Tent Pegging

A unique feature of the museum are the tent pegging demonstrations conducted by Queensland’s champion tent pegger, Peter McLaughlin.  These are conducted for tour groups and on special open days at the museum.  Very exciting to watch!

Tent pegging is a competitive equestrian sport that probably dates back to the 4th century B.C. where a horseman, armed with a lance or sword, riding at a full gallop picks up a wooden tent peg. Originally however it was a cavalry exercise designed to train and develop a soldier’s skills with swords while on horseback. The practise is believed to stem from accounts of Persian mounted soldiers carrying out surprise dawn raids on enemy camps, uprooting or severing tent pegs so causing tents to collapse on the sleeping enemy who were then easily defeated.