Jesus ~ Horses ~ Mounted Games ~ Friends ~ Hot Chocolate
When: Fall, Winter and Spring: September through mid-June. On select Saturdays, once or twice a month, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Requirements: Must be able to control your horse at least at a walk and trot, have a good riding seat, as well as groom and tack independently.
Minimum age: 12 years old and up...
Limited to 12 participants per day (ground volunteers always welcome)
$25.00 per participant per day (or 8 hours of volunteering)
What to expect:
- Horse & team assignments
- Groom and tack
- Jesus time & hot chocolate
- Set-up arena and warm-up horses
- 1 hour mounted games
- Clean up and PM feed herd
questions, notification of upcoming dates, sign-up
Email Daisy or call 360.686.3737
Teamwork, Accuracy, Competitiveness, Agility, Concentration, Celebration, Sportsmanship
History of Mounted Games:
Mounted Games is an equestrian sport where participants compete in teams (and sometimes as individuals) through obstacle type relay races at high speeds. The sport requires athleticism, hand/eye coordination, and a well-trained/athletic mount. This increasingly popular sport was first played in India by the British Army Soldiers. The returning military brought the games back to England where they gained popularity with the Pony Club Members. H.R.H. Prince Phillip brought the games to the Horse of the Year show in 1957 as a way for children to participate without expensive or well-bred mounts.
The sport of mounted games today was developed by Norman Patrick. His goal was to make the sport available to all ages – as it was previously age-restricted by Pony Club. His years of support and dedication ensured that the sport spread across Great Britain and beyond. At the time of his death in 2002, the sport was being enjoyed by countless riders on four continents across the World.
One year later, the International Mounted Games Association was formed, and now has members from 20 countries. In the United States, it is mostly known on the Eastern coast with competitions happening in Florida up to Kentucky.
It is played by men, women, boys and girls of all ages. Any breed, shape or color is permitted, as long as the horse is shorter than 15 hands. The best ones to use are those who are fast, agile and love to run.
There are 31 different races that are split between individual, pair and team competitions. A team consists of 5 riders and 5 horses, with four running in each event. Any time equipment in the playing field is knocked off its position, the rider must replace it to avoid elimination.
The welfare of the horses is highly regarded, and their care comes before everything else. This applies both in and out of the arena.
Mounted Games encourages friendship between people from different regions as the IMGA community is spread far and wide. Many competitors refer to it as a big family with friends all over the world. Mounted Games competitions take place in America, Wales, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Germany, France, and Canada... just to name a few.