Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Group Sword at the International Tent Pegging Championships – Akaash Maharaj Photocast

On the final day of competition at the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman, my horse Shomool remained in a surly mood. The rider to our left is keeping a considered distance, as Shomool had just attempted to deliver a slaying kick to his horse; Shomool’s rear hooves came within centimetres of the intended victim. ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Group Sword at the International Tent Pegging Championships – Akaash Maharaj Photocast

On the final day of competition at the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman, my horse Shomool remained in a surly mood. The rider to our left is keeping a considered distance, as Shomool had just attempted to deliver a slaying kick to his horse; Shomool’s rear hooves came within centimetres of the intended victim. ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Group Lance at the International Tent Pegging Championships – Akaash Maharaj Photocast

On the first day of group competition at the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in the Gulf States, I was matched with riders from the Oman National Team, and we galloped four abreast through the course. Competing in UNICEF’s colours, I am using a lance in my right hand to strike at a ground target, and ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Individual Sword at the International Tent Pegging Championships – Akaash Maharaj Photocast

After an abysmal showing the previous day at the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman, my horse Shomool and I redeemed ourselves in the sword discipline, though not before galloping through a near-death experience involving a stone wall and a low-hanging tree. A full account of the games is at my March 2007 blog.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Individual Lance at the International Tent Pegging Championships – Akaash Maharaj Photocast

A photocast of the individual lance with ground targets discipline, at the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman. I am riding an assigned horse named Shomool, representing Canada, and wearing UNICEF’s emblem. The lance is not my favoured weapon, and Shomool and I fared modestly in this discipline, on the first day of the championships. ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Practice Run at the International Tent Pegging Championships – Akaash Maharaj Photocast

A photocast of my practice run with the lance at the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman. My horse, Shomool, is galloping through the course at a greater speed than I had ever experienced on horseback. I am holding the lance at a rather desperate distance from our bodies to stave off the obvious calamity, ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Opening Ceremonies at the International Tent Pegging Championships – Akaash Maharaj Photocast

A photocast of the opening ceremonies of the world equestrian skill-at-arms championships. Riders from across the world gathered in the Sultante of Oman to represent our countries in this 2500 year-old cavalry sport of sword, lance, and horsemanship. I am the nearest rider, and carry the pennant of UNICEF from my lance, as I rode ...