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They're Off!

They're Off!

Copyright © 2006 Jennifer Marshall

Sitting calm and steady in the saddle, with their sword over their shoulder and one hand on the reins , the light horsemen give the signal that their excited horses have been impatiently waiting for and they’re off...at a flat gallop down past the pegs. This is a section (a section comprises 4 riders and horses) of the Mudgeeraba 14th Light Horse Trooptent-pegging team that competed, and won, at the Monto Australian Light Horse re-enactment and reunion in 2005. I was particularly fascinated by the excitement and self control of the horses - their ears backlistening as they wait for their rider's signal to gallop, trying to stand still while almost jumping out of their skins with excitement at the anticipated gallop they knew was about to come.

Tent-pegging requires thehorse to stand steady and then break into a gallop from astanding start, togallop in a straight line while hisrider with either a longlance or a sword, leans down and with his sharp weaponpick up from the ground a “tent -peg” andcarry it to the finish line where the horse must come to arapid stop andstand still. It is highly skillful and demanding of both horse and rider.

Tent-pegging was one of the sporting activities that, during military training, Australian Light Horsemen practised to develop their skills in horsemanship and good hand - eye coordination. It originated from the Pakistani and Indian armies who invented the sport we now call tent-peggingto break the boredom of deployed troops on the borders of their country.


Pine Rivers-Family-Troop-Tentpegging
A Family Affair - Pine RiversTroop Tentpegging at Mudgeeraba 2007

Australian Light Horse Association: http://www.lighthorse.org.au/resources/the-association-cup:
The Australian Tentpegging Association: http://www.tentpeggingaustralia.org/
The International EquestrianTentpegging Association: http://www.ieta.co.za/ 

 

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I picked up the print today from our nosy small town postal worker. "What did you get from Australia?" she asked. When I remarked that it was a print of the Australian Light Horse in WWI all that generated was a very puzzled look.
In any event the print is absolutely gorgeous . . . better "in person" than on the website! Thanks so much for sending it out so fast. Now I've got to make some wall space available . . .
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Dear Mr. Marshall,

Your print on canvas "The Charge" was given to me at my retirement dinner by my officers of the Special Operations Component, Coral Springs Police Department in Coral Springs, Florida. Trully stunning rendition which captures the excitement of the moment while conveying a warmth of comeradeship to the end. It will hang in my study above my collection of King and Country Lighthorsemen collectibles.

I served 35 years with Coral Springs Police Department with the last four years as Captain of the S.O.C. which is 26 officers strong with various units (Tactical & Gang, K-9, Bikes and Substations).

Your painting made my day, thank you, F McK.