Islamabad - This weekend, horses kicked up some dust and a lot of excitement at Fatima Jinnah Park.

The sports and culture directorate of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) organised the two-day tent pegging contest at the park, which culminated on Friday.

The two-day annual tent pegging competition concluded here at F-9 Park on Friday. CDA Director General Sports Asif Javed Shahjahan and President Pakistan Tent Pigging Federation Malik Meherban were the chief guests on the occasion who distributed prizes among the players and teams.

The event was organised on the directives of Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Maroof Afzal, who has planned different cultural and sports events particularly traditional sports competition for providing healthy entertainment to the residents of Islamabad and to highlight the diverse culture of the country through these events in the Federal Capital.

On Friday, Nisar Ahmed of Basra Club Islamabad won the individual tent pegging competition, while section of fourth title was bagged by Shaheen Club.

A total of 66 top clubs of the country participated in the event, while around 500 horses were in action during the event, which was witnessed by a large number of spectators who were given a real run and enthral by the famous Dholi Group of Mianwali, who are well known for beating drums and other musical instruments. The horse dance spellbound the audience.

While talking to The Nation, Malik Meherban highly lauded the performance of the participants and promised to conduct fourth edition of the contest next year with new zeal. He said the main attraction would be the participation of international tent pegging players. “I would try to invite not only individuals but also teams next year. I am thankful to chairman and staff of CDA as well as all those who worked day and night to ensure a very successful event.”