Mounted Games is an equestrian sport where riders play relay races on ponies up to 15 hands tall, demonstrating athletic ability, excellent riding skills, determination, perseverance, and a competitive spirit. Ponies are responsive, agile, and have an unflappable personality. Riders and their ponies develop close bonds and work as a team, enjoying competition in a fun and social atmosphere.
Mounted Games were originally created by Prince Philip as a competition for children unable to afford expensive, well-bred ponies. In 1957, the first Mounted Games Championship for the Prince Philip Cup was a great success at the Horse of the Year Show in London, England.
The International Mounted Games Association was formed in 2003 reflecting the desire of its founder, Norman Patrick, to include riders of all ages and nationalities. From 1984 until his death in 2001, Norman Patrick championed the expansion of Mounted Games, currently enjoyed in twenty-two countries!