Spring Queen’s Champion and Starkhafn Championship results

April 30th, 2012 Comments off

Horses and riders from around Caid participated in two equestrian skill-at-arms championships on April 28, 2012. The Spring Queen’s Championship and the Starkhafn Baronial Equestrian Championship were held at Starkhafn’s 30th Anniversary celebration in Pahrump NV.

In the Spring Queen’s competition, Calafia rider Lord Gabriel Macmahon took the prize on his horse Cadet. He will retain his current title of Queen’s Champion until Great Western War in October. Second place went to Lady Heidr of Ironoak on Hot Apple Pie (“HAP” for short), owned by Lord Willem de Bathe.

Master Conall mac Seaghain took top honors in the Baronial competition, riding his Thoroughbred, Foxier.  Lady Rhua Cat Ifrinn took second place, mounted on a BLM mustang named Reynaud, owned by Mistress Melisande de Frayne.

Congratulations to the champions, and to all the human and equine competitors!

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Spring Collegium – April 14-15, 2012

March 16th, 2012 Comments off

Equestrians will enjoy a complete track of equine-themed classes at this year’s Collegium Caidis, sponsored by the Barony of the Angels. Classes in garb for horse and rider, equestrian military history, medieval horse usage, and modern SCA equestrian activities will be held on Saturday at the event. A full list of classes and descriptions can be found at http://www.collegiumcaidis.org.

In addition, Collegium is happy to be hosting the third InterKingdom Intensive Needlework Symposium. For more information contact Baroness Eowyn Amberdrake or Dame Richenda Coffin (ikins@collegiumcaidis.org). Preregistration for IKINS classes is required, and attendance is limited.

Site: Los Coyotes Middle School, 14640 Mercado Ave., La Mirada CA 90638

Site fee(s): $15 per adult student; $10 if student is also teaching at the session; $10 for ages 11-17. Free for ages 10 and under. $5 non-member surcharge applies. Make checks payable to SCA Inc./ Collegium Caidis.

Site opens 14 Apr 2012, 8:00 AM and closes 15 Apr 2010, 6:00 PM.

Event Steward: Martin FitzJames; Chancellor@CollegiumCaidis.org

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Starkhafn Anniversary/Spring Kingdom Equestrian Championship – April 27-29, 2012

March 16th, 2012 Comments off

Caid’s equestrian tournament season continues with three championship competitions in one event! Enjoy a splendiferous spring weekend of camping, fighting, arts events, food, and fun under the trees at Petrack Park in Pahrump NV.

Equestrians are invited to compete in two prestigious tourneys, as Starkhafn hosts the Kingdom’s Spring Equestrian Championship as well as its own Baronial championship.

The Kingdom Equestrian Championship will take place immediately following Court on Saturday morning. This will determine the new champion for Her Highness Kara. Those competing for the championship are asked to please read the duties of the Champion as set out elsewhere on this site. (Also remember that one of the Champion’s duties is to run the next Kingdom Championship, scheduled for Saturday morning at Great Western War.) Those who wish to ride “hors concours” — for the honor of competing rather than for the championship itself — are encouraged to participate.

On Saturday afternoon, equestrians will vie for the honor of being Starkhafn’s Baronial Equestrian Champion for the next year. Bring your best game, and you might take home the Flame caparison for your steed, and the commemorative belt buckle for yourself!

The Barony continues its search for the most well-rounded martial artist, with the second annual Quintivium. The fighter who competes in the most events – Armored Combat, Rapier, Archery, Thrown Weapons, and Equestrian – will be named the Quintivium Champion. Participation in the Baronial Equestrian Championship will count towards your Quintivium score. Complete details will be available on site.

The Baronial Champions in Rapier, Armored Combat, Archery, Thrown Weapons, Equestrian, and Boffers will be determined. In keeping with tradition, the Armored Combat Champion must slay the fearsome dragon (a painfully long list of rules and restrictions apply, developed over the Barony’s 30 years – come to the event for all the comic details).

And now that the Barony has reached the age of wisdom, a new A&S competition will be inaugurated. Here’s your chance to display your body of work and become the Barony’s first Flame Artisan!

Site: Petrack Park, 400 North Highway 160, Pahrump NV 89115.

Fees: Adult members, $15; youth aged 8-18, $7; children under age 8 are guests of the Barony. Family cap (immediate family only) is $37. There is a $5 surcharge for adults who cannot present proof of membership at the gate. If you wish to share in the Saturday night feast, there will be an additional charge of $5 per person.

If you are bringing a horse from out-of-state, please remember that you must have a current health certificate and Coggins test. Weekend stabling is available on site for $10.

The Site opens at 3pm on Friday, April 27 and closes at 5pm on Sunday, April 29. There is ample room for camping, but if you prefer, there are several hotels nearby.

The Parks Department is requesting that we provide the license numbers of vehicles that will be parked overnight two weeks prior to the event. We will have a limited number of overnight parking permits at gate on the starting day, but it would be best if the license information was already on hand. Please send your license information to the event stewards!

Event Stewards: Nola of Lambermora and Erland the Wanderer, anniversary@starkhafn.org

Equestrian Coordinator: Mistress Sionnach, info@foxsrest.com

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King’s Hunt/Darach Equestrian Championship – March 23-25, 2012

March 16th, 2012 Comments off

Join us at King’s Hunt for the first equestrian event of the 2012 tournament season!  King’s Hunt features Heavies, Rapier, Archery, Equestrian, maybe even Thrown Weapons, Master Baker of the Hunt, the Feast and of course a Free Breakfast on Sunday morning!

Equestrian activities will begin with a trail ride on Friday. On Saturday morning, there will be jousting practice and mounted games in the arena. Then we move to the woods area for our traditional hunt. Using armored combat javelins, we’ll practice attacks on armored foot soldiers, so they get the feel of a real cavalry charge. In the afternoon, we’ll have our own javelin hunt through the woods, followed by the Darach Equestrian Championship. There may be time for mounted archery practice on Sunday morning if folks are interested.

Site fee: Camping $20/adult, $15/children over 5, free/ children under 5, $60/FAMILY CAP. $10/day tripper, $5/day tripper child over 5. Feast prices and menu in Feb. CP. Feast reservations MUST be made in advance at feast@carregwen.org and can be paid with gate fee at event. Make check payable to SCA Inc./Shire of Carreg Wen.
Merchants are welcome. Please contact Dame Collette at merchants@carregwen.org

Site Name: Live Oak Campground, 4650 Hwy 154, Santa Barbara CA 93105. Site opens March 23, 2012, at 12:00 PM and closes March 25, 2012, at 4:00 PM.

Directions to the event: From the South, Take Hwy 101 to Santa Barbara. Take the Hwy 154/Cachuma Lake Exit. Follow 154 towards the mountains, over the hill and back down into the valley aprox 15 miles. You will be almost to the bottom of the grade when you will turn right. It is easy to miss the entrance and have to circle around. As soon as you see the greens for Rancho San Marcos Golf Course to your right, slow down. The camp shares its entrance off Highway 154 with Rancho San Marcos Golf Course. Take a left once you’ve passed through that entryway. From the North: Take your best route to Hwy 154 (from Hwy 101 or Hwy 246). Follow Hwy 154 up the San Marcos Pass to entrance 5.2 miles past Cachuma Lake Campground. Turn left and left again at the “T”. Follow road to campground.

Event Steward: Ursula Husenheinz, autocrat@carregwen.org

Equestrian Steward: Dame Arabella da Siena, marshal@sca-caid.org

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Equestrians Shine at Great Western War

October 12th, 2011 Comments off

Great Western War XIV had its biggest equestrian showing yet, as 22 horses and their riders participated in a variety of activities. Thanks to the tireless efforts of THL Virginia Read and her deputies, THL Reina MacCormick and Lady Tierrynna CaerNarvon, equestrian arts took center stage throughout the War. Full details and pictures will follow, but here are some of the highlights:

-        Mounted armored combat made its first appearance at GWW, with not one, but two melees held on the Main Battlefield;

-        Equestrians collaborated with the Constable’s Office to authorize riders for the first-ever Mounted Patrols at GWW;

-        Eleven riders from three kingdoms participated in the Inter-Kingdom Equestrian Competition – see the results here;

-        Equestrians from HRM Mora’s Guard and Court challenged the Chivalry to mounted combat – watch this site to find out who won!

If you have ideas or suggestions for next year’s equestrian activities at Great Western War XV, send them to equestrian@sca-caid.org.

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Lord Gabriel MacMahon wins Queen’s Champion title

September 11th, 2011 Comments off

Lord Gabriel MacMahon was named the Equestrian Champion for Her Majesty Cassandra in a hard-fought competition on October 29, 2011 in Calafia. Lord Gabriel’s brother Lance was the runner-up, winning the title of Calafia Equestrian Champion for the year. Spectators enjoyed an afternoon full or contests, as well as thrown weapons matches, a fine barbecue dinner – and the surprise spectacle of a wedding proposal, as Lord Gabriel proposed to his Lady Rebecca in Opening Court. (She accepted.)

Huzzah to all the competitors!

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Great Western War – Oct. 5-10, 2011

September 11th, 2011 Comments off

Great Western War (GWW) is the major camping event in the Kingdom of Caid, SCA for Southern CA, Vegas NV, and Hawaii. The 14th GWW will be held October 5-10, 2011. The event is held at Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area, 13601 Ironbark Rd, Taft, CA 93268.

Gate opens Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 at 12 PM. Site closes Monday, Oct 10, 2010, 12 PM.

Site Fees:

Arrive Wed-Thu: Adults $50 ($5 NMS applies without proof of membership); Youth 6-17 $40 (4th+ in same family free);

Arrive Fri-Sat: Adults $45 ($5 NMS applies without proof of membership); Youth 6-17 $35 (4th+ in same family free);

Day-Fee only: Adults $25 ($5 NMS applies without proof of membership); Youth 6-17 $15.

All Children 0-5 free, all pets $1/day; no additional fee for RV (all Dry RV, no hookups). Cash only at Gate.

Event co-Stewards: Dame Ismay of Giggleswick and Duke Edric Aaron Hartwood, stewards@caid-gww.org


Equestrian Activities at GWW

Thursday, October 6, 2011

10AM-12PM: Angels Baronial Championship (Equestrian Arena) — Gules and Or embellish the start of our events with delightful celebration of the Barony of the Angels as they chose their Equestrian Championship to represent them on the field of mounted combat in the next year. Prizes from this exceedingly gifted and creative barony are highly coveted by horses and humans alike each year with rumors of another exquisite basket of horse goodies to delight our mounts!

2-3PM: Mounted Combat Practice and Authorizations (Equestrian Arena) – Any riders wishing to participate in the mounted combat demonstration on Friday are required to attend this special authorization and training class. Both horse and human must meet armor requirements and be authorized at this time for mounted combat. Attending the class does not guarantee authorization for the mounted combat demonstration.

3-4PM: Mounted Watch Practice and Authorizations (Equestrian Arena) — Any riders wishing to participate in mounted security patrols are required to attend this special authorization and training class including “dos” and “don’ts” of assisting the constabulary staff. Both horse and human must be authorized at this time for mounted patrol; pre-existing general riding or other authorizations will not be accepted in lieu of this class. Attending the class does not guarantee authorization for mounted patrol.

4-4:30PM: Castle Charge Practice (Main Battlefield) — Any riders wishing to participate in our castle charge are required to attend this special authorization and training drill series. Both horse and human must be authorized at this time for the charge due to its proximity to spectators and fighters; pre-existing general riding or other authorizations will not be accepted in lieu of this class and ability to follow orders and control a horse up to a hand gallop calmly and with quick response is required. Attending the practice does not guarantee authorization for the castle charge.

4:30-6:30PM: Lake Procession (Outer Loop Trail, departing from Main Battlefield) — Welcome to CAID, now go get dressed. Pull out the best barding, caparisons, trappings, and attire for an annual favorite as we process around the site and enjoy the lovely Lake Buena Vista at sunset from atop our noble steeds.

Friday, October 7, 2011

9:30-10:00AM: Mounted Combat Demo – Watch as armored warriors demonstrate weapons handling and tactics used for combat on horseback. Special horse and rider armor and authorizations required; please see Thursday’s schedule.

10:00AM (or on Field Marshal’s command): Castle Charge (Main Battlefield) — Our “cavalry” maneuvers actually have one. Join us as we bring the pageantry to the battlefield with our kick-off charge to start the day’s fighting. Feel what it’s like to have an army backing you up and a kingdom cheering you on as we canter through the castle and put the “war” in “warhorse.” Special authorization required; please see Thursday’s schedule.

11AM-12PM: Mounted Archery (Equestrian Arena) — Learn to shoot from horseback or brush up your skills before the Fall Queen’s Equestrian Championship. The first portion of this class is dismounted to learn the basics, followed by a mounted practice portion. No experience from horse or rider is required. A limited amount of loaner gear is available but please bring gloves for both of your hands.

3PM-5PM: Inter-Kingdom Equestrian Championship (IKEqC) (Equestrian Arena) — Test your martial arts skills against riders from around the Knowne World in this year’s IKEqC challenge. Riders from each kingdom compete in Reed Chop, Behead the Enemy, and Rings using standardized courses, and each rider’s score is submitted to the international database. Could you be the highest-scoring rider in the SCA? Mount up and find out!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

10AM-12PM: HRM Mora’s Equestrian Championship (Equestrian Arena) – Take the field of honor to vie for the privilege of becoming the Equestrian Champion for Her Majesty. Riders of all skills are encouraged to take part in this tournament, and to show their prowess and martial skills in various games. Bring your finest trappings, barding, and banners to bring color and pageantry to Her Majesty’s field. Please bear in mind the honor and responsibility of serving as Her Majesty’s Equestrian Champion before competing for this title. If you would like to compete, but do not live in Caid or do not have the time to commit to serving on Her Majesty’s court, please consider competing “hors concours” (for the joy of competition but not for the title of Champion) instead.

3-5PM: Gamblers Choice Tournament (Equestrian Arena) — Each rider determines which field obstacles and war and tourney training techniques to attempt within an allotted time. The most points accumulated wins, but there are many different combinations to choose from! Skill, time, and strategy will determine the winner.

7PM-9PM: Equestrian Potluck (Equestrian CAMPSITE) — We knew you wouldn’t want to leave our four hooved heartbreakers so bring a chair, your feast-gear, and a pre-cooked meal contribution for 8-12 to share and join us in letting our manes down, catching up, and telling some of the most humorous and fun horse stories and gossip anywhere in the War.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

9AM-10AM: Chivalry Challenge (Equestrian Arena) – Join Master Conall mac Seaghain as he leads Caid’s unbelted equestrians against the Chivalry in a mounted skill-at-arms competition. Knights, can you put the “cheval” back into chivalry? Riders, can you succeed against the Society’s most elite fighters? Saddle up and find out!

10AM-12PM: Celtic Challenge Bareback Tournament (Equestrian Arena) — The thrilling quest-based mounted bareback tournament returns as we bring Celtic lore alive in this audience favorite. Watch as riders rely on their wits and balance navigating their way through our very special course in celebration of Samhain and the evolution of Halloween. Bareback pads are allowed and special points are given for dressing in Celtic form. Riders are encouraged to participate at whatever gait they are the most comfortable.

3PM-4PM: Horse 101 (Equestrian Arena) — Bring yourself and the children for a combination of read-aloud stories about horses and hands-on horse keeping techniques including grooming, leading, tacking, and feeding horses treats. This activity is specifically designed for people who love horses but do not have their own, are having understandable “horse withdrawal” while on site (who doesn’t, right?), or would like to learn more about them.

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Medieval riders make the news

April 4th, 2011 Comments off

Riders at the Starkhafn Equestrian Championships were featured in a new website dedicated to equestrian activities in Southern Nevada. “All Vegas Horses ” covers equestrian events in multiple disciplines including – now – medieval equestrian combat. You can read more about it here: http://www.allvegashorses.com/events/starkhafn-equestrians-run-full-tilt

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Baron Conall, Caid’s KEO, joins the Pelican

March 4th, 2011 Comments off

Escorted by a mounted procession of riders from around the Kingdom, Baron Conall mac Seaghain, Caid’s Kingdom Equestrian Officer, was elevated to the Order of the Pelican on March 26. The ceremony was held before the populace of Starkhafn as part of Starkhafn’s anniversary festivities.

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Starkhafn equestrian practices featured in local newspaper

February 24th, 2011 Comments off

Starkhafn’s equestrian practices got some local publicity, when a reporter from the View News came out to watch. See the full article here: http://www.viewnews.com/2011/VIEW-Feb-15-Tue-2011/North/42164912.html

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