The Horse-Ball Invitational Tournament kicked off in Beijing on Sunday with a special game at the 2010 International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Jumping Challenge. Black Horse defeated Wild Wolf, both professional Beijing teams, 19-15.
Horse-ball is a cross between rugby and basketball, played on horseback. It is a young sport born in France 20 years ago. Two teams of four players attempt to score goals in their opponent's basket on the other side of the field.
"Horse-ball is educational and recreational, adding a dynamic to traditional equestrian discipline and combining dressage together with a collective sport," said Harry Tse, head of Beijing Horse-Ball Club.
In September, the International Horse-Ball Federation (FIHB) will participate in the FEI World Equestrian Games in the U.S.
"It is a great initiative to provide visibility to horse-ball…and a big opportunity to promote this sport in China, where we are convinced the potential is really important," Tse said.
A team must pass the ball at least three times to three different players before it can score a goal, emphasizing teamwork.