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Postcard from theJunior Regional Tetrathlon 2013
Postcard from the
Junior Regional Tetrathlon 2013
The Junior Regional Tetrathlon is a competition for teams, representing 9 countries / regions:
Scotland, Wales & Borders, Southern England, South West England, Northern England, Central England, Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland and East of England ( which is a combination of East Midlands and East Anglia).
Girls and boys 12-14 are invited by their Region to compete in teams, based on their competitive record in Junior Tets, so a range of branches across each region, nominate their best competitors to the Regional Team managers.
This year the Junior Regional was run by Areas 10 & 18, based at Llanelli and Pembrey Coutry Park in South West Wales, a 6 hour trip by trailer from Belvoir country!
Arriving by 4pm on Friday 31st May, we unloaded Barney into his temporary stable in the East of England section of the stables and drove across the site to the East of England Area, where a varied group of horseboxes, trailers, caravans, tents and gazebos were being assembled as all of the 18 members of the team arrived.
We got our red Junior Tet polo shirts, but the best bit was all changing into our personalised team hoodies! All organised by Sue Knott our lovely team manager.
Friday night was mainly about unpacking, saying hello to our team mates we knew from across Area 6, as we’ve been competing with most of them for years and getting to know the ones from Area 8 ( East Anglia). Most of us arrived at a reasonable time, but a few people had problems en route and the last lorry rolled onto site at about 11.30pm ! We did our first xc course walk, it had great varie-ty and lots of tricky lines, skinnies, drops and some real questions to think about!
Saturday morning was about getting everyone into Llanelli on time for the shooting phase, car shares and horse-boxes loaded with team members were the answer, unusual sight in a town centre car park!
Shooting is always stressful and some problems with the turning targets didn’t help, but everyone got their guns checked, with a dragon Junior Tet 2013 sticker, and shot their 5 practise shots and 10 competition ones, aiming for the elusive 1000 maximum score. I shot 960, just 2 8’s and all the rest 10’s, to get the 2nd = best shoot in the Junior Girls.
Then on to the swimming, where I know my personal best score of around 7 lengths 20m in the 3 mins , getting me 1070 points but not quite as impressive as the people who can score more than 200 points more than me by swim-ming 9 or 10 lengths, I need to keep training on this phase!
Back to the Country Park, a xc course walk to finalise the lines we all plan to take, and look at our long route and “L” options in case things don’t go to plan, then a team ride around the park and woods to ex-ercise our horses to settle them for the night.
We had a huge marquee for a Hawaiian themed dance / fancy dress competition for the Teams tonight, we have our first chaotic practise at 6.30pm, to a music track, hula skirts, bad shirts and strange inflata-ble palm trees, parrots and lei flower garlands!
We are the last team to perform, after strong, very well drilled dances from some of the other teams—but amazingly WE WIN! Our Hawai-ian limbo party to a combination of High School Musical 2 “Humuhumunukununkuaua’a “ and “Haiwaii Five –O” complete with choreographed canoe paddling gets the winning rosette! Team managers Sue and David can’t believe it!
Sunday dawns, another beautiful day, the weather has been stunning and warm the whole time, just perfect for the im-promptu rounders matches that see us taking on neighbours Central England.
Everyone is pretty focused now, boys ride first this morning, about the same time as the girls run, but we manage to whizz across to cheer each other on. The course is challenging, and there are some good ride scores, but no 1400 points max scores for our team yet. The run is challenging, with sections on grass, on tracks and one section involving a road, which causes tricky decisions : spikes or trainers ?! My run is a decent time for me, so 820 more points logged.
Now the key final phase, the riding, we put on our light / dark blue team shirts and hat silks , tack up the horses and wait our turn to go into the warm up area. Mum and I had worked out which routes would be lowest risk for Barney, so the slow routes at the double of roll-tops and the little house fences, but that time can be made up as we’re quick at both the gate and slip rail—well he gets lots of practice out hunting with the Belvoir. We’re first off for the East of England girls, so loads of people watching and cheering—no pressure then !
Riding the 90cm xc track, Barney, “the Irish Zebra” is fantastic, so grown up, flies everything, manages the drop to the skinny, doesn’t even look at the ditches and my longer safe routes work well. We do the gate in 8 seconds and the slip rail quick too, gaining time and flying home over the last fence inside the time to score a perfect 1400 !
A total 4250 points, my best tet score yet! So I finished 40th out of the 111 UK and Ireland girls, 26th in the UK!
Our team comes 12th, the other girls team 17th and the boys teams 8th and 10th, so at the huge presentation, with all 111 girls and 60 boys in team colours, the East of England boys collect their 8th rosettes, I get my 1400 ride one, and we all get a Region-al tet medal, we haven’t won, but we’ve just had the most amaz-ing time, such a fantastic experience and want to get to more Tet championships!
Regionals is really worth going to and I have made some amazing friends!
The Junior Regional Tetrathlon is a competition for teams, representing 9 countries / regions:Scotland, Wales & Borders, Southern England, South West England, Northern England, Central England, Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland and East of England (which is a combination of East Midlands and East Anglia). Girls and boys 12-14 are invited by their Region to compete in teams, based on their competitive record in Junior Tets, so a range of branches across each region, nominate their best competitors to the Regional Team managers. This year the Junior Regional was run by Areas 10 & 18, based at Llanelli and Pembrey Coutry Park in South West Wales, a six hour trip by trailer from Belvoir country! Arriving by 4pm on Friday 31st May, we unloaded Barney into his temporary stable in the East of England section of the stables and drove across the site to the East of England Area, where a varied group of horseboxes, trailers, caravans, tents and gazebos were being assembled as all of the 18 members of the team arrived. We got our red Junior Tet polo shirts, but the best bit was all changing into our personalised team hoodies! All organised by Sue Knott our lovely team manager. Friday night was mainly about unpacking, saying hello to our team mates we knew from across Area 6, as we’ve been competing with most of them for years and getting to know the ones from Area 8 (East Anglia). Most of us arrived at a reasonable time, but a few people had problems en route and the last lorry rolled onto site at about 11.30pm! We did our first xc course walk, it had great variety and lots of tricky lines, skinnies, drops and some real questions to think about! Saturday morning was about getting everyone into Llanelli on time for the shooting phase, car shares and horse-boxes loaded with team members were the answer, unusual sight in a town centre car park! Shooting is always stressful and some problems with the turning targets didn’t help, but everyone got their guns checked, with a dragon Junior Tet 2013 sticker, and shot their 5 practise shots and 10 competition ones, aiming for the elusive 1000 maximum score. I shot 960, just 2 8’s and all the rest 10’s, to get the 2nd = best shoot in the Junior Girls. Then on to the swimming, where I know my personal best score of around 7 lengths 20m in the 3 mins , getting me 1070 points but not quite as impressive as the people who can score more than 200 points more than me by swimming 9 or 10 lengths, I need to keep training on this phase! Back to the Country Park, a xc course walk to finalise the lines we all plan to take, and look at our long route and “L” options in case things don’t go to plan, then a team ride around the park and woods to exercise our horses to settle them for the night. We had a huge marquee for a Hawaiian themed dance / fancy dress competition for the Teams tonight, we have our first chaotic practise at 6.30pm, to a music track, hula skirts, bad shirts and strange inflatable palm trees, parrots and lei flower garlands! We are the last team to perform, after strong, very well drilled dances from some of the other teams - but amazingly WE WIN! Our Hawaiian limbo party to a combination of High School Musical 2 “Humuhumunukununkuaua’a “ and “Haiwaii Five –O” complete with choreographed canoe paddling gets the winning rosette! Team managers Sue and David can’t believe it! Sunday dawns, another beautiful day, the weather has been stunning and warm the whole time, just perfect for the im-promptu rounders matches that see us taking on neighbours Central England. Everyone is pretty focused now, boys ride first this morning, about the same time as the girls run, but we manage to whizz across to cheer each other on. The course is challenging, and there are some good ride scores, but no 1400 points max scores for our team yet. The run is challenging, with sections on grass, on tracks and one section involving a road, which causes tricky decisions : spikes or trainers ?! My run is a decent time for me, so 820 more points logged. Now the key final phase, the riding, we put on our light / dark blue team shirts and hat silks, tack up the horses and wait our turn to go into the warm up area. Mum and I had worked out which routes would be lowest risk for Barney, so the slow routes at the double of roll-tops and the little house fences, but that time can be made up as we’re quick at both the gate and slip rail—well he gets lots of practice out hunting with the Belvoir. We’re first off for the East of England girls, so loads of people watching and cheering—no pressure then !Riding the 90cm xc track, Barney, “the Irish Zebra” is fantastic, so grown up, flies everything, manages the drop to the skinny, doesn’t even look at the ditches and my longer safe routes work well. We do the gate in 8 seconds and the slip rail quick too, gaining time and flying home over the last fence inside the time to score a perfect 1400 !A total 4250 points, my best tet score yet! So I finished 40th out of the 111 UK and Ireland girls, 26th in the UK!Our team comes 12th, the other girls team 17th and the boys teams 8th and 10th, so at the huge presentation, with all 111 girls and 60 boys in team colours, the East of England boys collect their 8th rosettes, I get my 1400 ride one, and we all get a Regional tet medal, we haven’t won, but we’ve just had the most amaz-ing time, such a fantastic experience and want to get to more Tet championships!Regionals is really worth going to and I have made some amazing friends!
 
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