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Mounted Games

Pony Club Mounted games are very fast games are played by children under the age of 15 on 1st Januay on ponies up to a height of 15 hands.

They require a high degree of athletic ability, good riding skills, hand-to-eye coordination, determination, perseverance, and a competitive spirit, which nevertheless requires an ability to work together with other riders and a willingness to help one another.


Mounted Games were the inspiration of His Royal Highness Prince Philip. He envisaged a series of games on horseback for teams of four riders. His vision was to arrange races that would be exciting for the spectator and rider alike and encourage outstanding horsemanship, skills and balance without the need for 'specialist ponies or horses'When Col. Sir Mike Ansell was Director of the Horse of the Year Show, Prince Philip asked if he could devise a competition for children who could not afford an expensive, well-bred pony, and in 1957 the Horse of the Year Show, then at Harringay Arena in North London, England, staged the first Mounted Games Championship for the Prince Philip Cup - it was an immediate box office success.

By 1965 the Prince Philip Mounted Games had spread from Great Britain to America, Canada and Australia.