Greetings from the Equestrian Marshal
Next month will bring the first meeting of anyone and everyone interested in an aspect of the horse in our period, and in recreating it. The First Muster will be Sunday August 15th, at Queanbeyan, starting at 11am. There will be opportunity for those interested to mount up and get a feel for riding if you haven't before, and we will set up several mounted activities, including Saracen Head chopping, mounted archery, spear throwing and even some mounted combat. For non-riders, we will be having some informal collegia on all the other elements of equine recreation in the SCA, including caparisoning and riding habit, horse armour and cavalry manoeuvres, period blacksmithing, veterinary practices and cart making/driving. We will have some practical A+S as well, most likely leatherwork, and any projects you are keen on.
There will be opportunity to expand on your own ideas, and learn some new things. If you have an interest in any of the above, whether specifically equestrian related or not, come along and extend your field of interest. The horse was such an important part of the medieval world, and probably your persona, that's it's well worth exploring further. There will also be an opportunity to authorise as a rider or groundsman, at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. There is a skill level for everyone who wants some hands-on experience with horses, of almost any age, and you cannot currently be authorised by anyone else in Australia, so if you are thinking of riding or assisting at any event, you'll need to see me sometime!
This is NOT an official SCA event. It is a private gathering at my place, so please RSVP and let me know if you will be coming. I will feed you lunch (if you're still hungry after the St Aldhelms feast on Saturday night!), and you're welcome to stay for dinner.
Yours in service
Lochac Equestrian Marshal