- Mounted games
They require a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, hand-to-eye coordination, determination, perseverance, and a competitive spirit, which nevertheless requires an ability to work together with other riders and a willingness to help one another.
Mounted Games were the inspiration of H.R.H. Prince Philip. When Col. Sir Mike Ansell was Director of the Horse of the Year Show, Prince Philip asked if he could devise a competition for children who could not afford an expensive, well-bred pony, and in 1957 the Horse of the Year Show, then at Harringay Arena in North London, England, staged the first Mounted Games Championship for the Prince Philip Cup — it was an immediate box office success.
The sport of mounted games as it exists today was founded by Norman Patrick. His aim was to extend the sport, previously age-restricted by Pony Club, for wider participation, and for this reason, in 1984, he established the Mounted Games Association of Great Britain. In the years which followed his continued support and patronage ensured that the sport spread across Great Britain and beyond.
At the time of his death in 2001, the sport which he had established was being enjoyed by many riders across the world, and the International Mounted Games Association, which was formed in 2003, now has members in twenty countries on four continents:
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- South Africa
- United States of America
There are many different games played in mounted games. These are split into team, pairs and individual games.
Team games: Pairs games: Individual games: Agility Aces Agility Aces Association Race Association Race Association Race Bang-a-Balloon Ball and Cone Bank Race Bank Race Bottle Shuttle Bottle Shuttle Bottle Shuttle Carton Race Carton Race Carton Race Flag Fliers Flag Fliers Flag Fliers Four Flag Founder's Race HiLo HiLo HiLo Hug-a-Mug Hug-a-Mug Hula Hoop Hula Hoop Hula Hoop Jousting Litter Lifters Litter Lifters Litter Lifters Moat and Castle Mug Shuffle Mug Shuffle Mug Shuffle Pony Express Pony Pairs Pony Pairs Ride and Lead Run and Ride Run and Ride Socks and Buckets Socks and Buckets Socks and Buckets Speed Weavers Speed Weavers Speed Weavers Sword Lancers Sword Lancers Sword Lancers Three Legged Sack Three Legged Sack Three Mug Three Mug Three Pot Flag Race Tool Box Scramble Tool Box Scramble Tool Box Scramble Triple Flag Two Flag Two Flag Two Flag Victoria Cross Windsor Castle
World Team Championships
The IMGA World Team Championships are held each year in a different member country. At the first World Championships in 1985 only four teams participated, by 2007 this had grown to 18 and is expected to continue rising over the coming years.
Originally Great Britain participated as one team however from 2000 onwards this was split into England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland have always participated as a separate team.
Year: Host: Winners: 1986 England Great Britain 1987 Canada Great Britain 1988 USA Great Britain 1989 Northern Ireland Great Britain 1990 Wales Great Britain 1991 USA Great Britain 1992 England Great Britain 1993 Wales Great Britain 1994 England Great Britain 1995 Germany Great Britain 1996 Sweden Great Britain 1997 France Great Britain 1998 Ireland Great Britain 1999 Belgium Great Britain 2000 Germany England 2001 Canada Canada 2002 England Wales 2003 USA Wales 2004 France England 2005 Wales England 2006 Sweden England 2007 Belgium England 2008 Australia New Zealand 2009 England England 2010 Switzerland Ireland 2011 Denmark England 2012 Wales 2013 New Zealand World championships between national teams and representatives Team
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European Team Championships
The European Team Championships had already existed in an unofficially format for a number of years before being officially recognised as an IMGA event in 2006. Since then the organisation of the championships has fallen into the same model as the World championships with a different member country hosting the event each year.
Year: Host: Winners: 2006 Switzerland England 2007 England England 2008 Germany England 2009 France France 2010 Wales France 2011 Northern Ireland England 2012 Italy
References and notes
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