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Pony Club Tetrathlon provides Members with a challenging competition requiring sound practical horsemanship and general athletic ability. Tetrathlon originated as a competition for boys howewer there are now separate competitions for girls under identical rules unless otherwise stated.
In Tetrathlon, runners go off at one minute intervals over a carefully measured course and each competitor’s time is measured. A bogey time is set for the course and for each second over or under that time a number of points are deducted from or added to 1,000 points.
Boys Open- 3000m
Boys Intermediate- 1500m
Girls Open and Intermediate- 1500m
Bogey times which score 1000 points are shown below
Open Boys- 10mins 30 seconds
Intermediate Boys- 7 mins 0 seconds
Open and Intermediate Girls- 5mins 20 seconds
Junior Boys and Girls- 5 mins 40 seconds
Minimus Boys and Girls- 4 mins
Ready reckoners are given in Appendix A of the current Pony Club Tetrathlon Rule Book
For information on organising the running phase, please see the notes for organisers in the Tetrathlon Rule Book
The riding phase usually takes place over fixed cross country fences however Arena jumping can be used as a substitute. Where possible Tetrathlon Courses always include a gate to open and close mounted, and a slip rail at which the competitor dismounts, takes down the rail, leads his pony or horse through, replaces the rail and remounts. Since Tetrathlon courses should test the ability of the rider rather than that of the mount, it would be a pity to leave these two obstacles out. Perhaps you can use the gate into the field for the former. A small gate mounted on a post with a second post to latch it on to is always a useful item for a Branch to possess. A slip rail is not difficult to construct, requiring only two poles and two posts and a little simple carpentry.
Competitors will score points according to how far they have swum in a certain time
Open Boys- 4 minutes
Open Girls- 3 minutes
All Intermediate and Junior Competitors- 3 minutes
Minimus- 2 minutes
Competitors should swim in heats, the number in each heat depending on the width of the pool.
For more infomation on scoring and equipment please see the current Tetrathlon Rule Book