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.