Practice is where we hone our skills. We hold practices twice per month at the range at Whiptail Ranch. If members are getting ready for a competition we will sometimes fit in extra practice sessions. Practice dates and times are posted both on this page and on our Facebook page. There are several courses that can be set up with the variety of targets we have. We generally practice what courses are set for the current postal match or maybe even courses that will be in an upcoming competition. During any practice you are able to shoot for grading purposes or to shoot for the current postal match. Practices usually last around 4-5 hours depending on the weather. Scroll down for dates.
Postal Matches are a way for members to compete with other mounted archers around the world. Specific courses are set up for a two month period to practice on before actually scoring targets. When everyone is ready we will score our arrows for submission online. This simulates a competition atmosphere without the need to travel. During postal matches members will be expected to volunteer to fill a position needed to run a postal match. These can be anything from a timer, target scorer, scribe, and arrow runner. Postal Matches can be scored during any practice, but we usually set a day ahead of time so everyone knows we will be scoring that day.
Grading is a way to see what level you are currently shooting at. Over time it will show your improvement as a mounted archer as the difficulty increases as the levels go up. You will start at the 5 Walk/Trot Levels. Then, on to the beginning of canter levels. Student Levels have 6 steps and only need one type of course to score on. Finally, Horse Archer levels go up to 10 steps and you will need to show proficiency in two types of courses. When you achieve a level you can purchase a pin showing that level. Before long you will have several pins to show off!
PRACTICE DATES & DIRECTIONS
November 13th and 28th
1210 Antelope Valley Road, Reno
Take Red Rock Road to Antelope Valley Road, turn right. The first place on the left is where you need to go. Pull into the second driveway and drive along the arena.
September through May - 10am | Summer months (June-August) - 9am
In the winter months we try to still have practice unless the weather conditions are such that we shouldn't pull horse trailers or the footing at the track is bad for the horses.