Anyone who has a small field with a decent safety net can create their own course. Like almost everything, it takes a lot of practice to become proficient.
It is not uncommon for a spectator or two attending the annual event to decide to give the sport a try. It is possible to try your hand at short archery after the competition ends around 1 p.m. each day.
This year the event will feature the traditional competition where horse archers aim at a single target on Saturday. On Sunday, competitors will take part in a cross-country hunting course – more common in Korea – that features multiple targets, including one on the opposite side of their horse.
“It can be a bit tricky for a lot of runners,” Kelner said. “This is the first year that we have added this dimension.
Horses of all types are used in competition. Older horses with calm demeanor seem to perform better.
Borsos very rarely takes his own horses to competitions.
“Since 2003, I have ridden 389 different horses,” he says. “You like to have a horse that has a pleasant and gentle gallop. You can reload and shoot from these very quickly. It’s smooth, like a sewing machine. This sport is all about timing, rhythm, balance and coordination.