Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Team Canada Rides Again – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

CBC Radio One’s Fresh Air interviews me on whether Team Canada will be able to repeat our improbable dominance of tent pegging, the cavalry sport of horse, sword, sabre and lance, as I saddle-up to compete at the 2010 International Championships in New Delhi.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – Advisory: UNICEF Team Canada and the Campaign Against Childhood HIV-AIDS

No one is more astonished by the results of the International Tent Pegging Championships than we are. My hope for the Championships had been to represent Canada with honour, and to serve the cause of the world’s most vulnerable children. Having snatched victory from the jaws of rationality, our sense of dazed disbelief is unlikely ...

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 ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Chivalry and the Thrill of Tent Pegging – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

An interview with CBC Ontario Today’s Rita Celli, on UNICEF Team Canada, the international equestrian skill-at-arms championships,and galloping hell for leather for honour and country

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Sword, Lance, and Adrenaline – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Andy Barrie tries, largely in vain, to restrain his mirth as we discuss the upcoming world equestrian skill-at-arms championships in Oman, at which I will represent the country as a member of UNICEF Team Canada. The segment was originally broadcast on CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – Projects: Tent Pegging with UNICEF Team Canada

Of my many eccentricities, none is as improbable as my involvement in tent pegging. Often referred to as equestrian skill-at-arms, the sport has a mounted cavalier riding at a full gallop across a timed course, on the flat and over jumps, using sword and lance to smite a succession of ground and elevated targets. Yes, ...