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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.

Ten Irish Pony Club Minimus members will travel to Catterick in the UK to compete at the North of England Tetrathlon - Minimus International Tetrathlon competition on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of June. 

They will compete against teams from Northern England, Wales and Scotland over the weekend.  The very best of luck to the entire team and their team manager, John Flood.  This team has prepared extremely well over the last few months, only learning to shoot for the first time in March this year.  The team includes:

  • Sahara Smith, Co. Cavan Branch
  • Jaime Hargaden, Carlow Hunt Branch
  • Andrew Hensen, South Westmeath Hunt Branch
  • Niall Fitzgerald, Kildare Hunt Branch
  • Lucy Martin, Kildare Hunt Branch
  • Tom O'Rourke, South Westmeath Hunt Branch
  • Phoebe Horgan, Ward Union Branch
  • Ella Lombard, Duhallow Hunt Branch
  • Skyla Nally, Wicklow Hunt Branch
  • Tristan Howard, Nenagh Branch

At the recent Minimus championships in Millstreet, the Irish teams, comprising of the members listed above, won the shooting phase in the Invitational competition.  This was a major achievement given that the Scottish team have been shooting for a far longer period of time. 

The squad will begin to travel to England on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th June with the competition beginning on Saturday with the shooting, swimming and running phases.  The cross country phase will take place on Sunday 30th and the Irish team will be hoping to do well in this phase.  This is our fourth year competing at this competition in the UK and we hope that everyone has a really good fun, enjoyable weekend creating, many lasting memories.

This is a wonderful opportunity for young Minimus athletes.  All members who will be eligible for Minimus in the coming years ,especially those aged 10 and above who would like to try out for these international teams should continue to work on all aspects of the Minimus phases to put their name forward for nominations and trials in 2020.  

Good luck Team Ireland!

Kildare Hunt Pony Club Rescheduled Fun Minimus Tetrathlon Training Day

Kildare Hunt Pony Club Rescheduled Fun Minimus Tetrathlon Training Day

Saturday 21st August 2021 at Punchestown

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National Minimus

The National Minimus will now take place on September 11th and 12th in Nuenna Farm, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny. 


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Kildare Hunt Pony Club Fun Minimus/Tetrathlon Training Day 21st Aug

This event has now been moved to the 21st August,

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Provisional Minimus & Tetrathlon Dates 2021

The following dates have been submitted by Branches for Minimus and Tetrathlon Training Days for 2021


 August  2nd  GoldenVale Minimus & Tetrathlon (Crosscountry only, including Gate and Slip Rail) Crossogue House, Ballycahill, Co. Tipperary.


 August 14th & 15th   National Tetrathlon Championships - Killossery

 August 21st KIldare Hunt Branch Fun Minimus - Punchestown

September 11th & 12th   National Minimus - Nuenna Farm, Co. Kilkenny

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