They require a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, hand-to-eye coordination, determination, perseverance, and a competitive spirit, which nevertheless requires an ability to work together with other riders and a willingness to help one another.
Mounted Games were the inspiration of H.R.H. Prince Philip. When Col. Sir Mike Ansell was Director of the Horse of the Year Show, Prince Philip asked if he could devise a competition for children who could not afford an expensive, well-bred pony, and in 1957 the Horse of the Year Show, then at Harringay Arena in North London, England, staged the first Mounted Games Championship for the Prince Philip Cup — it was an immediate box office success.
The sport of mounted games as it exists today was founded by Norman Patrick. His aim was to extend the sport, previously age-restricted by Pony Club, for wider participation, and for this reason, in 1984, he established the Mounted Games Association of Great Britain. In the years which followed his continued support and patronage ensured that the sport spread across Great Britain and beyond.
At the time of his death in 2001, the sport which he had established was being enjoyed by many riders across the world, and the International Mounted Games Association, which was formed in 2003, now has members in twenty countries on four continents:
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- Flag of Canada Canada
- Flag of Denmark Denmark
- Flag of England England
- Flag of France France
- Flag of Germany Germany
- Flag of Republic of Ireland Ireland
- Flag of Italy Italy
- Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
- Flag of New Zealand New Zealand
- Flag of Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
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- Flag of Scotland Scotland
- Flag of South Africa South Africa
- Flag of Sweden Sweden
- Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
- Flag of the United States United States of America
- Flag of Wales Wales
There are many different games played in mounted games. These are split into team, pairs and individual games.
|Team games:||Pairs games:||Individual games:|
|Agility Aces||Agility Aces|
|Association Race||Association Race||Association Race|
|Ball and Cone|
|Bank Race||Bank Race|
|Bottle Shuttle||Bottle Shuttle||Bottle Shuttle|
|Carton Race||Carton Race||Carton Race|
|Flag Fliers||Flag Fliers||Flag Fliers|
|Hula Hoop||Hula Hoop||Hula Hoop|
|Litter Lifters||Litter Lifters||Litter Lifters|
|Moat and Castle|
|Mug Shuffle||Mug Shuffle||Mug Shuffle|
|Pony Pairs||Pony Pairs|
|Ride and Lead||Run and Ride||Run and Ride|
|Socks and Buckets||Socks and Buckets||Socks and Buckets|
|Speed Weavers||Speed Weavers||Speed Weavers|
|Sword Lancers||Sword Lancers||Sword Lancers|
|Three Legged Sack||Three Legged Sack|
|Three Mug||Three Mug|
|Three Pot Flag Race|
|Tool Box Scramble||Tool Box Scramble||Tool Box Scramble|
|Two Flag||Two Flag||Two Flag|
World Team Championships
The IMGA World Team Championships are held each year in a different member country. At the first World Championships in 1985 only four teams participated, by 2007 this had grown to 18 and is expected to continue rising over the coming years.
Originally Great Britain participated as one team however from 2000 onwards this was split into England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland have always participated as a separate team.
|1989||Northern Ireland||Great Britain|
European Team Championships
The European Team Championships had already existed in an unofficially format for a number of years before being officially recognised as an IMGA event in 2006. Since then the organisation of the championships has fallen into the same model as the World championships with a different member country hosting the event each year.
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