Family Tradition Continues at Lancaster Archery Supply

A new generation of archers has grown up at Lancaster Archery Supply, where two teenage siblings are carrying on a family tradition of world-class archery.

Conner and Casey Kaufhold, who live next door to the Lancaster Archery Supply Pro Shop, have been raised in the literal shadow of their family’s business.

Casey and Conner Kaufhold

Siblings Casey and Conner Kaufhold

Fifteen-year-old Conner is now a regular face in the 10,000-square-foot, archery-only showroom, where he works as a Pro Shop TechXPert – greeting customers, setting up bows, and fletching arrows. The Pro Shop is a destination archery store that is also home to the Lancaster Archery Academy, a complex of indoor and outdoor shooting ranges managed by professional archery coaches.

On most days, Conner’s 13-year-old sister can be found on the same campus, training for her goal of competing in the Olympics. Casey, who will enter the 8th grade this fall, is one of three young, female archers who qualified to represent the United States at the World Archery Youth Championships in Argentina this October. She will be competing in the Recurve Cadet Women’s division for female archers age 17 and under.

Both Kaufhold kids share a contagious smile – a family trait that has been recognized in the archery community for generations.

Conner and Casey are the children of Rob and Carole Kaufhold, president and CEO of Lancaster Archery Supply. A former U.S. national champion, Rob Kaufhold was a two-time World Field Team member, a six-time U.S. Archery Team member, and an Olympic team prospect with a U.S. ranking as high as fourth in the 1980’s. He founded Lancaster Archery Supply in 1983, and has since built it into one of the world’s leading archery equipment suppliers. Rob’s father, Bob Kaufhold, was one of the top-ranked archers in the east during the 1950s and 1960s.

While Casey’s position on the U.S. world team is drawing a lot of attention to the current generation of Kaufholds, Conner is also one of the nation’s rising stars in recurve archery. Conner this summer won the Male Recurve Cadet division title at the U.S. Eastern Championships, where he set a new record in the 125-meter Clout round. And he won the Youth Male Recurve division at the Lancaster Archery Classic in January.

Conner Kaufhold

Conner Kaufhold at work in the Pro Shop.

At 13, Casey is the youngest member of the U.S. world team. She trained hard for her chance to compete at the U.S. team trials in Michigan July 7-9, taking every chance she could get to practice at home and in other tournament settings. In 2017 she was first in her age division at NFAA Indoor Nationals, The Vegas Shoot and USA Archery Indoor Nationals, where she broke the national record and posted the third-highest score among female archers of all ages. Also this year, Casey finished second in Women’s Recurve at the Lancaster Archery Classic behind only 2016 U.S. Olympian Mackenzie Brown.

In the video below, Casey talks about her archery goals, her practice routine and the pressure of competition.

For the Kaufhold family, it’s safe to say that the passion for archery remains strong across generations.