Equestrian

9-18-2021 UPDATE

It is with deep regret that we have to cancel equestrian activities at war this year. The last year or more has been a difficult time for many, and lingering impacts have affected so many aspects of what makes our part of the game possible.We are looking forward to the next year to plan ways to share our love of the SCA and our horses with everyone at Great Western War 2022.

Yours in Service,

THL Rhua Cat Ifrinn, OGL

Duke Patrick OMalley

Greetings!

We are excited to welcome back our friends from the Known World to Great Western War Equestrian! After such a long hiatus, we are looking forward to reaffirming our bonds of friendship with equestrians from inside and outside Caid as well as sharing our love of our horses and the games with any who are new to medieval equestrian activities or horses in general.

Below are a few general items of business. We are looking for volunteers to run activities or teach. If you are interested, please reach out to us at the email address below. Plans are in the works for a casual Meet and Greet during the week; details will be posted soon.

This year registration runs a little differently for equestrians. There will be a separate registration link for HORSES only that will be open later than that for their human companions. Please be sure to include your name and contact information on that registration as we will get a notification and can use that to plan stalls etc. for everyone. Tent footprints and needs for camping in Equestrian can also be sent to the stewards’ email below.

There is a Facebook page where everyone can ask questions, post suggestions, visit, and make plans with others for the week. You can join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1334135170071765

Welcome to War!!

Yours in Service,

THL Rhua Cat Ifrinn, OGL

Duke Patrick OMalley

equestrian.steward@gww.sca-caid.org

Equestrian Activities at War **(See detailed schedule at end of general information.) Caid takes great pride in offering a variety of activities for participants and encourages attendees to do as many or as few events as they and their horse are capable of. Equestrian events are scheduled this year Wednesday through Sunday. All schedules are subject to delay or change based on wind and weather conditions.

For many, these large animals are more than pets, they are ‘family’. Please be considerate and keep the following in mind as they are designed to protect both the horses and those unfamiliar with them:

  • Minors are not allowed around the animals without parent or legal guardian escort.
  • Do not feed or touch any of the horses without permission from the owner.
  • A red tassel or ribbon on a horse indicates that the horse may bite or kick. Do not approach this horse.
  • Some horses startle easily. Do not run, jump, yell, or make sudden movements around them.
  • The Stable closes at sundown to everyone except horse owners unless accompanied by the owners.

· NO Smoking anywhere in the equestrian area, equestrian camp, the arena, on or near any hay bales, or in the equestrian/trailer parking area.

Requirements for Participation All riders must be authorized. Riding in the arena, surrounding equestrian area, and trails only requires the regular General Riding Authorization. For roads, camping areas, or on the battlefield, each rider and horse combination must pass the Caid Parade/Camp Riding authorization. (See Rider Requirements). Carts must be road legal to drive on the road.

Volunteers are greatly needed and welcomed! Equestrian Ground-Crew positions in Caid do not require authorizations, but are approved on a day to day basis by the Equestrian Marshal-in-charge. Volunteers working around horses must wear closed-toe shoes (boots are preferred). Volunteers must be over the age of eighteen or accompanied by a legal parent/guardian at all times when working around the horses.

**Authorizations for General Riding and Mounted Games can be arranged on an individual basis.

Horse stalls All stalls are reserved stalls and will be marked with the name of the horse/owner. They must be tagged with the owner’s name, cell phone number, any special needs or concerns for the horse, camp location information of the owner, and alternate person to contact in case of emergency.

If you are renting a stall on-site contact an EQ Autocrat before placing your horse in a stall.

If you are setting up a portable corral, contact Rhua or Patrick before setting up.

You MUST physically sign out with the steward, Rhua, or the deputy steward, Duke Patrick, before departing site. There will be a $75 fee for any bedding, manure, shavings, or other debris left in any stall, trailer parking spot, or portable stall location after your departure. Sign out will verify your area is clean, avoid this fine and potentially being banned from future CAID equestrian events. It is NOT advisable to leave any bedding behind for a friend; if they do not clean it up, YOU will be billed. The park requires we leave the area as clean as it was when we arrived. If you leave a mess, you effectively leave the stewards and their horses in the sun for clean up or risk the War being fined.

Parking Trailer/truck parking is available in the equestrian area. Only horse hauling vehicles and horse trailers actually being used to haul equines are permitted to park in the equestrian parking area.

Equestrian Camp Please see Rhua for your tent/pavilion location in the EQ Camp. Per site rules, every pavilion must have a working fire extinguisher placed outside of it. Please label it with your name. Noise curfew inside camp is 10 PM. Equestrians have to rise early to take care of their horses. Please be considerate.

Veterinarian While there is not an onsite vet, we contact a local vet each year to be on call for emergencies. Information will be posted once we have confirmation.

Local Tack and Feed Over the years, we have found The Round-up Feed and Pet store to be wonderful to work with. In the past, they have been willing to order and deliver feed and have a large inventory of supplies and tack. https://www.roundupfeed.com/

Rental Horses No rental horses are available at this time.

War Activity Schedule

  • All horses and Riders must be approved by the Equestrian Stewards prior to riding out on site.
  • Equestrian Authorizations for General Riding and Mounted Games can be arranged on an individual basis.

2021 Equestrian Schedule

Start Time

Wed Oct.6

Thu Oct7

Fri Oct 8

Sat Oct 9

Sun Oct10

Mon Oct 11

9-10 AM

Castle Charge

Tear Down & Clean Up

10-11 AM

Jousting

Participants’ discretion

Rossfechten

Rossfechten

Introduction to Horses and Equestrian Activities for Youth

TBA

Tear Down & Clean Up

11 AM- Noon

Jousting

Participants’ discretion

Rossfechten

Rossfechten

Introduction to Horses and Equestrian Activities for Youth

TBA

Tear Down & Clean Up

12-1 PM

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

1-2 PM

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

2-3 PM

Jousting

Participants’ discretion

Mounted Combat

Princess’ Champion

TBA

Open arena

3-4 PM

Jousting

Participants’ discretion

Mounted Combat

Princess’ Champion

TBA

Tear down begins.

4-5 PM

5-6 PM

Grand Court is generally in the evening. No equestrian activities planned.

6-7 PM

Castle Charge Practice

Detailed Equestrian Schedule

Daily

  • All horses and Riders must be approved by the Equestrian Stewards prior to riding out on site.
  • Equestrian Authorizations for General Riding and Mounted Games can be arranged on an individual basis. Tuesday
  • Activities at the participants’ discretion.

Wednesday

  • Jousting and other events at participants’ discretion.

Thursday

  • 10-noon Rossfechten Introduction and Practice: Led by Lancer Catherine O Boylan, Deputy Society Marshal for Rossfechten. Come experience the medieval art of swordplay on horseback! First session will be a review of the basics of 15th century German technique, then progressing to drills. Depending on background and experience, second session will either be review and expansion of session one or free play. We have loaner gear for rider and horse available, but please bring any equipment you have.
  • 2-4pm Mounted Combat class and practice: Led by Duke Patrick O’Malley of Ulidia.
  • 5 PM: Castle Charge practice – If you want to participate in the charge on Friday morning, you MUST attend the practice/authorization on the horse you intend to ride.

Friday

  • 10-noon Rossfechten Practice: Led by Lancer Catherine O Boylan, Deputy Society Marshal for Rossfechten. Review and expansion of session one/free play.
  • 2pm/At her Highness’ wishes: Princess’ Championship

Saturday

  • 10-noon Introduction to Horses and Equestrian Activities for Youth: Led by Duchess Kara the Twin of Kelton. A basic overview of what horses were used for in medieval times. How much care does a horse take? What do horses like to eat? There will also be hands on opportunities for those that wish to lead a horse on a lead rope, brush a horse, petting or feeding treats to horses. **Closed toed shoes please, and youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • 2-4pm TBA

Sunday

  • 10am-Noon TBA
  • 3pm Tear Down begins

Monday

  • 9 AM-Noon: Tear Down / Clean Up – We welcome any and all who can spare even a short amount of time to help pull down all the panels for the arena and stalls. We especially need extra hands once the corrals start coming down as horses tied for long periods of time to the trailers while their “parents” are working tend to get restless. The faster we can get everything down, the faster the “furry children” get loaded making them more comfortable and safer.

Daily

  • All horses and Riders must be approved by the Equestrian Stewards prior to riding out on site.
  • Equestrian Authorizations for General Riding and Mounted Games can be arranged on an individual basis. Tuesday
  • Activities at the participants’ discretion.

Wednesday

  • Jousting and other events at participants’ discretion.

Thursday

  • 10-noon Rossfechten Introduction and Practice: Led by Lancer Catherine O Boylan, Deputy Society Marshal for Rossfechten.
  • 2-4pm Mounted Combat class and practice: Led by Duke Patrick O’Malley of Ulidia.
  • 5 PM: Castle Charge practice – If you want to participate in the charge on Friday morning, you MUST attend the practice/authorization on the horse you intend to ride.

Friday

  • 10-noon Rossfechten Practice: Led by Lancer Catherine O Boylan, Deputy Society Marshal for Rossfechten.
  • 2pm/At her Highness’ wishes: Princess’ Championship

Saturday

  • 10-noon Introduction to Horses and Equestrian Activities for Youth: Led by Duchess Kara the Twin of Kelton. A basic overview of what horses were used for in medieval times. How much care does a horse take? What do horses like to eat? There will also be hands on opportunities for those that wish to lead a horse on a lead rope, brush a horse, petting or feeding treats to horses. **Closed toed shoes please, and youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • 2-4pm TBA

Sunday

  • 10am-Noon TBA
  • 3pm Tear Down begins

Monday

  • 9 AM-Noon: Tear Down / Clean Up – We welcome any and all who can spare even a short amount of time to help pull down all the panels for the arena and stalls. We especially need extra hands once the corrals start coming down as horses tied for long periods of time to the trailers while their “parents” are working tend to get restless. The faster we can get everything down, the faster the “furry children” get loaded making them more comfortable and safer.