Equestrian Archery Target

My daughter, Brooke, is an accomplished equestrian. She started riding when she was 5 years old mastering Hunter/Jumpers and then moving on to other equestrian sports like barrel racing and trick riding.  In recent years she has been teaching herself mounted archery. She wanted a sturdier target than the standard foam target and found a guide to making equestrian equipment. My husband made the target for her and I decorated it with symbols that had meaning for her.

CWest_Archery Target_Back


Oracal 751 Outdoor Vinyl

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade

Clear Transfer Tape


Design Work

  • Brooke wanted a tribal native feel to the graphics and found designs on various tattoo art websites. Using the Pixel Trace feature in Make the Cut!, I converted the PNG files to SVG files for cutting.
  • Before cutting the designs I wanted to make sure of the relative size of each unit and how they would look on the target. I drew a life size drawing of the target back in Corel Draw and moved the designs around for placement and adjusted to size.
  • And just to make sure the designs would look good at my proposed size, I took a photo of the target back and placed the designs on top of the photo in Corel Draw for a realistic mock-up.

Fox_Falcon    Mockup

  • Now that I had the sizing I needed, I input those dimensions for each design into Make the Cut!  and cut the vinyl.

Fox_MTC      Falcon and Arrows

Maxx Air Settings

Blade = Red Blade, Blade height = 25

Force = 45

Velocity = 300

# Passes = Disabled

Blade Offset = .35

  • Referring to a print out of the design, I applied the vinyl to the target back.

I love that I can personalize a one of a kind archery target with my Maxx Air that she will enjoy for many years to come.

CWest_ Archery Target_Brooke


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About Candace West

Candace West is a multiple national award winning quilt artist and educator, whose art has been displayed at all major quilt show venues such as the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX, and the American Quilting Society show in Paducah, KY and many others nationwide. Her award winning quilts and garments have appeared in several major magazines. A love of teaching and sharing the techniques that can make anyone’s quilts show worthy, is her mission.

2 thoughts on “Equestrian Archery Target

  1. Great job Mom and Dad! You have a very talented daughter. I love seeing all the creative ways these cutters can be used.

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