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Martial Challenges

Posted on by devonboorman

Recently a group of Academie Duello members participated in a rapier tournament at Ursulmas, an event hosted by the Society for Creative Anachronism in the state of Washington. The tournament was based around the concept of martial challenges that the organizer called “labours”. These challenges pitted individuals up against an opponent who outmatched them in some way, whether with a…

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Carosella Registration Open!

Posted on by jenniferlandels

It's that time of year again, and we are taking registration for Carosella 2014! This three-day Mounted Combat Symposium has something for everyone, from absolute beginners to accomplished knights.  Friday and Saturday consist of workshops on foot, on falsemount, and on the ground, and Sunday is our annual tournament where you will have a chance to test your skill.  The…

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A Report from the Western Martial Arts Workshop

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The Western Martial Arts Workshop (WMAW) for 2013 is over. Another satisfying year of this great event put on by the Chicago Swordplay Guild at the Dekoven Center in Racine Wisconsin. For those who are unfamiliar with the WMAW, this event started in 2001 and is one of the oldest workshops of Western Martial Arts in our modern times (if…

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Carosella 2013: The tournament explained

Posted on by jenniferlandels

Sunday September 29th is the Tournament portion of Carosella. There will be competitions for every level of participant, and plenty to watch for the general public.  Here's the low-down. Grooms' Competition [caption id="attachment_8554" align="alignright" width="269"] Neatly braided or rock-star flair, it's your choice[/caption] Open to: Anyone with their own or a leased horse Cavaliere Program members with a minimum of…

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Carosella Countdown!

Posted on by jenniferlandels

With just over two weeks till Carosella 2013, I'm taking a break from our stroll through the Riding 2 Curriculum to feature some of the cool stuff you won't want to miss on the 27th - 29th of this month. Friday 27 September This day exists in the schedule to help you get the most out of the other two…

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September is Mounted Month!

Posted on by jenniferlandels

This is the time where the long spring and summer of training comes together for our annual Knightly Games Tournament.  And if you haven't been riding and training as much as you'd like or feel you ought to have been, September is the chance to get that last push in while the weather's good, sign off the things you'll need…

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Getting Back on the Horse

Posted on by jenniferlandels

Riding Level 2: Mounting 2. Lead horse, mount & dismount independently There's no big secret to mounting and dismounting at level 2.  We simply expect you to do it more smoothly and with greater confidence.  So go back and review level 1, enjoy the videos if you missed them the first time, and work towards the day you can mount…

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Posted on by jenniferlandels

September 27th - 29th is Tourney Time! Yes, planning is in the works for our Annual Knightly Games Tournament!  This year we're making a full weekend of it by adding another iteration of the popular Mounted Archery Workshop, and including a day of riding, mounted combat, and games practice beforehand. Friday 27 September Workshops, Lessons, Assessments and Practice Need to…

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Borealis Swordplay Symposium and Tournament Report

Posted on by devonboorman

(photo taken by Penny Higgins) I returned home this past Monday from the excellent Borealis Swordplay Symposium in Ottawa which was hosted by Jason Smith and crew of Ottawa's Les Maitres d'Armes. The event was two days long with day one focusing on 2-hour workshops and some room for free fencing, and day two focusing on a day long unarmoured…

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What a day for Knightly Games!

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We couldn't have ordered nicer weather for our annual Cavaliere Tournament ... or asked for a better group of riders and volunteers! We had four teams of grooms out bright and early to make the horses beautiful, and once more our volunteer judges from Richmond Pony Club lent their critical eyes to check horses and grooms for turnout and correct…

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