Podcast with Mounted Combat Instructor

Bavarian engraving of a medieval tournament from the 1400s. Public domain in the US

Gleaned from the Calonlist:

If you are unfamiliar with Guy Windsor, he is a noted instructor in historical martial arts. He has started a podcast during the pandemic, and this episode (https://bit.ly/3fNz4yB) is with Jennifer Landels, a mounted combat instructor near Vancouver, BC.

I thought the equestrians might like to be informed…

Announcements: RFC – Proposed Corpora changes related to the office of the Society Marshal – 09/01/2020

Men harvesting wheat, Queen Mary’s Psalter, circa 1310. Public domain in the US

The Board of Directors is currently requesting commentary regarding a number of proposed changes to Corpora that relate to the office of the Society Marshal.  Those proposed changes, and the reasoning for same, are outlined in the document here: RFC – Proposed Corpora changes related to the office of the Society Marshal – 09/01/2020

Commentary may be emailed to comments@sca.org.

Please use the title “Corpora – Marshal’s Office ” in the subject line. Failure to use this subject line may cause your commentary to be misdirected.

In lieu of email, commentary may be sent by US Mail, Postage-Prepaid, to:

Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
RE: Corpora – Marshal’s Office
P.O. Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

Commentary regarding these proposed Corpora changes, whether sent by email or US Mail, must be received by the Board no later than September 1, 2020.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


Click to access SocietyMarshalGovDocsProposedChanges.pdf

Updated and Revised Equestrian Waivers

Gleaned from the CalonList, kudos to Mistress Eoswyth þe Siðend who shared this news:

Bavarian engraving of a medieval tournament from the 1400s. Public domain in the US


Greetings to all KEOs, and felicitations at this festive time of year!
After literally years of work, I’m very pleased to announce that the Society has updated waivers for equestrian activities. I claim no credit for this accomplishment – all credit and thanks for a huge amount of work go to Mistress Eowyth, and to the work on review and acceptance on the part of the Office of the Society Seneschal and the Society’s in-house counsel, Patrick Anderson.
Details are as follows:

In order to reduce the amount of paperwork required at equestrian events, a new “combined” Waiver and Consent to Participate form has been created. This new waiver is only to be used for those events where an equine is present. All attendees are required to sign this waiver, including members who have a blue card. This form is applicable to equestrian events only, because it is both the equestrian waiver *and* the general site waiver (combined into one).  This eliminates the need for those without a blue card to sign multiple waivers at events with equines.  Everyone just signs this one form.The equestrian insurance policy has not changed.For those states that do not have equine liability laws (as of October 2017 that includes California, Maryland, New York, and Washington D.C.), the use of the Society Standard combined waiver is required.All states must showcase the appropriate Warning signs on site, with at least one to be at the equestrian field and one at the event check-in location (i.e. Gate/Sign-In/Troll). These signs can be purchased online through appropriate vendors or created following the appropriate requirements.If there are no equines, standard participant waiver procedures apply. Refer to the Seneschal’s Handbook if you have any questions. For those Kingdoms that include the waiver language on their gate forms, please contact Mistress Eowyth and she will help in updating your forms appropriately. Forms can be downloaded from the SCA’s Library of Documents at http://www.sca.org/docs/library.htmlIf you have any questions regarding these updated waivers, please contact Mistress Eowyth (Eowyth@gmail.com), Master Terafan – the Society Equestrian Officer (equestrian@sca.org),  Master Alan – the Society Earl Marshal (marshal@sca.org), or Master Antonio – the Society Seneschal (seneschal@sca.org).

IMPORTANT: Please make sure that all your equestrian marshals know about the change, and please help seneschals and autocrats understand that they only need this one form at any events with equines.

Master Rhys Terafan Greydragon, OL, OP    equestrian@sca.org
Society Equestrian Officer

Request for Rider Authorization Information

Bavarian engraving of a medieval tournament from the 1400s. Public domain in the US

Bavarian engraving of a medieval tournament from the 1400s. Public domain in the US

Gleaned from the Book of Face:

Greetings All Calontir Authorized Equestrians!

I will need all Calontir equestrians to fill out the following form (with the exception of any marshals who sent in Q1 Reports. I have the information I need from there.)

This is to update our Calontir Equestrian Roster with all relevant information for authorized riders and marshals.

Note: If I do not receive information from equestrians by April 30th (that gives 2 months to submit this information), then those equestrians will be marked as “Inactive” and any event that is next attended will require a reauthorization and new authorization form completed.

If you have any questions or issues submitting this form, please contact me at EqMarshal@Calontir.org.

Thank you all for your patience as we get our records in order!

In Service,

Eowyth þa Siðend

Calontir Equestrian Roster Information

If you are authorized as a Calontir Rider, please submit the below information so that we can update our Kingdom Roster


Cattle Raids Court summaries, Saturday, August 27, A.S. 51

On the tournament field:
Half-Troll – Iren Hirth
Zack – Iren Hirth

On the equestrian field:
Toke Ormsson – Calon Cross
Rannveig Katrin Bjarnarsdottir – Eo Hirth
A boon was begged for Cilian Mac Marroo to join the Order of Chivalry

In royal court:
Killian lo Schermidore – Torse
Tigernan Flann – AoA
Isibél Inghean Dáire – Golden Calon Swan
Damien “Sugarbritches” MacGavin – Leather Mallet
Chiara di Paxiti – Calon Cross
William Turner – AoA
Miklos Farma – Leather Mallet
Catherine Ann Jourdayn – Calon Cross
Owain the Younger – AoA
Khalil abd’l Wahid al-Katib – Torse
Agamemnon Platylithodae – Order of Chivalry / Master at Arms

Other court news:

The new Kingdom Seneschal will be Master Brendan Mac antSaoir, the office change is to take place at Toys for Tots.
Letters of intent for Kingdom Earl Marshal and for Kingdom List Minister are due by September 5.
Letters of intent for Crown Tournament are due by September 24.
The new Kingdom advocate will be Mistress Rosalyn of Aberdeen, she will step into the position as of Crown Trounament.
12 people received First Event mugs.
Lord Giovanni Loredan swore fealty as the new Kingdom Webminister.
The Deans of the War College are:  Dean – Snorri Riddari, Logisitics – Sir Brockman,
Training – HL Emma, Instruction – Sir Lucian

Painting of the League of the Holy Court, circa 1375. Public domain in the US

Painting of the League of the Holy Court, circa 1375. Public domain in the US

Omnibus Peerage Proposal Submitted to SCA Board of Directors | The Æthelmearc Gazette

From the Aethelmaearc Gazette:

Omnibus Peerage Proposal Submitted to SCA Board of Directors | The Æthelmearc Gazette.

Duchess Tessa the Huntress announced that the final proposal for the creation of an omnibus peerage for all martial arts under the purview of the Earl Marshal, with the exception of rattan and rapier, was submitted to the Board of Directors of the SCA today. An earlier request had been made for space on the agenda for the April board meeting, pending submittal of the proposal. The meeting will be held on April 18 in Covington, KY in the Kingdom of the Middle. More information on attending the meeting can be found here.

The proposal for the new peerage was created by a multi-Kingdom steering committee, with input from the 850+ member Martial Peerage Facebook group. The proposed name for the peerage is the Order of Valiance, with a proposed badge as seen at right.

The full text of the proposal can be found here.

Anyone interested in writing in support of this proposal can contact the Board at directors@sca.org.


Official Equestrian Practices 2/20 & 2/21

Harvested from the CalonList:


Duke Eringlin, through the gracious support of the Shire of Standing Stones, will be conducting two official equestrian practices on consecutive days next month: Friday, February 20th and Saturday, February 21st.

The practices will be held at:

Echo Valley Stables
9885 Splice Creek Dr.
Prairie Home, MO 65068

It is in the Standing Stones area.
The short Friday evening practice (6pm-9pm) will be focused on riding and games authorizations, for those who are either bringing their own equine or who have made arrangements to use someone else’s. The Saturday practice will run from approximately 9am to 6pm and be focused on jousting, both foam-tip and wood-tip.

The facilities will be spartan: the barn is unheated and the nearest bathrooms are a short walk away. Attendees are on their own for meals.

Crash space is very limited, as is space for equines apart from a barb wire fenced pasture. If you need crash space or space for an equine, you *must* RSVP to me or Duke Eringlin so that we can make sure there is space for everyone and every equine.

All that said, we encourage interested equestrians and ground crew to join us for one or both practices.

Your Servant,
Edward de Kent

Calontir Fyrd and MAA Behourd

Fighters, Archers, Equestrians, I am pleased to announce the Calontir Fyrd and Man at Arms (MAA) Behourd. This season long tourney will run from Chieftains 2015 to Toys for Tots 2015. There will be two different booklets, one for the Fyrd and one for the MAA. Fyrd, your part of the tournament is to challenge as many different MAA as possible. MAA, your part is to challenge as many different Fyrd as possible. Challenges may happen at any event, fighter practice, or gathering but you only get one point per person challenged.

You may be asking, what if I’m a Fyrd in one discipline but a MAA in another and want to keep my challenges separate?  You can pick up one of each. But, what if I’m a Fyrd/MAA in multiple disciplines or the MAA/Fyrd I want to fight is in multiple disciplines or I just don’t want two booklets?  There will be a portion of each booklet that is marked for Cross Discipline Challenges. The booklets will be large enough to make short notes about the challenges.

Starting with Winter War Maneuvers you can pick up your booklet(s) from me, Nakos Theodorosides, at any event I’m at. At Winter War Maneuvers I will have 200 of each for Fyrd and MAA to take extras back to their groups. If you have any questions please contact me on Facebook or by email.

The intent of this behourd is to promote Fyrd and MAA to mingle and get to know each other better and to pass knowledge on. Oh and remember, once a Fyrd always a Fyrd.


Equestrian Challenge for Cattle Raids

Harvested from the Calontir list:

Announcing A Greco-Persian Equestrian Challenge for Cattle Raids!

It is now in your hands to enslave Athens or make her free, and thereby leave behind for all posterity a memorial such as not even Harmodius and Aristogeiton left. Now the Athenians have come to their greatest danger since they first came into being, and, if we surrender, it is clear what we will suffer when handed over to Hippias. But if the city prevails, it will take first place among the Greek cities.

– Herodotus, The Histories

About the Challenge: The theme for Cattle Raids 2014 is the Greco-Persian Wars between the Achaemenid Empire of Persia and the Greek city-states from 499 – 449 BC.  Cavalry were an important part of that conflict.  The elements of this challenge are mostly taken from On the Cavalry Commander, a book by the Greek writer Xenophon (430 – 354 BC).

The Prizes: The prizes for this challenge will be contributed by the entrants.  As Xenophon wrote:

And if you could offer prizes to the regiments for skill in all the feats that the public expects the cavalry to perform at the spectacles, I think this would appeal strongly to the spirit of emulation in every Athenian.  For evidence of this I may refer to the [Greek plays], in which many labours and heavy expenses are the price paid for trifling rewards.

We encourage everyone to heed Xenophon’s words: No trifling rewards!  🙂

The Course: A full description and course diagram will be posted online shortly, but the course includes a procession, heraldry (so start working on your intro now! and pull out those banners!), maneuvering on horseback, javelin throwing, simulated polo, bonus points for riding the course bareback, and more!

TO RESERVE A STALL (or if you have any Questions): Contact the Honorable Lady Eowyth þa Siðend at Eowyth@Gmail.com

The Honorable Lady Katrin Bjarnarsdottir will also be hosting an Evening Tournament! More details and a full schedule to be posted as plans are completed.


In Service,

THL Eowyth þa Siðend