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The Pony Club Tetrathlon Easter Course was held at Stonar School, Wiltshire on 3rd-6th April 2013.
Headed by former Pony Club Tetrathlete and Olympic Bronze medal winning Modern Pentathlete, Kate Allenby MBE, the course covered the four disciplines of swimming, shooting, running and riding that comprise The Pony Club Tetrathlon.
Candidates were selected from the Rankings List, with 24 Members across the country getting the chance to receive top class coaching to help them succeed in their Tetrathlon careers.
The principle of the Easter Training Course is to coach Members skills that they can take away with with them and apply to their training at home. The Tetrathlon Committee sourced specialist coaches in swimming and shooting, where candidates worked in groups of 3:1 to develop the technical aspects of these disciplines. The running and supplementary training were delivered by ex-Tetrathletes and World Class Modern Pentathletes in groups of 6:1.
The aims of the course were
Kate is an Olympic Bronze Medal in Modern Pentathlon winner and an ex Member of The Pony Club.
Chris is a Double Commonwealth Champion, World Medalist and Olympic Finalist. Chris is also an athlete mentor working with many world class athletes in a number of different sports.
John was the first ever Performance Director for British Shooting. He is Director of World Class Consultancy Services working directly with many world class shooters and was also the coach/performance manager at four Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
Andy has competed in Modern Pentathlon, representing Great Britain in teams at World Championship Level and is ex Household Cavalry
Jabeena Maslin is the Olympic Modern Pentathlon Riding Coach, and has years of experience in coaching Members of The Pony Club.
Emily is an ex GB pentathlete, who has assisted at the Easter Training Course in previous years.
Heidi is a sports therapist and former Member of The Pony Club. She often offers sports therapy sessions at The Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships - much to the delight of Members and volunteers alike!
Felicity is a nutritionist and former Tetrathlete.
John Leighton Dyson is the first ever Performance Director for British Shooting and works directly with many world class shooters over 4 Olympic and Commonwealth cycles. Coaching focussed on aspects of shot cycles, routine, trigger control, grip analysis, sighting, follow through, mental preparation and competition management.
Chris Cook is an Olympic finalist, double Commonwealth Champion and World medallist. Chris is now a mentor working with many world class athletes in a number of sports. Coaching will focus on stroke work, starts and turns, training structure and competition management.
The running and supplementary training will be led by Andy Mackenzie, (Irish National Development Coach and GB World and European Champs team member) and Kate Allenby MBE (Olympic Bronze medallist). Training focussed on technique, training and competition routines, goal setting and preparation for competition.
The show jumping session will be taken by Jabeena Maslin, the Olympic Modern Pentathlon Riding Coach, on her horses. The training focussed on how to apply course knowledge to different horses and what to do in a warm up on a strange horse.
New for 2013, the Sports therapy Clinic is to be run by physiotherapist and former Tetrathlete, Heidi Greenslade.
The classroom sessions are designed to complement the training sessions, and were focused on Athlete Personal Development. The range of topics covered fell under the brackets of nutrition, strength and conditioning, as well as preparation for competition.