• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Seitz finishes third in national tetrathlon

MONICA SEITZ poses with her horse, "Blizzard," at the Pony Club tetrathlon held at the Kentucky Horse Park July 18 to 21. (Photo submitted)

Monica Seitz, 14, and her horse, Blizzard, competed at the Pony Club Tetrathlon National Championships and placed third overall after qualifying at regionals in Lexington June 17 and 18. The competition was held at the Kentucky Horse Park July 18 to 21.

Seitz and her teammates Emma Massa, Grace Dilger, and Aidan Goumas from Keeneland Pony Club competed in four phases that included shooting, running, swimming, and riding.

The running phase challenges each competitor's physical stamina and endurance over cross country terrain and may include negotiating obstacles such as hay bales, logs, and low fences. The shooting phase tests a competitor's skill and accuracy in a standing position, using an air pistol on a 10-meter course of fire.

The swimming phase allows competitors to demonstrate their swimming skills over a course length in meters or yards.

The riding phase of competition provides an opportunity for the rider and mount to demonstrate equestrian skills over a predefined, stadium jumping type course.

"It took a lot of training," said Seitz," but in the end, it was worth it."

Seitz was in the Intermediate Girls' Division and placed third in running and swimming, eighth in shooting, and seventh in riding.

"I had a great time competing and making friends," said Seitz." And I definitely want to do it again next year."

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