United States Tent Pegging Federation


Author: Dr. Asim Shahzad Malik D.B.A.

Dated: 02/12/2015

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Tent Pegging (Neza Bazi) & Suggested Future Innovations

United States Tent Pegging Federation Tent Pegging (Neza Bazi) & Suggested Future Innovations Picture 1

Background:

             Tent Pegging or Neza Bazi is an ancient sport and a myth is that this sport roots all the way to Alexander the Great's time. Another myth is that this sport is older than the Alexander's time. This sport was originally a cavalry technique to destroy sleeping enemy before the dawn. This cavalry technique was performed with two different arms (Lance & Sword).

Tent Pegging or Neza Bazi is well recognized sport in many countries in the world. Until this time Tent Pegging or Neza Bazi is just considered as manly sport and performed by man in Pakistan and India. However, in other parts of the world like Australia, Germany, Norway, South Africa, UK and USA women are also involved in this excellent sport.

             There have not been many innovations introduced to tent pegging in the past two centuries other than when the ITPF was farmed in November 2013, standards for Tent Pegging were introduced and recognized by all the member countries. As it is known that tent pegging was employed as a cavalry technique in the past by the armies worldwide until the new inventions took place for cavalry units of the armies and replaced the horse with armored vehicles (Tanks in the past two centuries). This ancient cavalry technique specifically adopted by the British Armies as a sport to keep their soldiers active during the English Rule on the Indian Sub-Continent.

             Currently, there are two age groups are recognized for this sport in specific that include under 19 year age group and regular age group which involves all the age group riders (under 19, seniors from age 20 to age 40 and masters from 40 and above for men and age 35 and above for women). Like for many other sports youth groups are segregated because of the psychological reasons that include building their confidence and love for the sport. The age segregation is necessary for the promotion of this sport especially in the West that includes Europe, USA and Canada.

 Current Standards for Lance & Sword Size

Length Standards for Lance Worldwide:

             As we are aware that most countries practice Tent Pegging with International Tent Pegging Federation (ITPF) recognized standard Lance Minimum 2.2 meters (7 ft. 2 in.) - Maximum 2.75 meters (9 ft.) long. In India and Pakistan where tent pegging is known as Neza Bazi, the length standards for lance are different, some people use shorter lance in length of Minimum 1.88 meters (6 ft-2 in.), which is shorter than the minimum ITPF standard Lance and or all the way up to Maximum 3.66 meters (12 ft) long lance, which is way above the maximum length standards recognized by the ITPF.

Length Standards for Sword:

 

            Currently the ITPF length standards for the sword are (Minimum 81 cm. (2 ft. 8 in.) - Maximum 90 cm. (2 ft. 11.5 in.) in blade length, with an overall length, not exceeding 110 cm. Blades on hilt, slings or barbs are not allowed), which are the same as the 1908 English Cavalry Saber, which is 7" long at the hilt and the blade length is 35".

Age Groups:

            As discussed above that under 19 age group is recognized by the ITPF but it is not segregated from the event. Under 19 age group is provided the platform to compete in the events during special events such as when one country's under 19 age group visits the other country competes specifically with the under 19 age group. It was observed in 2014 World Cup competitions in Oman that few countries' teams performed with mix of riders with under the 19 age and all the way up to masters' age group riders.

Suggested Age Group Innovations

  1. Age Group "Youth" (8 - 14):

            A suggestion is presented that a group should be established and recognized from the age 8 - age 14. This specific age group will identified as "Youth Group" and only train and compete along with the same age riders. They should not be permitted to participate in the other age groups at all. This restriction will help the youth group to learn, develop skills for the sport and build confidence in the same environment including developing a personality for learning and employing the skill sets within the same age groups. This age group will be provided a separate competition for their age group and recognized accordingly.

  1. Age Group under 20 (15 - 19):

            A suggestion is presented allowing the group to be established and recognized from the age 15 - age 19. This specific age group will identified as "Under 20" and only train and compete along with the same age riders. They should not be permitted to participate in the other age groups at all. This restriction will help the under 20 group to learn, develop skills for the sport and build confidence in the same environment including developing a personality for learning and employing the skill sets within the same age groups. This age group will be provided a separate competition for their age group and recognized accordingly.

  1. Seniors for Men (20 - 40):

            The age group 20 - 40 for men is identified as seniors and recognized accordingly. This age group doesn't require any innovation.

  1. Seniors for Women (20 - 35):

            The age group 20 - 35 for women is identified as seniors and recognized accordingly. This age group doesn't require any innovation.

  1. Masters for Men (40 - Above):

            The age group 41 - above for men is identified as "Masters" and recognized accordingly. This age group does require innovation. In the "Masters" age group competitions the youth and senior riders should be prohibited and events should be conducted as separate competitions identified and recognized as Men's "Masters Competitions".

  1. Masters for Women (35 - Above):

            The age group 35 - above for women is identified as "Masters" and recognized accordingly. This age group does require innovation. In the "Masters" age group competitions the youth and senior riders should be prohibited and events should be conducted as separate competitions identified and recognized as Women's "Masters Competitions".

Current Problems if Innovations Introduced

            Currently there is only one team competes with mix of different age groups in the international championship events. Therefore, none of the country or team has faced any problems because a Tent Pegging Team is based on 4 riders. A major problem will rise due to allowing and recognizing six separate age groups and that will include number of riders will increase and number of horses will required if all the age groups compete in the same competition. At present there are 28 countries member of the ITPF.

             Suppose if all the 28 countries participate in the international championship will create a serious problem for the host country to arrange that many horses, boarding and lodging, safety and security of the guest teams, transportation and accommodation of the teams in the field. At present time there is no country has capabilities and facilities to host and conduct such a great event for accommodating full 28 member countries. Most events in the past two years were conducted by three countries until 2014 that included Sudan, Pakistan, Oman and India. They only invited minimum five gust countries and maximum nine guest countries. Oman, Pakistan and India were observed to host maximum fifteen countries for international events.

Problem of Specific Age Group Events

             Another major problem at current stage for Tent Pegging is to conduct specific age group events separately during the same international competition. As discussed above that it can be a significant problem conducting one major competition with specific age group riders. Suppose if fifteen countries are participating in an international competitions with six teams from each country will cause a huge stress and management problem for the host country. Each participating country out of fifteen participants will bring 24 riders and at least two officials per age group (a manager and a coach for each team) total of 36 members from each country.

             This will be a major burden for the host country to provide place to stay, food for three times, safety & security and horses including tack and equipment due to the traveling restrictions from American or European countries. In order to provide equal opportunity for the participants to compete successful in the event the host country may not be able to handle and accommodate all the participating teams at once. A major issue may arise when transporting all the participating teams every day from hotel to the field and back to the hotel. Therefore, it is more appropriate to divide the world in to five regions.

Solutions to Introduce and Implement Innovations

            Solutions are possible to deal with the problem when the innovations are introduced and implement. Since, Tent Pegging is emerging sport throughout the world. Therefore, it is highly recommended that world should be divided into five major regions. The five major regions include, African Region, Asian Region, European Region, Australian Region and American Region.

African Region:

            African region can cover, all the North and South Africa that includes Egypt, Sudan, South Africa and rest of the African countries.

Asian Region:

            Asian region can cover Afghanistan, India, Iran, Middle Eastern countries, Pakistan, and Russian Peninsula.

European Region:

            European region can cover all the Europe and major countries in Europe includes Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland and UK

Australian Region:

            Australian region can cover all the islands in the region that includes Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji Islands etc.

American Region:

            American region can cover Canada and USA in the North America and rest of the countries in the South America.

Benefits of Regional Setup

             Benefits of regional setup can't be ignored. In a regional setup will help to manage the competitions and events in a reasonable manner without putting extreme burden on the host country. All the initial events can be conducted to select favorite teams reducing the number down to two or three teams maximum from each region. As discussed above that Oman, Pakistan and India have hosted maximum fifteen countries competitions in the past. In 2014 the USA has entered the sport and demonstrated extreme potential for the promotion of this fine sport "Tent Pegging" in the American Region including has the potential to host such a big event in future. The United States Tent Pegging Federation, Inc. (USTPF®) farmed in December 2013 a month after the formation of the International Tent Pegging Federation (ITPF).

The regional setup will be significantly useful for managing and conducting international level events. Each region can host their regional events according to their scheduled program and let compete the regional country member teams and select the favorite teams. During the regional competitions select the maximum three favorite teams in specific age group who can compete in the World Cup competitions of their own.

Conclusions

            Tent Pegging is getting popular worldwide. Therefore, stands and innovations are significantly necessary to emerge the sport in different nations. Many countries have age related ordinances and mandatory by the equestrian federation of those specific country and good example is the USA. In order to promote Tent Pegging in the USA, the USTPF® is highly motivated to introduce innovations and ready to implement for the regional establishment.

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