Tamworth pair bound for Pakistan

BARRY Biffin heads to Pakistan for a third international tentpegging tournament representing his country.

Bryson Roser is on debut.

Together the two Tamworth horsemen are part of a five-man Australian team aiming not only for success in this Pakistan tournament but also inclusion in another major international tournament later in the year.

Biffin, 57, has been competing since the mid 1980s when he formed a championship-winning team with brother Wayne, Laurie Andrews and Warren Skewes.

“I’ve been to India twice and now Pakistan,”  Biffin said.

“I’ve also ridden against South Africa.”

They leave tomorrow week for the International Tentpegging Tournament, where eight national sides and numerous local teams and clubs will compete at the University of Agriculture in  Faisalabad.

The competition starts with “draw of horse” on February 16 and then Individual Lance and (evening) Pegs and Rings on the first day.

Individual Sword and Lemons and Pegs follows the second day.

A day off is followed by two days of Team Lance and Team Sword.

“It should be interesting,”  Biffin said.

 Roser, 29, agrees.

He’s the junior partner, a former endurance rider who converted half a dozen a years ago.

“It’s cheaper,” he joked.

“I’ve been tentpegging six or seven years.”

He’s also had success.

“We won the NSW and Queensland championships,” he said of a team that contained Biffin and himself as well as Tamworth’s Todd Carey and Queensland ring-in Brad Gurney. 

There is more at stake than just this current tournament too.

“I think the top five teams from this go to a World Championship,” Biffin said.

“And then the ultimate aim is to get 34 teams at a World Championship. If we do that we’re a chance of getting into the Olympics.”

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