National Minimus Championships 2023

 Venue – Nuenna Farm, Freshford.

Chairman of the Tetrathlon and Minimus committee Mr. John Flood is delighted to announce the 2023 National Minimus Championships.

Taking place by kind permission of the Dillon Family, Nuenna Farm, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny on 17th & 18th June we will begin with the Riding Phase on Saturday 17th June in Nuenna Farm.

On Sunday morning 18th June, swimming and running will take place in the Watershed, Co. Kilkenny.

National Tetrathlon Championships 2023

 XC Killossery – Swim and Run TBC

Click for Minimus & Tetrathlon Rule Book


Minimus is a 2-day competition consisting of three disciplines, swimming, running and riding. Points are awarded to competitors for their performance in each discipline. The overall winner is the competitor with the most points after all three disciplines. Participants must be U-12 on the 1st of January of the current year. However, new older Pony Club members may participate Hors Concours to gain valuable competition experience. Irish Pony Club D+ test standard is recommended for this competition.
The Minimus Championships are a team competition where members from branches form a team of three/four for the competition. Individual trophies are awarded to boys and girls for the best overall winners and the best in the disciplines of running and swimming.


Tetrathlon is a challenging four phase competition requiring practical horsemanship and general athletic ability involving running, riding, swimming and shooting.
• Running phase: The senior boys run over a 3,000 metre course while senior girls and all juniors run over a 1,500 metre course and each competitor’s time is measured.
• Swimming phase: The senior boys swim for 4 minutes, senior girls and juniors swim for 3 minutes.
• Shooting Phase: Senior boys and girls shoot using an air pistol of .177 calibre at 10m. air pistol targets from the standing position. Junior boys and girls shoot using an air rifle of .177 calibre at a 10m. air rifle target lying in a prone position. Scores from all four phases are added together to arrive at an individual score for each member. The best three individual scores are calculated to arrive at a team score.