Comanche Attack Course

Name: ‚ÄčComanche Attack Course


Course diagram:



Track required: The course itself has no barriers, it is set in an open field. 

Equipment required: 3 targets (the exact target depends on what people wish to use - suggestions are plain hay bales standing on their edge, hay bales with a shirt and hat on top, human target-faces on hay bales; these may be set up on a wagon/trailer if you wish); cones or other method of demarcating the no-entry zone, timing gates / stopwatch

Set up: The 3 targets should be set up inside the 12m square, in any location or arrangement that the organiser wishes



  • Arrows may be drawn from a quiver or held in the bow hand. If arrows are held in hand then they must be held tips up Native American style.

  • There is no limit to the number of arrows you may shoot

  • A rider may start to shoot from 5m before the startline as long as their horse is in motion.

  • They must canter or gallop around the "wagon" where the targets are located, travelling in either a clockwise or anticlockwise direction, taking care not to enter the 12m square "kill zone" which has been demarcated with cones

  • As many arrows as possible may be shot into the targets on the wagon (there is not a limit on the number of arrows per target) but you may NOT shoot towards the start line



  • Crossing into the demarcated no-entry zone = elimination for that run, scoring zero.

  • No arrows are to be shot toward the starting line.
    A 1st violation will disqualify the rider from that run. A 2nd violation will disqualify the rider from continuing the course.



  • 5pts for each target hit

  • Time bonus points will be awarded (though time bonus cannot exceed the arrow score for any given run)

  • The par time for the course is 20 seconds (or 22 seconds for youth & seniors). Faster than this you gain 1pt/s (subject to the previous rule), slower than the par time you lose 1pt/s

  • If the time taken for the course exceeds 30 seconds (or 32 seconds for youth & seniors) then a rider is eliminated from that run only, scoring zero for that run.



Developed by: Trey Schlichting (USA)

Historic aspect: This course was designed to be reminiscent of the past and represents 3 teamsters crossing into Indian Territory.


Benefits: Having no demarcated track or barriers, this course is a greater test of horse control and riding ability.

Safety notes: Risk of riding over missed arrows lying in the grass. Risk of riders not adhering to the rules and in the heat of the moment shooting towards the startline (where judges and other competitors are located)





Added to database: March '14


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