Medals for British tent peggers in Pakistan

  • British tent peggers have won a clutch of medals at an international competition in Pakistan.

    The British team — consisting of Michael Smith, Tina Ricketts-Smith, Jacky Chandler, Gerald Nott and Jenna Copley — have won two silver and three bronze medals.

    Jenna Copley told H&H it had been a fantastic experience.

    “We have been made very welcome and have been featuring in national press and on television.

    “There are three women on the team and women aren’t usually seen riding or competing in Pakistan, but the girls have received some of the biggest cheers and had a loyal fan club!” she added.

    The team was invited by HRH Prince Malik Ata Muhammad Khan, a well-known competitor and patron of the sport. Three other nations; Pakistan, India and South Africa took part in the tournament, which ran alongside a domestic competition featuring the top 25 teams from the Pakistan national league.

    Tent pegging is an ancient cavalry sport comprising various mounted games. Riders compete in different classes using swords or lances. It is particularly popular in Asia.

    The hosts provided horses for the teams.

    Jenna explained: “They were all stallions, as mares are not allowed to compete in tent pegging in Pakistan. The breed is called “Desi”, which is a mixture of Marwari, Arab and thoroughbred.

    “We rode around 28 different stallions in total,” she added.

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