Horse & Country TV 24 Mar 2011
Could you compete for Team GB in South Africa?
Tentpegging is an adrenaline-fuelled, longstanding but lesser known sport which has managed to fly relatively under the radar. Are you 19 or under with experience on tentpegging, polocross or mounted games? Team GB needs you!
What is tentpegging?
Tentpegging consists of taking a wooden peg from the ground at a gallop with either a lance or sword (or a 'pricker' for juniors), together with the use of a sword to attack straw-filled dummies, to cut oranges or lemons and to slash cabbages. The culmination is the sword, lance and revolver competition in which all three weapons are used on a course which also includes small fences.
It requires the player to control their horse with one hand and ride instinctively, while using a good eye and co-ordination to handle a weapon accurately. Age is no barrier and riders from their teens until their seventies can compete.
The sport is administered by the British Tentpegging Association (BTA) with the support of Army horsed units. There are major events each year and a number of other minor competitions and training days. The ladies' team came home with gold, two silvers and a bronze medal from South Africa last year.
How to get involved
The BTA are looking for new members and potential members for the team. They seek good riding skills along with excellent pegging skills and the ability to work in a team and ride different ponies.
The initial sessions will be taking place in the Easter holidays, one in Sussex at Pounsley and the other at Horseworld in Bristol.
Once all potential team members have been seen, eight will be selected and worked with throughout the summer. There are 15 coaches and instructors in different parts of the country so training can be maintained. A team will be selected to go to South Africa in August 2011.
Some help along the way
There are a lot of people connected with the association which has led to its success but there are many expenses connected with setting up a junior team and they rely on memberships and the participants funding the competitions and travel.
Or to learn more about tentpegging visit: www.britishtentpegging.com.