A group of local horse riders will be gaining some interesting skills while also gaining self confidence by participating in horse archery training.
Offered by Empowerment 4 Riders, horse archery will task riders to hit targets with a bow and arrow while riding on horseback.
Horse archery had historically been used in armies including those of the Mongols and Samurai.
Local woman Kerri-Ann Atkinson said she saw the course advertised online and thought it would be great to try.
“It seemed like an awesome experience to be involved in,” she said.
Another local participant, Chelsea Christian, said trainer Bianca Stawiarski was offering the course in Ceduna so a small group reached out to have a course near Port Lincoln.
“It’s something different, a fun sport that combines horseback riding and archery,” she said.
Mrs Stawiarski, originally from Ceduna, has 30 years experience in horse riding and has even competed for Australia in horse archery competitions held in the United States.
She has offered the horse archery training in regions such as the Riverland and the Adelaide Hills and is now coming to the West Coast.
Mrs Stawiarski said it was exciting to see so many people interested in it because it could be a daunting activity.
“What’s really amazing is is that horse archery has the amazing ability to reconnect people, women especially but also men, with their inner fire,” she said.
“Because I used to live in Ceduna, my passion is to take it to where they (regional) people are and to share my experiences.”
The training will be on private property at Coomunga on July 7 before moving on to Ceduna on July 8 and 9.
Mrs Christian said she would be excited to see it return again in the future.
“Hopefully there’s enough interest to do this far more often,” she said.
More information can be found at empowerment4riders.com.