What is Minimus?
The Minimus is a triathlon competition. It consists of swimming, running
and riding. It takes place over a weekend. There are points awarded for
each phase and the winner has the most points after the three phases.
What age do you have to be?
You must be Under 12 on the 1st of January of the current year to be
eligible to take part.
When is it held?
It is held in June each year.
Where is it held?
It is held in a different venue each year.
Do boys and girls compete against each other?
The Minimus Championships are a team competition. It consists of One
Overall Competition for teams of four (3 scores count) made up of any
combination of boys or girls. Within the overall competition there are
two competitions for the teams made up of all Boys and all Girls.
Is there an individual competition?
Yes, all boys and girls on a team are also placed individually. The score
they get as part of a team is also used to make an individual
placing. There is an individual boys competition for ALL the boys taking
part and an individual girls competition for ALL the girls taking
part. There are also individual placings for the best in swimming and the
best in running.
How far do you swim?
You swim for 2 minutes. You get points according to the distance you can
swim in this time. You can use whatever style you wish and may change it
during the swim. For instance you can start swimming with the front
crawl and then change to backstroke if you wish.
You swim in heats and
you don’t have to be able to dive, you can start in the water. You score 8
points per metre you swim. For instance if you swim 125 metres (5
lengths of a 25m pool) in 2 minutes, you will score 1,000.
How far do you run?
Boys and girls in the Minimus triathlon run 1,000 metres. The course
usually takes takes advantage of the natural country, with some ups and
downs, but not steep hills. Competitors run in numerical order and are
dispatched at 1 minute intervals and timed from the the moment they
leave the start until they cross the finishing line.
The faster you run the
1,000 metres, the more points you get. For instance if you run the
distance in 4 minutes, you get 1,000 points (this would be a very fast run).
If you time is 5 minutes, you would get 640 points. If you time is 7
minutes, you would get 211 points. (The organisers have a special chart to
know how many points are given for each time run).
What sort of riding is it?
The riding in the Minimus Championships is cross-country riding over solid
fences. There may also be ditches, banks and drops. However, it is
scored very differently from other cross country riding competitions
such as horse trials or hunter trials.
The course will also include a gate
and a slip-rail. The rider must open the gate, go through it, and then
close it, WHILST MOUNTED ON THEIR PONY. At a Slip Rail, the rider
dismounts, opens the rail, goes through, closes the rail and
remounts. You are given 60 seconds to negotiate each of these. If you
take longer or need assistance, you will be given penalties.
How high are the fences?
The fences are Max height:- 0.75m, Spread only:- 1.50m, Height and
spread:- 0.60 at highest point, 0.90m at base Important things to note
- If you FALL off you are ELIMINATED
- If you get ANY OUTSIDE
ASSISTANCE you are ELIMINATED
- If you leave out a fence or obstacle
you are ELIMINATED
- Only SIBLINGS may share a pony.
How is it scored?
If you have a clear round in the time allowed you score 1400
points. However points are deducted from this if you have problems on
the course. You should read the information on Positive Scoring on the
Irish Pony Club webpage.
- The following is a summary of some of the
- First refusal, run out or circle at obstacle = 60 penalties
- Second refusal, run out or circle of horse at obstacle = 60 penalties
- Third refusal, run out or circle of horse at obstacle = 80 penalties.
Therefore, if you have 3 refusals at one fence, you get 200 penalties, but
you can continue on.
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