The third international horseback archery competition in Turkey will see competitors demonstrating their skills with two Turkish style competitions. These are named:1. Qabaq
The exact rules for each competition will be explained to all competitors before the competition plus all competitors will have the chance to practice these on Friday 14TH September, or before.
Below we have outlined some basic information about the two styles. Please note that the exact rules may change but the basic elements of the competition will be the same.
Qabaq is a very old and traditional horseback archery competition practised in the Middle East especially among the Turks and Persians. This year we will see again the re-birth of this special horseback archery competition.
There were different types of targets used for Qabaq but essentially all of them involved the rider to gallop past a high pole and hit the target at the top of the pole.
The illustrations below will give you an idea of Qabaq and the different positions the rider can shoot with.
This competition has tested for the first time in Turkey 2009. After performed at Biga 2011, 2012 and 2013 in success.
The competition has been termed ‘Mamluk’ as it tests the basic four shots a Mamluk horsearcher or ‘Faris’ would need to master.
These shots are:
1) “Jarmaki” shot
2) Front shot / Side shot
3) Backwards or “Partian” shot
This style of competition is suggested to be more of a test of archery skills.
The course is similar to what is known as the “Korean style” of competition with one track and targets placed along it. The differences between this and the Korean style of course are:
a) The distance of each target varies from the track line and between targets
b) The height and nature of targets varies
c) The time needed to complete the course is less (within a safe points limit)
d) There is a target on the “wrong” side of the track, i.e. the Jarmaki shot
At present until the course has been tested before the competition in Biga these rules below are only a possibility.
The rules of this style of competition are flexible.
Only the following factors have to remain the same:
This means the following factors can change according to each competition:
The rules are the following:
Example of a track
In this example below we have used the same numbering as in the picture on page 1.
The first shot is to the side, second shot is to the front, third shot to the “wrong” side and last shot is to the back.
Please note how each target is a different distance from the track.
* Special thanks to Neil Payne for developing competition styles & regulations.