March Madness Playday


Yes!  We may have been snowed out for our regularly scheduled Playday on February 5th, so we’ve thumbed our noses at the weather and the schedule alike, and will hold it on March 5th instead.

No need to register in advance: just show up.  Mounted games and mounted sparring right after Mounted Combat Class.  Bring your bow if you want to do archery.

Mounted Combat Playday
Sunday 5 March
2pm – 5pm
cost: $15 + gst
use of school horse: $15 + gst
location: Red Colt Co-op, 12320 No 2 Road, Richmond
no pre-registration – bring cash or cheque made out to Academie Duello

Join us for Mounted Combat Class at noon, and stay for the playday for a day of fun with swords and saddles.  See you at Red Colt!

March Courses

Ongoing Mounted Combat Classes

These 2-hour sessions focus on the weapons skills needed to progress from Green to Blue Spur.  Regular tuition includes classes taken entirely from the ground (no riding skills necessary).
Sundays noon – 2pm
cost: 2 hours tuition
instructor:  Jennifer Landels

Beginner Riding & Horsemanship

If you’ve never been on a horse, or if it’s been a long time, here’s the place to start. When you arrive at the barn at 11am, you’ll begin with a horsemanship lesson, familiarizing yourself with the horses and their tack, as well as how to groom, handle and tack them up.  Then you will have a riding lesson, working through the requirements of Riding Level 1 — the prerequisite to most of the fun stuff we do on horseback!

Sundays 11am – 1pm
12 March – 16 April
cost: $300 + gst for 6 classes
instructor: Stephanie Laversin

Register here, or bundle with Mounted Combat Fundamentals and save $36.

Riding & Horsemanship Level 2

This course is intended for riders who have taken classes through the program and are comfortable tacking up their own horses.  Riders should arrive at 9:30am, to tack up and warm up their horses before starting their riding lessons at 10am, followed by Horsemanship Level 2 or 3 lessons at 11am.

Sundays 11am – 1pm
12 March – 16 April
cost: $300 + gst for 6 classes
instructor: Stephanie Laversin

Register here, or bundle with Mounted Combat Fundamentals and save $36.

Riding Level 3+

This class is intended for independent riders who have achieved Level 2 or higher.  Riders are expected to be tacked up and warmed up prior to class.  Your own helmets, boots, and half chaps are recommended, as are safety vests for the occasional cross-country class, weather permitting.

Sundays 10am – 11am
12 March – 16 April
cost: $200 + gst for 6 classes
instructor: Stephanie Laversin

Mounted Combat Fundamentals

This 6-week series of classes is intended to give you the basics of swordplay from the ground to prepare you for fighting from horseback.  Participants at this level will practise from the ground and the falsemount to achieve the combat skills needed to attain the rank of Green Spur and participate in Mounted Sparring clinics and tournaments.  Students who have their Riding and Horsemanship Level 1 and who attend all five classes can reasonably expect to attain their Green Spur by the end of the series.  Once you have your Green Spur, you can sign up for Intermediate Mounted Combat, and can spar in our regular Playday event, as well as competing in our annual Carosella tournament.

Sundays 1pm – 3pm
12 March – 16 April
cost: $135 + gst for 6 classes
instructor: Clinton Fernandes

Register here, or bundle with Riding & Horsemanship and save $36.

Mounted Combat Membership

Our six-month and one-year membership packages are a great way to get more out of the program.  With a membership, you get two free practice rides a month, a 10% discount on all Riding, Horsemanship and Mounted Combat courses, a $5 discount on private lessons at Red Colt Co-op, and free weekly Mounted Combat Practice sessions on Monday nights.

6-month membership, January – June 2017: $200 + gst
1-year membership, January 2017 – December 2017: $300 + gst

To acquire a membership call the front desk at 604 568 9907 or email info@academieduello.com.

 

Jennifer Landels 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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