Hello, my name is Vincent and my horseback archery didn’t start with any equine activities at all, in fact I started with my local archery club back in 2014, shooting target in the most part. I then found field shooting of interest as it had an instinctive element to it, and broke routine. It was much later after many offers of going to try riding from a family member I decided to go , and I wished I had of done it sooner. Shortly after a member within the mounted archers (Nicola), who is also a target archer, suggested that I give mounted archery a try after expressing a lot of interest.
I have had an amazing time so far! I am aiming to study for club horseback archer this year, and also would like to be able to pass archery knowledge onto others in the future. I’ve had a lot of help from some pretty amazing members, with a lot of my shortfalls in knowledge, and know none of it would be possible without them. Live, experience and learn!
I’m Nicola and I’ve not been doing this very long! I took up target archery in May, and Horseback Archery in July 2016. After lots of practice sessions with the Cotteswold Mounted Archers I went with some of our other members to the Nationals, in September. After passing my Club Horseback Archer qualification, as a disabled rider I was eligible to compete in the walk classes – which to my surprise I went on to win! This gave me a taste for more, and my goal for 2017 is to compete in canter classes against able-bodied riders. I’m studying for my Intermediate Horseback Archer qualification and plan to become a club coach next.
My name is Éowyn. I got into horseback archery partly from my dad because he does ground archery and then my mum found out about horseback archery, let me try it and I liked it. I practised it a lot.
A few times on bareback and then in a field where we built a run and at some point I rode on one of our French friend’s western horses.
In 2015 I went to the BHAA championships for the weekend and there was a children’s competition. There were only 3 children but I won on my sister’s horse, Sky, and I won a shiny trophy and a rosette. It was fancy dress.
I like to practice on my mum’s horse Gandalf. He’s 22 but we can still ride him. He’s a lovely calm horse and the most sensible of the three, Elentari, Sky and Gandalf. Although I think they are all lovely. I’m a bit scared of cantering in general but okay with trotting whilst shooting but in the future I’m going to shoot whilst cantering in a competition… maybe.