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The Forty-Second Year

Equestrian Tourney -- Caer Darth

November 17, 2007 (AS XLII)

Graham Hill Showgrounds,
Santa Cruz, CA

From The Page (September, 2007):

"Vino Comperio Veritas Venator!" The first part of the day will be a challenge course and as time permits we will run timed skill games. Come compete for the title of "Venator!" in Caer Darths "Vino Challenge Course!" We will also have contests for - Dog and Horse Barding, Wooden Horse for best tasting horse cookies. Most Chivalric Equestrian Horse/Rider Combination. Merchants welcome please contact the Autocrat prior to the event. Please visit (website address omitted) for more info and schedule. This event will be open to SCA and Non-SCA folk. If you want to do a demo during the day, set up a table with information about your group or just bring stuff to share with other folk (Books/Arts/Projects) then please contact the autocrat to arrange.

Site Information: Graham Hill Showgrounds / (address omitted)/Santa Cruz, Camping and pipe stalls available. Site opens Friday at 10pm and closes on Sunday at 6pm. Site open Friday for set up. Merchants and camping only. Site open to all other participants at 6am on 11/17. Site Fee $5 members, $8 Non-Members. Camping fee varies - check website. Rider Entry fee - $20

Autocrat: Zinaida Or'Shinaia (contact info omitted).


This was my first foray into being an Autocrat for an entire event.

I want to primarily say that the West is Blessed with Great, Caring People. Without you I would have been lost and overwhelmed!

For our first equestrian event in Darkwood/Caer Darth I think it turned out alright

We had 67 participants, 11 Equestrian Riders, perhaps a dozen rapier fighters! On the Missile range we had about 10 participants.

It was a day of sharp, pointy, poky things!

I want to congratulate Laurentia Von Graustein who came in second place on the challenge course! First place went to a non-SCA member Elizabeth Hiatt!

Special thanks to:
Seaghdha Cameron for Marshalling our Rapier Range
Dauid ap Morgant for Marshalling our Missile Range
Marguerite for Marshalling our Equestrian Course and being my Mentor!
Henrik of Havn for putting Chevalier back in Chivalry and being my Inspiration.

Also heartfelt thanks go to:
Robert of Dunharrow – Always a Supported of anything Equine!
Vickie! & Garrett
Gwenessa - Our Energizer Bunny!
Corwyn - Judge for the Day!
Rusty! - Thanks for the combat archery set up!!
Baron & Baroness of Darkwood Erick & Liesl
And of course - Gwendwyn!!!

For without you this event would not have happened! You guys are wonderful!

It is my hope that Dauid and Shay post who won their respective challenges!

Lady Zinaida Or'Shinaia!

Description of this event (if any), taken from The Page, or from memory of at least one person who attended the event.

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