Finnish style

 

Name: Finnish style / SISU track

(Sisu is a word that cannot be directly translated into English, it embodies the Finnish national character of grit and determination in the face of adversity)

 

Course diagram:

Track required: 1000m harness racing (trotting) track

  • A 400m length of track is measured out on the long side of the track and start/finish are marked

  • A 200m long demarcated channel is created either with cones or with fencing (running 100-300m from the start) with its inside barrier 8m from the inside track edge. The channel is approximately 3-5m wide.

Equipment required: 

  • 6 targets with the 71cm square 5-zone Finnish lion target face (or FITA80 or 71cm square five-zone faces)

  • 2 targets with a round 90cm diameter 3-zones faces (or Hungarian target faces)

  • Arrow holder

  • timing gates / stopwatch

 

Track set-up

  • 71cm square targets are set up at 30m intervals:
    [T1, ground shot]  30m from the start / 6m from the inside track edge
    [T2]  60m from the start / on the track edge, facing perpendicular across the track
    [T3]  90m from the start / on the track edge, facing perpendicular across the track
    [T6]  310m from the start / on the track edge, facing perpendicular across the track
    [T7]  340m from the start / on the track edge, facing perpendicular across the track
    [T8, ground shot]  370m from the start / 6m from the inside track edge

  • 90cm round targets are halfway down the channel, 200m from the start
    [T4]  facing towards the start (at 45 degrees) for forward shots
    [T5]  facing towards the finish (at 45 degrees) for back shots

  • The arrow holder (X) is located 180m along the 200m roped off channel, on the inside edge, at a height of 1.5m
     

 Rules: 

  • There is one warm up run and two competition runs.

  • Arrows can be carried in the quiver (or belt/boot) or in the hand (bow/string hand).

  • Competitor can start with an arrow nocked.

  • Multiple shots may be taken at all targets

  • T1 and T8 may be jarmaki or regular ground shots on your normal shooting side – they may not be taken as offside shots

  • A competitor must ride through the demarcated channel or they are score 0 on that run.
    If you miss the channel you are allowed to turn and ride back.

  • Towards the end of the channel there is an arrow pickup opportunity – you are allowed to shoot T6 with the arrow you picked up or one from your quiver

  • Left-handers simply shoot the run in reverse

  • The par time for the course is 69 seconds

 

Scoring: 

  • Speed points
    71cm square targets,  score 1-5pts
    90cm round targets,  score 3, 4 or 5 pts

  • Bonus points
    4 bonus points for picking up the arrow (regardless of whether it hits the next target or not)

  • Time points are gained only if 3 targets have been hit:
    ​Faster than 69s, speed bonus points are gained at 0.5pt/s,

  • A time penalty of 0.5pt/s is applied if you complete the run slower than 69s (this is deducted regardless of the number of hits made)
    There is no disqualification time.

 

 

Developed by: SRJL, Finnish Mounted Archery Association

Historic aspect: none 

 

Benefits: Longer track, utilises the harness racing tracks with all-weather surfaces available in some countries. Entering the channel from the wider track requires steering and picking up the arrow requires speed control and the ability to move the horse within the track

Safety notes: none

 

 

Added to database: Nov '16

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