Try this mounted sport which is exhilarating and packed with action and fun


Tent pegging is an exhilarating sport

Tent pegging is an exhilarating sport

If you have ever fancied a mounted sport that is exhilarating, action packed and fun, then there is one operating in Sussex  which caters for adults and juniors across the county and beyond.

Sussex Peggers Riding Club is welcoming, friendly and serious about its sport and has adult and junior members from across Sussex and beyond.

Based at Ditchling Common Stud Riding School it offers mounted skill at arms lessons for horse riders aged from 8 to 60+, with expert tuition, a focus on safety and great facilities. If you’re looking to learn a new equestrian discipline that will teach you new skills and improve your all-round horse riding then mounted skill at arms is the sport for you.

Skill at arms is a mounted sport that is exhilarating, action packed and fun. Disciplines are many and involve riding at the canter and gallop, on the flat and over jumps, with weapons such as sword, lance, revolver or pricker. Points are awarded for striking and carrying targets, and for speed and style.It is the first mounted skill at arms club to be awarded the status if an approved British Riding Club by the British Horse Society.

Disciplines include tent pegging, which is a test of accuracy, agility and athleticism. This involves galloping towards a 7.5cm wide peg placed in the ground and removing it on the point of a lance or sword. This can be done individually, or as a synchronised team riding abreast as half sections (two riders) or sections (three or four riders) or riding Indian file (four riders) in single file.

The  club’s first competition of the season is on March 24 while  on May 25-27, it is holding an inter-club  competition against a team from Holland.  A training weekend and competition for junior riders follows on Saturday and Sunday June 22-23.

Once again memnbers will be shpwing their skills over the August Bank Holiday weekend a England’s medieval festival at Herstmonceux which will have three days of competition and costumes from the Middle Ages.

Membership benefits of Sussex Peggers Riding Club include: 3rd party insurance for riders through British Riding Clubs, regular training, club competitions and a league series and social events throughout the year. All for £30 a year for adults, £20 for students and £10 for juniors. Email the Club for more details or see



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