Thursday September 19, 2019
Tetrathlon & Triathlon (23.04)

Tetrathlon & Triathlon

It’s great that a few members are trying out the forthcoming Triathlon competitions. This is a very friendly sport and everyone is always helpful towards new comers, so if you would like to see what is involved please contact Sam Hunt <> for more information
Forthcoming Triathlon & Tetrathlon dates attached.                                 


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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