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 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
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.