ABOUT GAMES

HISTORY

Mounted Games was the inspiration of HRH Prince Philip.  In 1957, when Colonel Sir Mike Ansell was the Director of the Horse of the Year Show, Prince Philip asked permission to devise a competiton for children who could not afford an expensive, well-bred pony.  The first Mounted Games competition was held that year at the HOYS in London, with teams competing for the Prince Philip Cup. 

MOUNTED GAMES

Mounted Games is a branch of equestrian sport, which, at its highest level, displays a variety of very fast relay races performed by excellent riders on well-trained ponies.  The sport is exciting for participants and spectators alike.  Mounted Games is appropriate  for riders of all ages and skill levels, from the very youngest (or oldest!) beginner to the very experienced. Riders develop a high degree of athletic ability, instinctive riding skills and 

TODAY

Norman Patrick was the founder of the Mounted Games Association, which in 1984 was established in Great Britain in order to  extend the sport from young children to all ages. His support and patronage ensured that the sport spread around the world.  MGAA was incorporated in 2004 to promote mounted games in America.  MGAA has a diverse membership across the country and is currently the largest mounted games organization in the US.

Note that each race has its own set of rules that are followed depending on the style of competition. For further information see the IMGA Rulebook and MGAA Addendum

Hand Off
Hand Off

When the incoming rider hands a piece of equipment to the outgoing rider

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Vaulting
Vaulting

Mounting with out stirrups, usually done at speed.

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Association
Association

Riders move containers from C line to B line and stack them to read GAMES

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Agility Aces
Agility Aces

Riders nimbly run over six "stepping stones" and then vault back on

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Ball and Cone
Ball and Cone

Riders place a ball on a cone and then pick up the next one

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Balloon
Balloon

Riders go in straight line to pop a balloon at the C line and then hand off the balloon stick

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Bank Race
Bank Race

Riders pick a number off the cone on the B line and then hang the number on the board at C line

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Bottle Shuttle
Bottle Shuttle

Riders place a bottle on the bin and then pick up the next one

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Carton
Carton

Riders pick a carton off the top of a pole and dunk it in the bucket at C line

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