HORSEBACK ARCHERY COURSES
at The U.K's premier Horse Archery training and competition centre.
The only dedicated centre for Horseback Archery training and competitions in the U.K!
British Horseback Archery Association (BHAA) training centre.
We are licensed and fully insured to teach Horseback Archery....your safety is paramount.
We teach an ancient and traditional Horse Archery technique, we do not make this stuff up! Beware of imitations!
Please note: We have now finished our Horse Archery season for 2014, due to ground conditions.
We will adding our dates for 2014 in the New Year, we look forward to seeing you all here next year.
Last year students have competed in Horseback Archery at the World Championships in Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Florida and at the European Championships (EOCHA) in Poland and Belgium - We also had a student compete at Al Faris in Jordan 2012 in front of the king himself!
Well done guys....keep flying the flag!
International Horse Archery Championships, were held here at the centre - Sweden v GB - June 1st and 2nd 2013.
The BHAA Championships also held here on August 3/4th 2013 were a great success.
Congrats to Dan Sawyer - overall champion at the weekends champs.
Big well done to everyone that competed and helped out.
See you next year.
Firstly, a bit about Horseback Archery!
Horseback Archery traditionally and historically originates from the people of the Steppe region, i.e. Mongols, Partians, Turks, Sythians, Sarmatians and Huns.
The military art later turned into an equestrian sport but was only really practised by a handful of people in countries such as Korea and Japan where their traditions lived on.
In Europe the sport was brought to life by the Hungarian, Kassia Lajos. As a result of his dedication to the sport it has become popular in many countries including Hungary, Germany, Poland, France, Greece and Sweden.
We seek to develop the discipline so that people can start to taste the sweetness its practice brings to one's life.
We embrace all styles of mounted archery, whether Hungo-Germanic, Japanese (Yabusame), Korean or anything else. If you can release an arrow from a horse, you're in!
HORSEBACK ARCHERY COURSES AND LESSONS.
Please note: We no longer offer lunch at the centre as we have a great pub just a 2 min walk away, or please bring a packed lunch.
Course Details and Prices .
Horseback Archery Practice session
1 hour £40.00 per person.
2 hours - £70.00 per person.
For established Horse Archery riders, come and have a one or two hour practice on our horses either out on the track (Completion of a half day course will be required in order to attend these sessions).
These sessions are designed as practice sessions for someone who has some experience of Horse Archery but we can work at your pace whether that is walk, trot or canter and shooting. This lesson is a group or individual lesson starting with ground archery practice and moving onto the horses.
All equipment included in the price.
HALF DAY HORSEBACK ARCHERY COURSE £95
10.30am - 1.30pm.
Come and join us for an introduction to your challenge - in a half day course you will get to grips with the techniques of Horseback Archery, - the Thumb draw, blind nocking, nocking on the move, speed nocking and loosing. The its off to meet your warhorses, mount up and have a riding assessment, then to the archery run - to put all these techniques together and ride to glory!
Includes complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks and cake/biscuits!
90 metres, 14 seconds, your arrows, three targets and one deep breath! Its all about the speed - can you keep control of your adrenaline to use your skill?
....And new to the Centre our lovely 8 metre high Quabaq pole! Try and shoot the disc at the top!
FULL DAY HORSEBACK ARCHERY COURSE -
£175.00 PER PERSON. Starts 10.30am - 4.30pm.
Please note: Lunch is not included on the full day courses, please see our Q and A page for more details.
The day starts with an introduction to Horseback Archery and a brief talk about the history of Horse Archery and information on the bows and arrows used.
After matching you up with a suitable bow, we move off to teach you the techniques required for this exciting sport.
We use the thumb draw as we mostly practice Korean style archery but Mediterranean style is also practiced.
Once you are progressing forward with this we move on to speed nocking and nocking your arrows on the move.
This is where the fun and games really start.
If you are in a group you will be placed in a team and race against fellow team mates to see who can shoot all their arrows first and learn to shoot whilst walking and jogging!
Then a well deserved break and refreshments. Teas and coffees are complimentary.
Now onto your horse.
After your riding ability is assessed and a brief safety talk we move onto the 180 metre run (215 metres with run in/off) with targets placed along side.
We start on a lead rein at walk to let you get used to shooting from the moving horse and progress up to a trot depending on the individuals own natural progression.
Time for lunch.
We recommend 2 great pubs, The Crown and Sceptre only a 2 min walk across the estate's land, and The Red Lion, a 5 min drive.
You are welcome to bring a packed lunch also.
No alcohol allowed!
This is a good time to talk about what you have learnt and any difficulties you may have found and various techniques.
After lunch its back on the ground to look at your nocking again and really gear you up for the next stage on the horse.
Back to your mount.
We now start moving up a gear.
Experienced riders can aim for a canter down the run and shooting an arrow or two at the targets!
Less experienced riders will carry on at their preferred riding level and nocking one, two maybe three arrows whilst on the move!
The days ends in a mini fun competition as in the Korean style rules.
Back for a final debrief and chance to talk about getting into the sport further and we can provide advice on buying bows, arrows and all other equipment.
Our competition style last year were Hungarian style, Korean style and our BHAA special, 'Hunt the Hare' (don't worry it was only a 3D target)!
You can take part too......
Competitors at the 2010 BHAA competition held at The Centre of Horseback Combat
All our students are required to wear riding hats, which we can supply.
Gift vouchers are available for the half day course at £95.00 and the full day course for £175.00 for either Horse archery and Jousting!
Please click The gift certificates button on the left hand menu for all the details.