Frequently Asked Questions
What type of horse or saddlery is required?
The beautiful thing about Horse Archery is suited to All types and breeds of horses. And whilst some saddles may be more suited to the 2 point seat needed for the faster courses, any saddle is acceptable as long it is in good condition for use. Horses that are trained bit less are welcome as well.
How old do I have to be?
Competent junior riders are able to train and compete in Horse Archery. The minimum age is 7 years old and the maximum age of a junior is 17 years old. 18and over is classed as a Senior for competitions only.
Where can I learn Horse Archery?
There are Horse Archery Clinics and Schools held all around Australia by various instructors.
Can I use my compound or take down bow?
The sport of Horse Archery has some deep roots in tradition. As a result it has been decided Internationally that these bows can not be used in competition or grading. The accepted bows for Horse Archery are of one piece (not take down) have no shelf or centre shot and is generally of recurve design, with the exception of the Japanese Yumi. Arrows used can be made of aluminium, bamboo, wood or carbon fibre with any type of nock or fletch and only have target tips and not broad heads, again with the exception of Yabusame, where the arrows have blunts on their end to break the targets
In the Novice Section in Australia ONLY, small shelf single piece (beginner style) bows are allowed.
I don’t have 150 metre straight line to make a track.
Many tracks have a turn in and turn out, off the straight track. So long as the radius of the turns are safe to be done at a canter. A slight gradient is also OK. Please remember to be shooting toward your own property (not a neighbours fence)
I don’t understand the Grading System Rules.
Please keep in mind this is a NEW International system. Things to remember with the Grading System is its not mandatory, it is a way for individuals to assess their ability and setting goals they can achieve. The rules are the same for competition with only a few adjustments.
1. In Novice and Sportsman the times are different to the rules for competition
2. Please remember you must have a minimum of 30 minutes off your horse before starting your grading runs if you have been practising.
3. Rule 7.5 During a day of non-competition grading, a person may attempt no more than two scored sets at each style. Only one score for each style may be submitted from any given day
4. There must be two AHAA members as witness to sign off on your runs.
5. You have 12 months from the start of your first successful grading run to complete the requirements per grade. Once you have achieved that grade , you do not have to be reassessed. You can start to focus on the challenge of the next grade.
6. You do not send in each individual run, you wait until you have it all completed per grade and submit it with the form for that grading level with your $25 fee. Once it has been processed as correct you will be sent your grading pin and your name put up on the grades page on this web site.