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The Regional & International Tetrathlon Competitions 2011

The Pony Club Regional and International Tetrathlon Competition took place from 5th - 7th of August at Grange Farm Equestrian Centre, Peterborough and was kindly organised by The Pony Club *East of England Tetrathlon Committee.

The event hosted both an inter–regional competition, which included Tetrathletes selected to compete from all areas of the UK at Pony Club Intermediate and Open level, and an International competition featuring selected teams from the UK, USA, Canada, Republic of Ireland and, for the first time, Australia.

Competition began on Friday August 5th, with the shooting phase and a good range of scores over 900 for both girls and boys; Xavier Vrigneau, from Southern England, and Coral Kennerley, from Wales and Borders, both posted strong scores of 980 to take the ‘best shoot’ prizes. On Friday afternoon the competitors moved onto the swim phase, held in the brand new sports centre at Uppingham School. The outstanding performance of the afternoon was from Brian O’Sullivan, from the Republic of Ireland, who scored 1311 points for a 387m swim.

The cross country riding phase took place on Saturday August 6th. The Regional competition enjoyed a challenging and interesting course giving a good number of clear rounds, which produced maximum ride scores of 1400 points.  The jumping phase for the International competition involved drawing horses from a pool, kindly offered by other competitors, with riders allowed 20 minutes to work in on their allocated ride before setting off round the JumpCross course, provided by Robin Dunlop and his team at Wittering Grange. This involved jumping 20 knock down fences set in a valley with natural features such as slopes, drops and water. The course rode perfectly and really tested the horsemanship of the International teams.

The final running phase was held over a challenging 3000m for the boys, with a long straight uphill section, and 1500m from the girls around the JumpCross course. The outstanding performance of the day was from Tim Calder, from North of England, who pulled out all the stops to come home in 9 minutes and 29 seconds, pulling him up to second place in the individual boy’s competition.

The final results produced a win for the East of England Boys team, comprising of Henry James, William Bell, Edward Richards, Alex Bowman and Jaimie Harby, in both the UK Regional and **Open Invitational competition. The Scotland girls team of Kate Fowlie, Kirsty Liddon, Kerry Prise, Elidh Prise and Rachel Smith, headed up both the UK Regional and **Open invitation competitions.
Individual winners included Henry James, from East of England, finishing on a score of 4494 and Steph Courty, from Northern England, finishing on a score of 4360.
The International competitions were won by the Republic of Ireland for both the girls team of Niamh Curran, Louise Kent, Sionann O’Reilly Collins and Sive Brassil, and the boys team of Chris Coakley, Brian O’Sullivan, Patrick Duggan and Simon McKeever.
The International Teams will also be competing at the Irish Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships, held at Tattersalls August 12-14th, as well as The Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships which are held at Hartpury College, on August 19th-21st.

A full set of results for the Regional and International Tetratrathlon Competition can be viewed HERE, and a full report for the weekend can be viewed HERE.

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