GET STARTED IN MOUNTED ARCHERY!
This group was created to bring people together to try something new with their horse. To get into the exciting sport of Mounted Archery. You will gain confidence and a trust in your horse that you never knew possible. Whether you want to shoot for fun or work up to competing internationally this is the place for you. No pressure and a fun environment is what we strive for. It is the most exhilarating experience to hit a target from the back of a galloping horse!
HISTORY OF MOUNTED ARCHERY
Mounted archery is considered internationally as a martial arts discipline. It dates back to the domestication of the horse and the nomadic way of life in Central Asia. It quickly spread across many countries as other cultures witnessed the benefit of shooting a bow from a horse. In large open areas, it was a highly successful technique for hunting, for protecting herds, and for war. It was a defining characteristic of the Eurasian horse cultures during antiquity and the medieval period. Scythians, Sarmatians, and Indians in antiquity then by the Monguls and Turkic people during the Middle Ages. By the expansion of these peoples, the practice also spread to Eastern Europe by the Sarmations and the Huns to Mesopotamia, and to East Asia. In East Asia, horse archery came to be particularly honored in the samurai tradition of Japan where mounted archery is called Yabusame. In the United States, the bow was the main weapon of choice for Native Americans, particularly the Comanches, until the introduction of repeating firearms.
Mounted archery and associated skills were revived in Mongolia after independence in 1921 and commonly displayed at festivals. Despite the formidable history of Mongolian horse archers, the sport is very limited in Mongolia itself, and at most festivals the archery and horse riding competitions are conducted independently; the horses are raced with one another and the archery practiced from a stand still rather than mounted. In the past five years there has been an effort to revive the tradition with the foundation of the Mongolian Horseback Archery Association whose members have competed in several international competitions.
Horseback archery has also been revived by Lajos Kassai, and other moden Hungarians. European horseback archery as a growing sport and equestrian skill is principally based on the Kassai, or Hungarian system. There are several competitions around the world in any given year with most of them in Hungary, Germany, and other Central European countries, but also some in Canada, South Korea, and the United States. Among the athletes in this growing sport there is a dream of one day finding acceptance as an Olympic equestrian event.
Mounted archery is a quickly growing sport in the United States, as well. Through the efforts of The Mounted Archery Association of the Americas (MA3) there are several horseback archery groups around the country. Competitive courses one might find in the U.S. incorporate the Korean, Hungarian, and Persian styles. Participants combine the skills of an archer with the skills of a good rider to create this beautiful and exciting equestrian sport. As challenging as the sport appears to be, many who have never picked up a bow can achieve great success with some courage and a little practice. MA3 groups around the country offer members the opportunity to learn the sport by providing ranges, a ranking system, and competitions.
Information from Wikipedia.