What an amazing weekend!
Carosella 2019 was our seventh iteration of the event but it contained many firsts. We finally brought Working Equitation to the event courtesy of Darcy Henkel and Westcoast Working Equitation; Benjamin Davis gave us a cutting workshop; we included on-ground longsword, sidesword, and rapier tournaments for the first time; and we were honoured to be joined by Jagjit Singh of the Gatka Federation of Canada and many of his students who have been taking riding, horsemanship, and mounted combat here at Cornwall Ridge over the summer. In addition to these new elements, we were delighted to welcome back previous instructors Robert Borsos and Sherry Peters-Leväaho to teach their ever-popular Horse Archery and Classical Riding clinics.
After two full days of riding, archery, swordplay, and horsemanship workshops, our participants were ready to put their skills to the test at the Sunday competitions. The indoor ring was home to the swordplay tournaments, while mounted games and archery took place outdoors. In addition to the competitions we had a beautiful Prix Fiore demonstration from Allie Douglas and Christian Deron, as well as an impressive Gatka demonstration. The Guru Nanak Sikh Temple sent their food truck to fuel us for the day, and the final event, as the sun was setting, was the Green Spur mounted sparring tournament.
While there were some delays due to unexpectedly full swordplay pools and tricky weather (the wind was strong enough to knock over bending poles and stick pegs in the outdoor arena), the day went extremely well. The horses were models of good behaviour, and the participants fought and competed with courtesy and good humour, as well as a high degree of skill. However, due to the late finish, we did not have time to calculate the results, and the competitors are still on tenter-hooks to find out the overall winners.
Carosella 2019 Tournament Results
To start the day off, teams of two groomed and tacked up horses to present to our judges. They were marked on their own turnout, as well as the grooming of the horse, the correct fitting of tack, and order in which they finished.
- Allie Douglas (no partner) with Tilly
- Harkeerit Bassi & Avneet Kaur with Princess
- Gurkanwar Singh & Amitjyot Mann Singh Mann with Jack
- Dave Wayne & Nadine Geddert with Flavie
- Harjap Singh & Namkiran Singh with Chicco
Team Mounted Games
Timed mounted relays included Bending, 5-flag, Stick-pegging, and Wizard's Castle.
Intermediate / Open Division
- Team Vive le Roi: Christian Deron on Chicco, Ariadna Popa on Princess with 14 points
- Team Red Devils: Allie Douglas on Tilly, Dave Wayne on Flavie with 13 points
- Team Khardkus: Gurkanwar Singh on Tilly, Amitjyot Singh on Flavie, Sudivyadeep Singh on Jack, Harkeerit Bassi on Princess with 15 points
- Team Red Knights: Nadine Geddert on Tilly, Avneet Kaur on Princess, Harjap Singh on Chicco, and Namkiran Singh on Flavie with 12 points
A timed run in which participants had one target and two arrows
- Christian Deron on Jack, 8.2s
- Allie Douglas on Tilly, 11s
- Nadine Geddert on Chicco, 13.53s
- Dave Wayne on Flavie, 24.22s
- Ariadna Popa on Princess, 24.23s
Individual Mounted Games
For the Open and Intermediate divisions games were Sword & Rings, Spear & Quintain, and Three-mug. Beginner division games were Sword & Rings and Spear & Quintain
- Allie Douglas on Tilly
- Stephanie Laversin on Daisy
- Christian Deron on Trinny
- Dave Wayne on Flavie
- Ariadna Popa on Princess
- Gurkanwar Singh on Tilly
- Nadine Geddert on Chicco
- Tie for 3rd Amitjyot Singh on Flavie and Sudivyadeep Singh on Jack
- Tie for 5th Courtenay Winter on Tilly and Harkireet Bassi on Tilly
Green Spur Mounted Sparring
Round robins with two pools of five riders. Top two of each pool entered semi finals.
- Amitjyot Singh on Flavie
- Sudivyadeep Singh on Jack
- Tie for 3rd Harjap Singh on Tilly, Namkiran Singh on Flavie
- Tie for 5th Dave Wayne on Flavie, Gurkanwar Singh on Tilly, Harkireet Bassi on Princess
A win in each of the above divisions counted for 5 points, 2nd place 4 points, etc.
- Allie Douglas with 18 points
- Tie for 2nd Christian Deron, Nadine Geddert, and Gurkanwar Singh with 13 points each
- 5th Dave Wayne with 12 points
The longsword competition consisted of two pools of six and five fighters who fought round robin matches. Winner was determined by a final bout between the winner of each pool.
- Namkiran Singh
- Harjap Singh
- Rajpal Singh
- Tie for 4th Dave Wayne, Sudivyadeep Singh, and Benjamin Davis
Round robins of two pools of five fighters. Winner determined by final bout between winner of each pool.
- Harjap Singh
- Namkiran Singh
- Amitjyot Singh Mann
- Sudivyadeep Singh
- Tie for 5th Elena Liakhovskaia and Gurkanwar Singh
Round robin of six fighters. Winner determined by final bout between top two.
- Mark Gen
- Benjamin Davis
- Tie for 3rd Rajpal Singh and Sudivyadeep Singh
- Tie for 5th Dave Wayne and Amitjyot Singh Mann
Timed run with one target and two arrows. Bonus points (seconds deducted) for colour of ring.
- Harjap Singh, 3.1s
- Allie Douglas, 5.55s
- Nadine Geddert, 6.11s
- Gurkanwar Singh, 9.17s
- Amitjyot Singh, 11s
Total of points in the above divisions plus the grooms' competition.
- Harjap Singh, 15 points
- Namkiran Singh, 10 points
- Allie Douglas, 9 points
- Amitjyot Singh Mann, 8 points
- Tie for 5th Sudivyadeep Singh, Rajpal Singh
Carosella Grand Champion
Total of all competitions, field of 22 competitors.
- Allie Douglas, 22 points
- Harjap Singh, 19 points
- Tie for 3rd Nadine Geddert, Gurkanwar Singh, Amitjyot Singh Mann, 16 points each
- 6th Dave Wayne, 15 points
- Tie for 7th Namkiran Singh, Sudivyadeep Singh, 14 points
- 9th Christian Deron
- 10th Ariadna Popa
Congratulations to all the participants, and especially Allie, whose riding, horsemanship, and archery was so strong she achieved the high-point award for the day without sparring. Kudos as well to Harjap, who showed excellence in all areas of competition, and to Nadine, for whom it was the first time doing any of the competitions, riding on unfamiliar horses. A spectacular job done by all!
It's impossible to pull of an event of this complexity without a tonne of help, and I couldn't have done it without Benjamin Davis, who was my right-hand man, looking after the ground swordplay and cutting, as well as manning the onsite registration and sales. Chris Richardson is of course my left-hand man, looking after everything from sound systems, equipment, photography, emergency repairs, and cat herding. Ben and Chris, you're amazing – thank you! Huge thanks to the instructors, many of whom generously donated their time: Darcy Henkel, Robert Borsos, Sherry Peters-Leväaho, Jagjit Singh, Gurkanwar Singh, Devon Boorman, Ben Davis, Isabel Landels, and Eleanor Landels. We are all extremely grateful to the Guru Nanak roving kitchen who fed everyone for free on Sunday (and supplied a cooler full of delicious pakora on Saturday). And to the volunteers who signed up ahead of time, and those who pitched in on the spot, you are too numerous to list without forgetting some, but I love you all.
For those of you who've caught the equine bug, registration is open for the next series of Riding & Horsemanship which starts October 13th, along with the first October Mounted Combat Mastery class. I hope to see you at the barn soon.