The Field event is one of the USA Archery's National Championships. In 2013 and 2014, it was sponsored by the TSAA and held on an exotic animal ranch near Eagle Lake, TX and designed by Rick Stonebrake who was the Director of the tournaments.
Every combination of possible distance and target size is available on the practice field for archers to set their sights and their eyes.
A tree stump arrow totem. Grateful archers each leave an arrow (with their names and messages) in the block as a momento for the ranch owner, as thanks for his generosity in hosting the TSAA events for years. Nolan Blaschke, thank you!
For field events, archers are assigned a particular target number, given score cards, and conveyed to the appropriate location. The cannon blast signals all, judges and archers (and photographer) alike, to begin. After the target is shot, arrows scored and pulled, each group of 3 to 4 archers will then move to the next higher target number. (provided those archers are done and moving clear.) Each target has stakes marked for shooting from, much like golf tee boxes. This is Rick Stonebraker's scorecard keeper/sorter.
While the archers assigned to the closest targets will "hoof it", others haybale it on trailers pulled by tractors out to the distant target assignments. All archers will ultimately get a chance at each and every target!
Marked distance, two archers about to take their place atop the hill to shoot from. The cannon has not yet fired, so the photographer is safe.
What the archers see.
After 4 archers have shot. Each archer has an assigned target - based on target number (odd/even) and order of shooting (A,B,C,D). Shooting the wrong face results in arrows scored as misses, even if it is a perfect 6.
They can see the cannon about to be fired...
Lindsey Smith of Ponder, TX readies her first arrow of the elimination rounds.