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Riding a horse without holding while firing an arrow might sound like something from a movie but at the weekend 24 riders were doing just that at Albury Showground.
Under the watchful eye of Queensland-based world champion Katrina Kruse, a group of enthusiastic riders, lead by Michelle Herbert and Bronwyn Dugan, learned the basics of this growing sport.
“We had 24 people over the two days,” Michelle, a medieval enthusiast explained.
“It was very, very intensive.
“It is a medieval sport – people use to hunt like this on horseback, back before the Crusades.”
And there was plenty to learn, as Michelle said – it’s not like being an archer on the ground – there are plenty of things to watch out while trying to shoot an arrow.
It’s a sport which is growing in popularity around the world although Michelle said it seems slow to take off in NSW – though not if she and Bronwyn get there way.
After two days of intensive work with Katrina they are already hoping to run a second course – this time in June.
“We are just waiting to lock in a date,” she said.
The pair had to wait six months before Katrina was available for this first course such is her popularity and the growing interest in the sport in Australia and around the world.

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