Ruth from Year 10 has made some fantastic strides in her ambition to compete to the highest level possible at Modern Pentathlon.
The Pentathlon consists of five events; fencing, swimming, show jumping, and a final combined event of pistol shooting and cross-country running (now known as a laser run). To improve her show jumping, she recently spent time at Gurteen College in County Tipperary, Ireland under the tutelage of Tony Ennis, Training Chairman of The Irish Pony Club. Ruth spent each morning and afternoon being tutored in her riding skills, and in the art of stable management. This came about following an offer from The Irish Pony Club to allow two UK Pony Club Centre members, who do not own their own ponies, to travel across, and Ruth successfully applied to be one of those chosen.
As well as this and to improve her overall skills, Ruth regularly takes part in Pony Club Triathlons, and has recently undertaken training with Pentathlon GB at Bishop Burton College.
Following the Pentathlon GB Laser Run competition in Durham, Ruth has qualified as first reserve for the Pentathlon GB Laser Run School Games Final at Loughborough University at the end of August.
Ruth's mum Jo said "she is very committed and determined, and I think the fact that she is willing to put herself through all this training and give up so much of her time for this, and competitions, is a great achievement."
Everyone here at Kepier would agree! It takes an awful lot of commitment and dedication to do what Ruth is doing, and everyone here is incredibly proud of her!!!