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Mentoring Programme Proves A Success at The Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships 2011

The Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships took place, August 19th-21st at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire. Pony Club Tetrathlon incorporates the disciplines of running, cross country riding, shooting and swimming and provides a gateway for young people into Modern Pentathlon.

Over 300 Pony Club Members took part at this year’s Championships following qualification at their Area competitions throughout the year, as well as International competitor’s part as of their Exchange visit.

There was also additional help on offer at this year’s Championships through the Tetrathlon Mentoring scheme, kindly sponsored by NFU Mutual. The scheme was a new initiative, implemented by former Pony Club Member and Modern Pentathlon Olympic Bronze medallist Kate Allenby, to help Pony Club Tetrathletes perform at their best when it matters most. Mentors for the Championships included Kate Allenby, Louise Helyer, David Atkinson and Toby Ryan; all of whom have competed internationally in both Tetrathlon and Modern Pentathlon and topics included planning for success, overcoming setbacks, dealing with nerves and ‘thinking’ success.

Kate Allenby commented “The mentoring has been a huge success, we are so pleased. We were able to help competitors at both levels across a variety of problems, from nerves when it’s going well and when it’s not, and how to use the situation around you during the competition so you are in control whatever the outcome”. 

The results of the mentoring could be seen in many of the 2011 top placing’s, including Eilidh Prise aged just 14 from the Bennachie Branch, who took the top honours in the highly coveted Open Girls on a score of 4368 to receive the Helyer Challenge Cup. Harry Tabor, from the Wilton Hunt Branch, was the winner of the Open Boys on a final score of 4457 and received the Wilkinson Sword.

The Championships also played host to the International Tetrathlon teams visiting from Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United States of America, who during their three weeks visit had also taken part at the Regional competition at Wittering Grange, August 5-7th and the Irish Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships at Tattersalls, August 12-14th. The Irish visitors lead from the front in the International sections of the Championships, taking the top placings across both the individual and team competitions for both girls and boys.

A full set of results for both The Championships is available at HERE

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