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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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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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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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Equestrian Featured in The Renegade Rip

January 12th, 2011 Comments off

Lord Richard and his horse Valor were featured in a recent story by The Renegade Rip, an online news provider, in their story on Great Western War 2010. To read more about our Kingdom’s amazing annual camping event please CLICK HERE.

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New Kingdom Equestrian Officer Announced

January 11th, 2011 Comments off

Greetings!

After almost 4 years, I am stepping down as KEO at 12th night. Baron Conall has
graciously agreed to step up as the new KEO, along with Scianna and Virginia as his deputies.

Thanks everyone for your tremendous support and participation over the years.
Equestrian continues to be a wonderful activity in Caid becuase of everyone who
plays and cares.

I’ll definately still be around playing and trying new stuff. Looking forward
to having new voices leading the herd, so to speak. (ok, not quite a Conall
worthy pun, but hey, he’s the professional.)

-Arabella
ps. For those that have not heard yet, I will be stepping up as Earl Marshal at
12th night.

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Darach Rider Champions Veterans

October 26th, 2010 Comments off

Congratulations to Lady Tedi with her latest new feature regarding her work with veterans. The original story can be found at: http://www.mpacorn.com/news/2010-09-03/Community/Horses_provide_therapy_for_veterans.html

Horses provide therapy for veterans
By Justin Cowles

September 3, 2010

A Moorpark equine specialist is using horses to help returning veterans who suffer from severe battle-related stress.

Tedi Tate, owner of two horses used for psychotherapy, helps veterans and their families at the Swan Hill Ranch in Moorpark. Her program is called the Caballine Alliance.

Tate said the way the two horses relate will affect patients differently.

“There is a very clear dominance pattern between the two horses,” Tate said. “For some people, that (pattern) will remind them of a relationship in their life very quickly. The relationships between the horses and the activities that the horses demonstrate will bring up different things for people.”

The most common problem for soldiers returning from war is post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. This anxiety disorder can develop from exposure to severe psychological events, like the constant threat of death.

Tate talked about an instance where a young paramedic almost made a life-threatening error, which caused him to freeze up during his training.

“We had the young paramedic come out and do a field exam on my thoroughbred,” Tate said. “The horse tolerated it very well. At first, the young paramedic was very nervous, but it worked out. This unusual approach helped him get unstuck. He has completed (his training) and is now on the job.”

During each session with the horses, an equine specialist and a psychotherapist are present. In Moorpark, Tate teams up with Barbara Levine, who’s been an equine-assisted psychotherapist for six years and has a private practice. She said patients in that type of therapy progress further and faster than with traditional techniques.

“(There is) a huge difference,” Levine said. “Typically, in an office, people come with a lot of defenses and it can take maybe months to get to the meat of an issue. I have often found that what I can see happen in the arena can be profound and happen more quickly than what can happen in the office.”

The equine-assisted therapy program is used alongside traditional office therapy. Patients use the horses to complete activities, which give the patients insight into their problems. As an adjunct to traditional therapy, the equine assistance aims to create self-produced results.

“We try to avoid pointing things out,” Tate said. “People do have the answers to their own problems; it’s just often buried under a lot of defense mechanisms. This type of therapy has a very blame-free way of doing that. To set up exercises where they can find their own answers works beautifully.”

For more information, visit www.thecaballinealliance.com/ home.html

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Darach Rider Featured in Local News

October 26th, 2010 Comments off

Congratulations to Lady Stacy on her recent news feature. The original story can be found at http://moorpark.patch.com/articles/taking-the-medieval-world-by-storm

Taking the Medieval World by Storm
By: Cynthia Shaheen
October 25, 2010

Moorpark horse trainer Stacy Tanner and her equine partner are a winning team in Middle Ages re-enactments.

Wielding sword and shield, the brave knight of the medieval era charged headlong into fierce battles atop his mighty war horse. This heavily armored duo drew upon experience gained from intense training practices, or games, designed to increase horsemanship and combat skills.

Today these games live on for medieval re-enactment enthusiasts such as Stacy Tanner, horse trainer at Moorpark’s Swanhill Farms.

“I’ve just always had a fascination for the era,” said Tanner, who blends her natural horsemanship training techniques with fast-paced sword wielding, jousting and lancing.

Since 1996 Tanner and her equine partner, Storm, have been winning top honors at medieval re-enactment events held across California.

“Storm was just six months under saddle when I took him to his first event,” she recalled. “Two months later we won our first event and have since continued to win nearly every event we enter.”

The events Tanner and Storm participate in are organized by the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc., an international organization with more than 30,000 members “dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe,” according to its website. The group offers members authentic tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing and various classes and workshops based on Middle Ages practices.

The Society’s regional groups are divided into “kingdoms” with the Kingdom of Caid covering Southern California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii. Within the kingdom, smaller groups form such as Tanner’s Ventura County chapter dubbed the Shire of Darache. Equestrian members of the shire meet every other Friday night at the Waverly Arena in Thousand Oaks to hone their skills.

“Practicing the knight’s combat games improves our horsemanship, while increasing agility and focus,” Tanner said.

“Trust between horse and rider are essential,” and often tested by devices such as the quintain, a jousting target that rotates when struck with the lance as the horse and rider charge past, she said.

Various games do the same. One such game is reeds, which involves an alternating course of posts with wooden dowels of different lengths affixed on top with velcro. The horse charges down the center of the course while the rider swings his or her sword from side to side, attempting to knock off the dowels.

Training a horse for these types of activities requires a great deal of patience and consistency.

“I start horses, I don’t ‘break’ them,” explained Tanner.

She employs the partnership method of training, starting on the ground and building a relationship of respect between horse and rider. And she does not believe in using aids to get there.

“Bits, spurs and whips only seek to break a horse’s will and undermine trust. I spend a lot of time fixing past damage from these aids, and rehabilitating horses who’ve been abused by them,” said Tanner.

She also works with horses rescued from inhumane care and trauma.

While desensitizing horses is a specialty of Tanner’s, a great deal of her work consists of building confidence in riders.

“I work with a wide variety of people who want, or need, to build their horsemanship skills,” she said.

One group in particular, actors and actresses, can take advantage of Tanner’s Hollywood for Horses educational program designed to enhance an actor’s resume with equine experience.

Tanner offers a variety of programs for riders of all levels. Additional information and insight into her training philosophy can be found on her website. To learn more about Storm and his many accomplishments with the Society for Creative Anachronism, read his Wiki page.

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Mounted Warrior Casting Call for Movie

April 27th, 2010 Comments off

Please note that this is not an officially sanctioned SCA event. Anyone taking part is doing so as an individual, NOT as a part of the SCA. 

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THEATER CROSSING FILMS, the producers of MACBETH – LAIR OF THE WITCH QUEEN, a filmic adaptation of the classic stage play from William Shakespeare, are seeking members of the SCA to be warriors in the clans of  Duncan, Macolm,and Macbeth. This is an ultra low budget SAG feature that will be shooting in and around Los Angeles toward the end of September, 2010.. The average soldier will work approximately four-five days. This is an authentic period film taking place during the 11th century. Compensation will consist of meals, credits in the film, invitation to the premiere in Los Angeles, and a copy of the film. We are looking for members with authentic  chain mail, and weapons, and horses (optional). We are also seeking ladies of the court and village ladies with full period costume. Please send an email with a photo (JPEG) of yourself with costume and weaponry, and phone number to theatercrossing@yahoo.com  attention:Macbeth
 
Please see below for information of our first feature film POE -LAST DAYS OF THE RAVEN followed by some information aobut Macbeth.
 
Blessed be;
 
Brent Fidler
executive producer
Theater Crossing Film Corp.
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