Area Tetrathlon Competitions – Hard Ground

The glorious weather we have been experiencing this summer does mean that the ground is very hard, increasing the potential for injury to ponies and horses if they are ridden injudiciously.
Where feasible, courses will water, aerovate, position fences on fresh, un-poached ground and/or supplement take offs and landings with extra material. This is not possible everywhere, and many courses will be firm or hard.

In exceptional conditions such as these, all competitors’ primary consideration must be for the health and well-being of their horse. The focus and learning point must be to ride in a manner that is appropriate for the conditions. This will mean slowing down – almost certainly incurring time penalties as a result – but this matters far less than the welfare of your horse, and returning home sound.

Competition organisers and Official Stewards will seek to ensure this message is broadcast loud and clear. Please seek advice from your instructors if you are in doubt about what speed is appropriate for your horse in the conditions that you find at your Area competition.

Because some Area competitions have already taken place, to maintain a level playing field, we will continue to score the time for all remaining Area competitions. We do not expect time to influence the achievement of the minimum 800 ride score required to qualify for the Championships. However, should time penalties affect minimum scores, Official Stewards will put a case to me for extending an invitation to the Championships to any competitor so afflicted, which I will look upon as favourably as possible.

Happy competing, and keep your horses and ponies safe!

Tim Vestey
Tetrathlon Chairman

The Pony Club Tetrathlon provides Members with a challenging competition - requiring sound practical horsemanship and general athletic ability. Tetrathlon originated as a competition for boys, however there are now separate competitions for girls under identical rules, unless otherwise stated. Find out more about Tetrathlon

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