The British Tentpegging Association is affiliated to the International Tentpegging Federation

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Welcome to the British Tentpegging Association


Tentpegging and Mounted Skill at Arms are the collective name for equestrian sports using lances, swords and guns on 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. Pegs range from three to one inch in diameter. The majority of horses and ponies can be taught to peg and they love it!


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 at the gallop. The sport is around 2,500 years old, 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!


The British Tentpegging Association is the UK's national governing body for the development of safe participation in the sport for both junior and adult riders. We hold training events, competitions and social events around the UK. We have both civilian and military members who have the opportunity to compete at some of the UK's most prestigious horse shows. We also select teams to represent Great Britain for international competitions at home and overseas.


Come and see us in action, contact us to attend a training event or request a display at your show.

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August 7/8 2021

BTA Yorkshire Champs

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