Mounted games at A&P

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mounted Games are com­ing to the Mata­mata Spring Carnival A&P Show for the first time on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 7.

With the lead-up to the Mounted Games World Cham­pi­onships, which are be­ing held in New Zealand, Han­nah Bur­rows will be at the show dis­play­ing her skills to po­ten­tial par­tic­i­pants.

Any­body who would like to try Mounted Games is wel­come to have a go ei­ther at the Mata­mata A & P Show which is held on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 7, or if they want more de­tails, to go to New Zealand Mounted Games As­so­ci­a­tion’s web­site.

The as­so­ci­a­tion has a Face­book page or it can be found at a site called show­ground.co.nz.

Mounted Games has of­ten been de­scribed as ‘‘a de­cathlon on horse­back’’ as riders have to do dif­fer­ent things each race, vault­ing on and off their mounts at high speeds, of­ten pick­ing things up off the ground while on their horses.

Riders re­quire a high de­gree of ath­letic abil­ity, good rid­ing skills, hand-to-eye co-or­di­na­tion, gen­eral de­ter­mi­na­tion to see things through to the end no mat­ter what, and a pos­i­tive com­pet­i­tive spirit which nev­er­the­less re­quires an abil­ity to work to­gether with other riders and to be will­ing to help each other.

Mounted Games are a se­ries of fun fast races, ex­cit­ing for par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors alike, as the spec­ta­tor doesn’t have to be an eques­trian to recog­nise that a rider just made a mis­take but can fix it as fast as pos­si­ble and still (maybe) win that race.

Races aren’t timed – first one over the line wins – so the sport is very easy for ev­ery­one to fol­low and en­joy.

Riders can play as in­di­vid­u­als, with a pair or in teams of 4 or 5 riders, with about 20 dif­fer­ent games for each cat­e­gory.

Games can be played by riders of all ages. All the rules and guide­lines can be found at mounted-games.org and there are charts there which would help some­one keen to in­ves­ti­gate what type and weight of pony would suit them.

Skills: Mounted Games vir­tu­oso Han­nah Bur­rows in ac­tion.

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