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Ali Ghoorchian  (Iran)


Minus 13 degrees and thick frost in the central Alborz mountains of Persia

Riders: Ali Lahiji ,Pejman and Pirooz

Horses: Boojhan, Sardar and Shabdiz


Canon SX240 HS

Ylwa Woxmark  (Sweden)


Nikko Toshogu Shrine is a world heritage originally built in the early 1600's and the final resting place of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. When Tokugawa died in 1616, 10,000 Samurais marched from Tokyo to the Shrine with his body and then they left it there together with their horses' armour . The same armour is still used twice a year. The picture is taken at Japan's first international competition in horseback archery that was held there in October 2015. The place is sacred and normally only allowed for the Samurais and I think a special light shows on the Malaysian rider Din Mahidn when rides his horse on the enshrined ground.

Rider: Din Mahidin, Malaysia

Horse: White


Canon EOS 5D, ISO 3200, 1/1250s, f7,1

Dan Sawyer  (UK)


Al Faris competition, Jordan, 2012

I love the piratical air of this photo.  Combining a deep knowledge of the history of horseback archery with flamboyant style, Cemal was great to watch and to photograph.

Rider: Cemal Hunal 


Canon EOS 1D mk3, Canon 300 2.8 lens, 1/4000s, f2.8, ISO: 125


Kaja Szewczyk  (Poland)


ELEAR Horseback Archery team training at sunset. Kanie near Warsaw, 2015

Rider: Dawid Piech 
Horse name: Edek (owner: Patataj Stable)



Wolfgang Neubert  (Luxembourg)


Die Steppenreiter e.V.

During a qualifying round for national German championships in Bescheid (Germany) in June 2015, PRE stallion Olivito Sol was so excited and happy that Angela hits the bulls-eye. Angela, too!


Rider: Angela Graefen (Germany)

Horse: Olivito Sol, PRE stallion


Canon EOS 70D, f/4.0, 1/640 s, ISO 100, 200 mm



Anders O Jönsson  (Sweden)


Polish track, EOCHA, Turkey



Bill Edgar  (USA)


Rogue Mounted Archers competition 2014, Eagle Point, Oregon

It was the final day of RMA 2014 and I was looking for something different in a shot - something that would illustrate the power of the horses along with the poise of the riders, and the start seemed like a good place to try. Mike was riding one the fastest horses - Tommy - and was routinely completing the course in the 7.5 - 8.0 second range. I love this shot because Mike hasn't even reached the start line and Tommy has all four off the ground. Crazy horse just loved to run! And Mike looks like he's in complete control.

Rider: Mike Sabo 
Horse name: Tommy


Canon 6D, Canon 70-200mm f2.8L, f 5.6, 1/1000s, ISO: 100

Göran Erlandsson (Sweden)


DHA Hunt Track, Rättvik, Sweden. Midsummer 2015

Rider: Emil Eriksson 
Horse name: Barona



Dan Sawyer  (UK)


Offside shots are common these days but at the Al Faris competition in 2012 it was still a relative novelty and many people struggled with it.  This reaction was not unusual!

Rider: Ahmad Kazemi


Canon EOS 1D mk3, Canon 300 2.8 lens, 1/4000s, f2.8, ISO: 100


Bill Edgar  (USA)


Broken Arrow Mounted Archers Club Practice, Flying Duchess Ranch, Arlington, Washington

We had a club practice in advance of the annual Washington Horse Expo where Broken Arrow was going to demonstrating our sport. It was a very wet day, but I had an umbrella that I held between a few fingers on my left hand while still gripping my camera well enough to keep it stable. The high shutter speed not only freezes the archer, but also freezes the raindrops nicely. This was not long before Katie had her second baby, so the rain soaked her jacket pretty thoroughly on top of her baby bump. Rain never stops anyone in the Pacific NW from practising or we'd be out of luck!

Rider: Katie Morwen Stearns
Horse name: Arete


Canon 6D, Canon 70-200mm, f 2.8, 1/1000, ISO: 2500


Helen Barnes  (UK)


This was taken at the BHAA National Championships in Cornwall last year and was my 8 year old daughter’s first ever horseback archery competition. She insisted on wearing her princess dress which contrasted nicely with her war face! She was really happy as despite having to ride her sister’s pony who is not always an easy mount, she won the under 11's competition that day.


Rider: Éowyn Barnes-Short

Horse: Skyfaxa


Nikon D3200, 140 mm, f7.1, 1/2000s, ISO: 400

Ylwa Woxmark  (Sweden)


Midsummer night's dream

Once a year, during one week, horseback archers all over the world gather in an old Viking village in the middle of Sweden to train and compete in the DHA Hunt track Cup. This picture is taken during this week and the evening competiton Midsummer night's dream. The competiton is held late in the evening to expose the beautiful Northern light and at exactly 22:30 pm the Icelandic horse Mauni flew over the Hungarian track with his rider. They were very hard to catch with the camera lens, they were fastest on the track that day and took a third place.

Rider: Anders O Jönsson
Horse: Mauni


Canon EOS 5D, ISO 3200, 1/250s, f8



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