What is more aesthetic than the noble horse, one of the most magnificent animals in creation!? What could be more exhilarating than cantering your glorious steed, wind in your face, as you fly, lifting above the ground, instinctively one with your horse? THWACK! The musical sound as your arrow hits the target. Your life may never be the same.
From the Cradle of Civilization, from Africa and Mongolia, through Asia and across Europe and to the Americas, brave and enduring equines of every size and breed have carried their riders into savage battles or thundering herds of dangerous prey animals. It has become one of the oldest forms of Marital Arts on horseback.
Today’s mounted archer rides a variety of courses, straight, circular, serpentine and with obstacles, shooting at a variety of targets, stationary and moving. Traditional costumes and tack are part of the shared splendor of National and International competitions.
We are the Desert Warriors of the Southwest (DWSW) chapter of The Mounted Archery Association of the Americas, Inc. (MA3).
This website, is set up to inform you about the great sport of mounted archery in the area of Scottsdale, Arizona in the American Southwest. We hope to inspire everyone who owns a horse to come out and try this great sport. This is something that anyone from the age of 8 up to 90, man or woman, can participate in with any breed of horse.
We are a training course, showcasing the art of this ancient form of Martial Arts on horseback. Within, you will find articles and pictures that will encourage you to come out and give horseback archery a try. We train in many styles of horseback archery and specialize in Korean, Hungarian, Polish, and cross country courses, along with the Qabaq plus rolling and flying targets. We prefer and utilize the thumb release and train with either right or left-handed shooters.
We also have a barrel “horse” to practice with at different speeds to improve the speed of shooting. The barrel horse is a trailer that we pull with an ATV and it’s been modified with a barrel and a saddle so that riders can get comfortable shooting at horseback speeds. This helps save our horses since we can practice on it all day long and not wear our horses out, especially in the heat of the summer. We are always looking for ways to improve our skill and speed of shooting.
We have 4 top instructors at our chapter, more than any other chapter in the country. We hope to bring more information to you as we learn new skills every day about this wonderful growing sport.
Diana Troyk started this chapter about 7 years ago. After attaining land, with the help of BJ Smith, Greg and Joey Ogburn, the course is set up and is one of the premier horse archery courses in the country.
This could be the niche you have been looking for, so come out and have a look. We welcome all.
We will try to keep this website updated with news and pictures. Please look at the other links listed.
Diana Troyk, President