EAST AMWELL TWP., N.J. — Archers on horseback were once instrumental in the survival of many cultures. They provided food for their families and defended their nations in war time.
Today, horsemen are discovering that mounted archery is a fun sport. There are clubs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.
Diana Olds and Marissa Scalzo from the Chelee Mounted Warriors based in Bucks County, Pa. stopped at the Hunterdon County 4-H & Agricultural Fair on Aug. 22 to demonstrate their skills. After a rain delay (getting wet affects how the arrows fly) Diana Olds and Marissa Scalzo galloped across the ring while shooting at three targets, with just seconds to reload between shots.
Since archers need both hands to load and shoot an arrow, they guide their horses using their seat, legs and voice only.
When the arrow supplies were depleted Julia, Sophia and Lucy gathered up the arrows so the riders could shoot again.
The demonstration was hosted by the Hunterdon County 4-H Horse Clubs. Several members are now eager to give mounted archery a try.
To learn more about the Chelee Mounted Warriors see https://www.facebook.com/cheleemountedarchery/
To find other clubs see https://www.horsearchery.us/about/clubs/
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