How we got here, tracking MA3
The resurrection of modern mounted archery as a standardized discipline or sport occurred largely in Hungary about thirty years ago. A group from the United States brought the Hungarian founder, Kassai Lajos, to the States for a major demonstration in 1998, and then he came back in three subsequent years to train participants.
By 2005, interest had grown to the point of incorporating a formal non-profit organization. Informal training centers now exist in Florida, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Texas, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington, plus Canada and Brazil.
Both, small informal and larger formal clinics, demonstrations, and competitions provide opportunities for participants to gain skills and recognition, and for spectators to be educated about this great legacy while being entertained. Our Redmond Oregon event in 2010 drew an audience of about 1,000; a nice CD of that event is available. A national competition in Texas in 2012 drew aver 33 competitors.
This website reaches out to the nation and world, further explaining and promoting the sport—www.mountedarchery.org. A 289 page book published by the Long Riders Guild was published in 2007 (Mounted Archery in the Americas); it sketches the long history of mounted archery as well as describing the modern discipline. Many informative periodical articles have been published about the discipline; several have been included on this website.
While the Mounted Archery Association of the Americas is most clearly focused on North. America, with most of the activity in the States, it’s efforts at good will and international relations is vital. There are currently a number of MA3 archers and spectators going to events in many countries of the world; and in turn many from other countries coming to American events..