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 http://frontpage.velocity.net/duane/hhah.htm
register. If you'd like to present, please contact Syr Alexander or
Mistress Rannveigr at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.)