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    09-22-2011, 12:18 PM

As well as loving horses and messing around with my two geldings Chip and Nick, I belong to the Society for Creative Anachronism (the SCA) which is an educational re-creation of the middle ages.

Kind of like the civil war re-enactors, only much further back.

It's a great group and I welcome the chance to talk about what we do!

I do several aspects of the group. In the fighting aspect, I do Armored Combat (think knights in shining armor), Rapier, Target Archery and Combat Archery. Yup, we get to shoot blunt arrows at the "enemy". It's a hoot!

In the Arts & Sciences aspect I like to do Bardic (singing, story telling, entertaining), costuming, calligraphy and illumination, embroidery, brewing and cooking.

In the Service aspect I enjoy helping to run the club whether it's being on the executive or putting together an event, tavern night or demonstration of living history for the local schools.

Of course the is an Equestrian aspect too! We go through a series of games to develop riding skills. Saracen Heads (knock the heads off the poles with a sword while weaving in and out), Reeds (ride between tow rows of poles with reeds sticking up, and knock them off with the sword), jousting, quintain (ride up to the plywood "knight" and hit his shield with a lance, spinning him around) and mounted combat (knock the crest off your opponent's helmet with your sword).

I have a lot of fun with this! I want to train Nick and Chip for the equestrian so I can compete next year.
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    09-22-2011, 12:23 PM
Sounds like a lot of fun Red Gate. I'd love to see pictures of the mounted games!
    09-26-2011, 10:17 PM
That sounds really fun. I've always wanted to do 'jousting'. I like to ride with long whips and pretend I'm jousting, or swing it around like a sword. The barn owners probably think I'm nuts. As does my horse!

The rest of it sounds cool too. I like medievaly type stuff. =)
    09-27-2011, 11:51 PM
The jousting we do is extremely safe. We don't try to hit each other. Instead, you run your horse on one side of the divider towards the other horse and rider who are running towards you on their side of the divider.

In the middle is an apparatus which holds out a small wooden shield for each of you, and whoever hits their shield first with the jousting lance wins! That side collapses first, so you can tell who hit first.

It looks like a small target when you're on a moving horse and you have to try and hit it with the tip of your lance!

I'll get some pics up when I have a few. Camera is broken righ now
    09-29-2011, 08:18 PM
I want to try the jousting thingy where you try to get the lance through a set of rings....
    10-03-2011, 05:43 PM
The rings is one of the games

There is a line of T poles with different sized rings hanging off them. They are high enough up to be over your head while mounted.

The rings vary from 1 inch across to 6 inches across. There are two different sized rings on each side of the pole for you to choose from. The bigger rings are easier to spear, but you get more points for the smaller rings so you have to choose which one you'll go for on each pole.

You ride down one side, spearing the rings on your lance, turn at the end and come up the other side, once more spearing the rings on your lance.

It takes precision!
    10-03-2011, 06:58 PM
That sounds fun. My horse doesn't have much precision. She rides like a pogo-stick. Lol
    10-09-2011, 04:41 PM
The nearest I've come to the anything remotely medieval was watching jousting at a local fair.
I definitely want to do something like this, though.
(Gives me an excuse to get a sword! XD)
    10-11-2011, 10:25 PM
Welcome to the forum Maeras!

There's a civil war re-enactment group near me that I was thinking about joining, (mostly just for their practice sessions! Not the actual re-enactments.) because they learn to use swords from horseback ....and riding in formation, and I just think it would be really good experience for my horse. Getting her used to gun and canon fire and all that desensitizing stuff. (not as fun as medieval, but still kinda cool.)
    10-12-2011, 05:26 PM
It would be good for her. And fun, of course!

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