[ANT] Hocktide Emprise

Hocktide Emprise, scheduled for April 16-18, is fast approaching!

Much has changed since last year's Hocktide! This year the event has been moved to a beautiful, much larger site. We now have all the room we need for camping, fighting, riding, archery, teaching, or just enjoying the show.

Hocktide is a fully integrated horse event. This means the entire site is one massive horse area. All visitors will again be required to sign an equestrian waiver at the gate. While horses will not be riding through your camp as you are eating dinner, everyone will be in close proximity to horses at some point during the weekend, much as they would have been at a period tournament. As a note of concern, if you have strong issues with the presence of horses, this probably is not an event you will want to attend. For everyone else, we promise a very rare and quite wonderful experience you will not want to miss!

For the Equestrians among us: This is a new site for Hocktide which includes two outdoor arenas, one indoor covered arena and 30 acres of Horse Park, complete with a cross country course incorporating jumps, rising and falling terrain and water crossings. We will make use of all these to hold four different challenges to test horse and rider in a wide variety of skills with Destrier, Courser, Palfrey and Hunter courses.

For our Armored Combatants: Glyn Dwfn is again holding their Shire Championship/ Prize tournament with a format that encourages not only a variety of weapon combinations, but makes presentation and appearance important as well. Additionally, we intend to make use of the fantastic terrain and features of the horse park to hold a Summits Muster War Practice. We call on the warriors of the Summits and those from elsewhere in An Tir, to turn out in forces strong enough to hold war maneuvers to train in the skills and tactics that will serve us well should the armies of the West again cross our borders.

For our Rapier Combatants: There will be a rapier prize tournament which will allow you to impress the spectators with the skill and finesse of this most elegant of combat forms.

For our Archers: We will be offering hours of course time with a competition sponsored, once again, by our fair shire. The archery area will be located as close as possible to everything else to allow everyone the chance to observe this demonstration of skill at arms. However, everyone should be warned that with the size of the site, something is always going to be a distance from some other events.

For our Artisans: For all those with skills they would like to share, please come forward and offer to teach a class. This new site comes complete with an onsite kitchen and meeting room capable of facilitating a wide range of possible instruction. We also encourage musicians and
other entertainers to come and enhance the merriment.

For our Spectators: Come one and all to enjoy 3 days of excitement with riding, heavy armored and rapier combat, archery, artists, entertainers and merchants.

Speaking of merchants, we still have room for a few more. All we ask by way of a merchant fee is that you pay the same gate fee as everyone else AND that you donate one item to be offered as a prize for one of the many competitions to be held through the long weekend.