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Workshops Calendar

Academie Duello offers a regular selection of workshops to members and non-members alike.

6-Week Level 3-4 Horsemanship Course

Date Sunday, March 08, 2015

Time10:30 am – 11:30 am

Price C$130.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 10

Taught in separate groups, this 6 week course will cover everything you need to know for Horsemanship levels 3 or 4. There are 3 lecture classes (indoors), two practical classes, and a session for written tests and practical review.

Level 3:

  • Stabling: good and bad features
  • Feed: schedules
  • Grooming: full grooming kit
  • Trailering safety
  • Saddlery: bits and martingales
  • Conditioning: cooling out
  • Vet & First Aid: signs of health; when to call vet
  • Foot & shoeing: external parts of hoof, scheduling

Level 4:

  • Stabling: cleaning a stall
  • Feed: types and processing
  • Grooming: full practical grooming
  • Benefits and drawbacks of barefoot vs shod hooves
  • Conformation & Unsoundness: positive & negative traits; identifying lameness
  • Conditioning: work vs exercise
  • Vet & First Aid: Taking vital signs, illnesses, injuries & treatments
  • Saddlery: nosebands, girths & blanketing

Note: no classes Mar 22, 29 or April 5

cost: $130 + gst
single classes: $25 space permitting

Mounted Combat (Intermediate)

Date Sunday, March 08, 2015

Time1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Price C$200.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 5

Using the plays you have developed in the Mounted Combat Skills workshop you will practise partner and solo drills and sparring from horseback, as well as mounted games and drill team work.

Dates: Sun 8 & 15 Mar, 9 & 12 Apr
Cost: $200; individual classes $60
Prerequisites: Green Spur, or Riding Level 1 + permission of instructor

Mounted Combat Skills - 4 Week Course

Date Saturday, April 04, 2015

Time3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Price C$120.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

To be an effective swordsman from horseback it is necessary to hone your fighting skills from the ground. In this class we work on the sword, spear and grappling skills necessary for mounted combat. Each four class series will cover all the material in the Green Spur checklist for Mounted Combat. Several iterations of the course will be necessary to cover material for the Blue Spur and up.

The first half hour of class is clinic time, which is an opportunity for you to work on any areas you particularly want to practise, with an instructor available for guidance.

Pre-requisite: Warrior Fundamentals

cost: $120 for 4 classes
individual classes: $35 each, space permitting

Mounted Combat Play Day

Date Sunday, April 05, 2015

Time1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Price C$30.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 11

An opportunity to put your Mounted Combat skills to work. Sessions include:
- mounted games
- mounted sparring
- horseback archery

Prerequisites:
Mounted Games: Riding Level 1
Mounted Sparring: Green Spur
Horseback Archery: Beginner Horseback Archery + Riding Level 1

Assistants on the ground are needed for these sessions. If you are unable to participate as a rider, come out and be a squire for us to earn credits for future playdays!

Cost: $15 + $15 for use of school horse

Introduction to Mounted Combat

Date Sunday, April 05, 2015

Time10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Price C$149.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 9

Experience the childhood fantasy of being a knight as you take the first step in Academie Duello’s mounted combat program. This unique workshop brings together swordplay, riding, and horsemanship into an exciting session geared toward beginners.

During this intensive workshop you will:
* Get an introduction to fundamental riding techniques
* Learn how to safely handle, groom, saddle and bridle your horse
* Practice horseback sword fighting techniques

The workshop takes place at the Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op in Steveston, BC, just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. In the first hour you will learn the fundamentals of horse handling and will learn how to groom and tack-up (saddle and bridle) your horse. In the remainder of the workshop you will get an introduction to basic riding, and build the fundamentals of swordplay from the ground, including movement, core attacks, and defenses.

Beginning riders are provided one-on-one attention during the riding portion. Those with previous experience will have the opportunity to ride independently and practice more advanced drills.

This program is an ideal way to introduce yourself to both equestrian and swordplay skills and get started on a deep and exciting track of learning. Upon completion of the workshop you will qualify to join us for further in-depth classes in Riding, Horsemanship, and Swordplay.

6-Week Beginner Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Sunday, April 12, 2015

Time10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Price C$300.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 8

This six-class course is designed to help the beginning rider achieve Horsemanship and Riding Level 1. The curriculum includes:

Horsemanship:
- haltering, leading & securing your horse
- points of the horse
- parts of the saddle & bridle
- grooming & tacking up
- untacking and care of tack
- basic feeding and needs of the horse

Riding:
- turn out and checking tack
- mounting & dismounting
- warm up exercises
- basic seat position
- aids for walk, trot and halt
- circles & turns
- rising trot
- ground rails
- introduction to canter if ready
- single hand reining
- stirrupless work
- introduction to games skills

The cost of the course includes one free riding or horsemanship assessment. Students can expect to be ready to assess Horsemanship Level 1 at the end of the six classes. Readiness for Riding Level 1 typically takes two iterations of the course.

Cost: $300 (6 classes)
Individual classes (space permitting): $60 each
Prerequisites: None. Intro to Mounted Combat recommended.

6-Week Level 2 Riding & Horsemanship Course

Date Sunday, April 12, 2015

Time10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Price C$300.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 8

This six-class course is designed to help the riders achieve Horsemanship and Riding Level 2. The curriculum includes:

Horsemanship:
- points, breeds, colours, markings & sex terminology of the horse
- grooming & tacking unassisted
- routines of the horse
- care & cleaning of saddle & bridle
- riding etiquette
- leading in hand at walk & trot

Riding:
- adjusting tack
- exercises at halt & walk
- basic seat position
- changes of direction, circles at walk & trot
- single hand reining
- dropping and regaining stirrups
- games skills
- canter work & identifying leads
- introduction to drill work
- introduction to jumping
- longeline work

The cost of the course includes one free riding or horsemanship assessment. Students can expect to be ready to assess Horsemanship Level 2 at the end of the six classes. Readiness for Riding Level 2 typically takes two iterations of the course.

Cost: $300 (6 classes)
Individual classes (space permitting): $60 each
Prerequisites: Horsemanship Level 1

6-Week Level 3+ Riding Course

Date Sunday, April 12, 2015

Time12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Price C$200.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 2

A six-class series for riders working on Level 3 and up. Group lessons consist of up to four riders. Additional time slots are added as needed, and riders grouped by level as much as possible. Riders are expected to arrive at least half an hour before class and have their horses groomed, tacked up, and partially warmed up before the lesson starts.

cost: $200 for six classes
single classes: $45 each if space available

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, April 18, 2015

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 0

Over the course of four hours you will learn the fundamentals of European swordplay. You will build a solid foundation in rapier, longsword, and sidesword as you practice posture, movement, attack, defense, and fundamental strategy.

This is a hands-on workshop ideal for beginners aged 15+ and of all physical abilities. All the swordplay equipment required to participate is provided.

Workshop alone: $99 + GST

Expert Introduction (Workshop + 2 hours of Private Instruction): $240 + GST

Instructor: Greg Reimer

Horseback Archery - Beginner

Date Saturday, April 18, 2015

Time10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Price C$149.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 8

We are happy to welcome back Robert Borsos and the Borsos Torzs Horse Archery Club for our ever-popular Horseback Archery workshops.

In this three hour workshop for beginners you will spend an hour and a half on the ground learning the fundamentals and body mechanics of Hungarian style horse archery. You will then have an opportunity to shoot from both the falsemount (wooden horse) and real horses led by experienced handlers.

This workshop is appropriate for beginner archers and riders, experienced archers who would like to learn to shoot from horseback, and experienced riders who would like to add archery to their repertoire of mounted skills.

Instructor: Robert Borsos
Maximum class size: 12

For more on Horseback Archery, see Borsos Torzs Horse Archery.
For other Cavaliere program classes see the Cavaliere Calendar.

Horseback Archery - Intermediate

Date Saturday, April 18, 2015

Time2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Price C$75.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 10

We are happy to welcome back Robert Borsos and the Borsos Torzs Horse Archery Club for our ever-popular Horseback Archery workshops.

This workshop is intended for those who have already taken Beginner Horseback Archery. We will spend about an hour on the ground refreshing our shooting skills, then move to horseback for the remainder of the workshop.

This workshop is appropriate for beginner archers and riders, experienced archers who would like to learn to shoot from horseback, and experienced riders who would like to add archery to their repertoire of mounted skills.

Instructor: Robert Borsos
Maximum class size: 12
prerequisites: Beginner Horseback Archery, Riding Level 1 or equivalent

For more on Horseback Archery, see Borsos Torzs Horse Archery.
For other Cavaliere program classes see the Cavaliere Calendar.

Cavaliere Assessments

Date Sunday, May 03, 2015

Time2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Price C$80.00

LocationRed Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Assessments for Riding, Horsemanship and Mounted Combat must be cleared with an instructor and booked at least one week in advance. Students may assess all three components of the program, or one or two of the components only.

Full Assessment (all 3 or 2 of 3 components): $80
Partial Assessment (1 component): $50

Most Cavaliere Program courses include a partial assessment.  If you are booking an assessment as part of a course, please drop us a note to confirm the course.

Bow-making with Ravenbeak Natureworks

Date Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Time9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Price C$395.00

Available Spaces 4

Note: this workshop is 3 days (5, 6, 7 March)

Join bowyer Jamie MacDonald and learn the art of building a traditional wooden bow. Jamie is versed in many different styles (longbow, flatbow, recurve, etc.) and will help you craft an exceptional and functional bow.
All materials - including a seasoned pacific yew stave - and tools are included.

During this three day course you will learn how to:

  • Select a yew wood stave
  • Process the stave
  • Tiller the bow
  • Make a Flemish twist bowstring
  • Finish the bow

Students between the ages of 8-13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

For more information, see www.ravenbeak.com

Longsword Skills Clinic

Date Saturday, May 23, 2015

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 16

Pre-reqs: Longsword Level 1
Required Equipment: Blunt sword trainer, gloves, mask, gorget
It's one thing to be able to perform an action in a drill, another thing entirely to do it in freeplay. In this workshop, you will learn how to:
- improve your ability to make split-second tactical decisions
- pick the most appropriate defenses
- find the perfect moment to strike
- use simple multipliers to change set-play drills into freeplay practice
Instructor: Roland Cooper

"Trips, traps and throws" - Polearm grappling

Date Saturday, June 13, 2015

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$60.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

The poleaxe is not only a powerful striking weapon, it can also be employed as a tool for grappling with an armoured or unarmoured opponent. In this workshop students will focus on how to safely enter into grappling range, how to work at the middle staff, how to conduct throws and counter-throws, trips, drags, and disarms.

This is a workshop aimed at applying skills in combat. Students will work with mats to develop falling skills and will take techniques through to controlled conclusions. Exercises will build from mechanics through to contextual application. Coached, focused, sparring at controlled speeds will be a part of the workshop.

Open to beginner and experienced polearm users. Fundamentals in poleaxe or spear technique is required.

Fight Directors Canada Certification Course - Two-Week Intensive

Date Monday, June 15, 2015

Time9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Price C$795.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 11

Fight Directors Canada requires three specific weapon systems at the Basic Actor-Combatant level: Sword, Quarterstaff and Unarmed. The 20 hours of lessons per weapon covers how to wield the weapon with accuracy and effective fighting style, in drills, choreography and flourishes. Equally important are the safety concerns with each weapon, and how to create the illusion of violence with each strike and move. At the end of the course, the student will perform three fight scenes (complete with dialogue and acting besides an impressive fight), one for each weapon, evaluated by an FDC Fight Master.

Classes run Monday through Friday for two weeks, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Intro to Swordplay

Date Saturday, June 20, 2015

Time3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Price C$99.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 6

Over the course of four hours you will learn the fundamentals of European swordplay. You will build a solid foundation in rapier, longsword, and sidesword as you practice posture, movement, attack, defense, and fundamental strategy.

This is a hands-on workshop ideal for beginners aged 15+ and of all physical abilities. All the swordplay equipment required to participate is provided.

Workshop alone: $99 + GST

Expert Introduction (Workshop + 2 hours of Private Instruction): $240 + GST

Instructor: Greg Reimer

Fight Directors Canada Certification Course - Two-Week Intensive

Date Monday, October 12, 2015

Time9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Price C$795.00

LocationAcademie Duello Map and Directions

Available Spaces 12

Fight Directors Canada requires three specific weapon systems at the Basic Actor-Combatant level: Sword, Quarterstaff and Unarmed. The 20 hours of lessons per weapon covers how to wield the weapon with accuracy and effective fighting style, in drills, choreography and flourishes. Equally important are the safety concerns with each weapon, and how to create the illusion of violence with each strike and move. At the end of the course, the student will perform three fight scenes (complete with dialogue and acting besides an impressive fight), one for each weapon, evaluated by an FDC Fight Master.

Classes run Monday through Friday for two weeks, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm