BHAA Championships 2011

Following on from 2010’s successful event the 2011 BHAA Championship was again hosted by Karl and Zana at the Centre of Horseback Combat in East Sussex. The competition took place over the weekend of 22nd October, and competitors and spectators were met with a quite unseasonally warm and sunny day. There were 12 of us competing over the 2 days, a mixture of seasoned old hands and pros along with a few of us testing ourselves in competition for
the first time.

Group picture of the 2011 British Horseback Archery Association Championship competitors.


The Hungarian competition was a great start, with each competitor getting 6 runs down the [75m] track. Most competitors scores came from fast runs (under the 13.5 seconds target) and hits on the side shot. Although we didn’t see any of the scores until the end of the 2nd day, it was clear that Neil and Dan were fighting it out for the lead, with Zana and Emily leading the chase. Next was ‘Hunt the Hare’ – 3 shots each at a 3D hare right by the side of the track. Having all warmed up by now, I’d assumed the Hare would resemble a pin-cushion, but it proved to be a lot harder than it looked. Only 2 hits were registered, with Karl finding the mark but Robert taking the honours.

Day 2 was reserved for the Korean, with each competitor running twice firing at one target, twice at 2 targets and then 2 final runs against 3 targets. The time allowed in the Korean was only 9.6 seconds so the pressure was on. There were some fast runs and great shooting on the single shot, but it was in the double shot that Dan and Neil started to pull away from the rest. In a fitting end to the competition everyone had a chance to test themselves on the triple shot in the last 2 runs of the day, with 3 extra points on offer for a hit on every target.

After a short but tense wait it was announced that, after a closely fought competition, Neil had just beaten Dan to the 2011 title, with Zana in 3rd place overall. In addition to prizes for overall and event wins there were prize arrows for all competitors and ribbons for top 3 placings. Signed Korean target faces were awarded to Emily and me for our performances and to Karl and Zana with thanks to them for hosting the event so successfully. In another generous gesture Anna was also presented with her 1st bow in recognition of such a promising performance by a junior. All-in–all a great competition and a great weekend, and thanks must go to all those who helped organise such an enjoyable event.

by John Savage