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!
From a very humble beginning in Mounted Games in 2000, I have learned much and over the years have enjoyed hosting Games competitions, riding, coaching and refereeing at home and abroad. I value the skills, attitudes, and world view that participation in Mounted Games afforded my now adult children. Fulfilling the role of President of EMGC, I work together with enthusiasts in Canada and abroad to further the sport of Mounted Games as a fun, competitive, family activity!
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My time on the Board as Treasurer has been since the inception of EMGC in 2013. It has been an exciting journey to see this “dream” organization become a recognized international organization. Becoming involved as a non-riding parent, this amazing group of people encouraged me to find my perfect mount and get out in the field and join the fun and excitement of games. This sport is truly for anyone; all ages, all levels of riding…I’m proof!
Stephanie Conner has been competing in Mounted Games for 10 years. Starting in Pony Club PPG's, she quickly discovered her love for the sport and has since competed in countless competitions throughout North America. She represented Canada on the IMGE team in 2014 in the UK, as well as the Nations Cup Team in 2017 in Kentucky, USA. She bought her current mount, Kahlua, in the summer of 2016 and has brought her along to be her partner-in-crime.