Great Western War – Oct. 5-10, 2011
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.