Mounted Games were originally the idea of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, as a way to encourage enthusiasm, participation, and training in younger riders without the need of expensive ponies.  A natural draw to all levels of riding abilities, Games provide a fun sport that teaches the basic natural aids, physical coordination, self-confidence, and teamwork skills.  It also fosters sportsmanship and the proper care of mounts in new and younger members.

Competitions

Mounted Games competitions are comprised of several relay-style races requiring riders to pick up objects from the ground while remaining in the saddle, weave through a series of poles at high speeds, hand items off to teammates without slowing their ponies, and dunking objects into buckets (sometimes at a gallop!).  Teams are made up of two to five riders of the same skill level.

Ponies are the preferred mount of choice for games as their shorter stature make several of the races much easier to play.  Horses can be used but are much harder for riders to reach the ground from while remaining in the saddle and can be more difficult to mount/dismount at faster paces than a walk or standstill.
Riders of any skill level and ability can compete in Mounted Games, with beginners usually competing at the Walk-Trot level before moving on into the Junior, Senior, and Advanced ranks.  The levels are divided based on the ages of the riders, with the exception of Walk-Trot in which any member of any age can compete.

Mounted Games in Pony Club

As one of Pony Club’s most popular disciplines, Mounted Games provides members of all ages and ability with a fun, fast-paced activity that teaches riding skills in an exciting and teamwork-driven environment.  Members compete on teams of four or five riders and have several opportunities to compete both nationally and internationally.  Pony Club puts on games exhibitions with the Price Philip Cup at the Kentucky Three-Day Event and the President’s Cup.  An International Exchange is also offered to some of the best Mounted Games riders in Pony Club, allowing them to travel and experience Games in countries such as England, Australia and Canada.

Opportunities

Opportunities abound for those wishing to pursue Mounted Games during their Pony Club career!  The core values members learn in Pony Club also prepare them for other positions in the equine industry.

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Awards

Pony Club offers many annual awards to its members who demonstrate excellence in the sport of Mounted Games, both at Pony Club competitions and at open Mounted Games competitions.

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