At a gallop, riders attempt to pick up a 7.5cm wide peg using either a sword or lance.
This can be done individually, or as a synchronised team riding abreast as half sections (2 riders) or sections (3 or 4 riders) or riding Indian file (4 riders) in single file.What is Skill at Arms?
Sussex Peggers Riding Club have members who are just starting, to some who have competed for Great Britain.
With training for novices, juniors and advanced riders, why not come and give it a try?Get involved, find out how
We both host our own competitions and league series and enter national mounted skill at arms competitions.
We can also be seen at displays and shows, including dressing the part for England's Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux, over the August Bank Holiday weekend.See all upcoming dates
A sport dating back to Alexander the Great's invasion of India in 326 B.C., the first display in Britain took place at the Hurlingham Club in 1875. The Illustrated London News reported: "there are more qualities needed than a good seat and a quick eye. . .the hand must be light as a feather, the grip as close as steel, the eye true and the aim unerring".Read the sport's history
It takes a skillful rider to gallop toward 2 oranges, hanging from a gallows, and to slice them clean in half whilst avoiding getting covered in orange juice.
Then all the rider needs to do is bend down and pick up a tent peg, on the point of their sword, from the ground for maximum points.Get involved, find out how
At Ditchling Common Stud we have access to a dedicated skill at arms field for spring and summer training.
Through the winter we move into a large indoor schools to keep practicing.Get involved, find out how
A mounted sport
of speed and accuracy
Mounted skill at arms is an exciting and skillful sport. Like many equestrian disciplines, it has its roots in the military.
Disciplines are many and involve riding at the canter and gallop, on the flat and over jumps, with weapons such as sword, lance or pricker. Points are awarded for striking targets, speed and style.More about skill at arms
Looking to learn a new equestrian sport that will teach you new skills and improve your all-round horse riding?
Sussex Peggers Riding Club offer mounted skill at arms lessons for horse riders aged from 8 to 60+, with expert tuition, a focus on safety and great facilities. Come and try this exciting mounted sport.How to get involved
Welcoming, friendly and serious about the sport. We have adult and junior members from across Sussex and beyond.
You don't need to join to be able to come and take skill at arm lessons, but benefits of membership include regular club competitions, British Horse Society insurance and plenty of social events.More about the Club