in 2 minutes. Buoyancy aids are not allowed
Running Run 500m or 1000m as fast as you can. (Discretion of the competition organisers)
Shooting Two handed shooting, 10 shots to a static target 7m away. You must be 8yrs old to shoot and have had shooting safety training through our branch shooting coach
Riding Usually 1’6” and under (approx. 45cm), with the discretion of the organiser; an adult can run with the child.
Can include a slip rail & gate

 

Minis Under 12 on the 1st January
Swimming As far as you can swim in 2 minutes. Buoyancy aids are not allowed
Running Run 1000m as fast as you can.
Shooting Two handed shooting, 10 shots to a turning target 7m away
Riding Usually 2’6” and under (approx.75cm). Can include a gate & slip rail

 

Junior Under 15 on the 1st January
Swimming As far as you can swim in 3 minutes. Buoyancy aids are not allowed
Running Run 1500m as fast as you can
Shooting Single handed shooting, 10 shots to a turning target 7m away
Riding Usually 3’ and under (90cm). Can include a gate &slip rail

Tetrathlon has a wonderful reputation of being friendly and great fun, so if your child would like to have a go please get in touch with me, Philippa Tomkins; I would love to hear from you. You’ll find more information about tetrathlon on the pony club website.

If you are interested in competing, keep an eye out on the area 7 and area 6 website for local competitions; I also try to update the branch Facebook page with local competitions for our members.

Philippa: Tetrathlon team manager – philippa.tomkins@gmail.com 07967137443
Rob: Shooting coach – 079717618