Wednesday October 17, 2018
Junior Regional Tetrathlon, June 2016


About a month ago 5 members of the Beaufort received the news that they had been selected to represent Central England at the Junior Regional Tetrathlon. This is the highlight of the Junior tetrathlon year and is the toughest challenge they will face.

Teams come from across the British Isles and it is VERY competitive – in tetrathlon terms but also in fancy dress, team dancing, cheering volume, etc! Henry Stratton, Meg Stratton, Amy Peevers, Rachel Hatherell and Poppy Clark all cleared their lorries quickly after Bicton and set off to Moreton Morrell on Friday.

What followed was a wonderful weekend of sunshine, tough competition, really tough cross country, late nights dancing, friends made from the top to the bottom of the country, laughter, PB’s – really everything that makes tetrathlon a fantastic sport to be involved with.

On Saturday the shoot went ok – not our best performances but on the whole the scores were low – probably a bit of nerves kicking in. Henry and Poppy shot the best of the Beauforts with 900 and 920 respectively.

Then it was off to swim in Warwick. Many thanks to Adam Stratton for negotiating the city centre in his lorry full of team members. All got there on time and swam well. We stayed to the end to watch the team medlay relay which was easily as loud as the Olympic games 100m final! Central England emerged the winners which was a triumph – although the Strattons were divided on account of their Irish heritage! At the end of the day the central girls and boys were in the lead but it was a close thing.

They could all have done with an early night but instead donned makeup, tie dye, wigs and skirts (Henry) and set off to the carnival themed party. Bed around midnight wasn’t the best preparation for Sunday but they were undeterred.

Henry was one of the first to ride and he negotiated the course brilliantly with just one run out. The girls run was next and it was a really tough one with the Irish girls in fine form. Pops came in first in her heat. Rachie ran really well and pulled herself right up the rankings. It was a very hard run in warm sunshine and they were all shattered afterwards!

And so on to the ride……. It is unusual these days for the results to be decided by the ride but it really was the case here. Out of 111 competitors in the girls there were only 27 clears. Our girls went near the end of the day and were fairly stressed… or was that just the mums?! They all rode superbly – Rachie, Poppy and Meg went clear and Amy just one run out at the tricky drop/skinny complex. We felt so proud of them all!

At the end of the day the central red team (with Poppy) won Henry’s team was 6th. 13th Ind Poppy 3rd Ind Rachie – 13th Ind Meg 36th Ind Amy 54th Ind.  Most of our members have another year in this age group and absolutely performed out of their skins – and their horses too! It was a great end to the half term and perfect preparation for the areas in July. Bring on next year…….

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