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Tom selected for British Skills at Arms Team

Posted: 4th July 2014 | Category: Year 7

Year 7 pupil Tom Frost has been chosen to train with the British Team, to learn Skills at Arms (also known as Tentpegging).

Tentpegging is the only equestrian sport in the UK to use lances, swords and fire guns from horseback. Disciplines are performed at the gallop, as individuals, half section pairs and team sections of three or four.

Tentpegging is the ultimate test of horsemanship, requiring determination, hand-eye coordination, discipline and a fearless love of speed.

Tentpegging is the collective name for mounted Skill at Arms, based on the cavalry sport of removing wooden 'tent pegs' from the ground on horseback, using a sword or lance. The sport is around 2,500 years old and was developed by Asian armies who relied on their skill with the lance to defeat their enemies. Today's peggers are competitive, though a little less bloodthirsty!

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