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The Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships 2012

The Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships took place, August 22nd-23rd, 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. Full of inspiration from Modern Pentathlons’ Sam Murray and Mhairi Spence, a former Pony Club Member, at London 2012, over 200 Pony Club Members took part at this year’s Championships.

Highlights of the 2012 Tetrathlon Championships included Steph Courty (17), from the Percy Hunt Branch, taking the Open Girls Individual top slot a score of 4392, which combined with the scores of team mates Lizzie Pettifer (19), Suzanne and Rebecca Barwise-Munro (15) also netted the Percy Hunt Branch the Open Girls Team honours, on a score of 12880 to receive the Hollington Biscuit Barrel, complete with biscuits!

It was well worth the long trip for Aylish Paisley, from the Eskdale Branch in Dumfriesshire, who won the Intermediate Girls Individual on a score of 4332 and Oliver Christopher, aged 18, from the Pentyrch Branch finished on a final score of 4457, to receive the Wilkinson Sword as the winner of the Open Boys Individual. In the Intermediate Boys team competition, William Bower (13), William Cass (16), Simon Mousdale (17) and Daniel Grant (15) from the Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt Branch finished on a score of 11,144 to take the win.

Success was also very much in the air for Area 9 of The Pony Club, with three Branches from the Area also taking the top slots. The Ledbury Hunt Branch Intermediate Girls Team of Alice Harper (15), Libby Walker (17), Camilla Barnes (17) and Millie Walker (15) finished on a score of 12,238 to take the Intermediate Girls Team top spot, and the team success continued in the Open Boys for the VWH Branch Team of Rory (19) and Paddy Gilling (17) and Oliver (18) and Greg Hall (16) on a score of 12,482. Whilst George Screuder, (17), from the Cotswold Vale Farmers Branch was on form in the Intermediate Boys Individual on a score of 4460.

The Tetrathlon Mentoring scheme, kindly sponsored by NFU Mutual and Ariat Clothing, also featured heavily once again at the Championships, after a successful launch in 2011. The scheme helps Tetrathletes perform at their best, when it matters most, through support from mentors Kate Allenby MBE, Emily Bright, Neil Gibson and Andy Mackenzie; all of whom are either ex-Olympic or World Class Pentathletes. Topics covered in the mentoring included winning habits, working with setbacks, working with nerves and being best prepared.

“We enjoyed at least twice the number of athletes taking up the mentoring during the Championships this year”, commented Kate Allenby MBE, “Of the competitors we saw they each managed at least of the three of the topic cards we use for the scheme, so overall it was really pleasing”.

A full set of results for the Tetrathlon Championships is available HERE



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