Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends, Once More
19 March 2010, 08h31 EDT (GMT-4)
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It has been my life's ambition to evade growing up as I grow older. So far so good, but over the next fortnight, I may discover that I have failed to outrun senility.
Throwing caution and judgement to the wind, I have taken up my sword and lance to ride for Canada once more at the FEI International Tent Pegging Championships, to be held 23-28 March in Delhi, India.
Despite its curious name, tent pegging has nothing to do with tents and little to do with pegs. A 2'500 year-old equestrian combat sport, it was created to hone the skills of cavalry officers in wielding the terror of cold steel from the saddle. Today, it is one of the ten official disciplines of the Fédération internationale équestre (FEI), the world governing body for Olympic, Paralympic, and international equestrian sport.
My tent pegging page has the details of the sport, the national team, our relationship with UNICEF, and my somewhat wayward experiences as an athlete.
As the vagaries of technology allow, I will be tweeting, keeping a periodic blog, and posting images of my (mis)adventures in Delhi, through the social media communities above.
At the 2008 International Championships, fortune flashed her mischievous streak, and UNICEF Team Canada performed irrationally well, triumphing over tent pegging’s traditional superpowers. We will, therefore, enter the 2010 International Championships carrying something of a burden of expectations.
Whatever the ultimate medal standings, however, I hope above all else to represent Canada with honour and integrity, both on the field of competition and off.