Danny Kopa excels in equestrian mounted games

By Dean Nathan
  • Northland

It's not a well-known sport among Māori, but equestrian mounted games are played across the globe, and in December, New Zealand will host a five nations tournament in Kaikohe.

With up to 30 different events in mounted games, competitors need to be fast and accurate as any mistake can cost time and points.

It's been just two years since Danny Kopa took up the sport, but this year he came fifth for his age group at the Australian Individual Championships.

Mounted games originated from a quest by Prince Phillip to create a sport open to people from all walks of life.

Today the sport is played across the globe, and in December this year, NZ will host teams from England, Canada, South Africa and Australia in a five nations event in Kaikohe.

Selections for the New Zealand team will begin shortly.