Dear Competitors, Parents and extended Tetrathlon Family,
We are really looking forward to the weekend at the Auto Boland Jaguar & Land Rover Irish Pony Club National Minimus 2021.
The weekends festivities will kick off on Saturday evening with swimming in the pool at the Watershed, Co. Kilkenny with the first heats scheduled to warm up at 6pm. Please arrive in plenty of time for your warmup. Unfortunately, due to time and pool availability constraints if you miss your allotted swim time, you will not be afforded the opportunity to swim at a later time.
Sunday mornings competition is being held in Nuenna Farm Equestrian Centre and is kindly hosted by the Maher Family.
We have created a wonderful and challenging Minimus course that will ask plenty of questions. However, there are plenty of option fences throughout the course. Unlike Eventing and Show Jumping where a clear round is imperative Minimus & Tetrathlon is different it is all about building a total score. On a Minimus track there is no elimination for 3 refusals. So, what you are trying to do is conserve as many of your 1400 points as possible. An option penalty on the course is equal to about 9 metres in a swimming pool. Often it is more benefit to incur a penalty of 70 points than incur faults of 250 pointsts for refusals. We encourage riders to please take the option fences where necessary. This is your get out of jail card which you do not have with Show Jumping and Eventing therefore it is a no brainer …. Take the option and help to preserve your score!!!
We are still under certain Covid restrictions and are bound by Government and HSE directives. Please ensure you have completed the Covid Track and Trace on Its Plain Sailing, stay in your family pods, observe social distancing, wear your mask, and please use observe hand hygiene.
We will do the utmost for you to have the most enjoyable weekend.!
John Flood, Minimus/Tetrathlon Chairman