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Equestrian Activities

The West Kingdom has a long history of Equestrian activities, going back to the early days, as can be seen by the history noted below by Henrik of Havn. This part of the History website is aimed at giving a way for those interested in these activities in the West a place to view photos and such chronicling Equestrian activities in the West's past.


"The history of Equestrian activities in the SCA, begins with the first use of horses at Tournaments. As mentioned in other discussions when Hirsch von Henford first began discussing the SCA's history with some of us that were around at the beginning, I was the first person to ride in the SCA. That was when I first rode a horse in my (then) new mail hauberk (which I now find should more corectly be called a byrnie or broign, since a hauberk was originally just a mail hood or coif, not a full length shirt or tunic of mail) and wore a spangen helm and sword, and carried a shield and lance. It was at the fourth SCA Tournament, on March 25, 1967 in AS I. The first issue of Tournaments Illuminated has a drawing of me riding in this armour, as the front cover artwork. This illustration was taken from a photo of me, which I have a copy of, and was drawn by Diana Listmaker.

"The next event was more specificly a Foot combat combined with Equestrian, Tournament, which was held on April 27, 1969, AS III. A quintain was available, and we rode at it till it finally failed and fell apart (due to insufficient engineering for the forces applied by the various contestants).

"The next event with Equestrian activities, was at the first overnight Tournament, held on May 17 and 18, 1969, AS IV, in Oakdale. At this event, Sir robert of Dunharrow and I fought on horseback with mace and shield (on Saturday the 17th).

"On January 8, 1971, AS V, I created the first SCA Office of Equestrian Arts, during my final court, at the end of my fifth Reign as King of the West. I appointed Mistress Suzanne of Ravenhill, OL., as the first Kingdom Minister of Equestrian Arts in the West (as well as The Known World).

"The next Western Equestrian Event was on July 19 and 20, 1975, AS X, and was a full Equestrian Tournament, running for two days. Competitions included Costume for Horse and Rider, Tilting at Rings, Tilting at the Quintain, Behead the Enemy, and several other competitions which may have included one or more of the following typical events of that time period: Goblet Race, Flag Race, Squire Rescue Race, Fair Damsel Rescue Race and Obstacle Course.

"On September 27, 1975, AS X, Mistress Suzanne of Ravenhill retired from the position of West Kingdom minister of Equestrian arts, and I was appointed to the office, as her successor, which I held for many years afterward, both singlely as well as jointly with Mistress Cliveden de Cheiux.

"On May 1 and 2, 1976, AS XI, several members of the Principality of Caid drove up to the West Kingdom Coronation Tournament bringing their horses with them. These included Jeanett La Rue Cheval, Bevin Fraser of Sterling and Sir Morven of Carrick. They as well as other Caidians, participated in the Equestrian Competitions held there that day, which autocratted by me.

"In subsequent years, Caid became a Kingdom and developed it's own Equestrian group which grew and initiated their own events and activities. This was perhaps the second major area of Equestrian development in the SCA.

"I can't give much comment about other out of the West Kingdom Equestrian developments, other than to say I saw some horses at Pennsic War in 1977, AS XII." -- Henrik of Havn (originally posted on the West Kingdom Equestrian mailing list, May 16, 2005 (AS XL)).


Events and/or Photos of Equestrian Activities:

Equestrian Arts Tourney, July 19-20, 1975 (AS X)
Equestrian Ride, May 22, 1976 (AS XI)
Equestrian Events Practice, June 12, 1976 (AS XI)
Equestrian Tourney, June 19-20, 1976 (AS XI)
Equestrian Ride, August 14, 1976 (AS XI)
First Caid Equestrian Tourney, March 12, 1977 (AS XI)
Equestrian Tournament, June 12, 1977 (AS XII)
Equestrian Ride to Precede Mists Coronet, May 14, 1978 (AS XIII)
Equestrian Ride, June 11, 1978 (AS XIII)
Equestrian Ride and Picnic, July 9, 1978 (AS XIII)
Equestrian Tournament, August 5-6, 1978 (AS XIII)
Equestrian Trail Ride, October 21, 1978 (AS XIII)
Equestrian Arts Tourney, March 3-4, 1979 (AS XIII)
Equestrian Trail Ride, May 13, 1979 (AS XIV)
Equestrian Trail Ride, June 10, 1979 (AS XIV)
Equestrian Trail Ride, July 22, 1979 (AS XIV)
Equestrian Trail Ride, August 12, 1979 (AS XIV)
Equestrian Arts Tournament, October 20-21, 1979 (AS XIV)
Equestrian Mock Stag Hunt, September 25, 1982 (AS XVII)
Equestrian Tourney, July 30, 1983 (AS XVIII)
Equestrian Tourney, October 22, 1983 (AS XVIII)
Equestrian Event, October 23, 1983 (AS XVIII)
Equestrian Costume Ride, March 10, 1984 (AS XVIII)
Equestrian Prize Tournament, July 7, 1984 (AS XIX)
Equestrian Tourney, July 27, 1985 (AS XX)
Equestrian Event, Septerm 19, 1987 (AS XXII)
Princess' Equestrian Tourney, June 9, 1990 (AS XXV)
Princess' Equestrian Tourney, June 1, 1991 (AS XXVI)
Equestrian Collegium, May 9, 1992 (AS XVII)
Equestrian Tourney, August 14, 1993 (AS XVIII)
Equestrian Event, October 23-24, 1993 (AS XVIII)
Equestrian Tourney, May 14, 1994 (AS XXIX)
Equestrian Tourney, September 24, 1994 (AS XXIX)
Equestrian Collegium, June 10, 1995 (AS XXX)
Equestrian Event, September 9, 1995 (AS XXX)
Equestrian Arts Meeting, February 25, 1996 (AS XXX)
Equestrian Event, May 9, 1996 (AS XXXI)
William Marshall/Equestrian Tourney, August 3-4, 1996 (AS XXXI)
Equestrian Event, September 8, 1996 (AS XXXI)
Mists Investiture, May 10-12, 2002 (AS XXXVII)
June Crown Coronation, June 21-23, 2002 (AS XXXVII)
Equestrian Event, October 19, 2003 (AS XXXVIII)
Equestrian Event, October 2, 2004 (AS XXXIX)
Equestrian Event, April 23, 2005 (AS XXXIX)
June Crown Tournament (June 24-26, 2005, AS XL)
Equestrian Event, October 9, 2005 (AS XL)


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The West Kingdom History Website was created by and is maintained by Hirsch von Henford (mka Ken Mayer).