Horseback Archery

Last Saturday (november 9th) six people of our association had an exciting activity, they went for a course in horseback archery! Getting up early and leaving the SSC at 9.10 am resulted in a wonderful day. We went to the lovely people of Paard en Boog (Horse and Bow) in Kaatsheuvel, Jose and Arno, who regularly give lessons to people new to the sport.

The activity started with a warming up exercise, because (quoting Arno) “Some people think horse riding isn’t a sport since there is no warming up, so now we do one and it is a sport.”. We then proceeded to get a basic archery lesson in shooting, loading and how to “fan” arrows, so you can shoot multiple in a row. After some shots were taken, a little competition was in order. A relay of which team would first hit the target a number of times, this brought some competitiveness up in everyone and was very fun. Then the horses were fetched and saddled, all horses were ridden without bits or a mere halter, which was a new experience for some as well.

Divided over two groups, the track was ridden several times with shooting arrows from horseback. First, to get the feeling, in walk, then in trot and finally in canter. Loading an arrow in either trot or canter proved to be very difficult, only one or two arrows (out of three) could be shot, and most missed the targets. When everyone had ridden and the horses were back in their paddocks, everyone had turned cold thus we said thankyou and goodbye to Jose and Arno and went back in the van to drive back, get warm and eat our sandwiches. Altogether a fun and educational experience for our members!

Concorde Pubquiz

On the 17th of October the first activity of this year took place. This activity was a great succes! Half of all the concorde members was present during the activity. During the pubquiz we had time to get to know eachother better and have a nice drink. And we also got to broaden our knowledge with the questions of the quiz.

General Members Meeting

On the 10th of October the first general members meeting of the year held place. During this meeting the new board consisting of Imke, Susanne and Aïcha was installed. During the meeting the new ideas were discussed in the policy. The most important things out of the policy were:

  • Create an active association, so that we will get to know each other better, while enjoying many (non-)horseback riding activities together!
  • Work at the online functionality of Concorde.
  • Create a plan to smoothen the transfer to a new board in 2020. We aim to better guarantee the continuity of Concorde. Besides, we want to investigate what the maximum number of members of Concorde could be, so that we can focus on the promotion next year.

After the general members meeting we had a nice drink with each other to celebrate the new board.

The new board hopes everyone had a nice time during the meeting and that everyone is excited for the upcoming year!