HORSEBACK ARCHERY COMPETITION November 4-6, 2016 at the GA International Horse Park
You are invited to participate in the 1st Annual Georgia International Horseback Archery Competition! Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome to compete. There are 12 slots available for competitors bringing their own horse, and another 12 slots for those that are needing to share or rent a horse. Entries will be taken on a first come, first paid basis. The competition will begin on Friday
, November 4th
and will run until Sunday, November 6th. We recommend that you arrive at least a day or two early to get settled in and to join us for a few group trips around Atlanta!
: This is an NHAA sanctioned event, therefore all participants must be members of the National Horse Archery Association. Membership to the NHAA is currently FREE and it’s easy to sign up on the new website! Visit www.nationalhorsearcheryassociation.com to join today.
: We will be offering a Cross-Country Hunt Course, the Korean 2 and 3-Shot (optional ranking available for an additional fee) and a Gambler’s Choice Course!
: The registration fee for the competition is $150/rider for 1 day only
or $250/rider for the whole weekend
. Entries for the entire weekend competition received by Sept. 1st
will be given a discounted rate of $200! There is no charge for assistants, volunteers
, or spectators
, so feel free to bring your own entourage! Your weekend entry fee includes: Competition entry for all courses, (2) night stabling for one horse (Fri/Sat), and official competition t-shirt
, transportation to/from airport if needed, and dinner on Friday evening. One-day competitors are entitled to the use of a stall for the day, an official competition t-shirt, and entry into courses on their chosen day. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required
to secure your spot in the competition, and will be put toward your entry fee.
: Competitors may select the appropriate division for their skill level, regardless of age. Please see course descriptions for detailed expectations at each level.
RANKING AT THE COMPETITION
Training Level Walk/Trot - Ideal for riders that are not yet ready to compete at the canter level. There will be no time limit, but horse may not break gait or stop.
Novice – Riders who are in their first year of horseback archery competition or have not yet competed at all. Courses must be completed at a canter, and time rules do apply.
Intermediate - Riders that are comfortable competing at a canter. Time rules apply.
Advanced – Our most competitive division – for skilled horse archers! Time rules apply.
: We will be offering a ranking opportunity on Sunday for an additional fee. Riders may request that their scores on the Korean 2-3-Shot courses be sent in for ranking with the International Horseback Archery Alliance (IHAA). This is a great way to test your horse archery skills and find out what to work on to achieve your own personal horse archery goals!
ABOUT THE VENUE
: The Georgia International Horse Park served as the premier equestrian venue for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The park was the setting for all equestrian events, the first Olympic mountain biking event
, as well as the final two events of the modern pentathlon. Today, the GIHP continues to host a variety of special events. The Horse Park and the City of Conyers have also been a favorite location for movie production in the Atlanta area with scenes filmed from Fast & Furious 5, Sweet Home Alabama,
and Anchorman 2
just to name a few. The popular TV series Sleepy Hollow, The Originals
, and Vampire Diaries
are also among the on-going filming projects here in town!
: There is no better advantage than riding your own horse in a competition! However, when horse archers travel abroad, it is the culture of the sport to share a mount with a fellow competitor. To continue promoting this culture, we are offering a $50 discount for each rider who brings a horse that is suitable to share with another rider
. Please note that the horse owner is ultimately responsible for care and feeding of their own horse. Competition entries are limited to 12 riders that need to borrow a horse
, and 12 riders that are bringing their own horse. There is a 2 rider limit per horse.
: Horses will be stabled in Barn #6, directly across from the Glen. All barns have large aisles and spacious stalls (11x12ft) equipped with rubber mats. Electrical outlets and water spigots are placed throughout each aisle. Competitors may bring their own shavings (2-bag min) or conveniently purchase them on site. Stabling is included in the weekend entry fee for Friday and Saturday night. One-day competitors may use a stall for the day. If you need to make arrangements for additional days, the GIHP’s cost is $20/day per stall.
EQUIPMENT & SAFETY:
Please bring at least two dozen (24) arrows. We recommend using combo field points or 3D target points. Broad head points are strictly prohibited. Horse archery quivers are required and must attach to the belt, hip, or back. Ankle or wrist quivers are not permitted. Competitors are expected to ride responsibly and at the skill level they are comfortable with. Appropriate footwear must be worn when mounted, such as boots with a heel. Riding helmets MUST be worn by all minor (under the age of 18) competitors. It is highly encouraged that ALL competitors wear a helmet while riding.
WARM-UP & PRACTICE:
An opportunity to spend 1 hour shooting on the competition courses will be available for anyone who would like to try out a horse or practice on their own horse. This is a chance to “test-drive” the horse you have been assigned to or are sharing. Please call ahead to schedule your practice time! Competitors will receive one warm-up run on each course prior to their competition runs.
: Every competitor will receive a Certificate of Participation for the event. Awards will be given to 1st
place winners for each individual course and for overall top scores in each division. Prizes donated by GIHAC Sponsors and vendors will be given out for special awards and raffled off to competitors! We will also host an exclusive raffle just for event volunteers to show our appreciation.
: We have a few fun outings planned if time permits, like a trip to Atlanta’s World of Coca-Cola, the Classic City Clydesdale Farm in Athens, and dinners at some of our favorite local restaurants! If you’d like to join us for any of these trips, please let us know ahead of time so we can plan accordingly. Payment can be made with your competition entry
, or on the day of the trip.
ACCOMODATIONS & LODGING:
For those that would like to stay on site, there are a limited number of RV hookups next to Barn #6 that are available for $30/night. The main RV parking lot includes restroom facilities and is located just a short distance across the park. Primitive tent camping is available for $10/night. If you’d prefer a hotel, we have reserved a block of rooms at Hawthorne Suites, which is on the park property. Reservations must be made by August 31st
to ensure the discounted rate of $99/night.
Our team of Atlanta area horse archers will be sponsoring the group dinner on Friday evening. There is a wide variety of restaurants available in the area for breakfast and/or lunch. Food concessions will be open for lunch, snacks, and drinks at the GIHP during the competition.
Alcohol is strictly prohibited on Georgia International Horse Park property. No competitor shall consume any alcohol until they have concluded their riding and shooting for the day. Any competitor found consuming alcohol or using drugs during the event will be disqualified from the competition without a refund.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY:
The Georgia International Horse Park, the National Horse Archery Association (NHAA), Georgia Horse Archers, Inc., Chattahoochee Horse Archers, Inc., event sponsors, volunteers, coordinators, horse owners, and property owners will not be held liable and assume no responsibility for theft, vandalism, accidents
, injuries, or death. A full release waiver must be signed before competing in this event.
(Please note that schedule is subject to minor changes, a final schedule and official rules & regulations will be sent out 30 days prior to event and posted during the event)