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23 September 2017

Sam Cobb – National Pony Club Tetrathlon Champion

Fourth Form pupil Sam Cobb is making quite a name for himself in the equestrian world and last month he notched up the biggest and best achievement so far.

The 14-year old, who is now in his second year at King’s College, won the National Pony Club Tetrathlon Junior Championships, which took place over three days at Bishop Burton College near Beverley in Yorkshire.

Sam, who is a member of the Polden Hills Pony Club, competed against 40 others in the disciplines of shooting, swimming, riding a cross-country course and running 1500 metres.

Sam was the best shot, with 980 points. In the swimming he managed a personal best time, in the cross-country he went clear and he won the running event, which meant he won the tetrathlon overall.

Two weeks ago Sam enjoyed further success when he competed in the team event at the National Pony Club Eventers Challenge at the Blenheim Palace Horse Trials. Sam’s team of four were the only one of the 120, competing from numerous riding clubs and pony clubs across the country, who over the three days all jumped clear rounds and ended on zero faults.

At the start of August, Sam was crowned British Laser Run Champion at the inaugural British Championships – a new worldwide event that took place in Bristol. Following on from this, and his number one UK ranking, Sam has been invited to compete for GB at the World Championships in Cape Town in October.

Over the weekend Sam had an amazing few days in Spain, competing in the Biathle/Triathle World Championships. He secured silver in both the Biathle and Triathle and won a team gold in both events.

Commenting on his success the Head of Equestrian at King’s Schools, Emma Edwards, herself an accomplished horsewoman, said: “Sam has had such an amazing year and to be crowned the National Tetrathlon Junior Champion is just the icing on the cake. We look forward to seeing his equestrian successes continuing over the coming months and years!”

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