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As a relatively new and growing sport in South Africa, mounted archers from all over the country recently celebrated the birth of M.A.A.S.A the Mounted Archery Association of South Africa. The establishment of this national governing body and its affiliation to SAEF the South African Equestrian Federation means that archers can now obtain provincial and national colours in this sport.

M.A.A.S.A has representation in every province and archers can affiliate through either a dedicated mounted archery club or a participating multi-disciplinary club in their province.

Regular clinics are available for newcomers to the sport. These clinics cover a variety of theoretical topics such as the historical practice of mounted archery, equipment, tack and shooting techniques as well as the practical application of these techniques on horseback, archery and horsemanship skills. Monthly training days help archers to practice their skills at the different disciplines such as the Korean, Hungarian, Qabac and Polish tracks.

Archers can also participate on an international level with bi-monthly postal matches (held locally) and hosted by the International Horseback Archery Alliance (I.H.A.A) and obtain their international ranking.

Nicholas Immelman, one of the first junior riders in Suid Afrika, shortly after being graded. Seen here with Johan de Bruto (MAASA President), Jacques van der Westhuizen (MAASA Secretayr) and Marcia de Bruto (MAASA Judging & vetting). The dog Brock is standing by for emotional support.

A group of new riders - Callie Kruger, George grobler, Michelle van den Berg, Ruan Grobler, Volker Böhm, Nicholas Immelman, Vicky van Zyl and Maretha Kruger shortly after completing their “Novice Grading”.

 

 
 
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