What is Mounted Games?
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!
Meet our Board of Directors
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!
Jesse has been involved in Mounted Games since 2003. He has represented Canada at the World Team Championships 4 times and once at the World Individual Championships. He has been a part of EMGC since the very beginning. Mounted Games are Jesse’s passion whether it be riding or serving on the board of directors. He loves to promote the sport wherever he goes.
I started my passion for riding horses when I was 6 years old. I participated on the paint circuit most of my childhood; showing in all disciplines. I was lucky enough to be taken under the wing of Walter Zettle and had many private clinics with him. I currently practice natural horsemanship. I was the president of Durham Saddle Club for six years. Mounted Games embraced our lives a few years back and I have been the active secretary for 5 years now.
Savannah began riding at age 9, and joined Pony Club where she was introduced to Mounted Games. Since then, she has been competing at home and abroad on a variety of horses and ponies. Savannah is looking forward to applying her accounting studies while fulfilling the role of Treasurer.
I started Mounted Games in my late teens and never looked back! Since then, I’ve enjoyed competing in North America and helping new riders and horses get started in the sport. My responsibilities as Show Secretary ensures that EMGC competitions are organized and fun!