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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
12:24 pm
[blaze_love_fire]
Still Active?
Just ran across this page. Was wondering if it were still active?

Current Mood: inquisitive
Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
6:50 pm
[hadesbabe]
question- choosing baronial champ at upcoming event
I'm stewarding and marshaling (is that a verb?) at an upcoming event (Crystal Chamfron VI, June 3-5 in Wood River, IL, plug plug!) and the baroness has said she wants to choose a baronial equestrian champion there-- but that she wants me to come up with the criteria for the choosing.  I would *really* like to do something besides the obvious "high score wins."  I'd like it to incorporate elements of everything horses in the SCA represent-- chivalry, teamwork, grace, companionship, pageantry, etc.  And since that's way too tall an order, I'm at a loss....

So I'd love to hear thoughts on what points to include in the criteria.  Anybody have any ideas?
Monday, March 21st, 2011
10:19 pm
[dcamville]
West Kingdom Spring Equestrium in Mountains Gate

SPRING EQUESTRIUM

Saturday April 2, 2011

West Kingdom (Somerset, CA)

Pioneer Park Equestrian Arena

6740 Fairplay Road Somerset, CA. 95684.

 

Hello SCA equestrians!

When we say that Spring Equestrium has something for everyone we REALLY mean it!

For the newest of equine novices we have FIVE (5) 101 level horse related classes that you DO NOT NEED A HORSE FOR!

For the more experienced equine enthusiast we have SIX (6) 201 level horse related classes that you and your horse can enjoy!

A Challenge Course which will test your horsemanship on the ground and under saddle will be on hand!

We are having a Silk Banner Painting class, a Single Sword class, a discussion on the Period Picnic Project based on the Gaston Pheobus Hunt Book, a Potluck Picnic (prizes awarded for the best period or period-like picnic set up), an after-event BBQ/Revel and more!

 

Come to the beautiful foothills and enjoy a day of equestrian classes, equine interaction, great FOOD, grand fellowship and FUN! Spring Equestrium will be held at the Pioneer Park Equestrian Arena in the shire of Mountains Gate (Somerset, CA)! It is a beautiful location with lots of shaded picnic areas, a great playground, flush privies, two great arenas and easy trailer parking! We’ll also have pavilions set up to relax under! There are great wineries right up the road from the site if you want to make it a weekend stay. There is also a trailer friendly convenience store/fuel station at the corner! Crash space for people and horses is available on Friday and Saturday night about 20 minutes from the site. We plan to feed “crash space” guests so please RSVP by March 30, 2011 if you need crash space (or just want to come and hang out afterwards). A BBQ dinner will happen after the event on Saturday. If you would like the full schedule please drop us a note!

 

So head on up the hill and enjoy an amazing and fun event!

 

Site Information: Pioneer Park Equestrian Arena is located at 6740 Fairplay Road Somerset, CA. 95684. Site opens at 8:30am and closes at 6:00pm. Classes start at 10:00am. Site fee is just $15.00 per person (main course for lunch provided…you provide the side dishes please). Autocrat Team: Richard de Camville and Alloria Somerled, dcamville@hughes.net  (530) 621-2430

 

(NOTE: SR16 - SR 49 - CR16E , please note county Hwy E16 splits off (CR16E is NOT they way to go!)

 

Directions:

From the North Bay Area: Take your best route to Hwy. 80 East to Hwy. 50 East. Take the WATT AVE exit, EXIT 11. Take the WATT AVE SOUTH ramp. Merge onto WATT AVE. Turn LEFT onto JACKSON RD/CA-16. Continue to follow CA-16. CA-16 becomes CA-49. Turn RIGHT onto SHENANDOAH RD/CR-E16. Continue to follow CR-E16. Turn RIGHT onto FAIRPLAY RD. Park is on the right hand side.

 

From the South and South Bay Area: Take your best route to CA-99 N toward SACRAMENTO. Take the CA-88 E/WATERLOO RD exit, EXIT 255, toward JACKSON. Turn RIGHT onto WATERLOO RD/CA-88. Continue to follow CA-88 East. Turn left on CA-124. Turn LEFT onto W MAIN ST/CA-104/CA-124. Take the 1st RIGHT onto PRESTON AVE/CA-104/CA-124. Take the 3rd RIGHT onto PLYMOUTH HWY/CA-124. Continue to follow CA-124. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto CA-16. CA-16 becomes CA-49. Turn RIGHT onto SHENANDOAH RD/CR-E16. Continue to follow CR-E16. Turn RIGHT onto FAIRPLAY RD. Park is on the right hand side.

 

From the NORTH and Sacramento: Take your best route to 50 East. Take the WATT AVE exit, EXIT 11. Take the WATT AVE SOUTH ramp. Merge onto WATT AVE. Turn LEFT onto JACKSON RD/CA-16. Continue to follow CA-16. CA-16 becomes CA-49. Turn RIGHT onto SHENANDOAH RD/CR-E16. Continue to follow CR-E16. Turn RIGHT onto FAIRPLAY RD. Park is on the right hand side.

 

From the EAST: Take your favorite route to Hwy. 50 West and heads towards Placerville, CA. Take exit 54 in CAMINO. Slight right on CARSON ROAD. Left on SNOWS ROAD. Turn right to stay on Snows Road. Left on NEWTOWN ROAD. Left on PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD. Right on MT. AUKUM ROAD/ CR-E16. Left on FAIRPLAY ROAD. Park on the right hand side.

 

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
10:24 am
[dcamville]
West Kingdom Spring Equestrium in Mountains Gate

SPRING EQUESTRIUM

Saturday April 2, 2011

West Kingdom (Somerset, CA)

 West Kingdom! Come on up the hill and enjoy a day of equestrian classes, SCA classes, equine interaction, great FOOD, grand fellowship and FUN! Spring Equestrium will be held at Pioneer Park in the shire of Mountains Gate! Pioneer Park is a beautiful location with lots of shaded picnic areas, a great playground, flush privies, lush green grass, two great arenas and easy trailer parking! Spring Equestrium WILL have something for everyone! You DO NOT need a horse…but if you have one please bring it with you! We’ll have LOTS of interactive, hands on classes – mounted and un-mounted – and activities for equine enthusiasts of every level such as weapons handling, silk banner making, improving your period appearance and a discussion on the Gaston Phebus hunt book!  MORE CLASSES BEING ADDED DAILY!

 Here are just some of the AWESOME classes and activities being offered!

  “PERIOD” POTLUCK PICNIC! Bring a dish to share. Kudos for period dishes! There will be a prize awarded for best “period” picnic set up!

(Main dishes will be provided. Bring a side dish to share)

PRIZES AWARDED FOR BEST PERIOD-LIKE PICNIC PRESENTATION!

Gaston Phebus Hunt Book-Inspired Picnic Project (a discussion) with Mistress Genevieve Vondome, OL

Working with “Problem Horses” (bring your “problem” horse and get help with a solution) with Lady Zinaida

Single Sword for Mounted and Armored Combat (no horse needed) with Vis.Richard de Camville, KSCA, OL, OP

Introduction to the Horse (a 101 class – no horse needed) with Alloria Somerled

Gaining Your Horse’s Respect 1  (a 101 class - no horse needed –but if you have one please bring it) with  Vis. Richard de Camville, KSCA, OL, OP

Weapon Handling for SCA EQ Games (horse needed) with Mistress Gwen the Silent, OP

Intermediate Groundwork (a 201 class which ties into Gaining Respect - no horse needed –but if you have one please bring it) with Haley

Mounted Drill Team Skills (201 class –horses needed) with Else

Silk Banner Making (no horse needed) with Mistress Marguerite du Royon, OP

Mounted Armored Combat (a 201 class –horses needed-spectators welcome) with Sir Connor and Mistress Siobhan, OP

The Importance of “Bend” (a 201 class –horse needed, spectators welcome) with Laurentia vom Aldstat

Improving your EQ Gear/Field Appearance (no horse needed) with Duke Henrick

Fundamentals of Classical Horsemanship 1 (a 101 class on the ground) with Sir William Brannan

Fundamentals of Classical Horsemanship 2 (a 201 class under saddle) with Sir William Brannan

Challenge Course (an all day activity for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced riders)

 WANT TO TEACH A CLASS? If YOU want to teach a class or host an activity that you feel would fit the “theme” of the event please let us know! We will be putting out updates and schedules periodically.

There are great wineries right up the road from the site if you want to make it a weekend stay. There is also a trailer friendly convenience store/fuel station at the corner!

 FOOD/PICNIC: We’ll be having a PICNIC as well! Prizes awarded for the best period/peri-oid picnic set up! We’ll be providing chicken, sausage and other delectables for the “main course”…you bring some side dishes to share!

  Crash space for people and horses is available on Friday and Saturday night about 20 minutes from the site. We plan to feed guests so please RSVP if you need crash space (or just want to come and hang out afterwards) by March 30, 2011. A BBQ dinner will happen after the event on Saturday.

Site Information: Pioneer Park Equestrian Arena is located at 6740 Fairplay Road Somerset, CA. 95684. Site opens at 8:30am and closes at 5:00pm. Classes start at 10:00am. Site fee is just $15.00 per person (lunch provided).

 Autocrats: Richard de Camville and Alloria Somerled  dcamville@hughes.net (530) 621-2430

 Directions:

From the N. BAY AREA: Take your best route to Hwy. 80 East to Hwy. 50 East. Take the WATT AVE exit, EXIT 11. Take the WATT AVE SOUTH ramp. Merge onto WATT AVE. Turn LEFT onto JACKSON RD/CA-16. Continue to follow CA-16. CA-16 becomes CA-49. Turn RIGHT onto SHENANDOAH RD/CR-E16. Continue to follow CR-E16. Turn RIGHT onto FAIRPLAY RD. Park is on the right hand side.


From the S. BAY AREA: Take your best route to Hwy. 580 East and head towards Stockton. Keep LEFT to take I-205 E toward TRACY/STOCKTON. Merge onto I-5 N. Merge onto CA-4 E toward CA-99/DOWNTOWN STOCKTON/ANGELS CAMP. Merge onto CA-99 N via the exit on the LEFT toward SACRAMENTO. Take the CA-88 E/WATERLOO RD exit, EXIT 255, toward JACKSON. Turn RIGHT onto WATERLOO RD/CA-88. Continue to follow CA-88 East. Turn left on CA-124. Turn LEFT onto W MAIN ST/CA-104/CA-124. Take the 1st RIGHT onto PRESTON AVE/CA-104/CA-124. Take the 3rd RIGHT onto PLYMOUTH HWY/CA-124. Continue to follow CA-124. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto CA-16. CA-16 becomes CA-49. Turn RIGHT onto SHENANDOAH RD/CR-E16. Continue to follow CR-E16. Turn RIGHT onto FAIRPLAY RD. Park is on the right hand side.

 From the NORTH and Sacramento: Take your best route to 50 East. Take the WATT AVE exit, EXIT 11. Take the WATT AVE SOUTH ramp. Merge onto WATT AVE. Turn LEFT onto JACKSON RD/CA-16. Continue to follow CA-16. CA-16 becomes CA-49. Turn RIGHT onto SHENANDOAH RD/CR-E16. Continue to follow CR-E16. Turn RIGHT onto FAIRPLAY RD. Park is on the right hand side.

 From the SOUTH: Take your best route to Hwy. 88 East. Turn left on CA-124. Turn LEFT onto W MAIN ST/CA-104/CA-124. Take the 1st RIGHT onto PRESTON AVE/CA-104/CA-124. Take the 3rd RIGHT onto PLYMOUTH HWY/CA-124. Continue to follow CA-124. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto CA-16. CA-16 becomes CA-49. Turn RIGHT onto SHENANDOAH RD/CR-E16. Continue to follow CR-E16. Turn RIGHT onto FAIRPLAY RD. Park is on the right hand side.

 From the EAST: Take your favorite route to Hwy. 50 West and heads towards Placerville, CA. Take exit 54 in CAMINO. Slight right on CARSON ROAD. Left on SNOWS ROAD. Turn right to stay on Snows Road. Left on NEWTOWN ROAD. Left on PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD. Right on MT. AUKUM ROAD/ CR-E16. Left on FAIRPLAY ROAD. Park on the right hand side. (If you are coming from the Reno side it has been suggested to take 80 West to 50 East and follow the directions from Sacramento)

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
10:55 pm
[dreamswept]
Hey everyone!

Can I pick your brains for a while (Mmm, brains. Yummy!)

My barn is a pretty close knit group, and we do some fun things in the summertime to help make it a nice fun community for us to enjoy, and for people to get to know each other and hang out together. We do barn potlucks in the summer, we've got a Holiday party around Christmas time, and we have an awesome little Halloween parade where everyone gets really creative and wears awesome costumes. We also have group Plays Days, and have done things like Keyhole races and water races and the old favorite... the toilet paper race.

I'd like to do something a bit different for our next play day (followed by a potluck) and shoot for a Medieval theme. I've done some looking around at the party favor type places, and found plastic goblets and some other feastware goodies. We'd probably go for the KFC route (or El Pollo Loco) with the food (everyone can chip in a bit) and I found these cute little flimsy plastic vests that you slip on over your head and tie in the back so it looks like you're wearing a breastplate so that takes care of the people. A couple of recycled bedsheets cut out could probably do a decent job as "barding" for the horses.

But what about games? I'm trying to think up some Medieval games to play, although I'd like to incorporate regular playday games in there somehow, and have something that's easy to set up and doesn't take a lot of practice before hand (maybe pole bending where you knock stuffed dragons off the posts?) Does anyone have any suggestions. (Not jousting, haha, everyone I've talked to so far keeps suggesting it, and I don't think we're gonna do it :P What kind of easy playday type games do you all do in your SCA events? I think I'm aiming for 3 or 4 different games depending on how many people show up that day. I figure we can crown someone as champion for the feast.

And so this isn't all text, here's the pony and I all dressed up last Halloween. I want to do a better costume this year, but I think he looks so awesome in his red barding that I ordered for him. Too bad we've only used it once so far.



Current Mood: contemplative
Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
10:11 am
[dcamville]
A Horse Field Trip To Las Vegas!
Clinton Anderson’s Walk-About Tour Field Trip

Hi All…

We are taking a little field trip to go to the Clinton Anderson Walk About Tour in Las Vegas on June 12-13 2010.
The event is being held at the South Point Equestrian Center IN the host venue, South Point Hotel/Casino located at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV.
TICKETS COVER BOTH DAYS
Advanced ticket price is just $25.00 (www.downunderhorsemanship.com)
Tickets at the door are $50.00…best to get them in advance.
The workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There looks to be an exhibitors/merchants area as well. So you may be able to find some good deals on stuff for your horses (grin)! We had a BLASY last year in Reno and this workshop looks to be even better!
For those unfamiliar with this renowned trainer/clinician you can check out his website (given above) or catch his T.V. shows on RFD-TV (check your cable guide for details). Clinton is the only person to have ever won the Road to the Horse competition TWICE (this is a competition where three trainers get an unbroke/rarely handled horse and within three hours have to start them under saddle, ride a series of patterns and then ride a freestyle routine. Pretty awesome to see). If you web search, Clinton Anderson, Ian Francis or Road to the Horse you can learn more about these great horsemen and a truly inspirational event. As we all know there is no “one true way” to achieving your horsemanship goals. We have been working with this method of training for about a year now and have gotten great results. It is always a good idea to expand your knowledge and experience base.
Clinton Anderson’s TWO mentors/instructor and renowned Aussie horsemen Ian Francis and Gordan McKinnley will also be on hand teaching some of their Advanced Riding and Cow Horse training techniques. This is the FIRST time BOTH men have been under the same roof teaching together in the U.S.A. It is an opportunity not to be missed!
Our plan is to attend both days but you can do just one if you wish. We’ve booked a room at the host venue Friday-Sunday. Room rates are $85.00 (Friday/Saturday nights) and $55.00 (Sunday night). You can go to www.southpointcasino.com and use “Clinton Anderson” as your reference code. Special are happening all the time. There will be activities for No Worries Club members Saturday night and a VIP party (in case you are part of the club that is). Check out www.downunderhorsemanship.com for more details. Of course even if you are not a NWC member…you are in Las Vegas! There is LOTS to see and do! We’re making it a mini vacation!
We are also looking into cheap flights and can keep interested folks posted. We may just drive from Placerville (it is only 9 hours). Our plan is to leave Friday after 3:00pm.
If you think you might be interested and want to be kept in the loop please drop us a note at dcamville@hughes.net so we won’t clutter up the lists.
We have ONE spare ticket left. If you are interested in attending with us PLEASE chime in!

Hope to see a few of our SCA Equestrian enthusiasts joining us!

Cheers!

RdC/Alloria
Thursday, April 29th, 2010
12:17 am
[hadesbabe]
Equestrian Event in Shattered Crystal, Midlands, Midrealm

For those interested, Shattered Crystal is hosting another Crystal Chamfron.  We'd love to have you-- we're thrilled that equestrian events are happening in the Midlands again and the more, the merrier. :)

Crystal Chamfron

Not Just Horsin’ Around

June 26, 2010

Site opens 6 pm Friday Site closes noon Sunday

 

Camp Du Bois North Main Street Wood River, Il 62095

 

Site is a reproduction of Camp DuBois which was the starting point for the Lewis & Clark Expedition. This is NOT the site built by the state of Illinois that is on Route 3. This is a site built by volunteers. There is a fort on site, lots of open field, and a full restroom with running water & showers.

 

Equestrian activities with authorizations in the morning & games in the afternoon.

Armored tournament & fort battle. (good chance to authorize before Pennsic)

Rapier tournament & fort battle.

Archery during the day.

Thrown weapons during the day

 

Overnight tent camping is allowed on site. The cabins in the fort are available but bunks are slat beds with no padding. Bring your own linens & padding if you want to stay in the cabins. (41 bunks)

 

We are planning on having an open air feast in the evening. ($8.00 for feast)

Hospitality tent will provide complimentary water, drinks, and snacks all day Saturday for our guests.

 

Merchants welcome. Please contact the event steward.

 

Campfires are permitted on site. Site is wet.

Site fee: $7.00 for the weekend ($3.00 surcharge for non members)

 

Directions: Do not try to mapquest this site. Use directions provided.

From I-255 go to Rt 143 (Wood River / Edwardsville) and turn west toward Wood River. Go thru Wood River and over the Railroad overpass. Just after the overpass will be a sign to the right for Camp DuBois. Parking will be in the field past the sign. (Follow the road around the industrial type area and to the area behind the fort to unload.)

 

From I-270 go to Rt 3 north toward Alton. After Hartford, turn right onto Rt 143 toward Wood River. Soon after turning onto Rt 143 there will be a sign on the left for Camp DuBois. Parking will be in the field past the sign. (Follow the road around the industrial type area and to the area behind the fort to unload.)

 

Event Coordinator & Equestrian Marshal.

Alphia Biraz-pars leopbuzz@sbcglobal.net

Alice J. Buzzard 2401 Holland Godfrey, IL 62035

Home phone: 618-462-7765 Cell phone (day of event only): 618-334-0188

Friday, February 12th, 2010
9:34 am
[dcamville]
First Ride of 2010!

I know some of you only want to see "event" posting here...but I thought the rest of you would enjoy this.
If you just want to read an event posting please move on.

First long ride of 2010

Thursday 02/12/10 was our first ride of 2010.
We jokingly called it our EQ Day.
The sun had been poking through the clouds for the last couple of days and there had not been any significant moisture from the sky in that time so things were starting to dry out.

This is a GOOD thing! We need the rain but not all at once!

We have been working with Smokey and Jolene through the winter when the weather allowed. Lots of ground work to keep them fit and using the thinking side of their brains.
We’ve been taking the two-mile round trip to the mail box (we call it street-walking) doing sending exercises, yields, flexes desensitizing and more as we walked. Open field and round-pen work has happened too.

Between the weather, Laurie (Alloria) not having a good fitting saddle for Smokey and my back injury it had been a while since we rode the horses (November for Smokey and mid December for Jolene). I think we all missed the saddle time.
Yesterday we had a local trainer who understands (and uses) Downunder Horsemanship come out to evaluate our horses so we could develop a lesson plan for all of us. She watched us ground work with Smokey and Jolene. We each went thought our typical ground work routines…desensitizing, direction changes, yields, flexing and so on.
I think the trainer liked how responsive and respectful the horses were from the ground. Both of them were really good for an audience (grin).

Then Jolene and I got to be evaluated “under saddle”. This made me feel like I was back in school having the teacher watch me perform. Couldn’t believe I was actually nervous (grin). We cruised around the round pen, trots, walks (the ground was to soft for anything too aggressive), yields, one-reign stops (Jolene took a few moments to get this concept), backing up, circles, direction changes…all in all about 45 minutes of “evaluation.
My back was stiff but it felt SO good to be back in the saddle. I could feel Jolene relax too and she got into showing off. I think she actually missed our saddle time.

Because Smokey had not been ridden since late November the trainier passed on Laurie riding him for her to evaluate. Smokey is JUST about four years old (we found this out during body conformation time). He came out of the wild and was gelded in early 2009. He had about 60 days of gentling and a few rides before Laurie got him. Together Laurie and Smokey may have shared ten rides. Almost all of them have been in a round pen or arena. This matters to a later part of this story (grin).

Then it was “body conformation” time. We learned a lot for the trainer. She had some ideas of how to help both horses reach their potential and work to the strengths they had.
It was fun and educational. Looking forward to working with this trainer.

A little later our friend Aubrey came over (this is the person we bought Jolene and Smokey from…we have all become good friends) with her Kiger Mustang Cisco. These three horses are “old pasture mates” so we turned them out and had a blast watching them play, run around like the wind and then skip (yeah, really) to a stop because some patch of grass looked too darned good to pass up. Since they already know each other there was no need to play the “who’s boss game”. Much frolicking occurred. Wish we had a video camera!

Then we tacked up all three…yep Smokey too. See I told you it would matter (grin)!

We all cruised around the 3 acres of pasture we are blessed to have. The ground was soft still, so we did mostly walks and trots…although the occasional lope sometimes sprung into existence. My back was still stiff from the injury I got in December but I “cowboyed up” and enjoyed some nice trotting with Jolene. We did lope a bit (too fun) but she could tell I was not “loose” so she slowed down. Good girl. We flexed, attempted one-reign stops and worked on lateral movement. She is SO much lighter and more respectful than when I got her is September. It is really amazing.

Laurie was doing the “cruising lesson” with Smokey. They had a blast just tooling along the fences, doing some one-reign stops, checking out the neighbor’s goats and the kitty who was “moth hunting” and playing “catch up” with Cisco and Jolene. He was mellow, respectful and just a good boy. The HUGE grin on Laurie’s face was worth us riding around until sunset. They got to share a very special time…anyone who works with and ride a horse will understand this…that time where the two parties agree that this thing they are doing is fun and cool and all is right with the world…you know what I mean.

Our friend Aubrey has been doing some GREAT stuff with her Kiger. He looks to be a potential roping horse (mustangs are very versatile-grin). He has gotten so much more respectful and lighter in his cues. That little buckskin can steal hearts let me tell you! They are doing very, very well together. Aubrey is a very accomplished and well rounded horse-person. We have learned a great deal from just hanging out with her.

The gals switched horses…Aubrey on Jolene and Laurie on Cisco…and I played groom, taking off Smokey’s tack and giving him a good brushing. I think Laurie quit him and just the right time. He was having fun, she was having fun and they ended the session on a positive note. The gals rode until you could barely see your saddle horn. Good times!

Later we had a great dinner, good conversation, lots of laughter and made some plans to go to the Las Vegas Downunder Horsemanship Tour Stop in June.

All in all it was a FANTASTIC day! Gives up hope for a great 2010!
 


Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
11:23 am
[dcamville]
OT: EQ Field Trip to Las Vegas

Hi All…

 

We are taking a little field trip to go to the Clinton Anderson Walk About Tour in Las Vegas on June 12-13 2010.

The event is being held at the South Point Equestrian Center near the host venue, South Point Hotel/Casino located at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV.

TICKETS COVER BOTH DAYS

Advanced ticket price is just $25.00 (www.downunderhorsemanship.com)

Tickets at the door are $50.00…best to get them in advance.

The workshop runs 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There looks to be an exhibitors/merchants area as well. So you may be able to find some good deals on stuff for your horses (grin)!

For those unfamiliar with this renowned trainer/clinician you can check out his website (given above) or catch his T.V. shows on RFD-TV (check your cable guide for details). Clinton is the only person to have ever won the Road to the Horse competition TWICE (this is a competition where three trainers get an unbroke/rarely handled horse and within three hours have to start them under saddle, ride a series of patterns and then ride a freestyle routine. Pretty awesome to see).  If you web search, Clinton Anderson, Ian Francis or Road to the Horse you can learn more about these great horsemen and a truly inspirational event.

Clinton Anderson’s mentor/instructor and renowned Aussie horseman Ian Francis will also be on hand teaching some of his Advanced Riding and Cow Horse training techniques.

Our plan is to attend both days but you can do just one if you wish. We’re looking into rooms nearby OR you can book a room right at the host venue for $90.00 (Friday/Saturday nights) and $60.00 (Sunday night). You can go to www.southpointcasino.com and use “Clinton Anderson” as your reference code.

We are also looking into cheap flights and can keep interested folks posted.

If you think you might be interested and want to be kept in the loop please drop us a note at dcamville@hughes.net so we won’t clutter up the lists.

 

Hope to see a few of our West Kingdom equestrian enthusiasts joining us!

 

Cheers!

 

Viscount Richard de Camville, KSCA, OL, OP
Alloria de Somerled


Thursday, December 24th, 2009
8:17 am
[dcamville]
A Holiday Wish
May whatever Yule festivities you participate in by hopeful.
May your New Year be great.
May all anguish, pain and sadness leave your and may your trails be clear.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Ride safe! Ride happy! Just RIDE!

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
4:02 pm
[dcamville]
Training for SCA EQ Games
Greetings All...

QUESTION: What do YOU do to train your horses for SCA EQ Games?
QUESTION: Whast are YOUR favorite SCA EQ Games?

#1: For me my Lady and our two Mustangs...pretty much EVERYTHING we do can relate to success and fun in the games. Our mustangs are new to us as of September 2009. We do lots of desensitizing to all sorts of things. We introduce the various "weapons" we use. We make noise. We move fast around them. Heck, we even have fighter practices in the pasture! Nothing sounds like armored fighters in their (the horses) world. We work on sensitizing them to pressure, yeilding of the five body parts and being supple and light. All those skills are needed to be successful and have fun in the games.

#2: For Jolene and I the RIng Joust seems to be a favorite. We have been working on speed contol in various gates and getting the gates to be as smooth as possible to allow better accuracy with the lance. Smokey and Alloria seem to be getting on with the heads. Smokey likes the turns. The heads comming of their supports doesn't phanse him. So far, so good.

Cheers!

Vis. Richard de Camville, KSCA, OL, OP
Kingdom of the West
Principality of Cynagua
Monday, December 14th, 2009
11:06 am
[dcamville]
Look...the SUN

We've had a week of snow and rain.
No power, no water, no heat. Major un-fun-ness! Had to repair fences in the rain yesterday.
Seems one of our horses "pushed" the other into the hot tape which led to a "ow-ow-ow" retreat and bolt by the "pushee".
Again...un-fun-ness. Wondered why the looked so guilty yesterday.
But today the sun has peeked its head throught the clouds.
The house is warm. We have the ability once again to take hot showers.
Life is good.
We are gearing up for the holidays and 12th Night.
We are also gearing up for our Combative Arts/ A&S Day on january 23, 2010 which is being hosted at our place.
We'll have a great fighting track and a great A&S track which will include some Horse 101 stuff!
Should be a good time!
Hopefully things dry out today to the point where we can work the horses.
We were really making progress on yielding the forequarters last week. Other exercises were working out well too.
Hate to lose that progress.
I see a "Skills Review" session coming up!



Current Mood: calm
Friday, December 4th, 2009
6:09 pm
[dcamville]
Training Mustangs...

There are days when I'd rather just train squires.
Heck I have four of them...but ya' know they can be a hard to work with as my horses sometime!
For the last three days I have has nothing but fights with my horses. They have played "keep-away-from-the-human" from 20 minutes to over an hour! They have three acres to play this game on. It wipes a fellow out just catching them.
Then we get into the round pen for some training and they lose their minds. Pulling, rearing, not thinking...all sorts of bad (and dangerous if you are not careful) behaviors. We FINALLY get the thinking part of their brains working and get some actual training done but everyone is tired and sweaty when it is over.
Well today I head out to the pasture. The "keep-away" game happens for about 15 minutes and they finally give up.
I have cookies. They can have one IF they come along quietly. Yeah, it is a bribe but I was desperate.
Jolene is the first on in the round pen. We did LOTS of direction changes at the trot and lope. A good sweat is worked up. Good...bad energy out and THINKING energy in. So the lesson begins. We have been working on her yielding her forequarters...this is a slight flexing at the shoulders and a side step with the front feet where the one closest to the human steps across and in front of the other. Neither Jolene or Smokey have ever had this covered before. At first it looked like a monkey doing a math problem...just not right. Three days we have been working at it. Today I got two...not just one but TWO good steps to the left and right! HOLY CRAP!! I was so happy. Jolene got LOTS of TLC for that. We then did some other exercises to help her soften and yield her five body "zones" and all went well. We wrapped up with some circle driving and despooking.
Smokey did almost as well. He yields his hindquarters like a dream. You would think he was a reigning or cutting prospect by the way he moves. Not many mustangs in those sports but who knows! He yielded is forequarters well to the left but the right looked like a train wreck. Still he really tried and got rewarded for it. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
It was a good day. Better results with less effort. And they both flexed like a dream.
There are days where you want to quit horses and then they go an turn into angels on you.
Sigh. I think it is part of their master plan!

RdC



Current Mood: tired
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
1:23 pm
[horsearcher]
Mounted Archery Practices!

Greetings, all!

Just want to remind you that Thee Mountains' first mounted archery practice is Sunday, December 6, 2009, from 10:00AM-1:00PM at Star Farm Arabians on 2590 N Locust Street in Canby, Oregon.

The focus of this practice will be mounted archery. You will need, at minimum, a current mounted gaming authorization to participate. Mounted gaming authorizations will not take place at this practice. You will be able to secure a mounted archery special authorization at this practice. No authorizations are required to audit or spectate. We are recruiting for ground crew too!

If you plan on bringing horses, please contact me at istp.archer@gmail.com so I can pass the information to the equestrian marshal. The number of horses available to borrow is limited to who shows up; please contact me if you need to borrow a horse. One of the horses available to borrow is subject to a weight and rider number limit.

Directions to site:

Take you best route to 99E south towards Salem. If you are coming from the North, your best best is to take I-5 south to I-205 and take the Oregon City exit to 99E.

Take 99E south through Oregon City and to Canby. You will turn right on E Territorial Road.

Take Territorial Road until you reach Locust; turn right on Locust. Stay on Locust until you reach the long rural driveway and SCA sign.

Turn up the driveway and park at the side of the barn. If you have a trailer, you will be guided to an appropriate parking area.

Contact me if you have questions. Please forward this to wherever interest may lie!

YIS,

HL Vadas Ersebet

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
4:35 pm
[dcamville]
Sensitize & Desensitize Your Horse?
Greetings All!

Just curious what folks to to sensitize and desensitize their horses to pressure and stimuli?
Any cool exercises or drills? How oftern do you train in a round pen? Do you just longe or do you do other stuff?
Right now my 50' round pen looks like a red neck's back yard. I've put tarps, cavelleties and even a big exercise ball in there while I work Smokey and Jolene from the ground.
We usually start off with a desensitizing exercise like rope twirling on the left, right and front sides, maiking slaps on the ground. Sometimes we do this with a handy-stick (sometimes called a carrot stick) and string. We toss rope all over the horses...topline to hoofs. We try to get creative with this. I heard a well know clinician say "heart attacks are free so give your horse one!" The CONCEPT is the more your try to "scare" your horse the quieter they become. So far it is working!
After that we do some sensitizing exercises to get the horses thinking and their feet moving. Circle drive, sending, backing, yields...you name it. The theory is that if you move the horses feet, get both eyes on YOU and remember that the horses learn from the RELEASE of pressure you gain respect and trust. So far its working.
Saddle time has been limited this week due to the holidays and a house full of folks...everyone got groundwork and basic saddle lessons!
Jolene had a look MANY times this week that echoed sentiments like "who is this strange person and why are they messing with me, daddy?" When the "strange person" gave her TLC and could make her move her feet, everything went well.
Did some ground work today...working on the forequaters yealding better and took a cruise in saddle around the pasture.
Nice, relaxing session. Makes up for the crazy ones where nothing works and you have to have those firm "discussions" with your horse.

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
6:43 am
[dcamville]
First Horse
This was originally written in 2001.
It seemed to resonate with folks then and now, with the arrival of our mustang Jolene and Smokey, it seemed a good time to reflect and review the past. We learn from our experiences. I am more knowledgeable now but I still feel like that new owner everyday!
Enjoy!

FIRST HORSE:

02/10/2001

My active adult riding and horse owning experience
began in late 2001. Before becoming a “horse owner” I was being “instructed” by my then girlfriend and her really great Quarterhorse Rocky. Rocky was in his late teens at the time. He had been a team penner and cutting horse. He was rock solid yet had opinions on a great many things. He was gentle with kids (and idiots like me) yet brooked no tomfoolery on his back. If you tried to rough ride him you were in for it. If you allowed your hands to be quite and your seat somewhat calm he would do anything you asked. In short…he spoiled me. Rocky passed when he was 34 years old. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t cross my mind and heart. I know I’ll see him again when my time comes.

So in mid 2001 I decided that I needed my own horse. Much to the chagrin of my then girlfriend (along with some rather animated discussions),I purchased, for the mere sum of $600.00,a 15.1 hh Thoroughbred bay mare named Phoenix. She was an abused
horse, afraid of the round pen, whips and disliked women in general. I was told she had a lazy streak and no lope to speak of…oh and genital busting bouncy trot. Poor thing was on her way to an auction when I came along. A great "first horse", right? Needless to say there was a heated "discussion" about this particular mare in my
house. God bless the gal for sticking by my side even though she
initially disagreed with the purchase. I figured that, being a guy; I was ahead of the game because Phoenix liked guys! They say ignorance is bliss…and God protects fools. I had
both going for me. So armed with a variety of horse training books I began to work with Phoenix. I found out that she barely knew her basics and had no real training. "Oh boy, here we go" I thought. So I began to work with her just like all the books said to do. I was
ignorant and faithful all at the same time. I did exactly what I was "told" to do in the books. I had no ego about what I was doing and put faith in the experience of others who had already "walked the path" I was now on. By the time a year had passed she would go into all three gates with out much fuss. Her trot was still bouncy as all get out so I learned to post. She worked well the round pen and competed in SCA Games on a regular basis. She was rock on the trail too! I learned her moods and her movements. How best to sit her gates, how to cue her and of course what she needed when we were having a "discussion" about doing something. I basically learned to ride while working with this horse. I was mentally and physically adaptive and flexible. I took two lessons…one English and one
western...that's it...it was all my schedule and budget would allow. By the time it was all said and done. Phoenix was still a bit hard mouthed and needed a firm hand on the reins and definite cues but she was rock solid in the games and on the trail. The flip side is that
she never really showed me any bad habits I was told she had and she had a great disposition. Over half of the authorized riders in the West Kingdom have done their Beginners' Authorization on this mare. She was tolerant and trusting…and when she was done she let me know. Good communication! Phoenix was developing into a solid English style horse and since I really wanted to focus on Western. So, have much soul searching I made the choice to sell her to a good home. Seems it was a good call. Phoenix entered her first show within two months and did quite well from what I hear. Neither


Current Mood: sleepy
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
2:44 am
[dcamville]
New Tools & New Attitude!

NEW TOOLS, NEW ATTITUDE

11/09/09

 

We took our new rope halters, new “skills” and new attitude/knowledge picked up at the Clinton Anderson Downunder Horsemanship clinic into the round pen today. We have not been able to really work with the horses for about three days due to work schedules and our road trip to Reno. It has been more like “social time”…checking feet, giving supplements, just some TLC but no real “training”. We get to the ranch in Auburn and begin the session. The horses come to the gate all excited to see us. That is always a nice feeling. After a brisk grooming session we begin the round pen training. Well, the new rope halters do seem to work! The horses cant lean into them has they can with the wide webbing halters. It is much easier to get “two eyes” and to get them to use the thinking side of their brains! My mare Jolene is REALLY focused on my new way of moving! I adjusted my body language a bit which made my intent very clear. I also became “more sensitive” to where my “personal space” was and not allowing her to enter it without my invitation. We did some new sensitizing exercises, moved feet forward, back, left and right, did direction changes, lateral flexing and more. As it is stated by many horse trainers…the more YOU move THEIR feet the more RESPECT you are given. We also work on desensitizing as well. Her little brain just went POP! She looked at me with an expression of “Who are YOU and where is MY human? You look like him and smell like him but you don’t “talk” like him!” There was some resistance to this “new me” and we had a few “discussions”. Yes, most horses can be stubborn and mustangs are even more so, but when it was over there was a new level of respect on many levels. Since the horses are coming home from Auburn on Tuesday we will be able to be more consistent in training and offer up more time to “work and play” together. Pretty jazzed about that.

Our next session will hopefully include some saddle time but we ALL are being flexible in our goals as we apply and use these new tools, skills and attitudes. We picked up some mecate reigns with nice slobber straps and a new style cinch at the clinic. The new cinch was very light and very comfortable for the horse. It really allows the elbow to move more freely. We put on the saddles last night but did not put on the head stalls. That is for our next session.

Whew! So a new chapter in the development of our horses and our own horsemanship has begun!

Cheers!

Richard de Camville



Current Mood: sleepy
Monday, November 9th, 2009
8:27 am
[dcamville]
Downunder Horsemanship Clinic Wrap-Up!

The Clinton Anderson Downunder Horsemanship clinic was very educational, inspirational and fun! Lots of information and techniques were presented. Clinton “takes the mystery” out of improving your self and your horse. Educational, inspirational and just plain fun is how I would describe the clinic. We took LOTS of notes. Once those are transposed I'll try to post the highlights here to share. I think that no matter what your personal riding/training level you can always learn something new, something more effective and something different that will improve your understanding of horses and partnering with them. Clinton seems to be very approachable, warm and friendly. Not a “diva” by any means. That was nice. You could tell he and his team really care about what they do and really care about people improving themselves and their horses. Being a quarterhorse fan I was blown away by Diaz, Clinton’s gelding. What a beautiful and amazing horse! You could just tell he loved his job and loved all the attention the attendees gave him. He was darn near bomb-proof!

 

We had a chance to hang out with Mistress Yaasmina and some of her friends on Saturday. We got to swap horse stories, talk some SCA and generally get to know some really awesome folks! We got to see pictures of Dreamriver Ranch, an amazing place for kids and horses Yaasmina and her business partner have created. I think we’ll have to make a trip up to see it first hand soon (grin).

 

Reno was fun (how could you not have fun in a city like that). We stay at the Grand Sierra. The room was HUGE! Had dinner there Saturday (at the resort). On SUnday we hit the FREAKIN' HUGE buffett at the Atlantis Resort. Awesome. I am still "over fed and under exercised" at the time of this writing! The clinic was amazing! Looking forward to doing it again. I think that one of Clinton’s 5 day clinics at his ranch is going to be in our future. We will be applying his method more fully with our mustangs. it was good to see that we were doing things pretty correctly to start with and now we have the tools to improve the job we have started.  I know…nothing worse than a new convert (grin).

Perhaps next year we can organize another field trip like this. It was good to be able to share the experience with friends, chat after about what was learned and talk abut how we can all approach our relationship with our horses in a new and fun way.

Cheers!

RdC

 



Current Mood: contemplative
1:55 am
[chiere]
Mounted Watch at Gulf Wars
Greetings Equestrians!

We have been given the go ahead to expand Mounted Watch for Gulf Wars XIX! We can now go where ever the Watch needs us, (but as always, not into camps or down Merchant’s Row.)

Sir Stuart, the Watch Commander for Gulf Wars, has asked us for a lot of help. He needs two rider teams every night of the week, for 4 hour shifts. The night shift is 10 pm until 2 am and the morning shift is 2 am until 6 am. In addition, he needs help with traffic directing and control, and on-call riders to escort rigs to the barn. And, of course, he will need help patrolling the parking lots and roads.

He’s currently working on his schedule and would like a head count and an idea of how many equestrians are interested. He needs to ‘budget’ his riders. He has a place for everyone who wants to participate in Mounted Watch, and needs to know fairly quickly how to parcel those places out.

Horses will not need diapers; Sanitation is giving double points to pooper scoopers! As in years past, horses will need to pass a special authorization. This will consist of walking across a tarp, standing still when porta potty doors burst open, drunken crowds petting the pretty pony, banners flapping in their faces, a bag of cans rattled up their sides, radios and phones ringing and speaking over them, and balls being tossed near them.

I know this seems a long way out; we are just looking for an informal head count of who would be interested in participating in Mounted Watch. A show of hands would do nicely, LOL!

Please feel free to cross post, and send responses either here or to me at cheri@ blackroot.org

Thank you!
The Gulf Wars XIX team and
Baroness Chiere wreic Maredudd

Current Mood: busy
Friday, November 6th, 2009
7:25 pm
[chiere]
Announcement Concerning Authorizations at Gulf Wars
THERE WILL BE NO AUTHORIZATIONS FOR GENERAL RIDING OR MOUNTED GAMES AT WAR.

To ride at War; drills, trail rides, Mounted Watch and such; you must already be authorized for General Riding by your home kingdom. To ride the games; hastiludes, quests, emprises and such; you must be authorized for Mounted Games by your home kingdom. Beyond this, we will be using Gleann Abhann’s equestrian rules, which are also the Society equestrian rules. This means authorization levels accepted will be General Riding and Mounted Games. Special Authorizations accepted will be Jousting, Mounted Combat, Mounted Archery and Driving.

However, there will be upgrades to the Special Authorizations by appointment and with your kingdom’s KEO’s permission. To upgrade to a Special Authorization you must already be authorized for Mounted Gaming. I know this sounds strict, but with the new rules, and the new responsibilities placed on the individual and the marshals, your kingdom needs to vouch for you.

So, make your practices, meet your marshals, support your KEO, have fun, and go out and RIDE!

_________________
The Gulf Wars Team and
Baroness Chiere wreic Maredudd
Gulf Wars XIX EqMIC

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