Carosella 2016 is coming soon!

Registration for Carosella 2016 will be open in a matter of days!  This year we have new workshops and demos including Garrocha, Natural Horsemanship, and an all-Canadian Horse Drill Team, as well as Horseback Archery, Mounted Sparring, Classical Riding, Mounted Games, and our exciting Sunday tournament!

Now it's time to answer some of those frequently asked questions....

Q: How can I sign up for Carosella?Black Knight cropped

A: You can register online here for full and one-day passes.  Regular entries close Monday September 5th. Post-entries will only be accepted if space is available and are subject to a $10 surcharge.

Q: Who can register for Carosella?

A: Anyone aged 8 and up!  There are workshops and tournament events for all levels of ability and experience.  Kids under 14 need to have a parent or guardian on site.  Children 7 and under are welcome as spectators, and there will be family-friendly demos and activities during the tournament on Sunday.

Q: I have never ridden a horse before.  What workshops and competitions can I take part in?

Beg HA AaronA: The following workshops are suitable for beginning riders:

  • Intro to Mounted Combat
  • Single-handed Longsword
  • Spear & Lance
  • Grappling & Pommel Plays
  • Swordplay & Grappling from the Falsemount
  • Horsemanship 1
  • Equine First Aid
  • Beginner Riding
  • Beginner Horseback Archery
  • Rider Conditioning
  • Bandaging
  • Horsemanship 2
  • Hungarian Archery from the GroundIs balloon

Non-riders will also be able to take part in the on-foot section of the tournament, and those who have taken Horsemanship 1 or 2 during the weekend will be able to enter the Grooms' tournament.

A Colville-esque run home with the spearQ: I'm an experienced rider, but have never done archery or swordplay.  Which workshops should I take? 

A:  Intro to Mounted Combat and Beginner Horseback Archery are the best ways to get started with these skills.  You can take an assessment on Friday evening to allow you to use a school horse for other mounted workshops and the tournament.

Q:  I'm an experienced ground archer and rider.  Should I still take the Beginner Horseback Archery?

A: Yes.  Horseback archery is significantly different from archery on foot and the Beginner workshop will introduce you to the draw, the methods of holding arrows, and exercises for improving your shot from the back of a moving animal.

Q: Can I bring my own horse?Karissa vs Britt

A: Yes.  Horses must be unloaded and trailers moved by 9am.  Stalls are available for $15 per day.  If you elect to share your horse with another rider you will receive a $15 discount on the tournament alone, or a $30 discount on the full three day package.

Q: Are school horses available?

A: We have school horses available.  Priority for use of school horses goes to regular members of the Cavaliere program.

Q: Are there volunteer opportunities?drills 1

A: Yes!  We always need volunteers.  This is a great opportunity to get behind the scenes and help make the weekend a success before and during the event.  If you are able to commit to a minimum number of hours ahead of time you can also earn a discount on passes or future Cavaliere program classes.

Before Carosella

For those of you hoping to get your riding levels signed off before Carosella, sign up for Riding and Horsemanship classes running Mondays & Thursdays, August 22 - Sep 8th.

Upcoming Classes

Riding & Horsemanship ClassesLaura & Jack

Get ready for Carosella!  Riding & Horsemanship classes run in 6 week series.  There is drop-in space in the current Monday evening series, and registration is open for the upcoming Saturday series.

Riding & Horsemanship Level 1 & 2 Saturdays 16 Jul – 20 Aug

Riding Level 3+ Saturdays 16 Jul - 20 Aug

Riding & Horsemanship Level 1& 2 Mondays/Thursdays 22 Aug – 8 Sep

Riding Level 3+ Mondays/Thursdays 22 Aug – 8 Sep

Carosella 2016Prix Fiore 1

Friday 9 September – Sunday 11 September
location: Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op, 12320 No 2 Road, Richmond
cost: $199 for the full 3-day weekend

For information, schedules and registration see our Carosella pages.


Jennifer Landels heads up Academie Duello's Cavaliere Program. She has been swordfighting since 2008, and riding since before she could walk. She started the program as an excuse to combine those passions.
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