The Qabac Style

The Course
  • The track is 90m long and 2-4m wide.
  • The qabaq target shall is set alongside the track at a distance of approximately 1m (3ft).
  • The pole is on the left for right handed competitors.
  • The pole is at least 7m high.
  • On top of the pole is a circular target. If the pole is 7-9m high then the target should be no bigger than 30cm (1ft) in diameter. If the pole is higher than 9m then the target should be no bigger than 50cm (20in) in diameter.
  • Only blunt arrows may be used to shoot at the qabaq.
  • Competition consists of 2 runs and one warm-up run.
  • The competitor rides along the track and attempts to shoot the underside of the target. For grading purposes a run is either a hit or a miss.
  • A hit must be on the target. Hits on the pole do not count (if the arrow hits the pole and then the target, then it is a hit).
  • A hit must be on the way up. If the arrow misses the target but hits it on the way back down then that is not a hit.
  • Hits only count if the rider completes the run within the allotted time.
  • If the feathers of the arrow (flu-flu) brush the side of the disc then that does not constitute as a hit.
  • The allotted time depends on the length of the track.
  • Allotted times for common track lengths are therefore:
    90m: 14s for HA and 16s for SA 
    120m: 18s for HA and 21s for SA

    150m: 23s for HA and 27 for SA.
Other Targets
  • Other targets (other than qabaq) may be shot on the same run. No allowance is made for this. Over any length track and with any number of targets the requirement is for a hit on the qabaq target within the allotted time.
  • If the course has more than one qabaq target on it then one of them must be designated as the target for grading purposes. Hits on any other target do not count for grading purposes.
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