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Tetrathlon & Triathlon (04.05)

Tetrathlon & Triathlon

Tetrathlon – Postal Shoot
You can still take part in the Area 9 Postal Shoot which can be dome from home – for more details contact Sam Hunt <> or Ella Skelston <>                 


Report from Sam on Cotswold Vale Dri-Tri – Sat 17th April

On Saturday 17th April, 3 families headed to Ace Cross Country to compete in the CVFH Dry Tri (no swimming going on for tetrathlon yet). Unusually the run and shoot phases were combined into the Pentathlon discipline of laser shoot with run which was a first for everyone. The cross country was not full height but plenty of turns to fences which was good for a first outing of the 2021 season. Overall results were excellent for teams and individuals: Betsy H 3rd individual Senior Girl, Junior Girls Team 1st (individually Esme D 1st, Isla S 3rd, Clara S 6th) and Jasper S placed 1st Mini Boy. The weather was glorious, the ground perfect and the CVFH stewards were all very welcoming and well organised. If anyone would like to get involved please contact Ella Skelston or Sam Hunt and we’ll let you know about upcoming competitions to come and have a go. Next local Tet is at Gadbury, hosted by the Ledbury on 22nd and 23rd May. The Tet family is very friendly!

Area Triathlon – 4th/5th July – Report from Ella
Minch Pony Club had a good turn out at the Beaufort Triathlon (Riding, shooting and running….no swim) on the weekend of 4th/5th July, a brilliantly run competition held at Oxstalls.   Being the only Area 9 tetrathlon to be held this year it was very well attended with people travelling from as far away as Kent and Cornwall to take part, so competition was stiff.
The Friday saw the shoot phase with some brilliant shooting from Minch. Sophie Burke had a personal best, Jasper and Clara started the following day in the lead in their classes and Esme was in third place.  The running was on Saturday with some amazing efforts from all competitors, considering a bit of a lapse in fitness from most!
The ride phase was on the Sunday with great ground conditions and weather.  Sophie rode really well having just one stop and Jasper having one of only two clear rounds in the arena jumping for the Tadpole class.  Sophie finished 7th and Jasper finished 1st in their respective classes.
Clara, Isla, Esme and Betsy were out in the XC fields for their ride phase and amazingly all had a brilliant day, coming home clear.
Although exhausting, the whole weekend was great fun and rewarding with Esme finishing third and Isla S seventh in the Juniors; Clara coming second in the Minimus class and Betsy 12th in the Intermediate class.
Well done to everyone for taking part.  We would love to hear from you if you would like to have a go at tetrathlon or triathlon (just the swim/run/shoot phase over the winter).  Please contact Sam Hunt or Ella Skelston for more information.

Ledbury Mini Dry-Tri on 15/16 August – Report from Sara
The Ledbury Mini Dry-Tri on 15/16 August was attended by Sophie (Tadpole) plus newcomers Tabitha and Faith (Tadpole and Beanie). All 3 girls worked hard on their run putting in respectable times. Tabitha’s first time shooting in competition was outstanding as was Faith’s achievement at hitting target, putting them both in a strong position for the next day’s ride. Tabitha was up first and jumped clear, followed by Sophie who had a couple of run outs and Faith had a challenging ride but both finished strongly. Deservingly, Tabitha placed 4th and Faith 3rd in their age groups, a fantastic achievement in their first Tetrathlon (Tri).

Congratulations to the MPC Tetrathletes who competed at VWH  Triathlon.

Tadpoles  Jasper and Sophie achieved Team 2nd and Jasper 2nd ind.

Mini Girls   Martha and Clara achieved Tram 3rd and Clara 3rd ind. and best shoot.

Junior Girls  Florie and Isla achieved Team 2nd and Isla won the class ind. 

Report from Sam Hunt on the Winter Postal Shoot Competition

An impressive set of results for our members from the Winter Postal Shoot competition run by Area 9.  A special mention for Isla S who achieved a perfect score of 1000 on her January targets.

In the individual competitions:

Senior Girls – Betsy H (4th)   Junior girls – Isla S (1st)   Junior girls – Esme D (2nd)   Mini girls – Clara S (2nd)   Tadpole Boys – Jasper S (4th)

Team: (4th) Esme D, Ellie C, Clara S, Lucy McK   (9th) Isla L, Isla S, Martha McC, Betsy H

There were 127 competitors and 32 teams overall.  Great set of results for our little pony club.


Report from Ella S on Isla’s competition at the National Triathlon Finals
Isla had a really positive time at the National Triathlon Finals against 50 other girls aged between 12 – 15, some of which were extraordinary athletes! Having had a nervous shoot, she achieved a personal best in both her run and her swim meaning we left with no placing but a big smile on our faces! 

VWH Tri Report 27th January
There were quite small numbers of competitors in both the Junior and Senior classes this year, so this was a perfect introductory event for Florrie as this was her first Tri and first time shooting at turning targets. Both Florrie and Betsy competed well and brought home ribbons which is a great start to 2019. Betsy was very encouraging and shared lots of competition tips to help Florrie. It is great to see another family having a go at this fun and challenging activity.

National Tetrathlon Championships 9-12 August 2018 at Offchurch Bury
Following her performance at the Area 9 Tet qualifier Betsy was offered a wildcard (thanks to the Beaufort Hunt Tetrathlon Manager, Alex Connors) to the Tet Champs. Betsy trained hard for all 4 disciplines and was thrilled to achieve a pb in both the swim and the run phases. The xc course was the biggest and most technical Rupert had ever seen, but Betsy made good decisions throughout the ride and they completed safely. The atmosphere of the whole event was brilliant: friendly, supportive, competitive and we were lucky with the weather. It was simply inspiring to be there – and it would be even better if MPC could take a team or two next year! We need everyone interested to sign up and have a go, so we can improve training opportunities which will encourage more participation and success…

Report from Area Tetrathlon 8/9 July
Several of the Minchinhampton Tet squad competed in incredibly hot weather at Area Tetrathlon hosted by the Beaufort.
In the Tadpoles, Freddie competed on a mixed team with new Tet squad members Sophie and Max. It was great to see them all at their first competition together and all of them did incredibly well. Max was placed 10th and with the others will be a great team in the future. A very special well done to Max and Sophie for completing their first Tet. In the Mini Girls, Martha was 6th with a strong run in the heat and very respectable swim and ride. In the Junior Boys, Ollie was 9th with a great ride, swim and run. In the Intermediate, Betsy was 8th with a great ride and good results in the other disciplines.

Everyone did incredibly well to coax their horses and ponies around tough XC courses in the heat as well as perform to their best in the runs. Well done!

Update – Betsy has been offered a ‘wild card’ place at the Tet Championships this weekend – ‘Good Luck’ Betsy!

Double wins for Minchinhampton at the Inter Area Tet and Junior Regional Tet Championships!
Over half term, Ollie and Eezie were chosen to represent Minchinhampton and Area 9 at the Inter Area Tetrathlon at Bicton in Devon and selected for the Central England team at the Junior Regional Championships at Moreton Morrell.

Bicton came first with lots of competition from South, South West and Wales Pony Clubs. Ollie managed a PB in his swim and run, together with a great clear over a tough, full up 90cms XC course with Eezie. His result contributed to the overall Area 9 team win, alongside boys from the Beaufort and OBH and OIlie was 10th individually.

After a quick kit wash overnight, it was off to Moreton Morrell with the Central England team. The competition was really stiff with teams from all over the UK and Eire. The XC course in particular was very technical with fences that would not be seen in a 90cms eventing course. Ollie and Eezie again did a great round and Ollie managed another run PB! With other team members from the Beaufort, West Warwickshire and Ludlow they were 3rd overnight after the swim and shoot phase. The ride and run proved decisive and the Central England boys were the winners! They received their prize from Tim Vestey, Tetrathlon Chair and Rhian Gibson, Pony Club CEO.

A great few days experiencing the best that Pony Club has to offer in terms of testing sport and building fantastic friendships!


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