The modern-day horse was domesticated about 5,000 years ago, chariot warriors, hunters, horseback warriors and horseback hunters reach back more than 2,000 years. It is no small matter to have an active connection with the Mongols on the steppes of Eurasia thousands of years ago and the Original Americans on the buffalo plains.
From the Cradle of Civilization, to Africa and Mongolia, through Asia and across Europe to the Americas, brave and enduring equines of every size and breed have carried their riders into savage battles or thundering herds of wild animals. This extensive and far-reaching culture was replaced with firearms and technology, and nearly lost to us.
Since 2007, MA3 has been forming chapters across the US to rank, compete and train riders in a variety of courses. You can find courses that are straight, circular, serpentine and with obstacles, shooting at a variety of targets, stationary and moving. Traditional costumes and tack are part of the shared splendor of National and International competitions. Open to both genders and most ages, there is no specific breed of horse a rider may use.
What could be more exhilarating than cantering your glorious steed, wind in your face as you fly, lifting above the ground, instinctively one with your horse. THWACK! The musical sound as your arrow hits the target. Your life may never be the same.
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To provide educational opportunities and resources to the Association Members and to the general public about Mounted Archery, the history, historical styles and practices of Mounted Archery, to support, encourage and facilitate the expansion of Mounted Archery as an equestrian sport, to establish and promulgate International standards for competition, to establish consistent training programs and certifications for levels of mastery for both students and their instructors, to sponsor or co-sponsor clinics, demonstrations, competitions, festivals, and other such similar gatherings related to achieving the above stated objectives and purposes.