Video and photo gallery: Check out Norfolk’s new sporting craze - Horseboarding

Ready for the Game and Country Fair, the horse boarding teams practice in the arena. Boarder Daniel Fowler-Prime, and rider Rachael Simington on Candy. Picture: Denise Bradley Ready for the Game and Country Fair, the horse boarding teams practice in the arena. Boarder Daniel Fowler-Prime, and rider Rachael Simington on Candy. Picture: Denise Bradley

Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:14 AM

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About the East Anglian Game and Country Fair

The East Anglian Game and Country Fair is an annual two day, family event held at the Norfolk Showground, Norwich.

The gates open today at 8am until 6pm. From 6.30pm there will be live music and a barbecue night in the bar on central avenue. Everyone is welcome.

That show will be open from 8am to 6pm on Sunday.

And a visit to the show would not be complete without seeing the Archant team at the B97 stand where you can buy your copy of the paper and receive a goody bag with water, Kettle crisps and chocolate for £1.

Car parking is free and tickets can be bought on the gate on the day.

But the new craze of horseboarding is firmly grasping the reins of the sporting world and extreme sports enthusiasts alike.

What began in 2004 as an idea inspired by action stunts with horses has grown into a fully-fledged equestrian sport. It sees a rider on a horse towing a board rider on a mountain board – similar to a skateboard but more robust. The board rider is then towed by holding a handle attached to the horse’s saddle.

Stuntman Dan Fowler-Prime, 34, is the man behind the idea and explained what is making it so popular: “It’s very much a team sport which is quite extreme and one which the rider and boarder are very much on a knife’s edge.”

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He described horseboarding as a multi-discipline sport, testing the skills of both the horse rider and the board rider as the former must be in total control of their horse in order to maintain correct speed, position and acceleration to keep the board rider stable.

They, in turn, must be able to constantly read and interpret the speed and position of the horse in order to stay on the board.

The horse rider, horse, and the board rider compete as one team, in either one, or both, of the two competitive disciplines – drag racing and arena. And prizes are awarded to the horseboarding teams gaining the overall fastest time, and highest speed in each event.

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Team co-ordinator for East Anglia, Christie Webb, added: “There are 17 teams in the UK, 12 of which are in Norfolk. The word is getting out there and there is lots of interest in the sport now.”

• To get involved with the sport, visit the East Anglian Game and Country Fair this weekend to see the teams in action or go online to
www.horseboardinguk.org.

• Do you take part in a unique sport? Contact reporter Donna-Louise Bishop on 01603 693892 or email donna-louise.bishop@archant.co.uk.

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