World Mounted Games Team Championship!
Equiflexsleeve had such a busy week! Not only were we exhibiting at the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic, but we were also a sponsor at the Kentucky Horse Park for the World Mounted Games Team Championship!! Ponies and riders settled in at the Kentucky Horse Park and teams practiced all week for their chance at a World Team Title. This was the 29th annual IMGA World Teams Championship, and this year the US Mounted Games Association is hosted the event at the Rolex Stadium of the Kentucky Horse Park. Talk about a big-time stage!
This was the first year that the United States hosted the event since 2003. The “home field” advantage went to Team USA and Team Canada, who were able to bring their own games ponies to Kentucky to compete. International teams have been practicing this week on borrowed local ponies who are experienced in mounted games, because importing horses for competition is an expense that would limit many competitior’s abilites to attend the Championships. The host countries ponies are rated so that teams cannot be “stacked”. Competitions began at 9am Thursday and continued throughout the weekend. These games were intense – they involve galloping dismounts, vaulting, speed weaving, jousting, and moving objects from place to place at high speeds.
Equiflexsleeve was also proud to provide the welcoming dinner & microbeer tasting at such a great event. We were excited to watch these talented international riders learn their local ponies and compete in so many games.
We kept up with the games (full games list ) and watched along on the live stream! It was the United States Team that came out as winners – CONGRATULATIONS TEAM USA!!!