Thursday November 30, 2023
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We are currently looking for a Team Co-Ordinator for our Tri and Tet teams – if you think you can help, please get in touch with Kate, Rachel or Rachael.

Riding, Running, Shooting and Swimming – these are the four areas that make up one of the Pony Club’s most testing yet popular competitions, requiring members to have fitness, determination and mental strength to complete all four disciplines.

Tetrathlon Competitions are arranged by many branches and are generally split into three categories :

Minimus Boys and Girls – 8-11 Years

Junior Boys and Girls – 14 Years and under

Senior/Open Boys and Girls- 25 Years and under

For each sport you are awarded a maximum 1000 points except for the riding phase which is 1400 points (achieved by a clear round in the time limit!)


In order to compete in tetrathlon you will have to practise and train at doing the best you can in the following :


Minimus – swim as far as you can in 2 mins

Senior/Open Girls and Juniors – swim as far as you can in 3 mins

Senior/Open Boys – swim as far as you can in 4 mins


Minimus – run 1000 metres in 4 mins

Junior Boys and Girls – run 1500 metres in 5 mins 40 secs

Senior/Open Girls – run 1500 metres in 5 mins 20 secs

Senior/Open Biys – run 3000 metres in 10 mins 30 secs


Using a hand held pistol

Senior/Open Boys and Girls – 2 Targets (5 shots per target) at a range of 10 metres

Junior and Minimus Boys and Girls – 2 Targets (5 shots per target) at a range of 7 metres


Cross Country Courses that feature a hand gate that has to be open and closed whilst mounted and a slip rail that you must dismount and lead your pony/horse over.Max Heights

Senior/Open – 3 Ft 6″

Junior – 3 Ft

Minimus – 2 Ft 6 “

The competitions usually start in May, when the ground is suitable for XC Riding, and finish around July with the Area Competition which leads into the Championships in August.


The Area Competition, contains the Qualifier for both the Intermediate and Open competition for Individual Boys, Girls and Teams. The National Championships are held at the end of August and the current Venue is Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, where the competition runs over 3 days.

You do not have to be an Olympic standard athlete in any of the phases, just a willingness to have a go and a parent who is willing to give up the odd weekend to transport you!

Tet shooting

Own pistol is not necessary as the pony club have 2 pistols that you can borrow. Caroline Bird runs regular shooting practice – anyone that is interested in a shoot practice to contact Caroline.

More details about Tetrathlon on the Pony Club site.