Herts Hunt P.C. had eight members competing in the Mini & Tadpole section of the Whaddon Chase Hunter
trial/Tetrathlon on Saturday 10th May.
It was such a lovely day, and the course was built with the younger rider in mind. In the 'Mini' section
Zac had a lovely round and completed the course with just 1 stop riding 'Ellie' XC for the 1st time. Both Isobel Jones
and Ellie Mitchell rode very well to complete the course, as both their ponies had a 'different agenda' that day. Annabel
rode round as a 'Hunter Trial' and both went clear, with Annabel narrowly missing the prizes.
In the Tadpole section Alex Juliper and Sadie Lupson were riding X.C. for the very first time, and they both had
excellent rounds with Alex ending on 1 stop, and Sadie sailing round clear. Jimmie also had a good round finishing with
just 1 stop. Liberty and Annabel both put their 'Go
Faster Stripes' on, and nipped round clear in super fast time.
The Herts Hunt Tadpole team had an excellent result in this class with Sadie in 4th place, Annabel 2nd
and Liberty 1st, which puts the team in 'Poll' position
for the next weeks Run/Shoot/Swim.
It was decided that the senior girls would do the 3' course rather than the 3'6''; however on closer inspection
we realised the 3'3'' would have been fine as it was a fairly small 3'6'' course. The weather was very warm so perhaps it
was kinder to the horses to do the smaller course! All the horses went well, with Debbie Potten and Libby Daniels going clear
despite some confusion over the gate on Debbie's part - possibly the only person of the day to dismount in front of the gate
and then remount to pass through! Amy's horse Bella had an unfortunate stumble which resulted in a run - out but otherwise
went well! Abi Mustoe's horse Polly was lame but she kindly agree to complete the rest of the tetrathlon, which took place
the following week.
We had another bright sunny day for the run/shoot/swim phases, all be it colder than the previous week.
Zac was the 1st of the many Herts Hunt competitors to run, and set us off to a great start, with a cracking fast
run(his best ever). Everyone had good solid runs, spurted on to the finish line by the Herts Hunt supporters cheering
very loudly! We Had two teams entered in the under 8's triathlon, and they all ran so fantastically over a shortened
500m course, which is an extremely long way for such little legs.
Next came the shoot, and H.H. kept up the momentum with everyone shooting well, with Sadie and Lou-Lou shooting
for the first time in 'nerve wrecking', competition conditions. The under 8's throw bean bags at a target(they
are deemed to young to handle a gun!!), and produced some excellent scores, yet again with much encouragement from the support
The senior girls had mixed fortunes in the shooting, with Libby scoring the highest in the team on 700. The running
came next, and Amy produced a super performance to show the rest of the team how much training needs to be done! Amy completed
in 6mins 43seconds, with the rest of the team not too far behind.
We then had a 2 hour lunch break before the swimming started at the Guttedman Centre, Stoke Manderville. This
is a lovely pool with a great viewing area so everyone could catch the action. Everyone gave their all, in the swimming, with
Annabel producing a fantastic 5 lengths her personal best, Liberty
and Freya also had their best ever swims. The under 8's were the last to go with start times after 5pm, and considering
this all swam extremely well, with Emma,Alex,Claudia,Lucy & Sonny swimming over 3 lengths.
Despite some goggle related mishaps in the senior team and some seriously high diving blocks, everyone swam well
with Libby and Amy racing neck and neck in their heat.
We all then waited with anticipation for the results and awards, which are as follows
Girls Junior Tet- Ellie Mitchell - Team 12th(mixed team)
Boy's Mini Tet - Zac Mickalski - Individually 2nd and Best Run
Mixed Tadpole Tet - Team 5th- Annabel Coppin- Individually 2nd and Best Swim, Liberty Fogden - Best Ride, Jimmie Mitchell and Sadie Lupson
Girls Mini Tri - Emma Stone - Team 1st (mixed team)Individually 4th
Mixed Tadpole Tri - Team 5th - Amber Newbury Barr Individually
7th, Freya Mickalski, Lou-Lou Mason
Mixed Under Eights - Team 2nd - Alex Julier Individually 5th, Emma Killin Individually 6th,
Claudia Swinburn and Mae Lindsell
Mixed under eights - Team 3rd - Sonny Newbury Barr Individually 2nd, Lucy Cooke Individually 7th,
Elliott Jones and Josh Butler
Senior team - Team 2nd - Libby Daniels Individually 7th, Amy Individually 8th, Debbie
Potten Individually 9th, and Abi managed to come Individually 13th despite missing out on points
for the riding.
The result's speak for themselves, Herts Hunt just keep getting better and better in these competitions!
Well done everyone and hope to see you at the next tet for another excellent pub lunch (seniors)!
Report by Liberty
Fogden, Kat Daniels and Abi Mustoe