Competition Rules

AHAA has adopted the Internationally recognised rules of the International Horseback Archery Alliance(IHAA). This includes the use of IHAA accredited Judges at State and National events. For more information visit Judge Accreditation

AHAA’s raw scores and findings will be made available to IHAA and its members for consideration, this is done via the IHAA database.

TIME BONUS POINTS CAPPING: Time bonus points shall NOT exceed points scored on target.

EG: If a run is completed 4 seconds under the par time, but the score on target is only 2 points, then the MAXIMUM time bonus points that can be awarded is 2 .

For International Postal competitions please adhere to the rules that will be stated per competition.  You can find out about current postal matches here.

As Horse Archery has been a traditional sport of many countries over the years, different courses, or tracks, have developed and are still being created. This is one of the more exciting aspects of Horse Archery competitions is the variety of events you can enter to compete in.

Please check the IHAA course database for most up to date information on tracks. There are sometimes changes to course naming and new courses are often added.

Tracks are categorised as

  • Straight Tracks (Tracks up to 150m in length)
  • Curved Tracks (Would require a ‘showground’ type space)
  • Arena Tracks (can fit in a dressage arena, most require lots of circles)
  • Open Field Tracks (no set pathway/route/barriers)
  • Walk/Trot Tracks (short length tracks)
  • IHAA HBAE TRACKS (Horseback Archery Eventing tracks, most Championships will use these tracks for canter classes)
  • Postal Competitions