NEWS 2019    Summer Open Day!  featuring The International Dzhigitovka Show  Plus More Demos and Shows   Special Saturday Performance with show bar    Saturday June 22nd 2019  The Centre of Horseback Combat Gaddesden Place Stables HP2 6EY     **** Centre of Horseback Combat Summer Open Day with The International Dzhigitovka Show ****  Saturday 22nd June 2019 7p.m. Doors open 6 p.m.  Tickets now on sale for our Mid-Summer Open Day!    Saturday 22nd June 2019  Demos, presentations, all about Horseback Archery and Dzhigitovka, lance, pistol, knife throwing, flunkyroffka, sword, horseback gymnastics, competition setup, meet the Russian World Champions of 2017 and 2018, Classical Dressage and it's battle origins with Peter Maddison-Greenwell, Parelli Natural Horsemanship performance with Sean Coleman and Mia Rodley, and spectacular skills from The International Dzhigitovka Show!  An evening not to be missed! - Book now as places are limited.       The Centre of Horseback Combat is based on the historic 2000 acre estate in the heart of the most beautiful country in Hertfordshire. It is the UKs only school dedicated to horseback combat - horseback archery, lance, throwing knife, pistol, sword and horseback gymnastics.  The Centre is home to the National Horseback Archery Society affiliated to the World Horseback Archery Federation in Korea and authorised by the Federation to teach traditional Horseback Archery techniques.  We are also home to the British Equestrian Dzhigitovka and Trick Riding Association, training in a multi-weapon discipline whereby sword, lance, throwing knife and pistol are all used together in a traditional Russian sport called "Dzhigitovka" (Dzhigit = "mounted soldier" and Tovka = "art")       Our sportsmen and women regularly travel around the world to compete in International Competition as Team GB in both sports, this year travelling to Jordan, Korea, Russia, Mongolia as well as holding National and International Competition here at the Centre.  You are invited to join us for our summer Open Day, where you can discover more about these sports, speak to the team members and students, learn about the techniques taught here in all disciplines and meet the World Champions from 2017 and 2018 who will be here from Moscow and see the outstanding 1768 historic stables built by James Wyatt       What's On At The Open Day: Demos, Presentations and Shows   There will be demos and education in the sport of Dzhigitovka & Horseback Archery, horsemanship from the experts, fun and thrills from a variety of superb presentations and displays - including :-  The fabulous Parelli Natural Horsemanship Performance with Sean Coleman and Mia Rodley from the Heart of Horsemanship,  and ...  The Origins of Classical Dressage with Peter Maddison Greenwell - guiding us through the pages of history from the battlefield to the modern Dressage Competition arena,  and ...       The full scale all action spectacular which is The International Dzhigitovka Show!  - an international collaboration of the best in Dzhigitovka created by the international competitors from the World Dzhigitovka Championships (Moscow) and Team GB - those who were serious competitors now working in friendship to bring the best of Dzhigitovka to the world.    Discover more about the International Dzhigitovka Show at     Get Your Tickets Now ! - Places are limited.  General admission £27 - Bring your own seats recommended  VIP ticket (Glass of bubbly and light snacks on arrival and in the intermission, reserved prime position seating in VIP area, audience with all the performers after the show in the VIP area) - £45        "This is the main reason I got tickets, saw 4 out of 6 performances and you didn't disappoint. The excitement and thrills were wonderful, worth every penny. Thank you all so much for the memories. Will never forget seeing such an amazing performance and hope to see you again in the future" x  "I have a few words to describe your show - amazing, brilliant, exciting, fantastic. Saw you all on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday you were brilliant, hope you'll be back again next year. p.s my hands still hurt from clapping so much"  "Absolutely amazing horsemanship and trick riding! The best I've seen and beautiful horses too! An amazing and exciting show."  “You Guys Rock”  "This year's show seemed bigger and better than ever! The Cossack riders Dzhigitovka were amazing the best stunt riders I've seen. " 


natural born winners bbc2 episode 4 horseback archery 

Who saw us on BBC2, April 24th, on Natural Born Winners teaching the guys Horse Archery here at the centre before they headed to Japan to try Yabusame? 
Well done to them all and especially James Toseland and Iwan Thomas for getting on the horses and shooting! 

Moscow trip 2016 /2017/2018 

Keep updated on our British Equestrian Dzgihitovka and Trick Riding Associations Facebook page. 
We will be back competing in Moscow with Team GB in the Winter Champs in Feb and also in July 2019 
History in the making.......Karl and I were honoured to have been invited to Moscow, Russia on Feb 10-15th 2016 to be the only UK delegates in a conference to set up the first ever International Equestrian Federation for Dzhigitovka. 
This is Cossack trick riding and weapons skills from horseback performed in competitions in Russia for the last 10 years. 
International competitors for the first time will now be to welcome to compete in this amazing traditional Cossack discipline. 
We were invited to bring over a UK team to compete near Moscow in July 2016, 2017 and 2018. 
Our riders needed to execute perfect trick riding tricks and be timed on a track and scored but also compete with a Shashka sabre showing cutting skills, shooting off horseback with a bow and revolver, throw knives from horseback and lance skills. 
We were delighted year one to bring home a silver medal in Horse Archery and a third place overall. 
In 2018 Zana won a bronze medal in the womens section and highest placed female in all the weapons sections overall. 
Zana is now Head of International Relations for the International Dzhigitovka Federation, Moscow. 
We shall be back competing in 2019! 

 Wocket Woy Lends a Hand   

  Before our trip to compete in Russia, we asked the internet's horse riding expert to pop along and give us some last minute instruction......... it. 

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sega games 

We have just worked on a fun trailer for Sega and Creative Assembly for their new Total War game, Attila, providing horses, riders and location and lots of Horse Archery action! Take a look! 

horse and hound 

Check out 'Horse and Hound' magazine when they came to learn Trick riding! 

nfu countryside 

We are proud to be featured in the NFU Countryside magazine - Check it out now! 

tatler magazine 

We were also proud to provide our super horses and location for Tatler magazine. 
Jupiter, Luminoso and Castizo our Andalucians were all featured in a 12 page fashion shoot. 
Oscar our Irish sports horse was also featured in the magazine. 

horse archery competition news 


other horse news 

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for the latest ! 


The centre provides trained stunt horses for film and T.V. from flashy Andalusians to stunning black Friesians. Our horses can rear, jump through fire, lay down, bow, used to smoke, battle scenes with weapons and are used to working with cameras and equipment. 
We are insured for filming work. See website below for more info. 

flexi ride arena 

We are proud to have been supported by Equestrian Direct Ltd and now have a new Flexi-Ride arena surface in the arena. 
Flexiride™Product Overview 
Flexiride™ is the recognised all-in-one surface. We believe it to be the most economical and versatile surface available on the market to date. 

bricks trailer release 

Bricks' The novel by Leon Jenner is out now. 
It was filmed in East Sussex starring Karl Greenwood and Freya Trueman. 



doctor who tour 

Karl Greenwood finished working with the BBC on Doctor Who Live 'The Monsters Are Coming!' tour playing a Cyberman, Ood, Scarecrow, Judoon and a Winder and the show was a great success! 
Now he's back training horses here at the Centre. 

we're on TV! 

Also seen on BBC 1 Breakfast programme with Mike Bushell coming and having a go at Horseback Archery and now featured in his book, Bushell's best bits. 
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