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Head of Tetrathlon – Rachel James,, 07971 795040  

Welcome to Tetrathlon!

What is it?

Tetrathlon is one of the traditional pony club sports and consists of 4 phases: pistol shooting, swimming, cross country riding and running. The best thing about tetrathlon it is all about having a go and having fun. Contrary to popular belief there is no need to be an amazing runner or swimmer or do lots of training if you don’t want to!

Every year there are lots of competitions. They start with triathlons in the winter (shoot, swim and run) with a national championships at the end of March. Then tetrathlon season starts with competitions around the country. These 2 day competitions involve camping most of the time and lots of fun! There is a team and individual competition at area level qualifying to the national championships, held at Offchurch Bury in August and junior and senior international competitions.

Why do it?

It is a unique sport and renowned for being one of the friendliest sports in pony club where friends are made for life. So if you fancy doing a challenging but rewarding sport where the only important part is to come and have a go for some serious fun, then come and join us!


Shooting Training

Shooting coaching sessions vary from individual lessons to group lessons. Guns can be borrowed and no experience is necessary at all.

Shooting training is on Monday evenings at Mill Run

Running Training

Running training will start in the spring after shooting when daylight allows.

Swimming Training

Swimming training is going to be on Friday evenings at Kings School Macclesfield (watch this space)

Cross-Country Riding Training

The cross country course in tetrathlon is a rider course and with this is mind we are starting in the new year a series of sessions teaching the art if skinnies, angled fences and riding the correct line among other skills.

General cross-country training is combined with eventing training. See the Eventing page for upcoming rallies


If you would like to come and join us then please give me (Rachel) a call and we would love to see you at some sessions soon!

Rachel James 07971 795040


Dates for the Diary:

Competitions run throughout the year with tetrathlon (including XC riding) competitions throughout the spring and summer. From October onwards, the competitions change to triathlon competitions (shooting, swimming and running). This season culminates in the National Triathlon Championships in March.

There are multiple classes depending on children’s ages

  • Open (any age but usually over 15 yrs)
  • Intermediate (any age but usually over 15 yrs)
  • Junior (Under 15 on the first of January)
  • Minimus (Under 12 on 1st January)
  • Tadpole (Under 10 on 1st January and at least 8 yrs old on the day)
  • Beanie (under 8 on the 1st January)
  • Wrinklies (parents!)

Competition Dates 2023:

Sat 1 Apr – Cotswold Hunt Pony Club Triathlon
Sat 15 – Sun 16 Apr – Cotswold Vale Farmers Triathlon & Tetrathlon
Sat 22 – Sun 23 Apr – Old Berkeley Hunt North Triathlon & Tetrathlon
Sat 29 – Sun 30 Apr – Cheshire H South Tetrathlon
Sat 13 – Sun 14 May – Ledbury Triathlon & Tetrathlon
Sat 27 – Sun 28 May – Area 15/16 Triathlon & Tetrathlon, Pontispool
Fri 2 – Sun 4 Jun – Junior International Tetrathlon, Moreton Morrell
Sat 17 – Sun 18 Jun – Area 5 Tetrathlon Qualifier
Fri 4 – Sun 6 Aug – Senior Home International Tetrathlon
Thu 11 – Sat 13 Aug – National Championships, Offchurch

If you would like to enter any of the above competitions please contact Rachel for further details or look at the hosting branches websites.