Claire Sawyer

A brief history of horseback archery, by region

The use of archery from chariots revolutionised warfare and hunting around the 2nd millennium BCE in Egypt, the Middle East and India. It is believed to be the precursor of horseback archery. Mounted archery required the selective breeding of larger stronger horses and greater horsemanship facilitated by the development of bronze bits (8th Century BCE). Central Asia There is evidence that horses were being domesticated and kept for milk from 4000-3000 BCE. The importance of horses and archery is demonstrated by excavation of horses, arrowheads and later bowcases from burial mounds (8th-5th Centuries BCE). The 13th-16th Centuries CE saw the Mongols’ campaigns extending their empire over a vast area. Their success in battle can be attributed to their training and organisation as well as the speed and manoeuvrability of their mounted archers, who travelled with several fresh mounts each. Middle East Hittite warhorse training is recorded on the Kikkuli clay tablets from ~1400 BCE and horseback archery is depicted on bronze belts and horse bits from the 10th-7th centuries BCE.The Assyrian King Ashurbanipal is depicted using horseback archery whilst hunting (7th Century BCE). Inscriptions state that King Darius of the Achaemenid dynasty (5th-3rd Centuries BCE) was “a good horseback rider …. a good archer, on foot or horseback” and Herodotus records that “arrow and horse are the partners of each Persian child”: Persians were required to teach their children archery, horse riding and truthfulness. The Parthians and Sassanids introduced new techniques of holding arrows and drawing the bow to improve […]

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IHAA Rule Book

The International  Horseback  Archery  Alliance  (IHAA)  was launched in  January  2014. Its main aim was to produce a standardised set of rules, for two main reasons: the variation between countries and the potential for confusion, and to allow grading and postal matches to run worldwide. The IHAA’s rules were first edition in May 2018; the Tower and Skirmish rules were released in May 2020. The IHAA’s focus is on the multi-discipline event which we have termed Horseback Eventing (HBAE). This recognises the expertise of the archer and horse whose skills and adaptability to succeed in three varied events; the Tower, Raid, and Hunt tracks. All three contribute equally to the overall result. As in 3-day eventing, the partnership must be versatile and exhibit a range of skills. Greater horsemanship and expertise is required here than in mastering any single element. The HBAE rules have been designed specifically to work within the multi-disciplinary event structure and to allow people to be competitive at any speed. The rules here may also be used for stand-alone events in local competitions and IHAA’s postal matches or grading....

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