Joe Duffy Volvo Irish Pony Club National Tetrathlon 2020 will go ahead!

The Irish Pony Club Tetrathlon committee would like to confirm that the Joe Duffy Volvo National Tetrathlon will proceed on the 22nd and 23rd of August 2020.

The competition will be run under the strict guidelines and protocols of the Irish Government, the Irish Pony Club, the Tetrathlon committee and the various venues that are being used. The safety of everyone involved is of paramount importance.

Therefore, it is essential that all competitors, parents, guardians, officials and volunteers carefully read and digest all of the guidelines for the competition which will be available on the Irish Pony Club website.  As more information and finalised arrangements are confirmed, they will be published on the website as well.

Key points to note:

  • No spectators or additional family members to attend the competition. Only those required to assist the competitor prepare for the competition should accompany the member.
  • Everyone in attendance must bring their own face covering and hand sanitiser. This includes competitors, parents, guardians, officials, trainers, volunteers and stewards.
  • The instructions of the Covid-19 Compliance Officer and the Covid-19 Stewards must be followed at all times.
  • Temperature checks will be carried out at the beginning of both days and at the entrance to the venues where required. Competitors, parents, guardians, officials, volunteers and stewards will all be required to have their temperature checked at one point or another (Exact procedure to follow.)
  • A Branch Representative will be assigned by the Branch to collect their Branches information packs. These information packs will only be assigned once. The Branch Representative will distribute the information packs to their competitors. These packs will contain the competitor’s cross-country number, shooting targets, running number and running timing chip. These items cannot be replaced. Please ensure that all of these items are kept safe until they are required for each phase.
  • Social distance must be observed at all times.
  • Gatherings are strictly prohibited.
  • Respiratory etiquette and good hygiene practices must be implemented throughout.

Venue Details

  • Shooting Phase
    • The Shooting phase will take place on Saturday 22nd August in Kells Equestrian Centre, Normanstown, Carlanstown, Kells, Co, Meath. 
  • Swimming Phase
    • The swimming phase will take place on Saturday 22nd August in Kells Swimming Pool, Gardenrath, Kells, Co, Meath. A82 KD62.
  • Running Phase
    • The running phase will take place on Sunday 23rd August in Broadmeadows Equestrian Centre, Hillview, Greenoge, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. A84 TF10.
    • Provisionally starting at 8am.
  • Cross Country Riding Phase
    • The cross-country phase will take place on Sunday 23rd August in Killossery Lodge Stud, in strict numerical order.
    • Provisionally, the cross-country phase for the Tetrathlon Championships will begin at 10am. This start time is subject to change.


  • There will be no spectators in the shooting hall.
  • A one-way system will be in place where competitors will enter through the front door and exit through the back door.
  • Each shooter must maintain a 2m social distance at all times, whether laying down or standing, indoors or outdoors.
  • One shooting trainer will be allowed to enter the shooting hall with their Branch team. They must wear a face covering (as per Health Service Executive guidelines) and apply hand sanitiser between shooters.
  • All competitors, must wear a face covering in the shooting hall.
  • Irish Pony Club competitors at the National Tetrathlon competition must bring their own equipment and Personal Protective Equipment, including the following:
    • Face Covering
    • Pellets
    • Hand Sanitiser
    • Shooting Mat or Yoga Mat.
  • Where a Branch gun is being used multiple times, the Branch Shooting Trainer must sanitise and clean the gun between each competitor.  The Branch Shooting Trainer must bring their own antibacterial wipes to clean the gun.
  • For this year only, competitors will be allowed to bring their mobile phone into the shooting hall. It should be on silent at all times.
  • Competitors will be allowed to photograph their targets within the strict instructions and guidelines of the shooting phase stewards. They will not be allowed to touch them to prevent cross contamination.


  • No trainers or parents will be allowed on the deck at the swimming pool.
  • Competitors should arrive with their swimming gear on under their clothing, ready to compete with their swimming goggles and hat.  An area will be available to undress before entering the pool.
  • Changing rooms will not be available.
  • There will be no warm-up for the swimming phase.
  • Competitors will complete their swim, leave the pool and towel dry in a specific area.
  • Further details will be provided closer to the competition.


  • Dependent on the final number of entries, competitors will be divided into blocks.  Each block will be given a start time and based on that, an arrival time slot.
  • Competitors should only enter Broadmeadows Equestrian Centre during their assigned time slot.
  • Competitors should arrive ready to run.
  • Once competitors have completed the running phase, they should proceed to prepare for their cross-country ride.

Cross Country

  • Dependent on the final number of entries, competitors will be divided into blocks.  Each block will be given a cross country start time and based on this time slots where they should present for tack inspection and warm up.
  • Competitors must bring their own cross-country number bibs for this phase.
  • It is recommended that competitors wear a face covering for the cross-country riding phase under their chin.
  • Times for the course walks on the Friday and Saturday will be advertised in due course.  Competitors will be allowed to walk the course with their Branch appointed cross country coach on Friday or Saturday.  Only the cross-country coach appointed by the Branch will be allowed to enter the venue for the course walk.  Covid-19 stewards will be present at the entrance to control the numbers on site at all times.
  • Once competitors have completed the cross-country phase, they should proceed to leave the venue with no unnecessary delay, in an orderly manner, to allow the next group to enter the venue.
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