Schedule subject to change

ArenaYardFront Field
a 9:00Registration
10:00Intro to Mounted CombatRider Conditioning (Ballet in the Barn)
11:30Spear & Lance
p 12:00
12:30Lecture: Classical Horsemanship
1:30Classical Riding clinicGrappling & Pommel Plays
2:00Classical Riding clinic
2:30Classical Riding clinicSwordplay & Grappling from the Falsemount
3:00Mounted Spear Manoeuvres Horsemanship Level 1
4:30Mounted SparringEquine First Aid
6:00Rider Assessments & Beginner Riding

Intro to Mounted Combatmounted-combat-2-685-375

10am – 12:30pm
Instructor: Jennifer Landels
Level:  Beginner
Prerequisites: noneDuello_Mounted-Combat_Chena_2672

Never ridden a horse or swung a sword?  No problem!  In this  two and a half hour workshop you will:

  • learn about handling, grooming & tacking up a horse
  • have a group riding lesson that includes handling a sword from horseback
  • practice longsword fundamentals from the ground

This course is also recommended for experienced swordsmen with little or no horse experience, and experienced riders who have done little or no sword work.

Rider Conditioning – aka Ballet in the Barn

10am – 11am
Instructor: Erin Ensor
Levels: All
Prerequisites: none

Riding and swordplay are both activities that requires balance, endurance, coordination, and physical strength.  To perform to full potential a rider needs to cross-train. This ballet- and jazz-based cross-training session, with Erin Ensor, founder of Danceability Studio, will look at key problem areas for riders, and explore strength, stretch and balance exercises to overcome and prevent them.  In addition, ballet is excellent cross-training for swordplay, and rapier in particular. Dress comfortably in breeches or workout clothes and prepare for a moderate workout.


Spear & Lance

11:00 – 12:30pm
Instructor: Devon Boorman
Level: All
Prerequisites: none

The spear is one of the oldest cavalry weapons and through its evolution into various types of lance continued to be used in combat and jousting throughout the middle ages.  Find out how a simple stick — pointed or otherwise — becomes a versatile and deadly weapon in the hands of a knight.

Lecture: Introduction to Classical Horsemanship

12:30 – 1:30pm
Instructor: Classical riding traces its roots to masters of the 15th – 17th centuries such as de Guerinière, Pluvinel, Cavendish and the like, and has continued on with practitioners such as Phillipe Karl and Nuno Oliveira.  Sherry Levaäho of Levaäho Academic Horsemanship will touch briefly on the history of the art, then give a primer on the philosophies and techniques which will be invaluable to those taking her clinics, and fascinating for everyone!

Classical Riding Clinics

1:30 – 3:00pm
Instructor Sherry Levaäho
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Riding 1 or equivalent

Private and semi-private riding clinics with Sherry Levaäho of Levaäho Academic Horsemanship.  Riders will be paired according to their level.  Only 6 spaces are available, so be sure to get yours!

Grappling & Pommel Plays

1:30 – 2:30pm
Instructor: Devon Boorman
Level: All
Prerequisites: none

Wrestling was a large part of mediaeval mounted combat.  A successful grapple or throw could earn you a knight to ransom or a new horse for your stable.  But beware!  Sloppy technique can be turned against you and land you in the dirt instead!  Working from the ground and falsemount you will learn the historical grappling and pommel techniques used for mounted disarms, throws and captures.

Swordplay & Grappling from the Falsemount

2:30 – 3:00pm
Instructor: Devon Boorman
Level: All
Prerequisites: none

This class will take the skills from the Grappling workshops and apply them to use from the Falsemount (wooden horse).  Working from the Falsemount is the intermediate step between work from the ground and work from the horse.

Mounted Spear ManouevresDevonJennMCtackle

3:00 – 4:30 pm
Instructor: Jennifer Landels
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Riding 1 or equivalent

Learn techniques for handling long and short spears from horseback, including Garrocha (dressage with spear) movements.

Mounted Sparring

4:30 – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Devon Boorman
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Green Spur

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Apply the attacks and defences learned on the ground to horseback.  Attention will also be given to specific dressage movements and training useful for mounted combat.

Horsemanship 1

3:00 – 4:30 pm
Instructor: Kate Landels
Level: beginner
Prerequisites: none

In this workshop you will cover all the basic information needed to pass level 1 Horsemanship, including catching and leading, grooming & tacking up, colours and points of the horse, basic feeding and how to tie the quick release knot.

Equine First Aid

4:30 – 6:00pm
Instructor: Kate Landels
Level: all
Prerequisites: none

Learn when to call the vet and how to keep your horse safe and comfortable till she gets there.  Find out how to take your horse’s TPR, care for minor injuries, and apply simple dressings and bandages.  This is important information everyone who hangs out with horses should know!

On a turn or circle the inside hind will step across and under the horse's bodyRiding Assessments & Beginner Riding

5:30 – 7pm
Instructor: Jennifer Landels
Prerequisites: none
This is a chance for those experienced riders outside the program to have an informal riding assessment to qualify for further workshops and the tournament.  Lessons will also be available for beginner riders in this time slot.