First came skateboarding, then mountain boarding & now comes horseboarding – the newest extreme sport becoming a craze in Britain.
The sport, where participants are towed behind a horse at around 55kph on an off-road skateboard, was invented by 31-year-old pro stuntman Daniel Fowler-Prime. The sport can to fruition five years ago after Fowler-Prime strung a rope between his off-road mountain board and a horse. Now he has developed the daredevil stunt into a fully fledged sport and he is looking forward to hosting the UK’s first ever horse boarding championships in a few months time.
In the competition adrenaline junkies stand on a modified skateboard, known as a mountain board while holding onto a rope and trying to maintain their balance as the horse is spurred into a gallop by its rider.
Stunt rider Daniel Fowler-Prime, who has worked on films such as Kingdom Of Heaven and The Da Vinci Code, invented it after messing about on a farm with friends.
‘There’s a raw surge of natural power that you wouldn’t get from any other sport. The acceleration is explosive and a lot of skill is involved. You have to be prepared to take a few knocks because falling off has been compared to getting out of a car at 30mph.’
He added: ‘Horses generally take to it very easily.’
Mr Fowler-Prime is a founder of the Extreme Horse Riding Association and opened the National Horse Boarding Training Centre at Seisdon, near Wolverhampton.
He has organised the first championships, involving races on a 100m-course, later this year.
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