National Minimus Championships 2024 – 22nd + 23rd June
Venue – Killossery
National Tetrathlon Championships 2024 – 27th + 28th July
The Tetrathlon International in 2024 will be shared with the UK Pony Club and Republic of Ireland. Competitors will be invited from the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland). The Pony Club Exchange will start at the Irish Tetrathlon Championships the last weekend in July. It will then move North to the Senior International Tetrathlon at Necarne, before going to England for the Tetrathlon Championships.
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.