The British Horseball Association
FOR THE LOVE OF THE SPORT
The British Horseball Association (BHA) was formed in 1991. The BHA is a non-profit organisation run by a committee of volunteers making up the 'BHA Committee' (Please see below to find out more about the BHA committee).
The British Horseball Association is one of 19 independent member bodies which form the British Equestrian Federation (BEF). The BHA is also one of 17 members of the Fédération Internationale de Horseball (FIHB).
Along with running the British Horseball League in the UK, since 1992, the BHA has been producing national horseball teams, who represent their country as Team GB in competitions around the world. Alongside competing for Team GB, players in the UK have numerous opportunities to play abroad, from annual friendly competitions in France, to Champions League competitions at the end of every season for the winning team in each division.
The British Horseball Association is constantly developing and expanding the sport across the UK in every division from Pro Elite to Under 10s. The friendly, welcoming atmosphere surrounding the sport really does make it an amazing - as well as thrilling - sport to be a part of.
2018 Statistics show the BHA as having 150 playing members, across 23 teams and 11 clubs, along with a huge number of supporter members.
Horseball is currently being played at eight universities nationwide and year on year is continuing to grow.
The BHA is currently working to set up a Horseball Riding School Scheme & League with the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS)
The BHA works very closely with the ROR (The Retraining of Racehorses charity) and currently has 47 Retrained Racehorses competing in the league.
The BHA boasts a total of 16 qualified coaches across the UK (and Canada). A further 36 are in training.
What is Horseball?
Horseball is an equestrian team sport based on attacks and defenses with the objective of score goals. Each team has four players, plus two substitutes (6 in total), and they must make a minimum of three passes between three different players before scoring. The ball cannot stand more than 10 seconds on player’s hands, so they have to pass in between them the ball when they are constructing an attack! When the ball falls, the player must pick it up without dismounting the horse, this action it’s called “ramassage”, French term for pick up the ball. The players score by throwing the ball through a vertical hoop, which stands on each end of the field as a goal. The game is played on a soft sand surface, in a rectangular pitch that is approximately 65 meters by 25 meters (200x75 ft.). Each game have 20 minutes, with 10 minutes each part with a 3 minutes break period. At the end wins the team that scored more goals during the game.
CHAIRMAN - Jim Copeland
SECRETARY - Hayley Garner
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY & TREASURER - Penny Barton
EVENTS COMMITEE- Jenny Hughes & Mia Berry
PLAYER WELFARE & SAFEGUARDING - Julia Oldbury-Davies
EQUINE WELFARE - Mike Barton
REFEREE DEVELOPMENT - Abbie Gibson
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT - Sarah Whitby
COACHING CO-ORDINATOR - Donna Allen
WEBSITE - Mia Berry