Mounted games

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What are mounted games?

Of English origin, mounted games arrived in France in 1990 and were immediately a great success!

It has an innovative, game-based approach to horse riding. Mounted games can be played on horseback, but most often, this discipline is practised on ponies as a relay race for the riders. These games can be described as a real "spectator sport" because riders compete in terms of both skill and speed while giving the impression of being at one with their pony. This discipline is open to all riders, regardless of age.

Educational interest

Children flourish and learn through games without being scared of their horse. This equestrian sport allows children but also adults to learn to ride in a fun and educational way.

 


Format of a mounted game

Mounted games generally take place on level ground on sand or grass.

Players can test their agility and poise in teams of five riders (4 players and 1 substitute) in game lanes marked out by poles. The arena is large enough to host 6 to 8 teams.

As the game was founded on the concept of fair play and therefore on compliance with rules; a referee ensures compliance with the rules over the course of the event.

To win the event, you must of course be the fastest but you also must not mark any faults. The challenge is to be quick whilst remaining accurate and agile.

 


Example games:

* Speed weavers: At the start, the first rider, carrying a baton, weaves through the poles (arranged in a straight line), turning around the fifth pole and weaving back through the poles. The rider then hands the baton to rider 2 (then 3 and 4) who then completes the same course. If a rider makes a mistake, they must correct it: if they miss a pole, they must go back and start the weave again at the same place where the error was committed. Knocked down poles must be replaced by the rider.
 

* Five flag: The first rider sets off with a flag in hand and puts it in the empty cone 2.70 m behind the changeover line. On the way back, they pick up one of the four flags from the cone on the centre line and pass it to rider 2. The same goes for the following riders. Like the previous game, if the rider makes a mistake, they must correct it. They may dismount if necessary.
 

* Ball and cone: This game consists of balancing a ball on a cone. Riders 1 and 3 are positioned behind the start line and the other two players on the other side, behind the changeover line. On the signal to start, rider 1 places their ball on the first cone before collecting the ball found on the following cone in order to hand it to rider 2 who is at the other end of the playing area. Then comes the turn of the next player who does the same in reverse. Riders 3 and 4 do the same in turn. If the ball falls off the cone, or if the cone is knocked over, the rider must replace the equipment, if necessary by dismounting.
 


Competitions

Mounted game competitions are also organised, grouping players by level individually, in teams or in pairs. Competitions typically start in September and continue until the month of June that then marks the start of the "French Open" Championships in Lamotte-Beuvron.

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