Team GB at the 2018 World Cup Qualifier in Oman
Salalah, Oman - August 6-11 2017
The following five members have been selected to represent Great Britain in the forthcoming ITPF World Cup Qualifier:
Jenna Copley (Gloucestershire)
Adrian Deane (East Sussex)
Michael Smith (Devon)
Bradley Clifford-Fransman (Derbyshire)
Manager and Coach:
Tina Ricketts-Smith (Devon)
Good luck! You can follow their progress here and on our Facebook page>
Day 3: The Sword Classes
The team decided that Jenna's horse was too quiet and nice (!) and she needed a mount with a bit more drive so she changed onto the spare horse for the sword classes. This proved to be the right move as Jenna went on to collect a full house of pegs in the individual sword class. Overall, today saw an average performance from the rest of the team with some carries of the 1.75 inch pegs which look very small! Adrian and Michael show their 1.75 inch pegs below and Michael's horse models a patriotic bridle.
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Day 2: The first day of competition
The standard of pegging and accuracy is very high at this qualifier, with almost no rider missing any targets during the training session the day before. Remember that international standard pegs are narrower than those used in the UK and no riders are on their own horses - International tentpegging is the ultimate test of horsemanship and hand/eye co-ordination at speed! This means the competition is very tight.
The first class of the competition was Individual Lance, moving on to Team Section Lance where GB faired better - just being pipped for the bronze medal.
Yemen took gold; Hosts Oman clinched the silver and Jordan pipped GB to bronze.
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Day 1: Getting to know the horses
Pictures show coach Tina at the horse draw and the riders getting to know their new mounts.
A couple of kit issues were overcome before the first ridden training session went well.
The quality of horses is very high so the team are happy: Adrian has a smaller version of his own horse Tommy, called Tobiana. Michael has speedy Shoaib. Jenna has a super horse called Coyote. Bradley is riding a horse called Chilena who looks to be the best horse there so far.
The team also have a spare horse named Haalwah (meaning 'pretty.') Riders and coach are all happy so far with the first day of competition to come on Tuesday.