KING OF TENT PEGGING IN PAKISTAN-SARDAR MALIK ATA MUHAMMAD KHAN

Malik Ata Mohammad Khan popularly known as Prince Malik Ata is a prominent feudal lord of Kot Fateh khan in Attock District of North western punjab Pakistan.Born in the family of Malik yar muhammad khan ,Malik Ata Muhammad khan is the eldest maternal  grandson of Sardar Sir Nawaz Muhammad khan and belongs to the GHEBA tribe.He got his early education from Aitcheson college Lahore,did his Fsc from F.C college Lahore and proceeded to England for LLB.

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Besides education,Malik Ata is known for his equestrian hobbies.He was very fond of horse riding and body building since his childhood.He not only materialized his fondness to his own but he had also represented his country Pakistan for these sports at several occasions.He is the first elected President of EQUESTRIAN & TENT PEGGING FEDERATION OF PAKISTAN. He is well known in pakistan for his attempts to promote tentpegging and bull races.He is one of the founders of The International Tent Pegging Federation which is recognised by International federation for Equestrian Sports.

Prince ata has a number of achievements under his name  and has taken part in tent pegging and other equestrian championships around the globe.

-In 1982 Prince Ata participated in the 9th asian games held at delhi.winning the silver medal for  Pakistan.

-Ata with Pakistan team took part in 1982,Hyde park games in London.

-Ata led pakistan tent pegging team at the annual Royal Adelaide Show 2010 held at Adelaide ,south Australia.

-Ata led the Pakistan team in the Penta Equestrian Tent Pegging Championship In 2010 .2012 and 2013

-Ata was invited by the FEI to give a demonstration of tent pegging at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games held in Normandy,France.On the opening day he was honoured to lead all the countries of the world with the Pakistani Flag.

-An International Tent pegging competition was held in February 2013 at University of Faisalabad.This was the first time more than two international teams visited Pakistan to participate in an international event,with the competitors being England,Pakistan,South Africa,and a United Nations team.The teams were invited by Malik Ata who was the chief organiser.

When the horse is running 65 to 70 miles per hour and you have to pick a small, one-inch peg from the ground it is very spectacular, either with the sword or with the lance” says Prince ATA.

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Prince Ata’s Lifestyle and unique attire intrigues the common man and is one of the reason for him being popular.He travels around the world in Pakistani national dress including a turban made up of seven yards cloth.Therefore his friends call him Prince Ata.

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Malik Ata calls himsef “The last of the Dinosaurs”.He is no doubt a dinosaur that will leave a legacy of a prince that has maintained his ancestral legacy.

Ata has been mentioned in BBC series Micheal Palins Himalaya Production.Palins visited Atas hometown and witnessed some traditional activities and bulls race events.In 1983 BBC produced a short documentary with Malik ATA being the subject by the name of “ONE MAN AND HIS HORSE”

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People also know him by his appearance in the famous drama serial ALPHA BRAVO CHARLIE  produced by ISPR in 1998.