Mounted Games is an extreme sport where riders and horses work together to perform a series of different races at a gallop. Riders are required to be bold enough to vault on and off at high speeds and lean off the pony whilst moving, as well as having the precision needed to place a tennis ball on top of a cone or a mug on a pole at speed.
The sport is also highly demanding of ponies, requiring them to gallop and perform 180 degree turns on a regular basis while also needing the mounts to listen and be ready to stop at a moment’s notice. Mounted Games is done on horses under 15 hands high.
There are 24 member countries of the International Mounted Games Association and the New Zealand Mounted Games Association include 11 branches situated in both the North and South Islands. New Zealand is home to a number of riders who have been successful on the world stage and New Zealand has twice won the World Team Championships.