Remembering the Royal Pioneer of Tent Pegging



On the 6th of February, the global tent pegging community lost a legend, a mentor and an icon. The passing of Malik Ata Muhammad Khan of Pakistan, popularly known as Prince Malik Ata, has cleaved a void through the community.


Prince Malik Ata’s legacy in the sport of tent pegging cannot be underestimated. Born in 1941, he was a pioneer of tent pegging in his native Pakistan and was the long-time president of the Equestrian and Tent Pegging Association of Pakistan. He was one of the founding members of International Tent Pegging Federation and served as both Vice-President and Executive Committee Member for many years.


He will be greatly missed by the global tent pegging fraternity, and of course, the wider equestrian world. For decades his patronage lent the sport royal glamour, while his dedication, passion and mentorship, saw the sport rise from obscurity to become the FEI recognised global equestrian discipline it is today.


Out of the saddle, his personality was equally as remarkable, and those who spent time with him, continually noted his larger than life personality, infinite charm and indubitable style.

Attending the Tent Pegging World Cup in Abu Dhabi in 2018, the Show Hub was lucky enough to meet Prince Malik Ata. During our numerous discussions he proved both endlessly patient and always passionate when discussing his beloved sport.


A true super-star of the sport, Prince Malik Ata was a central figure throughout the event and competitors of every nationality joined his considerable entourage to spend time in his company.