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South Downs Horse Archers

[BHAA affiliated club]

Location:  near Chichester, West Sussex

Active members: 35 (including junior and disabled riders)

Established: 2016

 Training:  Through the winter season (Oct - Easter) we train indoors and in the summer season (Easter - Oct) we train outdoors. Each month there will be ground or mounted archery training 3-4 times each month (some sessions are only open to those holding their BHAA Club horseback archer qualification or higher). We will run BHAA and IHAA postal matches and members can try for their IHAA grades and study for higher BHAA qualifications. 

New members: Those who hold their BHAA Club Horseback Archer qualification can join throughout the year.

 Beginners?  The club runs a beginners' course through the off-season (Oct-Easter) with both indoor ground archery and indoor horseback archery sessions. Please get in contact to get your name on the waiting list 

 Do I need my own horse?:  generally yes, though some are available to hire from the riding school where we train 

Head coach:  Claire Sawyer (BHAA Advanced Coach)

Other coaching expertise in the club:  Dan Sawyer (BHAA Club Coach), Neil Sampson (Archery GB level 2 coach, studying for County Coach), Charlie Sampson (Archery GB level 1 coach)

Held within the club:  First Aid certificate - yes (DS), DBS certificate - yes (DS, NS, CS), Safeguarding course - yes

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Club successes

[2018] Claire and Dan Sawyer represented GB at the 1st Horseback Archery World Championships. Danielle Johnston and Laura George represented GB in the European Grand Prix Series. 

New IHAA grades (S4 & higher): Claire HA2, Danielle HA1, Tracey Attfield S6, Louise Passells S4

[2018, National Championships] Claire Sawyer - overall 2nd, Dan Sawyer - overall 3rd, Danielle Johnston - overall 5th, Yvonne Munro - 1st in Trot class & 3rd in Walk class, Tristan Sawyer - 1st in Children's walk class

[2017] Claire & Dan Sawyer and Laura George represented GB at the European Championships with Team GB placing 6th. Claire, Dan, Laura and Danielle Johnston represented GB in the European Grand Prix Series. Tracey Attfield, Gemma Gray and Kirsty Holland competed against Ireland on the GB development Team at the International Series match that the BHAA hosted in Cornwall.

New IHAA grades (S4 & higher): Tracey S4, Laura S4, 

[2017, National Championships] Dan Sawyer - overall 4th, Claire Sawyer - overall 5th, Danielle Johnston - overall 6th 

[2016] Dan and Claire Sawyer represented GB in the European Grand Prix

 [2016, BHAA National Championships] Dan Sawyer came overall 4th, Tristan Sawyer (7yrs old) came 3rd in the Walk Class
  [Pre-2016] Dan Sawyer - 3 x National Champion; Dan Sawyer - awarded the Order of World Horseback Archery in 2013; Claire and Dan Sawyer - bronse medal for   Team Mogu in the 2011 World Championships.