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International Tentpegging Federation World Championships 2014
March 29 - April 5
Team GB have qualified to compete in the World Championships taking place in Muscat, Oman.
Team Manager: Tina Ricketts-Smith
Chef D'Equipe: Sally Deane
Riders: Jenna Copley, Sarah King, Michael Smith, Adrian Deane, Jacky Chandler
Chief Supporter/ITPF Rep: Rachel Imber
Saturday, March 29
The team arrived safely in Muscat and are enjoying the pool at the hotel before getting down to business!
The competition will be broadcast online on the Oman Sport TV site - We will post links as soon as they are available.
The team have been to view the facilities at the competition venue and it all looks good. The horse draw is tomorrow.
Team GB manage to find a patriotic four-legged mascot at Heathrow's Terminal 4
Adrian plays bellboy as the team arrive at the hotel in Muscat
Sunday, March 30
An early start for the team this morning with a 5.30am wake up call! The selection of horses has taken place this morning and overall the team are pleased with the mounts pulled out of the horse pool. The first practise went really well and the team are in good spirits.
This evening sees the official launch of the new International Tent Pegging Federation logo and website. Until then, the team are going through tactics and planning before they get down to some serious pegging business.
Monday, March 31
The team attended the launch of the new ITPF logo and website last night, led by H.E. Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed bin Mardouf al Saadi (Minister of Sports Affairs) and Mohammed bin Issa bin Haidar al Fairuz (President of the ITPF). Today is the first day of competition - individual lance in the morning, followed by the official opening ceremony then rings and peg in the afternoon. Riders for today are Jenna, Sarah, Michael and Adrian.
Follow GB Team member Jenna's personal blog updates here>
Tuesday, April 1
Individual sword and lemons and peg classes today which went reasonably well for today's riders: Jenna, Sarah, Adrian and Jacky. It was a very hot day for us Brits, considering the last practice most of the team had at home was in a hail storm!
Unfortunately Jacky's horse went lame on the last run of sword. We were unable to get a replacement for the oranges and peg so only Sarah, Jenna and Michael ran all giving it their best. Tomorrow is a rest day which Chef D'Equipe Sally will be grateful for with all the running around she has been doing! It is great we have so much help from the ground. As Rachel was taking scores, she noticed Sarah's points were not correct and we were able to sort this out immediately.
Wednesday, April 2
Today is a rest day for the teams so everyone took
advantage of this and explored the area. This pic
shows all competing teams enjoying the sun, out o
the high seas!
Thursday, April 3
Today sees the sword classes contested. Jenna, Sarah, Adrian and Jacky are today's riders. Good luck!
Today brought the team sword classes. We managed to get spare horses to replace those who had sadly gone lame but luck was not with us. At the end of round A, we were concerned with Sarah's horse which we took to the vet station where it was withdrawn due to lameness.
Under the rules, we could not bring our spare horse in mid-class so Michael ran on a new horse which replaced Jacky’s which had gone lame on Tuesday. Jenna and Adrian completed their runs. In the afternoon session, Sarah rode a new horse which she loves ran and with Michael in the pairs sword. Jenna and Adrian rode as a pair with both pairs doing well.
Sadly Hamoud, a rider from the Omani team, had a serious fall – We all wish him well.
Points total at the end of Thursday – the second day of competition:
South Africa 468
Great Britain 299.5
Pakistan 287. 5
Read GB Team Member Jenna Copley’s personal blog>
Friday, April 4
What a day so close and yet so far! Team sword took place this morning and the team rode fantastically. And we discovered that the worse line Sarah is on, the better she pegs!
Indian file took place this afternoon. The British team of Sarah at no.1, Michael at no.2, Jenna at no.3 Adrian bringing up the rear rode this so well and at such speed we so nearly got a medal but it was not to be
However all the training put in at home by the team really paid off. They were so much more together with brillant tight spacing. They really gave it their all with the horses all running under 7 seconds. We thought David would be pleased to hear that!
Big thanks have to go to Jacky, Sally and Rachel for all the running around and photo-taking amongst many other duties. Tonight is the gala dinner and a chance to relax.
Results from today:
Team Sword: Gold - South Africa; Silver - Egypt; Bronze - Yemen.
Saturday, April 5
We all had a great time at last night's gala dinner - lots of fun. Today we're just relaxing by the pool and making the most of the lovely Omani sunshine before heading back to the UK. All looking forward to getting home now to get ready for the Aldsworth Skill at Arms competition over the Easter weekend.
Saturday, April 5
All riders are now safely back on UK soil. Jacky's horse Honey has been staying at Pounsley and has now gone home so all is complete. Well done to all of the team members - and a huge thanks to the Oman Equestrian Federation and all involved in organising such a big and successful event. We send our best wishes to Hamoud, the rider from the Omani team who experienced a nasty fall, and wish him a speedy recovery.
Team Manager Tina Ricketts-Smith, still recovering from her injury sustained in Pakistan, says: 'Once again thanks to everyone for their hard work in making this trip possible. Thanks to all of the British team for helping me up and down steps all the time, getting my food and generally taking care of me. I think it was a good distraction technique!'
All eyes now move forwards to the first competition of the season: VWH RC's Skill at Arms' Aldsworth show, over the Easter weekend.