Lydia in GB tentpegging team

WEST Sussex student Lydia Burdis (18) has been selected to ride for Great Britain in the South Africa International Tentpegging Junior Championships.

Lydia is the only member from Sussex to be selected and will join four other team members from around the country.
She attended Oathall Community College and is now at Plumpton College full time, as a second year student, on the Level 3 Equine Management Diploma.
Lydia competed in Holland, last September when the GB team gained a Bronze medal and they are hoping for success again this time in South Africa.

Lydia competing in Holland last year

Lydia competing in Holland last year

She will be travelling out to South Africa on March 27, where she will spend 17 days training and competing with four other team members, and take part in three different competitions while she is over there. The team will compete against the host nation’s junior teams as well as having further training from the best coaches in the world.The South African senior team are the reining ITPF World Cup Team Champions.

Tentpegging is the collective name for mounted Skill at arms, based on the cavalry sport of removing ‘tent pegs’ from the ground on horseback, using a sword or lance at the gallop. The sport is around 2,500 years old, developed by Asian armies who relied on their skill with the lance to defeat their enemies.

Tentpegging is the only equestrian sport in the UK to use lances, swords and fire guns from horseback. Disciplines are performed at the gallop as individuals, half section pairs and team sections of three or four. Tentpegging is the ultimate test of horsemanship, requiring determination, hand-eye coordination, discipline and a fearless love of speed. Pegs range from three to one inch in diameter.

hey slice lemons in half and hook 2 inch rings from overhanging gallows. There is also Sword, Lance and Revolver (SLR) discipline where the rider must jump hurdles while piercing or shooting balloons and discarding their sword into a Dummy. It is all done at timed speed.

Speed is vital in competition as riders are timed on the pegging run and must meet the optimum time in order to avoid scoring penalties. The British team is currently unfunded and a ‘Go Fund Me’ account that has been set up for Lydia:

Any contributions would be very gratefully received and will be sent a personal letter of thanks along with photos, and team updates.


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