Let us know if you are interested in attending BHAA Summer Events.

Expressions of interest. This year we have an exciting programme of summer events: Junior Summer training Camp Junior Championship Festival of Horseback Archery Senior Championship We are trying to get an understanding of the demand for these events. If you are interested in attending any of these events please vote in the poll below (by the way this is not a formal registration, it’s just to help us gauge the interest). Also you can now pay for the events in three monthly instalments. Please let Pay for BHAA events in instalments You can now pay for the summer BHAA events In three monthly instalments. These events are open to all and are a great opportunity to meet people from other clubs. Develop new skills and test your skills on full-size tracks. You don’t need to be a fantastic archer to compete, and this year we are including inclusive horseback archery classes in both the Junior and Senior Championships.

BHAA launches an exciting events programme for 2022

The BHAA is pleased to announce our largest ever programme of events. We have tried to include something for everyone. This year’s events are all based at New Leaf Triangle, and we are extremely grateful to Troy Shaw and his team for hosting the BHAA. The events are now open for booking on the BHAA website and below is a summary of the dates and events. FAQs

Successful Coaches Camp at Knights of Middle England

This year the BHAA has organised its first ever coaches training camps. In the last two months we’ve run 2 camps in Wales for a group of 7 new coaches. Then this weekend we followed up with a two day coaches training camp to both introduce some new coaches to the sport and to support existing coaches to reach their next level of qualification. The attendees came from the across the UK – England, Wales & Scotland – and were taught by Simon Harding, a BHAA Advanced Coach. The BHAA is very grateful to the Knights of Middle England for hosting this event. Several of the new coaches are already riding instructors looking to offer horseback archery coaching as part of their services. The coaches managed to sign off significant parts of their logbooks at the event and will continue to develop their horse archery skills over the rest of the year. Becca Sweetman, Chair of the BHAA, who organised the event said, “To grow the sport we need three things: venues, coaches and horses. In the last few years we’ve seen an increase in the number of Affiliated Schools, with two building dedicated all-weather horseback archery tracks. This year we wanted to focus on coaches, particularly trying to target areas of the UK that don’t currently have a local qualified coach. It has been wonderful to receive so much interest from prospective coaches, and with new Clubs and Affiliated Schools already being planned, I’m really excited to see how …

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If you are after some BHAA branded gear for yourself or your horse, our Team Equestrian shop is the place to go. You can order direct from them and have your merchandise delivered to your door....

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BHAA Grant Application form

As part of our work to support the growth of horseback archery across the UK, we’re pleased to be able to offer 3 different types of grant funding. If you’d like to apply for 2022 then please do read on for more information and complete this form. Although we do consider applications on a rolling basis at each Board meeting, there is only so much available each year, so I’d encourage you to get your application in early! Youth grantWith thanks to generous benefactors the BHAA has a fund to support those under the age of 30 to continue their development in the sport. It is designed to support travel, training and competition expenses, however we will also consider other requests on a case by case basis. Grants are typically £100-200. Club startup grantNew BHAA Clubs are eligible to apply for a starter pack of targets, bows and arrows. We typically require the Club to have 7 members in order to qualify, however we will consider each application on a case by case basis. The starter pack is worth ~£450. Coaches grantFollowing on from the 2021 AGM we’ve allocated £2k to new coaches training and £1k to existing coaches training in 2022. Some of this will be used for BHAA organised training camps and there is also the opportunity for individuals to apply with other requests. OtherIf you have a request that doesn’t fall into the 3 categories above, but you believe would help the BHAA to further its objective to grow...

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Six Reasons to Renew Your BHAA Membership

The time to renew your BHAA membership is fast approaching on the 1st of April. Here are six reasons why you should renew: Reason 1: Insurance As of the 1st April 2021, BHAA membership includes Personal Liability insurance up to £2m. This cover is for both ground and mounted training. The full conditions are on the BHAA Insurance page; make sure you understand the conditions that apply to this insurance. This is a huge benefit to members, the peace of mind from knowing that you are insured to participate in horseback archery. Reason 2: Local Clubs The BHAA supports a network of local clubs. The local clubs are the backbone of the BHAA, supporting new and existing members with local training, summer camps, regional competitions and social events. The clubs in this network all work as part of the BHAA family to promote and encourage participation. To join a local club, you also need to be a member of the BHAA. Reason 3: National and local events This year the BHAA has extended the range of events we offer members. Including national and local events. These include the Junior and Senior National Championships, a festival of Horseback Archery and training for new and existing coaches. Reason 4: Qualifications To raise and maintain the standards of Horseback Archery and ensure it continues to be a safe sport, the BHAA has developed a range of qualifications. From the basics of club horseback archer to advanced coach, these qualifications mean we can all …

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European Grand Prix teams 2022

We’re delighted to announce the GB Team that we will be sending to the 3 stages of the IHAA European Grand Prix Series (Grunwald, Poland late April/early May, Kayseri, Turkey in June and Gauchoux, France in August). Congratulations to the following people who have been selected following a record number of applications: – Grunwald, 30th April -3rd May: Nick White, Ross Baugh, Oli Secker and Éowyn Barnes-Short, all members of the Cotteswold Mounted Archers – Kayseri, 16-19th June: Claire Sawyer (South Downs Horse Archers), Emily Massey (Ribble Valley Mounted Archers), Troy Shaw (New Leaf Triangle) and Cora Moore – Gauchoux, 26-28th Aug: Michael Ruby (Cotteswold Mounted Archers), Dan Sawyer, Becca Sweetman (London Horse Archers) and Ros Jones (Cotteswold Mounted Archers) Some of these riders first represented GB in the IHAA World Grand Prix Series and we’re very excited for them that normal competitions have resumed and they can enjoy competing in person alongside the other national teams. We wish the team all the best for their training and we look forward to sharing photos and updates on their progress at the competitions.

How to Join or Renew my Membership on the New BHAA website

We have updated the BHAA website, we hope you like the new design. It’s much easier to use and offers more features, such as event booking and a members’ download area. Below are some instructions on how to register and renew your membership. The old Club Buzz usernames and passwords will not work with this new site. Existing members will need to re-join from scratch and create a new account using the instructions below. We decided that it should be best to start with fresh data from scratch so if you have previously been a member you will need to re-join the BHAA. It is very easy; just complete the following steps: Step 1: Click on Join Now, even if you are already a member, or follow this link Step 2: Select your membership level: Step 3: Complete the registration form, including: The member’s details, name, e-mail and password Your club, for example Cotteswold Mounted Archers, if you are currently a club member. If you’re not a club member you can leave this blank. The billing details, i.e. who is paying for the membership Payment card details. These are processed securely by our payment processor Stripe. Your membership lasts 12 months from the date you join and should automatically renew next year. Membership FAQs

A brief history of horseback archery, by region

The use of archery from chariots revolutionised warfare and hunting around the 2nd millennium BCE in Egypt, the Middle East and India. It is believed to be the precursor of horseback archery. Mounted archery required the selective breeding of larger stronger horses and greater horsemanship facilitated by the development of bronze bits (8th Century BCE). Central Asia There is evidence that horses were being domesticated and kept for milk from 4000-3000 BCE. The importance of horses and archery is demonstrated by excavation of horses, arrowheads and later bowcases from burial mounds (8th-5th Centuries BCE). The 13th-16th Centuries CE saw the Mongols’ campaigns extending their empire over a vast area. Their success in battle can be attributed to their training and organisation as well as the speed and manoeuvrability of their mounted archers, who travelled with several fresh mounts each. Middle East Hittite warhorse training is recorded on the Kikkuli clay tablets from ~1400 BCE and horseback archery is depicted on bronze belts and horse bits from the 10th-7th centuries BCE.The Assyrian King Ashurbanipal is depicted using horseback archery whilst hunting (7th Century BCE). Inscriptions state that King Darius of the Achaemenid dynasty (5th-3rd Centuries BCE) was “a good horseback rider …. a good archer, on foot or horseback” and Herodotus records that “arrow and horse are the partners of each Persian child”: Persians were required to teach their children archery, horse riding and truthfulness. The Parthians and Sassanids introduced new techniques of holding arrows and drawing the bow to improve …

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The History of Horseback Archery in Britain

Britain has a long history of archery and of horses, both dating back thousands of years. Despite this, conventional wisdom was that the British never practised horseback archery and certainly proof of it is sparse. Here we present evidence that horseback archery was used in hunting and almost certainly used on occasion in warfare; not as a common tactic, but as required in certain circumstances. 500,000 BCE: Equid bones (found in Boxgrove, Sussex) 30,000 BCE: A carving of a horse (on a horse bone) Ice Age (maximum extent 20,000 BCE): Equids are believed to have been wiped out during the Ice Age. More came across the land bridge from Europe to repopulate the British Isles before sea level rose (6,500-6,000 BCE). 3,400 BCE: The ancient hillfort of Maiden Castle on the South Coast was destroyed by enemy attack. Archaeological finds include many arrowheads (one embedded in a skeleton’s spine) amongst burnt wooden structures. 2,500 BCE: Meare Heath and Ashcott bows – the earliest discovered bows in Britain, among the oldest in the world. 2,000 BCE: The richest grave at Stonehenge contained a man wearing a bone armguard and surrounded by arrowheads. 2,000 BCE:  Horses began being domesticated (rather than hunted) 1,000 BCE: The 110m long Uffington White Horse was carved into a chalk hillside ? BCE: In the Declaration of Arbroath (1320 CE) the Scottish lords claimed descent from the Scythians, one of the first and greatest tribes of Steppe horseback archers, to strengthen their claim against English rule. There …

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