Tir à l’arc à cheval international
Les négociations pour le rapprochement de l’International Horseback Archery Alliance (IHAA) et de la Fédération Internationale de Tourisme Équestre (FITE) ont débuté dès 2017. C’est notamment sous l’égide de la FITE et en partenariat avec l’IHAA que se sont déroulés les Championnats d’Europe de tir à l’arc à cheval en 2017, au Parc équestre fédéral à Lamotte-Beuvron (France). Ces championnats avaient été l’occasion de réunir une dizaine de nations autour du tir à l’arc à cheval et de promouvoir les quatre épreuves de tir à l’arc à cheval : Hongroise, Coréenne, Battle Track et Polonaise.
From January 10th to 12th, 2020, IHAA members were reunited in Pomaz, in Hungary, under the presidency Alan Le Gall and with FITE Technical delegate, Thierry Maurouard, attending the meeting, to represent the federation's president, Frédéric Bouix.
Riders from many countries : Germany, Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Great-Britain, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Ukrania, USA, Sweden etc. , discussed during 3 days about technical contents of the differents tests and to consider evolution for horseback archery's futur on an international scale. At the end of the meeting, the IHAA affiliation to the FITE was unanimously voted.
The IHAA was established in 2013 and has as passionate members from almost all of the world's continents, that are deeply invested in the development of horseback archery and in the regulation's standardization. Its purpose is to promote this sport through international competition where everyone is welcome. The IHAA is also willing to encourage the use of one and only regulation together with providing a scoring system that would enable archers to quantify their results and to target improvement goals.
This understanding between the IHAA and the FITE, which is going to be formalized in the weeks to come, enter horseback archery as a discipline managed by the FITE, together with TREC, Riding TREC, Working equitation, for which it received the FEI's acknowledgment. This is a new step in the promotion of outdoor equestrian activities throughout the world.