Mounted games

Mounted games

Mounted games is a branch of equestrian sport in which very fast games are played by people of all ages on ponies up to a height of 15 hands.

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.[1]

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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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
Four Flag
Founder's Race
HiLo HiLo HiLo
Hug-a-Mug Hug-a-Mug
Hula Hoop Hula Hoop Hula Hoop
Litter Lifters Litter Lifters Litter Lifters
Moat and Castle
Mug Shuffle Mug Shuffle Mug Shuffle
Pony Express
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
Triple Flag
Two Flag Two Flag Two Flag
Victoria Cross
Windsor Castle

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.

Year: Host: Winners:
1986 England Great Britain
1987 Canada Great Britain
1988 USA Great Britain
1989 Northern Ireland Great Britain
1990 Wales Great Britain
1991 USA Great Britain
1992 England Great Britain
1993 Wales Great Britain
1994 England Great Britain
1995 Germany Great Britain
1996 Sweden Great Britain
1997 France Great Britain
1998 Ireland Great Britain
1999 Belgium Great Britain
2000 Germany England
2001 Canada Canada
2002 England Wales
2003 USA Wales
2004 France England
2005 Wales England
2006 Sweden England
2007 Belgium England
2008 Australia New Zealand
2009 England England
2010 Switzerland Ireland
2011 Denmark England
2012 Wales
2013 New Zealand

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.

Year: Host: Winners:
2006 Switzerland England
2007 England England
2008 Germany England
2009 France France
2010 Wales France
2011 Northern Ireland England
2012 Italy

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