Monday May 17, 2021
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A Tetrathlon comprises of 4 disciplines.

The 4 disciplines are Running, Riding, Shooting and Swimming.  


A triathlon comprises of three disciplines which is Running, Shooting and Swimming.  

It is not necessary to be good at all of the disciplines, it is a competition where you can come along and have a go. 

The scoring system is set up so that you get points for each discipline and the person with the most points wins. 

Tetrathlon and triathlon are great fun for all ages from on the lead rein in a enclosed area to riding  X country with a slip rail and a gate.

You can complete as a individual or if there is more then three members in the same class you can form teams.  


Shooting, swimming, running and riding,

we would love to hear from you if you would like to give it a go



We would encourage parents to familiarise yourself with the rules as safety is paramount.


Pony Club Tetrathlon Hints and tips

Dress Code

For shooting including bean bagging:

Pony Club sweatshirts, track trousers and trainers. The upshot is long sleeves, long trousers (jods are fine if child wearing them) and NO ankle supporting footwear, (NO jodhpur boots or hi-tops) As shooting very often in a sports hall, safest to wear non-marking trainers.

XC riding

Long sleeves (sweat or XC shirt) Jodhpurs, boots, Hat (tagged), medical armband and body protector. These are compulsory. Gloves are optional.

For riding, your pony should be clean and tidy. Your tack should be the same and in good repair. No loose stitching on stirrup leathers or reins please. There is no need to plait. Please remember to regularly check stirrups are fitting correctly, there should be ¼” clearance either side of riding boot, i.e. a fingers width. Boots ought to have smooth soles.  If you are not using a martingale please use a neckstrap.


Any swimsuit and goggles. Probably best to leave bikinis for holidays. 


Shorts, PC Sweat/polo shirt, trainers (spikes or studs in very wet conditions if you know the whole course is on grass!).



Tetrathlons can be very long days, particularly where all 4 disciplines are held on the same day (some pony clubs hold the swim the day before). They can also be great fun and very sociable. To keep everyone cheerful, remember hay and water, fly spray, waterproof or cooler sheets for ponies. Drinks and snacks for athletes but please don’t eat within an hour of your swim or run. A stitch or worse can occur.

All Pony Club events will state that ponies must NOT be left tied to trailers unattended.

On arrival, find your team manager or branch rep who will have reported to the secretary and collected competitor numbers. Remember all rules relating to gun safety. Under 18’s may NOT carry their guns.  The children at our branch will need someone to load for them. If you cannot be there or cannot load, please tell one of us ASAP. Range safety is taken very seriously and you will be asked to leave if you do not adhere to the rules.

Times will be sent out in advance so you should know roughly where you need to be and when. Usually the shoot is first, then the swim; breaks between disciplines should give you the opportunity to walk the XC course and the running course.

The Triathlon/Tetrathlon Rule Book is available from and it is a very good idea to familiarise yourself with it. Admittedly at Frogspawn level there is little pressure and much hand holding but please be prepared to take responsibility for your child, your pony and their wellbeing on the day of competition.

It is all fun I promise, but the more you know, the more fun it is. Never be afraid to ask questions of any of us at the branch.