Tetrathlon success for Zetland Hunt Pony Club riders
MEMBERS Zetland Hunt Pony Club enjoyed a successful trip to the Pony Club National Tetrathlon Championship, which took place earlier this month at the new venue of Offchurch Bury, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
The competition, similar to modern pentathlon, comprised shooting and swimming on the Friday, cross-country riding on Saturday and culminated in a final running phase on Sunday morning.
The intermediate girls team of Hannah Raw, Lucy Todd and Willow Andrew retained the Dr and Mrs J Allenby Cup after they won the team competition following an exciting final phase.
They held the overnight lead ahead of the Beaufort Hunt Pony Club after completing the riding section with the maximum available 1,400 points – the only team to manage the feat.
Individually they finished 18th, eighth and third.
The mixed intermediate team of Josh Raw, Will Todd, Isabel Andrew and Rosa Johnson finished runners-up in their team competition beaten by only 50 points despite some valiant running on the final day.
Josh Raw finished sixth individually.
Laura Mathias had a superb competition that started with an excellent 960 shoot and continued with solid performances in the swim, ride and run to finish eighth overall in the highly competitive junior girls section.
Her cousin, Maisy Johnson, was not far behind on points and finished 18th. Both achieved maximum 1,400 points in the riding phase.
A spokeswoman for the Zetland Hunt PC said: “The weekend and competition was well organised by The Pony Club and Tetrathlon Committee.
“A great deal of effort had been made to help the athletes with mentors and course walkers providing support and advice.
“Physiotherapy was available if required.
“The cross country course was suitably challenging at every level and was influential on results,” she added.