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Ride-The Ride phase of competition provides an opportunity for the rider and mount to demonstrate equestrian skills over a predefined course. Courses are designed as Stadium, Cross Country, or a combination, where the course incorporates Stadium fixtures as well as natural terrain.
Run-The Run phase of competition challenges each competitor's physical stamina and endurance. The course is designed over cross country terrain and may include obstacles that must be negotiated, such as hay bales, logs, low event fences, etc.
Shoot-The shoot phase of competition tests a competitor's skill, in a standing position, using an air pistol on a 10 meter course. Any type of compressed air or CO2 pistol is permitted which does not exceed the specifications outlined in the Tetrathlon Rule Book.
Swim-The swim phase of competition allows competitors to demonstrate their swimming skills over a pre-defined course length, measured in either meters or yards.
Pony Club Tetrathlon News
Tetrathlon Clinic with Suzanne Stettinius
May 2 & 3, 2015 - Ligonier, PA Area Organizer: Tammy Colt Hosted by: Rolling Rock Hunt Pony Club
Suzanne is an Olympic Modern Pentathlete and former Pony Club member! She competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in London and was seventh in the 2011 Pan American games.
Suzanne is a graduate of McDaniel College in Maryland. She also spent a year at Bethany College – home of Peace Point Pony Club. Suzanne started competing in Tetrathlon at the age of eight. She learned how to fence when she was 13 and soon began Pentathlon.
She also enjoys foxhunting, galloping race horses, being a farm girl and snowboarding.
Lodging:Ramada Inn, Ligonier, PA (800-392-1019) & several campgrounds in area
Cost: TBA (anticipated to be around $60) for participants
Auditors: No charge
Location: All activities will be held at or within walking distance of the YMCA in Ligonier, PA
Please register early as space will be limited for participants. Auditors welcome! For more information and to register, please contactTammy Colt.
Taking Their Game to the Top
Pony Club alumni Sam Sacksen and Suzanne Stettinius at the 2011 Modern Pentathlon World Cup.
Two former Pony Clubbers are fighting hard this year to win a coveted spot on the US 2012 Olympic Modern Pentathlon Team. The US selects its top two male and female Pentathletes to represent our country this summer in London through a series of World Cup Competitions, Championships, and Finals being held this spring and early summer. Sam Sachsen and Suzanne Stettinius are both currently ranked within the top two US male and female Pentathletes, but they will have to perform at the top of their game to qualify.
Both Suzanne and Sam got their start in Modern Pentathlon through competing in Pony Club Tetrathlon. In 1995 at the age of 7, Suzanne along with her sisters and brother joined the United States Pony Club. She was already an accomplished rider and was foxhunting with her family on weekends, learning how to race her pony. In 1998 at age 10, Suzanne qualified to compete at USPC Nationals in Tetrathlon. During that event, a Pentathlete came to see the event and promote Pentathlon. She spoke to the kids, encouraged them, and told them they needed to start fencing. Already over programmed with Soccer, Lacrosse, Swimming and Riding, Suzanne began insisting to add Fencing to her activities. She was not sure why it was an imperative, but someone had told her it was important and so it was. Sam’s journey began when he was four years old, riding horses in the desert of Tucson, Arizona and the mountains of Wyoming following cattle. Pony Club started for him when he and his brother and two sisters joined the Rolling Rock Hunt Pony Club in the Tri-State region in 1995. At the age of ten, he participated in his first USPC national championship at the Kentucky Horse Park in Tetrathlon on Sierra, a five year old blue roan pony which he had ridden for only a year. His focus that year was Horse Management because the prize for the winning novice HM was a pair of Ariat boots. Although he managed a score of zero, he didn't win the boots because of a tie breaker with another boy on his team. During his Pony Club career which lasted until 2004, Sam went to nationals in Tetrathlon three more times. He also competed at championships in show jumping, eventing, and quiz.
His first exposure to pentathlon occurred during championships in 2004 when a representative from USA Pentathlon came to watch the kids and Sam was impressed with how well she could shoot. She invited Sam and his older brother Ben who was also competing that year to a camp in San Antonio the next week. Both of the boys went to the camp and trained at the USAP facility with Colonel Russell and Victor Svatenko who would be the US pentathlon coach at the Olympics that year in Athens.