We just got back from a couple of weeks’ holiday in France and of course there was some mounted archery involved. Ali went back to our old club for a couple of lessons with her French instructor, John, and he says she’s made some good progress.
During her second lesson, they tried jumping and shooting which looks like a lot of fun. Ali hit the target every time 🙂
Then last Sunday we spent a day at the Centre Equestre at Beaumont du Périgord with some old friends running a horseback archery clinic. Initially it was supposed to be me spending a couple of hours doing some coaching with an English friend, but when Isabelle who runs the place found out I am now a qualified coach, she organised a whole day with more people. Was great fun, and of course we had the traditional 2 hour French lunch with BBQ and wine…….
Our youngest member joined in too and did really well, she even managed to hit one of the flying targets (unlike the rest of us!)
We did lots of unmounted practise first, moving and shooting, bouncing on a trampoline, playing team games (Team France beat Team GB!) and generally having fun.
Then after lunch they got on some horses and did a few more games for improving balance (and giving people something else to do with their hands so they let go of the reins )
Then on to the mounted shooting, everyone did really well, starting at walk then moving on to faster paces if they wanted to……
We even introduced them to the Mamluk course, which they all enjoyed. A great day’s coaching, and they’ve asked us to come back the next time we’re in the area 🙂