Today in our country and in Pony Club many if not most kids are multi sported. Many are on soccer, volleyball, track and X-C and swim teams etc or have been. Many enjoy the idea of the accuracy and steadiness involved in a target sport, (like the shoot in tetrathlon!) and others are attracted to the idea and romance of the sport of fencing.
There is one sport which includes five sports and which world wide is very popular. At the 2006 Olympic Games in Athens Greece, the sport with the highest and only sold-out attendance was Modern Pentathlon. Why? Pentathlon is exciting and fun!
Even if you never want to become super competitive, it is a real challenge to train and become fit in 5 different areas. Shoot at a target (accuracy and mental stillness), fence (defense, offense, accuracy, speed , agility and mental challenges), swim (be fit, breathe better, be stronger and live a longer, leaner life!) , ride (described again in a moment) and finally: the run (X-C usually but a test of your fitness, your speed and endurance- a healthy choice!)
The riding goal is not small one: can you imagine being handed a completely unfamiliar horse, then being given 15 minutes or so and five practice jumps to warm up, then be asked to go into a ring and show jump the horse around a 4 foot course that includes triples, rollbacks etc? Wow! That is a challenge to one’s riding skills, no doubt! Of course, that is the top level and until the competitor is ready for it he/she will not be asked to do so much. In tetrathlon we usually ride familiar horses, most often our own horse with which we feel comfortable and safe.
We are lucky here in our TriState Pony Club region. We have always had a lot of interest in the sport of Tetrathlon, which is recognized everywhere as the Pentathlon feeder sport for Americans. United States Pony Clubs is very proud of that record and wants to do as much as it can to continue to foster that feeder network and help the sports of Tetrathlon and Pentathlon. Here in Tristate we always have a tetrathlon rally and it is your chance to join in the fun!
Our tetrathlon rally is a great one for those who are just learning about pony club, for those who are multi-sported and want to try even more sports and for those who already know and love the sport. There is also room for those who have an eye on Pentathlon. Here in Tri State we are making headway into the sport of pentathlon. Many of our pony club members have been busy getting ready to compete in pentathlon as well as tetrathlon. We are really looking forward to seeing the kids of all ages show their skills at the rally.
Despite the efforts of Margo Leithead and her committee, the goal to create the national governing body for modern pentathlon within the present structure of the USPC will not take place soon. The present governors of USPC see the role of USPC as a supporting one rather than a governing one. Once the new NGB is in place then USPC hopes to be instrumental as the ‘feeder network” for the sport. We will have to wait and see how this plays out in the coming months but it doesn’t affect our actions now.
In the meantime Pony Cubbers are at present busy making their mark on the Pentathlon world, nationally and internationally: Deidere Mathews, Emily Shertzer, Michelle Kelly, Suzanne Stettinius (coming to our rally again), Rachael Sacksen (from Tristate), Nichole Tintle, Sarah McEndree , Laura Piper , Alessandra Accinelli , Marisa Berger , Daelyn Chase, Sam Sacksen (from Tristate), Will Brady, Ben Sacksen (from Tristate), Jenkins Dove (coming to our rally again), Reid Dove (coming to our rally again), Larry Goodman, Grace Neveu, , Chris Hassoon,. This is not the complete list, just those Pony cCub members I am aware of who are actively competing nationally and internationally, representing the US and by the way, the USPC!
Some of these athletes (Mickey, Diedre, Emily, Suzanne and Sam and Will) have competed on the US World Cup team this year or on World Champs teams for the US and have traveled (this year alone) to China, Russia, Egypt, Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, Hungary, Poland, Germany, England, Italy …once again not a complete list.
Tristate is represented on this list. (Sam, Rachael and Ben Sacksen) If you want to learn about more pentathlon competitions and try the fun – after our rally of course- then contact Joach Sacksen at 814 352 8864 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Later this summer Ben and Rachael will be traveling to Calgary, Alberta for the Canadian competition. If you are interested in going with them just contact Joach. All ages welcome. Don’t forget that the USPC International Tetrathlon team will be heading overseas next summer. If you will be 16 or older and C3 or better, you can apply to make the team and travel and compete in Great Britain and Ireland!
Join the fun! Tetrathlon is fun! Pentathlon is fun! See you at the rally!