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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 season (Easter - Oct) there will be a club day each month where any club member holding their BHAA Club horseback archery qualification can participate. We will run BHAA and IHAA postal matches and members can try for their IHAA grades and study for higher BHAA qualifications. We will also train together in ground archery and participate in the BHAA Archery Postal matches


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

Beginners?  The club teaches beginners through the off-season (Oct-Easter) with both indoor ground archery and indoor horseback archery sessions. There is already a waiting list for the next intake in Oct 2017

Do I need my own horse?:  for the most part yes, though a very limited number are available to hire from the riding school where we do our winter training 


Head coach:  Dan Sawyer (BHAA Club Coach)

Other coaching expertise in the club:  Claire Sawyer (BHAA Club Coach and Advanced Horseback Archer), 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 - (booked)


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Club successes:
[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 - 3x National Champion; Dan Sawyer - awarded the Order of World Horseback Archery in 2013; Claire and Dan Sawyer - bronze medal for Team Mogu in the 2011 World Championships