Tetrathlon

mid devon tetTetrathlon is riding, swimming, shooting and running and is run as team and individual competitions. Patrick Bugg is our tetrathlon trainer. Contact him on: budafarm879@btinternet.com

Shooting practice takes place at Buda Farm every week. Members can shoot once they have reached 8 years of age. Contact Patrick Bugg for more information.

We have swimming training sessions every Monday evening at Okehampton pool, between 6 and 7 pm. Members are split into ability groups. Instruction is given by experienced instructors. To find out more, please contact Danielle Earp.

Download our 'Introduction to Tet' leaflet                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

       

       Patrick Bugg's Tetrathlon, Triathlon and Biathlon Reports for 2014!

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 Oct 4th/5th

Mid Devon Pony Club members put on a fine show at the final tetrathlon of the season, which was run by the Eggesford at Okehampton & Winkleigh October 4th/5th weekend.

Lettie Cowling was competing for the first time and did brilliantly to finish 2nd in the Novice Junior Class. She started the day with a great shoot of 800 points and then produced the best swim in her class to finish Saturday in 3rd place. She rode a nice steady cross country round on Sunday to lift herself up into 2nd place.

Immie May was entering her first Triathlon and did well to finish just outside the rosettes in 7th place; while Archie Philips was another first timer. He and Harry Robinson were both competing in the Assisted mini class and both rode great clear rounds. Harry finished in 4th place in the class & Archie came 6th.

There was more Mid Devon success in the Triathlon phase of the competition, with Christo Wrey finishing 2nd in his class, with a P.B. shoot. In the Junior Boys, Tom Bayley produced a stunning run, the best in the class, which he followed up with a PB swim, finally managing nine lengths in the 3 minute swim, which saw him finish 2nd in the class.

Mid Devon Hunt Pony Club member Tom Bayley has just returned from competing at the Pony Club National Tetrathlon Championships held at BishopBurton College in Yorkshire.

This is the first year that a Junior class has been included in the Championships and Tom did brilliantly to finish in 9th place in a class of 44 boys. His final score of 4,627 points was less than 100 points behind the 3rd placed competitor.

The competition started with Tom’s weakest phase, the shooting; his score of 780 was disappointing, but not disastrous! Next to the pool, for the three minute swim, where he swam a PB of 8 lengths 23 metres. Tom’s swim score has improved by almost 2 lengths in the last 12 months.

The riding course was daunting, but beautifully presented and Tom had a great round, going clear with no time penalties. The final phase was the running, which is his great strength and he finished the 1500 metre course in a PB time of 4 mins 49 secs, the 3rd fastest of the day. This was a stunning achievement for Tom and hopefully bodes well for next year when he will be competing at Intermediate level.

July

Meanwhile, back in July, Mid Devon’s Rob Bilton had a brilliant couple of days at the Spooners P.C’s annual Tetrathlon. Competing in the Novice Mini class, Rob started the day with the best shoot in his class, scoring a remarkable 960 points, which was a personal best score. After finishing 2nd in swimming phase, Rob then produced the best run in the class and so won the Triathlon phase of the competition. Not to be out done, team mate Christopher Wrey competing in the Mixed Mini class also had a brilliant run, finishing with the best time and coming 3rd in his class.

The riding phase was held at Sampford Spiney & Rob’s good form continued, riding a clear round to secure 1st place in the Tetrathlon. Harry Robinson rode clear in the Mixed Minis and the Mid Devon team of Rob, Harry & Tom Bayley finished 6th overall, in a class of 14 teams

May 3rd/4th

Mid Devon Hunt Pony Club members have just had a great two days at neighbouring Club South Devon Moorland’s annual Tetrathlon competition. This year there was a Biathlon competition on the schedule and Mid Devon’s team of Becky & Jessie Smith and Immie May did brilliantly to win the class. Becky and Immie finished 2nd equal in the large class, with Becky winning the Best Swim rosette.

Harry Robinson was competing for the first time, and showed lots of potential, with the 5th fastest run in a class of 17 children. He then went on to ride a clear round over the cross country course.

For Rob Bilton, training is very difficult as he lives in London, but he equalled his shoot PB with a fine score of 840 and added another couple of metres to his swim PB. He was in second place in his class on Saturday night and a successful trip round the X-C course saw him hold on to that second place.

Tom Bayley won the Junior Boys. The class was rather short on numbers, but that should take nothing away from his success – once again, he put in a brilliant run and followed that with a lovely clear round, inside the time on Sunday.

Recently, Tom has finished 11th in a class of 38 at the Pony Club’s National Triathlon Finals and he is due to represent the South West at Windsor Horse Show, where the Pony Club hold a demonstration tetrathlon between teams of three junior competitors from each of the G.B. regions

May

Our Biathletes also did well at the North Cornwall, with Immie winning the class; Becky coming 2nd & Jessie 4th.