Extreme sports fans with a flair for equestrianism please take note: “horse-boarding” might just be for you.
Professional stunt rider Daniel Fowler-Prime set up a club and training ground in Wolverhampton at the end of last year.
Now this summer he’s hosting what he believes will be the first organised horse-boarding championships with classes at shows including the Three Counties and Wiltshire Game and Country Fair.
“This is a fast, adrenalin-fuelled equine team sport,” he said. “And it is growing — we have people from all over the country coming to try it.”
Board riders are pulled 100m by a horse and rider.
“Any horse can take part and most pick it up very quickly. It’s not always the fastest horse who wins,” said Daniel. “Often a stockier type is more consistent and we’ve had horses from five- to 21-year-olds taking part.”
This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (17 February, 2011)