Horses, Hounds and Hawks: An SCA Animal Arts Collegium

Did you ever wonder what goes in to the upkeep and training of a horse? Do want to learn how-tos of hound coursing? Maybe falconry fascinates you and you've always wanted to see one hunt on the wing. These and other topics along with hands-on-demonstrations will be yours when you come to the first annual Horse, Hounds and Hawks Collegium to be held in the Shire of Stormsport on October 29-30, 2005. The collegium will be split in to two sections of theory and applications. You do not have to be an avid animal person to attend, there should be plenty for those who simply want to become educated on-lookers or who would like to learn some of the associated arts without actually having to own an animal of ones own. Plans are being made for several classes on falconry, horses, horsemanship, equestrian games, and hound coursing. For those who can ride, we will to be able to authorize people in the equestrian arts (as ground crew, riders, and/or marshals). Between classes there will be opportunities to learn how to ride, try your hand at the games, help set-up and run hound coursing and, if everything goes as planned, go hunting on foot with a Falconer. There is an indoor arena and there will be a tent available for classes come rain or shine. Classes will be posted to as presenters register. If you'd like to present, please contact Syr Alexander or Mistress Rannveigr at

The site is Van Dee Stables, 9051 Hamot Road, Waterford, PA 16441. Camping space is available, but if you prefer, hotels are within a 5 to 10 minute drive of the site. The site opens 7 PM on Friday (For campers and those of you that would like to meet the horses) and closes at 3 PM on Sunday. A full schedule will be posted so that you may plan when you'd like to arrive. A bonfire is planned for Saturday night.

For those of you that are camp cooking impaired, fear not, a myriad of restaurants are available with 5 to 10 minutes of driving.

Cost for this extravaganza will be $15.00 for the entire weekend. This includes a side board for Saturday lunch as well as the site fee. Persons under 16 years of age are $10.00 and the smallest of our citizens (5 and under) are free. Merchants are welcome, but we would appreciate a call so we can plan space in case of bad weather. Your Co-Autocrats are Alexander Caithnes and Rannveigr Haakonardottir. (Duane Wilkey and Mary Reitz.

If you are planning on bringing a horse or want to take riding lessons or just take an extended "pony ride," separate fees are required for these activities and will be paid directly to VanDee Stables. Contact Alexander or Rannveigr about boarding/riding requirements. (Proof of a current Coggins test is required to bring horses on to this site.)