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    02-27-2013, 12:00 PM
Yeah! I don't think it's online anywhere. The woman told me about it in an email. The website is and her email is
If you go take tons of pics for us! I wish I could go, just not in the cards right now.
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    02-27-2013, 12:24 PM
Thank you!!! I'm going to find out more ASAP. This is like a dream come true for me! My two favorite sports combined. And don't worry, I loovveee photography, so there will be PLENTY of photos! Thanks so much, Tess!
    02-27-2013, 02:16 PM
Originally Posted by HorseArcher    
Someone asked about where to get a bow. I bought my first bow from seven meadows archery. 35lb Mongolian . I've switched to a heavier bow.
I wonder if you have any pointers to info on correct sizing for bows?
    02-27-2013, 06:01 PM
Events | Mounted Archery
Looks like its my instructor Katie teaching that one.
    02-27-2013, 11:28 PM
I have some trad archery gear if anyone is interested a half dozen wood arrows, a recurve bow, and 50's Bear cub longbow. I have gone back to modern bow hunting. I don't know if any/all is of any use to y'all, but I thought Id throw it out there
    02-28-2013, 02:25 AM
Cool bow sizing

Usually theres loaner gear at the clinics. That's the way to go but...

A few things I look at with bows.
Price point,draw weight and Size. Style
Price point.
New sport, your riding without reins, your bow gets dropped, run into trees or tossed aside when your horse spooks. The ever popular stepped on. Sometimes cheep is good. Lol You can drop from $125 to $1500 bucks on a bow. I got mine from seven meadows archery but there's other places online.

Style/size there's a bunch of different styles, from mongol to native american flat bow to Scythian, Hungarian and even the 7 ft tall Japanese yumi . Depends on what you are going for,and group your shooting with. Same is true for arrows. Carbon fiber is my preferred arrow ,however I sometimes shoot with the S.C.A. ( society of creative anachronisms) they insist on wood arrows , but fiberglass re curve bows are ok. Almost everyone insists on non compound bows. I like the shorter eastern bows ( mongol or Scythian) so about 48 inches tall max. But that's me.

Draw weight / bow poundage
Id recommend 30 to 35 lbs at whatever your draw length is. That's different than bow weight Bows are usually figured at 28 inches if you draw 30 inches on a 35 lb bow the draw weight is actually heavier. ( see your local archery shop to figure this out but draw length is how far back you pull the arrow at max draw) Its usually not a big deal on lighter bows. Most folks have bows rated at 25 to 35 lbs the amount of arc needed on longer shots changes depending on the power of the bow. 30 to 35 lbs you can shoot all day long and has enough power to hit your target.

The best piece of advice I can give is do what works for you.! The top archers in the sport all have different styles and most will tell you their way is the best, From the way you hold, aim and draw the bow to style of bow you use to breathing. They will insist ,sometimes forcefully ,that their method is the best. IMHO if that were true than the other cultures wouldn't have developed different methods.
The only thing Katie insists on is you and your horse have fun. I really like that about her. If you come to one of her Washington clinics I might see you there. Or perhaps in turkey for the world championships
Hope this was some help.
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    02-28-2013, 11:55 AM
Thanks for the tips Duncan!
So, I have a bow, I have composite feather fletched arrows, and I have a horse that has the right temperament and gait for archery. I need a place to do it! Up at the boarding facility there's nowhere to shoot that doesn't jeopardize a life!
Any ideas anyone?
    02-28-2013, 04:57 PM
Tessa, can you trailer out to any open field areas, or any large amount of open pasture? If you can't trailer, can you ride your horse anywhere that is a large field?

Duncan-I'm not sure how best to get ahold of Katie. I've sent her an email a few days ago asking for details on her March clinic (I'm SO excited to go and afraid it'll fill up but I need more details, like the exact location. I have yet to get a reply. Other than an email, is there another way to contact her?
    02-28-2013, 05:51 PM
Here's the info she has posted

Be sure to mention where you found her

Katie Stearns
27905 99th ave NE
Arlington, WA 98223
CP: (541) 280-6870
HP: (360) 435-1025
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    02-28-2013, 08:49 PM
Originally Posted by Horsequeen08    
Tessa, can you trailer out to any open field areas, or any large amount of open pasture? If you can't trailer, can you ride your horse anywhere that is a large field?
As soon as my truck is back up (grrrr transmission) I can trailer out places. Everything is like, fenced in, private property. Lots of dairy farms with big fields, but I don't think they'd share in my enthusiasm for archery. Haha. Is it ok to go out and shoot on public property? Like the river bar or something? We have a lot of state parks in the redwoods, but do you have to have like a permit or something? It's probably against some rule. And as cool as it would be to shoot from horseback in the redwoods, with my luck someone would walk out from behind a tree and take an arrow to the knee. (Skyrim, anyone?) for those of you that do mounted archery, where do you go?
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