Tetrathlon a Victorian first
HORSE riders competed in Victoria’s first tetrathlon at the Wonthaggi Pony Club over the weekend.
The event was organised by local rider Carly Heislers, who has competed in tetrathlons nationally in Western Australia and South Australia.
“I’ve competed in Pony Club national events in different disciplines and I thought I would give the tetrathlon a go. I can swim and I’m a fairly good runner so it was a good opportunity,” she said.
“We are trying to make the tetrathlon a nationwide event and this was the first one to ever be held in Victoria.”
The event was run over two days, starting off with a swim at the Wonthaggi YMCA. Participants competed in four minute swims and then it was back to the Pony Club for the laser shooting event.
On Sunday, participants competed in a 1500 metre run and the equestrian phase, in which they could choose 50 centimetre or one metre jumps.
With 50 entries, a third of the entries were from Wonthaggi Pony Club, with other entrants coming as far as Ringwood and Castlemaine.
“The event is based on the modern pentathlon, without the fencing. We did the running phase before the heat and overall the weekend was a lot of fun,” Carly said.
Some of the prizes at the end of the event were kindly donated by Skye Park Rugs in Pakenham and Cargills sports store in Wonthaggi, and Gai West did some lovely embroidery.
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