National Minimus Championships 2021
September 11th & 12th 2021 Provisional second date for Minimus
The following dates have been submitted by Branches for Minimus and Tetrathlon Training Days for 2021
March 7th – North Kilkenny Winter Biathlon (To be re-scheduled)
April 5th – Kildare Hunt Branch Fun Minimus
April 24th & 25th – Waterford Hunt Branch Fun Minimus and Tetrathlon
May 16th – Carlow Hunt Branch Fun Minimus
May 23rd – Laois Hunt Branch Fun Minimus and Tetrathlon
June 6th – Goldenvale Fun Minimus
National Tetrathlon Championships.
August 14th & 15th 2021 – Venue TBC
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.