Tentpegging demo

Chris Kennedy on Jet attacks a balloon at speed, under the foot of Katie James, to demonstrate the accuracy required in tentpegging.

Chris Kennedy on Jet attacks a balloon at speed, under the foot of Katie James, to demonstrate the accuracy required in tentpegging.

Attendees at Tabulam’s Light Horse charge at Beersheba centenary commemorations were also treated to a display of tentpegging by the Australian Army Veterinary Corp Light Horse unit based at Mudgeeraba.

It was explained that during times of war mounted soldiers were required to ride through enemy camps before sun-up, removing the pegs of soldiers’ tents thereby causing the tents to collapse and putting those inside at some disadvantage.

Foot soldiers would then came behind, attacking the enemy as they tried to extract themselves from the tents.

Tentpegging remains a test of horsemanship, with rules attributing two points for hitting the peg, four points for dislodging and hoisting it at least 20 metres and six points for skewering and carrying it.

Chris Kennedy on his horse Jet, assisted by the intrepid Katie James, demonstrated his accuracy with spear and lance, on blocks representing tent pegs and balloons.

Mr Kennedy said the next big event on the tentpegging calendar is the Qld Championships at the end of July.

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