Introducing the current members of the BHAA Committee.....

 

President and IHAA Representative - Dan Sawyer

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Dan continues at the helm of BHAA committee in his 8th year as either Chairman or President. He came to the BHAA first as a barebow archer and history enthusiast, and knows the sport of horseback archery inside out having been competing internationally since 2010. His holds the Order of World Horseback Archery from Korea, is a fully qualified WHAF referee and gave a lecture at the 2013 World Horseback Archery Federation symposium discussing the history of horseback archery in the UK. 

Dan is a barrister and the BHAA and IHAA have appreciated his attention to fine detail in wording such things as rules and constitutions. Dan has enjoyed coaching sports since his time at Cambridge University, and he wrote much of the content of the BHAA’s manual (all the sections on archery technique, equipment and physics). He has coached injured veterans up at HorseBack UK in Aberdeenshire for the last 2 years. Dan is the BHAA’s representative to the IHAA and has represented the BHAA in discussions with various external organisations.

 

Secretary - Adam Snowball

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Adam came to horseback archery as a novice in both fields. He was on the development team at the first International match we hosted (against Sweden in 2013) and has gone on to compete in the European Grand Prix, World Championships and will ride at the Al Faris competition in Jordan this spring.
Adam loves speed, he doesn’t own his own horse, and so is always pleased to have to opportunity to hire horses that enjoy a good gallop. As he was in the computer business Adam, over the years he became the person in charge of keeping scores at competitions. This year he is also competitions coordinator for the north of England region.

 

Treasurer  - Michael Ruby

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Michael is the BHAA Treasurer and took up horseback archery both as a rider and archer. He started target archery at the age of 8, and as a youth, was in the National Youth squad for four years, competing in the GB Target Archery team. He started horse riding when aged 12 and combined these two disciplines in 2013. He has had several horses on loan and trains and competes in Europe, winning the 2017 National Championships at Tumpy Green.

 

 Membership - Tannith Strugnell

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Tannith has ridden all her life, and was on horseback before she could walk. She was lucky enough to be given a 4 month old foal when she was 7 and they have been together ever since.She's always wanted to try horseback aarchery and her new year's resolution in 2018 was not to let another year go past without at least trying the sport.

 

Website - Richard Rowland and Helen Barnes

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Richard joined the BHAA in 2009 through his interest in traditional archery. He is in the business of website design and hosting and he is responsible for this aspect of our website.

Helen first tried horseback archery while living in France, before she, her family and their horses moved back to the UK and she sought out a means to continue hba here. She has brought a great energy to the BHAA, particularly for the spread of our sport at a local level. Helen started the first BHAA club – Cotteswold Mounted Archers in Gloucestershire. The club now has several groups within it and training happens every week or 2 across a couple of venues. Helen is a teacher as her profession and has contributed greatly to the BHAA’s manual as a very effective sub-editor. She is a BHAA Advanced coach and she helped to write the content and exams for the BHAA’s coaching assessment modules. She is in charge of the website content as well as running the BHAA qualificaton and the IHAA grading system for the UK and she runs the BHAA’s Twitter account @bhaatweets and Instagram @bhaainsta.

 

Welfare and Safeguarding - Vik Harding

Vik has been involved in the world of horses, with Riding for the Disabled, Pony Club and with the BHS, all her life and has a long history of organising training events and competitions. Simon, Vik’s son, was the 2018 National Champion and is a BHAA Advanced Coach and is our main assessor.

 

Equine Welfare - Ros Jones MRCVS

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Ros started horseback archery in December 2016, joining Cotteswold Mounted Archers with very little archery experience but many years of horse riding experience. She was drawn to the sport from both the excitement/fun aspect but also the horsemanship challenge of training a willing equine partner.

As a vet (small animal) and long time horse owner she has taken an interest in ethical horse training and management, keeping her own horses as part of a herd and riding them bitless, barefoot and in Total Contact Saddles.

She feels strongly that as a sport we must protect the welfare of our equine partners and endeavour to train them with LIMA principles (Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive).

 

Sponsorship - Rebecca Sweetman and Emma Cherrington

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Becca has been a keen horse rider since she was a child and has previously worked at a horseback safari in South Africa, riding out every day with lions, elephants and other incredible animals. She only came to horseback archery in 2018, but has quickly become addicted and already travelled to both Poland and South Africa for training camps. 
Becca lives in London and works as an executive coach, mentor and advisor to high growth startups.
Having joined the committee to lead on Sponsorship she’s setting her sights high and exploring what it would take to truly establish horseback archery as a sport in the UK with a team that can hold its own in the international competitions.
 

 

Emma  started horseback archery last year with Cotteswold Mounted Archers. Emma was a rider and quickly got to grips with the archery aspect of our sport. She is very focussed and keen to get on the ladder with GB development.

Emma took over Sponsorship last autumn and quickly got to grips with the role; not only getting some much valued sponsorship for the National Championships, but also building some excellent relations with companies associated with aspects of our sport.

 

Erasmus+ - Claire Sawyer

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Claire first learned horseback archery in 2009 from Neil Payne who had set up the BHAA the previous year. She came to the sport with a long but intermittent history of riding and a year of target archery under her belt. She was completely addicted and threw herself into BHAA committee jobs and competition organising with enthusiasm. 

9 years later she juggles working as a veterinary surgeon, family life (2 small boys), dog and now a share pony too, who loves hba as much as she does! She has gained friends and had amazing experiences all over the world from this sport 

With others, over the years, she has set up the International Horseback Archery Alliance, the IHAA grading system and postal matches, put together the BHAA Manual (on the practice, theory and history of horseback archery), set up a tiered system of practical and coaching qualifications for hba, and been involved in the development of the BHAA International Series and the European Grand Prix competition. 

For Claire, the most important part is the people, the fun they have with their horses, and the belief they gain in themselves - she sees this in her local club members, and the wounded servicemen she and her husband have taught at HorseBack UK in Aberdeenshire. That's why she's passionate to help more BHAA affiliated clubs and schools get started so that horseback archery can  truly be spread around the UK, and she hopes to work on improving the inclusion of disabled horseback archers too.

 

 Complaints & Disciplinary - Mike Short

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Mike has been a keen target archer for many years and is somewhat bemused that we feel the need to add horses to his favourite sport. Nevetheless being a stickler for rules and range safety has made him the ideal candidate to referee some of our major competitions over the last couple of years and he does like to wield a clipboard or two.....he's volunteered for this committee role hoping that he won't have to actually do any work.