Mounted games for those of us that are still kids at heart. Mounted games are a branch of equestrian sport in which fast games are played by people of all ages on ponies up to the height of 15 hands (60 inches or 152 cm). Participating in the Mounted Games requires a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, hand-eye coordination, and a competitive spirit. Join Heather as she introduces us to the world of Mounted games.
Mounted games – The History
Mounted Games were the inspiration of Prince Philip. When Col. Sir Mike Ansell was Director of the Horse of the Year Show, Prince Philip asked if he could devise a competition for children who could not afford an expensive, well-bred pony, and in 1957 the Horse of the Year Show, then at Harringay arena in North London, England, staged the first Mounted Games Championship for the Prince Philip Cup—it was an immediate box office success.
The sport of mounted games as it exists today was founded by Norman Patrick. His aim was to extend the sport, previously age-restricted by Pony Club, for wider participation, and for this reason, in 1984, he established the Mounted Games Association of Great Britain. In the years which followed his continued support and patronage ensured that the sport spread across Great Britain and beyond. At the time of Patrick’s death in 2001, the sport which he had established was being enjoyed by many riders across the world, and the International Mounted Games Association, which was formed in 2003, now has members in twenty two countries on five continents.
Mounted Games is an equestrian sport where riders play relay races on ponies. Ponies are responsive, agile, and have an unflappable personality. Riders and their ponies develop close bonds and work as a team, enjoying competition in a fun and social atmosphere. Mounted games is a fast-paced team competition that showcases the rider’s athletic ability, agility, precision of riding and general horsemanship. Riders must navigate their way through a number of obstacle races, which can include bending poles, stepping stones and a stacking race. All courses rely on the skill, control and agility of the rider to complete without penalties, and finish quicker than the other competing teams, pairs or individuals. Teams consist of between four and five riders and their ponies.
Don’t forget to check out the resources section in this article!
- Prince Philip Cup
- Mounted Games Rules and Regulations
- Athletic ability, and competitive spirit
- Individual, Pairs and Teams
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