The 10th Light Horse Bunbury Troop also put on a riding and Tent Pegging display at the Dardanup Heavy Horse Show at Heritage Park. Although Tent Pegging originated as a Military maneuver in which cavalry soldiers would gallop through enemy camps, using their lances and swords to remove tent pegs to collapse tents and cause confusion in order to gain the upper hand in a surprise attack.
Over time, tent pegging was used as a cavalry drill for weapons practice and as part of Military tournaments and competitions. The Australian State Mounted Police also used Tent Pegging for demonstrations of their riding skills, but it was not until 1964 that the first Australian civilian tent pegging team was formed. This equestrian sport was recognized Internationally in 1982, and International competitions are now conducted by the Federation Equestre International.
If you would like more information about the equestrian sport of Tent Pegging, please visit the Australian Tent Pegging Association web site for more information.