Skill at Arms Equipment

Tentpegging equipment is a rarity! Some members are indeed using 'antiques' for their true purpose, probably much to the horror of collectors out there.


Other riders use contemporary equipment specifically made and either made in the UK or imported from overseas associations.


Below are articles on how to make your own equipment and where to buy items from.

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Equipment Specifications

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How to Make a Lance and Lance Bucket

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Lance Heads and Shoes


Lance Heads and Shoes are available to purchase, brand new cast in UK to 1868 Pattern.

These are cast and polished in batches to order by the Foundry. Cost £65 per set.

Please note that enough orders need to be received in order to make it viable to cast a batch so it can take time to get your heads.

Delivery can be either via the BTA at a training event or competition or by paying postage at cost. This can be arranged through BTA Training Officer and can be either by Royal Mail or courrier arranged by the Foundry.

If you would like to place an order, please contact the BTA Training Officer and Treasurer, sending cheque made payable to 'British Tentpegging Association' to Treasurer.

Your Order will be placed on the list and you will be notifed once your batch is due to be completed in order to arrange collection or delivery arrangements.



Sword, Lance, Revolver (SLR) Equipment


We do not display details on how to obtain the revolvers as we strongly recommend that anyone interested in taking part in SLR does so at an official BTA training event and/or with one of our UKCC qualified coaches. Skill at Arms and the weapons used can be very dangerous to horse, rider and other participants/bystanders if used incorrectly.



Horse Equipment


It is advised to practice in the same equipment you will use in competition as it really makes a difference.


1. Breastplate to stop the saddle moving - essential!


2. Overgirth also helps keep the saddle in place, therefore helps keep the horse confident and calm and prevent accidents and saddle slip when pushed to the limit at speed.


3. Biting – your horse should be bitted so that it is easily to steer with one hand.  The horse should not be ridden in equipment that makes it hollow and come above the bit when ridden with one hand. 

Above the bit is loss of control, then loss of weapon control. Many riders prefer a Pelham or military bit with roundings or two reins whilst others are happy in snaffles.


4. Martingales are accepted.


4. Reaching straps – these are used profusely in South Africa but are banned under FEI rules.


5. Sticks – in international rules they are allowed.



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