Medals Galore for British Tentpeggers!

The GB Tentpegging Team returned from Abu Dhabi after a successful few days competing against five other nations at an international event hosted for HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Boudheib International Endurance Village.

All of the GB team are amateurs who combine riding and competing all over the UK and beyond with their regular jobs. The teams’ success is even more exciting as they rode borrowed horses in the event, lent by the host nation. They first rode the horses on the morning of the event with just three practise runs before the competition started. This is an incredible feat of horsemanship as the horses many of the team own and ride in the UK are different builds to the small, super-fast Arab horses they were lent for the competition.

Team member Bradley in action with his horse China.

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Team GB Medal results:

Lance Individual:

Gold - Bradley Clifford Fransman

Silver - Jerry Watkins

Sword Individual:

Silver – Jerry Watkins

Bronze – Chris Marron


Team Lance Single File:


Team Sword Single File:


The gold medal for Individual Lance went to Moira-based young rider Bradley Clifford Fransman. Bradley also narrowly missed out on the bronze for Rings and Peg class and finished the event in the overall individual silver medal position.

At just 20 years old, Bradley was the youngest member of the team and combines riding with working at Electract Ltd of Coalville. Bradley is a former winner of the Sword, Lance, Revolver class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and has competed overseas for Team GB in South Africa both as a junior and senior, Oman and the Netherlands.

It was a GB 1-2 for the Individual Lance, with Wiltshire-based Jerry Watkins, clinching the silver medal. Jerry also triumphed with the silver medal in Individual Sword. Jerry hails from Box, and works for an equine law firm. He has competed in many internationals overseas, including at the German international cavalry festival in 2018.

Chris Marron switched to tentpegging from eventing just two years ago and was making his debut at international level for the first time outside of the Netherlands. He was delighted to find himself with the bronze medal for Individual Sword. Chris resides in Wilstead, Befordshire, where he is Head of Business Analysis for a local software development company.

Lone female rider in the team, and one of only three female riders in the whole event, was Jenna Copley, an Accountant from Aldsworth in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. Jenna is a very experienced international competitor whose sport has taken her to India, Pakistan, Sudan, Egypt, Germany, Oman and the Netherlands.

The team bagged the silver medal in the Team Lance Single File class and the bronze in the Team Sword Single File class, showing their consistency against teams from Morocco, Germany, Bahrain and the hosts: the United Arab Emirates.

Team manager was Deborah Fransman of Moira, Derbyshire.

This was an exciting performance from members of the GB squad, with 2019 being the qualifying year for the next ITPF World Cup Finals. We don’t yet have details of the qualifying events but the performance in Abu Dhabi has strengthened confidence.

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