New - Dzhigitovka courses We are the only centre in the UK offering this amazing skill-set as we are honoured to be affiliated to the International Equestrian Dzhigitovka Federation - I.E.D.F in Russia. We sit on the committee to represent the U.K and also train and compete at The World Dzhigitovka Championships each year. We hold teaching qualifications in this skill by the I.E.D.F - Moscow. The British Dzhigitovka team train here at the centre and now we are able to offer these unique skills to students. Dzhigitovka consists of both Cossack weapons skills and also Cossack Trick Riding skills following the international rules. We have also set up The British Equestrian Dzhigitovka and Trick Riding Association - BEDTRA.
Russian Cossack weapons Skills on Horseback
The weapons sections consists of 5 different weapons all used from a galloping horse - Cossack lance, pistol, throwing knives, Russian Shashka sword and Horse Archery.
We are timed in competition and accuracy and correct technique is everything!
We offer 1, 2 or 3 day courses in Dzhigitovka covering all weapons and optional Trick Riding sections.
Learning from the ground first to throw a knife, cut water bottles in half, use the lance with its spins and various grips to hit targets and collect rings, shoot the gun at balloons and shoot a horsebow we then move onto the horses with step by step safe progression throughout course.
The Cossack Trick Riding section is an optional half day course usually offered on the 2 or 3 day courses only.
We run courses for groups of max 10 and min 5 so places are limited on a first come, first served basis.
You must be a confident and capable rider to attend this course as you will be required to stand up in your stirrups when using the weapons, ride one handed and have good awareness of the horses.
One day course - looking at max 2 weapons - £220 - Lance and throwing knives or Shaska sword and pistol shooting
Two day courses - £400.00 - working with all 4 weapons skills - Lance, Sword, Pistol and knife throwing.
1 Day Gun shooting from Horseback course - £210 to inc horses and all weapon hire inc Western rifles, Pistols, SSA Colt revolvers - August 20th 2023
To book in please make payment is advance by credit or debit card over the phone or by BACS, details of which are on our Q and A page.
Adele Andersen reviewed The Centre of Horseback Combat – 5 star
I’ve been following the Centre + Stampede Stunt Company on Facebook for a few years and am over the moon that I have finally made it there! Had an immense weekend doing the Dzhigitovka Course, what a remarkable discipline to experience. Karl, Zana, Freddie and Mary were all warm, encouraging, patient and supportive and we were really lucky to have Sergei, Anton and Bruno from the Russian and German teams giving us a hand as well. I just want to spend every weekend there, this has been THE MOST fun. Zana took loads of photos as well so that we will all have evidence to take away, which is hugely appreciated. Thanks guys, hope to see you again soon!
Evelyn Little reviewed The Centre of Horseback Combat – 5 star
28 May 2018
Just come back from a fantastic #Dzhigitovka course! We all had an amazing time, were brilliantly taught by the entire team (and special guests - cheers guys), and we were perfectly looked after by the wonderful horses. This is my second visit to the centre (previously archery) and I have loved every minute. Terri and I will be back. Thanks Karl and Zana xx
Trick Riding skills
We teach true Russian Cossack Trick Riding techniques following the committee rules.
Tricks are divided into categories from level 1-4 on degree of difficulty.
We gain more points for the higher level trick, we are judged with scores out of 10 for our straight legs, pointed toes and height of trick, we are marked down for the trick being performed incorrectly.