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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

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 ( 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;

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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,

Equestrian Coordinator: Mistress Sionnach,

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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 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

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,

Equestrian Steward: Dame Arabella da Siena,

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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

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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,


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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Altavia / Darach Equestrian Championships – 5/14/11

January 11th, 2011 Comments off

We sing the praises of warriors on horseback,
First into battle in a rumbling of hooves, with a hail of arrows and a skillfully wielded lance
Integral to victory, but woefully anonymous in the pages of infamy – until now!

It’s double the tournament, double the fun, in this fast-paced day as the Barony of Altavia and the Shire of Darach select their new champions. The championships will be held back-to-back so that riders may compete in both events. Eric space for rapier and armored combat will be available throughout the day, thrown weapons will be on site, and an interactive arts and sciences demonstration on historical crafts will also be present.

 This site features ample trailer parking and direct access to a recreational trail head for riders. Popup space is available, but please do not bring pavilions. No overnight lodging is available on site. Local hotels are available; contact the autocrats for suggestions. For out-of-town riders needing stable facilities, please see the local stable list below.
The Barony of Altavia and the Shire of Darach call forth all skilled wordsmiths to compete in the glorious introduction of Caid’s gallant individual equestrians. The introductions may be presented either by their authors or, for those whose quill’s creations exceed the capacity of their own voices, a substitute bard will be available to transform their written words into a thunderous spellbinding wonder. The skilled demonstration of wit and wordplay will be judged by such dignitaries as the Baron and Baroness of Altavia, the Seneschal of Darach, and/or other renowned members of Caid. Four winning entries will be chosen – one for each of the finalists of the two lists

Autocrat (Altavia): The Honorable Lady Virginia Read,
Autocrat (Darach): Dame Ismay of Giggleswick,
Linda E. Hyde
805 1/2 Oso Rd.
Ojai, CA 93023

Course Designer (Altavia): Lady Erycha von Scotte
Course Designer (Darach): The Honorable Lady Virginia Read,

7:30AM – Site Opens
9AM – Riding Authorizations
10AM – Opening court / Announcements
10:30AM – Darach Equestrian Championship
12:30PM – Lunch break / Horse Obedience Class
1PM – Altavia Equestrian Championship
3PM – Site tear down
4PM – Site closes

Event Location:
Arroyo Simi Equestrian Center
3495 Chickory Leaf Place
Simi Valley, CA 93063

From Northridge – Take the 118W and exit Tapo Canyon Rd. Turn left at Tapo Canyon Rd. Turn right at Royal Ave. Turn left at Sequoia Ave. Turn left at Chicory Leaf Place. The equestrian park is at the end of the street past the standard grass and playset-filled park.

From Ventura – Take the 101S to exit 43B (the CA-23N) and go towards Moorpark/Simi Valley/Fillmore. Take exit 17 for Olsen Rd. Keep right at fork and merge on to Olsen Rd. Olsen Rd. changes names to Madera Rd. Turn right at Royal Ave. Turn Right at Sequoia Ave. Turn left at Chicory Leaf Place. The equestrian park is at the end of the street past the standard grass and playset-filled park.

Train Transportation:
This site is located within ten minutes of the Simi Valley Amtrak station. If you would like to arrange a pickup or dropoff to the train station please contact Dame Ismay of Giggleswick, one week prior to the event. For more information on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner Train schedules please CLICK HERE.

Site Fee:
$8 for members, $13 for non-members. Please make checks payable to SCA Inc./Shire of Darach.

Local Hotels:
Grand Vista Hotel
999 Enchanted Way
Simi Valley, California 93065
(800) 455-SIMI

Local Overnight Stabling (Call in advance to check for availability and restrictions):
Day Creek Ranch
2131 Olsen Road,
Simi Valley, CA  93065
(805) 358-2422

Classic Equestrian Center
2182 Tierra Rejada Rd.
Moorpark, CA 93021
(805) 428-6868

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Queen’s Equestrian Championship – 6/3/11-6/5/11

January 11th, 2011 Comments off

Site Steward: Sir Edward Oakenheart,
Equestrian Steward: THL Richard Surefoot and Master Conall mac Seaghain

Live Oak Camp
SP 59, Highway 154
Santa Barbara, CA, 93105


The Shire of Carreg Wen would like to invite you to join us in the beautiful hills above Santa Barbara for Coronation and Queen’s Champion in June.  This will be a camping event held at Live Oak Camp, the same site at which the King’s Hunt event is held.  The Site will open at 12:00 on Friday, June 3rd and close at 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 5th.  The activities on Saturday will include the Final Court, Coronation, and First Court.  Please be aware the Courts will be held outside.  There are many trees and much shade, but the ground will be dirt and grass.  Saturday evening there will be a feast followed by dancing.  The cost of the feast will be $10.  Please e-mail feast reservations to the autocrat.  Sunday we will be running ALL of the Queen’s Champion Tournaments.  Yes, you heard right, the site has the capabilities of running all the tourneys on the same day.  So after an evening of festivities and camping, join us for Heavies, Rapier, Youth, Equestrian, Archery, and Thrown Weapons Queen’s Champion.

Merchants are welcome.  For merchant information please contact Dame Collette Vitraria at

The Site Fee for the weekend is $20 for Adults and $8 for Teens 13-18. Children less than 13 are guests of the shire.  There will be a family maximum of $56.  If you are joining us for just the day, Site fee will be $8 for Adults and $4 for Teens 13-18. Again Children less than13 are guests of the shire.  A nonmember surcharge of $5 will be charged.   Make checks payable to SCA Inc./ Shire of Carreg Wen

The address of Live Oak Camp is 4600 Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105


Take route US-101 toward Santa Barbara.  Once in Santa Barbara take the CA-154 W, towards the mountains.  Follow it over the hill and back down into the valley.  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.

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Great Western War – 10/5/11-10/10/11

January 11th, 2011 Comments off

Mounted Archery Training at GWW

Equestrian Autocrat: The Honorable Lady Virginia Read,
Equestrian Deputy – Scheduling and Tournaments: Lady Tierrynna CaerNarvon,
Equestrian Deputy - Stable Manager: TBD

Great Western War will occur from October 5-10, 2011 at the beautiful Lake Buena Vista in Taft, CA. Current activities include the Angels Baronial Equestrian Championship, mounted archery, a castle charge, Celtic Challenge – a point and speed based bareback tournament, and a lake trail ride processional. More information will come as scheduling is finalized.

On-site camping and stabling are available. You may bring your own stall(s) at a discounted stabling rate.

For more information including horse registration please visit:

If you are coming from out of state and need to request a loaner horse please contact

Loaner horses are not always available and are done on a private party basis with another rider. It is HIGHLY recommended that you request to be put on the mount list as soon as possible.

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An-Tir / West War 2011 – 6/30/11-7/4/11

January 11th, 2011 Comments off

A mountain trail procession at An Tir - West

For more information on this event please visit

Equestrian activities and stabling is available on site.

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Highlands War XVII – 6/10/11-6/12/11

January 11th, 2011 Comments off

Highland War 2010

This event takes place in the Kingdom of Atenveldt at Mormon Lake near Flagstaff AZ. Rental horses, stabling, and sleeping cabins are available on this site. Horse rentals are being provided by the Arizona Cowboy College (ACC). Equestrian activities, target archery. rapier, and armored combat all play a part in this fun and relaxed event.

Please note that if you choose to travel across state lines with your own horse you will be subject to Arizona laws which require horse transporters to carry a current health certificate and Coggins paperwork for each horse being transported. Please contact the Arizona Dept. of Agriculture and your veterinarian several months in advance if you choose to take your own horse.

For more information on horse activities at this event please visit:

Mormon Lake Resort, approximately 40 miles south of Flagstaff, AZ on route SR 487

From I-40 traveling East or West:
Take the Sedona/Phoenix south turn-off and get onto 1-17 South. Take the first off-ramp Sedona 89A/Pulliam Airport exit and turn left and cross back over the freeway and get back onto I-17 North. The first off ramp is Lake Mary Hwy. At the off-ramp stop sign turn right and travel according to the following directions.
From Flagstaff:Take the Lake Mary Hwy (FH3) about 21 miles (towards Payson) to the Mormon Lake Village turn-off sign. Turn right and travel about 7 miles to the lodge. You will see the roping arena, campground and RV Park on your left and you will not miss the lodge.
From Camp Verde and I-17: Head East on Hwy 260 through town and continue up the mountain approximately 31 miles. Once you reach AZ-87, turn left toward Clint’s Well approximately 12 miles. Continue with the following directions from Clint’s well.
From Payson:Take Hwy 89 north and go through Strawberry and Pine to the little village of Clint’s Well. Just past the store and gas station, turn left and take FH 3 (Lake Mary Hwy) north towards Flagstaff. Travel about 35-40 minutes and you will pass the Stoneman Lake Road turn-off. About seven miles past the Stoneman Lake Road turn off you will see the south entrance to Mormon Lake Village – watch for the Mormon Lake Village sign on the right side of the road. Turn left and travel two miles to the lodge. You will not miss the lodge.
From I-17, on the Stoneman Lake Road:Get off I-17 on the Stoneman Lake Road turn-off and travel about seven miles on paved road to the end of the paving at a T-intersection with unpaved road. Turn left at the stop sign and travel about eight miles to the next paved road – FH3 (Lake Mary Hwy). Turn left and travel about seven more miles to the south entrance to Mormon Lake Village. Look for the Mormon Lake Village sign on the right side of the road. Turn left and travel two miles to the lodge. You will not miss the lodge.
NOTE:Stoneman Lake Road, while well traveled, is only paved for 7 of 16 miles at the I-17 end of the road; the rest of the road is graded cinder road and might not be suitable for some cars or may be closed in severe weather conditions. But, this route will cut 40 minutes off a trip through Flagstaff. This route is NOT RECOMMENDED FOR LOW PROFILE CARS.

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