The Mounted Combat Program Moves to Langley

Exciting changes are a-hoof in the Mounted Combat Program.  As of August 1st, 2018, the horses and the program will be moving to 21955 16 Ave in Langley.  This beautiful property (formerly Ridge Meadows Farm) near Campbell Valley Park has an indoor arena, heated lounge, two outdoor arenas, and ten acres of pasture for our…

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Staying True: Playing Through the True Fight

Red Spur Swordplay from the Ground: the True Fight As a scholar or Blue Spur within Academie Duello you should be already familiar with the the qualities of the true fight.  That is, you seek control of your opponent’s sword, advancing or striking when you have control,  retreating and seeking to regain control when you…

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Keep Calm and Carry On: Playbuilding for Skill & Strategy

Red Spur Swordplay from the Ground: Playbuilding When you were earning your Blue Spur, you demonstrated the ability to conduct isolated plays using attacks and defences from all quadrants.  Now we want you to show the ability to connect a series of attacks and defences, or in other words: Demonstrate the ability to carry on…

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Two Feet vs Four: Defeating the Mount Opponent

Red Spur Swordplay from the Ground Last week we looked at the general advantages and disadvantages the combatant on the ground faces when up against a rider.  This week I’ll get a little more specific and give you some plays you can use.  This is a sample only, not an all-encompassing toolbox of tactics, but…

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Two Feet vs Four: Facing the Mounted Opponent.

Red Spur Swordplay from the Ground The first section of the Red Spur Mounted Combat Skills section is Swordplay from the Ground.  Your first checkbox is: Demonstrate five plays from the ground against a mounted opponent. Facing the Mounted Opponent from the Ground To a foot soldier, I can imagine very few more frightening sights…

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Give the Gift of Giddyap for Christmas

Who doesn’t want a pony for Christmas?  Give the next best thing with a six-week course of Riding & Horsemanship at Red Colt Farm, where students learn to care for and ride Academie Duello’s gentle school horses.  If the thought of knighthood lights up your loved-one’s eyes, include the Mounted Combat Fundamentals course for only…

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Thank you for your Membership

It’s been just over a year since we launched our Mounted Combat Membership program.  Here’s what some of those fees have paid for: Keeping Jack’s tender toes happy with giant shoes Chiropractor visits for Tilly Making horse use and stall rental free of charge at Carosella 2017 Orange-bin rental for our renolition party this summer…

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The Red Spur: Mounted Combat Curriculum

The Mounted Combat Skills curriculum for the Red Spur comprises six sections: Swordplay from the ground Swordplay from horseback Sword and shield Spear versus sword Mounted Games Knowledge In the next few months of this blog we’ll be looking at the first section, swordplay from the ground. Red Spur: Swordplay from the Ground For this…

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Have a Horsey Hallowe’en

Thank you to everyone who hung out and helped tarp the hay barn roof on Sunday.  Even if you were just passing hammers and nails up from the ground, we couldn’t have done it without you.  Happy Horsey Hallowe’en!   Autumn Riding, Horsemanship, and Mounted Combat There are still one or two spaces available in…

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