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.
When the incoming rider hands a piece of equipment to the outgoing rider
Mounting with out stirrups, usually done at speed.
Riders move containers from C line to B line and stack them to read GAMES
Riders nimbly run over six "stepping stones" and then vault back on
Riders place a ball on a cone and then pick up the next one
Riders go in straight line to pop a balloon at the C line and then hand off the balloon stick
Riders pick a number off the cone on the B line and then hang the number on the board at C line
Riders place a bottle on the bin and then pick up the next one
Riders pick a carton off the top of a pole and dunk it in the bucket at C line