Neil in action at the recent International Horseback Archery Championships in Sokcho, Korea
A leading expert in language and cross cultural issues, Neil Payne of Kwintessential, is translating his skills in a new international arena by representing the UK in the first ever European Championship of Horse Archers taking place next week in Germany.
The event brings together horse archery enthusiasts from all over Europe and as far a field as Korea, Japan and Mongolia to compete, share information, network and build a strong international brand for the sport, the history of which goes back to Mongolian steppes and early warfare.
Somerset based Kwintessential is a main sponsor of the European Open Championship of Horse Archers with Neil Payne, managing director, acting as advisor for intercultural affairs.
Neil, chairman of the British Horseback Archery Association is a keen horseback archer and recently returned from participating in the 2008 World Championships in South Korea. He is thrilled that Horse Archery is being recognised now on a competitive European stage.
Neil explains: “The European Open Championship is a real cross cultural event and I have been able to offer mine and Kwintessential’s specialisation in intercultural awareness training and translation to ensure clear communications in the organisation leading up to and during the Championship.
“Horseback archery is a highly exciting and thrilling participative and visual sport. I am delighted to be actively involved both on and off the field to help ensure this first Championship is a resounding success.”
Horseback Archery is widely regarded an art, rather than a skill or merely a sport. Whereas horseback archers in Asian countries, e.g. Koreans, Mongolians and Japanese, have guarded their initial tradition well over centuries, Horseback Archery in Europe is a melting-pot of various techniques and styles, mainly influenced by the heritage of the ancient Hungarian tribes, the Turks, the Scythians, the Sarmathians and the Huns. 70 competitors are expected in Hummelhof, near Bamberg in Germany on the 6th & 7th September, to compete in the 2008 European Open Championship of Horse Archers.
Kwintessential is the South West’s leading provider of cross cultural solutions for today’s businesses and organisations supplying bespoke intercultural training, translation and interpretation services. The company was set up in 2003 by Neil Payne to fill a gap in the market for tailored cross cultural solutions to help firms competently negotiate the “cross cultural” business to business minefield and provide cost effective training, translation and interpreting services. As a well respected expert in language and cross cultural issues, Neil is regarded as an authoritative voice on topical cultural and language issues affecting business.