Archery with twist
BOWS and arrows plus exceptional multitasking were on display at the International Horse Archery Tournament in October.
Almaden’s Timothy Lyall,14 rode on horseback to shoot his way to third place and now has his sights on a senior level next year. Horse archery has a rider armed with a bow who is able to shoot the target from horseback while riding, which needs superb equestrian skills if the rider is to shoot on the move.
Timothy was the first indigenous junior competitor to attend the international tournament that was held at Aomori, northern Japan.
Living in Almaden, about 112 km from Mareeba CBD, Timothy had his first shot from a cantering horse about a week prior to the tournament and his natural talent for the sport impressed everyone.
Timothy’s mother Caddie Lyall said she was extremely proud of his sons achievements in the sport.
“It was a bit shocking to have him go overseas alone but we are so proud of him,” she said.
“It is not every 14-year-old that gets to ride in a horse archery competition against adults.”
Mrs Lyall said Timothy had been riding horses from a young age but it was just this year Timothy took up archery.
“He was two when he started riding and when he started archery the two sports came together,” she said.
Mrs Lyall said he worked hard to get some money saved to go on the trip and will be getting ready for Korea next year.
“He has been working on a farm breaking in horses and was able to save some money for the tournament,” she said.
“He will be getting ready for Korea next year.”
Dimbulah State School, principal Tuki Brown said the school was very proud ofTimothy’s achievements.
Timothy Lyall shows is great skills at the international horse archery tournament.