Competitors stand in a line on a flat open site such as a playing field and shoot at the same target and from the same place throughout the competition. At intervals targets can be moved, usually forwards, to vary the distances shot. Typical distances are 90, 70, 50 and 30 metres outdoor, and 18 metres indoor. Bows are either recurve or compound and are usually fitted with sights and other devices to aid accuracy. Targets are nearly always coloured concentric circles.
For target archery practice in the Limerick area check the University of Limerick Archery Club
Shooting your arrows at targets situated at different angles along the course while riding a horse usually at full gallop. Since using a bow requires a horseman to let go of the reins with both hands, horse archers need superb equestrian skills if they are to shoot on the move.
The traditional Japanese bowmanship practise using a yumi (Japanese bow) which is usually around 8 feet tall