A Look at Mounted Archery

I have linked to articles on mounted archery previously, but this piece was so interesting, it just had to go in the Flotsam ‘n’ Jetsam category here at Song. Even though this article is three years old, it is absolutely fascinating.

But you do not need to take my word for it. Click the link below to learn more about Emil Eriksson and the world of mounted archery, readers. This is a man who is going places!

Eriksson, 25, of Lycksele, Sweden, is a self-taught mounted archer and holds the 2015 World Champion title in mounted archery. Photo Credit: Emil Eriksson

MOUNTED ARCHERY IS A THING, AND WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH!

December 8, 2016 | Cassie Scott | Lifestyle

Horseback archery, also known as mounted archery, is gaining lots of attention thanks to a 25-year-old enthusiast whose video of himself went viral after he posted it on Facebook.

Emil Eriksson of Lycksele, Sweden, attached a GoPro camera to his helmet and then got some help from his girlfriend and her cousin to record a mounted-archery practice session with his horse, Barona.

Eriksson submitted the 49-second video to the popular Facebook page “People Are Awesome.” They posted his video Nov. 8, and it quickly went viral. As of Nov. 22, it had nearly 10 million views and over 105,000 shares.

He hoped the video would bring awareness to the sport, but was shocked it received such attention.

“It’s pretty awesome that the video went viral,” Eriksson said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be so popular, but it’s amazing to see the reaction of so many people. The number of followers on my Facebook page has almost doubled from 8,500 to over 15,000!”

Eriksson knows mounted archery doesn’t draw crowds and a huge following, but believes it’s a fast-growing sport. Especially now.

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