British Horseback Archery Association
On September 17th and 18th the BHAA National Championships were held at Old Mill Stables in Cornwall for the second year running. Once again a good number of competitors made the long trip down, in spite of some facing additional complications to the journey thanks to the previous day's torrential rain and flooding. The weather for the weekend itself was kind however and we had a dry pleasantly warm two days of competition.
Day one started with horse tryouts, followed by the first group of competitors doing the Hungarian competition, using a brand new target all the way from Poland. After lunch we then had the new Walk Course competition, for the younger archers and for the first time, a disabled competitor, Nicola West, who won the class. The day then finished with a second group of archers doing the Hungarian competition.
After a pleasant evening in the pub for dinner and chat, we were up early again on Sunday morning for day two. In the morning was the Korean competition, two runs of single shot, two of double and finally two of triple shot. Then in the afternoon was the Aussie Triple competition for the student grade archers, followed by the Mamluk for the HA grade competitors. The local BBC news cameraman had even arrived for this last stage, to film a few runs and interview a couple of the riders.
Then all that remained was to announce the winners. Overall winner and new British Champion was Simon Harding, followed by Oisín Curtis of Old Mill Stables in second and one of his students, 15 year old Amy O’Connor in third. Huge congratulations to them and all the other competitors, and our thanks to the staff and horses of Old Mill Stables for making the competition possible and providing the magnificent trophy.