Disciplines Tetrathlon


Tetrathlon is a discipline of the Canadian Pony Club. Tetrathlon is a very demanding competition with four parts: swimming, running, riding, and shooting. Tetrathlon encourages, promotes and develops a Pony Club member's interest in horses and horsemanship by combining riding with other athletic activities.

Tetrathlon provides pony club members with a challenging competition requiring sound practical horsemanship, general athletic ability and sportsmanship.

Tetrathlon is based on the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon which has been included in the Olympics since 1912. The Modern Pentathlon was based on the King's Messengers who set off across country on horseback until met by the enemy when they had to fight their way through with a sword to finally escape and deliver their message on foot, swimming across a river on the way. The sport has been used by the military colleges of many countries to develop the character of their young officers.

In 1969, Tetrathlon, which omits fencing, was started in the Pony Club. It became a national program in Canada in 1975 and is now enjoyed by hundreds of members from coast to coast who participate in Club, Regional, National, and International competitions.

For more information about Tetrathlon, please check the WOR Tetrathlon Web Site.


The riding phase is scored similar to the cross country and stadium jumping phases of rally, with penalty points deducted for refusals, falls and time penalties. An optimum riding performance results in 1500 points for the competitor. Novice B's do not do the riding phase. Novice A's jump 2ft, Green Junior jump 2'3", Juniors jump 2'9" & Seniors jump 3'3".


In the shooting phase, points are scored for the total number of air pistol shots, 20 shots, on the target that corresponds to the ring number. A perfect shooting score is 1200 points.


In the running phase, points are scored for the time taken to complete a 2 KM cross country course. Novices run 1KM & Green Junior run 1.5 KM. The faster you run, the more points you score. An optimum running performance results in 1000 points for the competitor.


In the swimming phase, points are scored based on the time taken to swim 200 metres or Junior/Senior, 150 metres for Green Junior, 100 metres for Novice A and 50 metres for Novice B. An optimum swimming performance results in 1000 points for the competitor.