The aim of the Irish Pony Club Tetrathlon is to provide members with a challenging competition requiring sound practical horsemanship and general athletic ability. Members must have passed their ‘C’ Test to be eligible to compete at Tetrathlon
Junior Tetrathlon is for competitors under 15 on 1st January of the year they wish to compete. There are 4 phases; air rifle, shooting at 10 metre targets, swimming for 3 minutes, running 1500 metres cross country and cross country riding with fences no bigger than 90 cm.
Senior Tetrathlon is for competitors under 21 on 1st January of the year they wish to compete. The phase structure for girls is the same as for Junior. Senior boys must swim for 4 minutes and run 3000 meters. Both boys and girls shoot air pistols instead of rifles. Cross country fences are no bigger than 105 cm.
KHPC members participating in Tetrathlon enjoy it immensely. Emphasis is on participation and enjoyment. Although swimming and running training can be challenging, the results are rewarding not just for pony club competition but general health and well being of our members.
KHPC Training/ Competitions
Training typically starts in February and all members are welcome to join the swimming and running sessions. Shooting training usually begins in June. There are several competitions other than the Championships, normally held in April and May. Tetrathlon championships usually take place over a weekend in August.
Tetrathlon Highlights 2019/2020
Many KHPC Tetrathlon competitors started swimming and running training in February and trained two or three times per week until August. All of the squad were training for the National Tetrathlon Championships in August and some were selected to represent Irish squads at junior and senior level. The UK Junior International competition took place at Moreton Morrell in early June, the Area 17 competition in Northern Ireland took place in mid July, the Senior International was in Kelso Scotland in early August, and we had the National Championships at Tattersalls in late August. Our boys and girls trained hard all year and that training paid off with great performance in all competitions.
International Junior Tetrathlon, UK – 1-2 June
We had our biggest ever KHPC representation on the Irish Pony Club teams at the Junior International Tetrathlon competition in Moreton Morrell, Warwick over the June bank holiday weekend. Three boys and four girls made the journey. Our representatives were Eliza Jane Queally, Emily Martin, Jodie Zebedee, Ruth Sargent, Cathal White, Harry McNamee, and Shane Fitzgerald. Cathal and Shane were on the 2nd placed boys team, Ruth was on the 3rd placed girls team, Emily was on the 1st placed girls team and was also the winner of the girls individual competition! All are eligible to compete at junior level again next year in the UK, while five of the seven are eligible for at least two more years.
Area 17 Regional Competition – 13-14 July
We had a good representation at the Area 17 Regional Minimus and Tetrathlon competition in Northern Ireland. Ruth Sargent came 9th individually in the Open competition, Emily Martin finished in 3rd place in the Intermediate, Cathal White was 3rd and Harry McNamee 5th in the Junior boys, and Lucy Martin won the Junior girls competition. Daniel Sargent came 6th in the Minimus competition and his team came 1st. A good fun weekend was had by all.
International Senior Tetrathlon, Scotland – 3-4 August
The senior regional competition was held in Kelso this year with the cross country phase at the fabulous Hendersyde course, a venue that was home to the UK Eventing championships for many years. This year’s tetrathlon competition was the last ever competition at Hendersyde as the owners decided to call it a day! It was a very testing technical course that caused many problems. Only one English girl managed a clear round, but eight Irish girls rode clear including Ruth Sargent, our sole representative at the senior event this year.
National and International Championships – 24-25 August
Lorcan & Aaron Keogh-Cribbin combined with two Ward Union lads to win the senior boys team event. Aaron has now won that event 3 years in a row! Our junior boys team (Shane Fitzgerald, Cathal White, Harry McNamee, TJ Dillon) came 5th and junior girls (Emily Martin, Ruth Sargent, Grace Adams, Lucy Martin) came 2nd. Ruth was 2nd individual overall and 4th in run. Emily and Lucy were 2nd & 4th in swim.
We had a good number of clear rounds on a lovely cross country course. There were tremendous performances from all our KHPC competitors, nine of whom were competing at Tetrathlon championships for the very first time! Special mention must go to Lucy Martin for competing at Tetrathlon championships in her final Minimus year, and for doing so.
We had a lot of newcomers this year and everyone enjoyed the training and competition. It is a long season and thanks to everyone for helping and supporting a great bunch of kids. There was a great atmosphere and team spirit throughout a very enjoyable weekend and everybody is looking forward to next year already!
Full list of KHPC competitors
Senior boys: Lorcan Keogh Cribbin, Aaron Keogh Cribbin
Senior girls: Sinead Beaumont, Emma Keogh, Isabelle Tyrrell
Junior boys: Shane Fitzgerald, TJ Dillon, Cathal White, Harry McNamee, Jake Branagan
Junior Girls: Ruth Sargent, Grace Adams, Emily Martin, Lucy Martin, Julia Adams, Eliza Jane Queally, Jodie Zebedee, Alex Connors, Sophie O’Neill, Annie O’Neill, Robyn Fitzgerald.
Sean and Deirdre Fitzgerald, and John and Bernie Dillon for facilitating shooting training, Bernie for helping with running training, Michelle Nelson for the all-important course walks at Tatts, Deirdre for organising cross country schooling sessions, and to the multiple volunteers for helping out during the year and at the championships. Thanks to all parents for supporting your children and attending the many training sessions, and for your support throughout the year. Special thanks to Barbara (my wife) for all the help and support. Great teamwork, and a great time had by all.
If you have not tried Tetrathlon already, give it a go in 2020, it really is great fun!
Deirdre Fitzgerald (087-9888210) and Sean Sargent (087 2354916) are the committee members responsible for Tetrathlon within our branch.