Greetings from your Horse & Falcon Jousting Coordinator!Based upon the responses I've received and the conversations (both public and private) around Foam Jousting, I am proposing that this be a re-authorization/class/practice session. For those that have been to Gulf Wars, think the Jousting 101 and 201 classes.
Here is what I'm proposing.Armor Inspections: I do feel like we've not been as vigilant about these as we should be (or at least I've not seen it), so for those jousting marshals in training and for re-authorizations, I feel this is something we should do as part of the "class". Hopefully not more than 30 minutes. Come armored up and ready for inspection.
Proper Levee's: Learn what a levee is, practicing on the quintain or other target. Carousel of horses/riders, if people need to switch horses, we'll trade off and do a 2nd/3rd round. First round will be without helmets, so that feedback can be given and heard. 2nd round will be with helmets (if we have time). ~30 minutes, pending the number of participants.Passes without lance for re-authorizing riders: Carousel of passes without lances (for the new/re-authorizing rider). Authorized rider will make the pass with a lance & tip. The purpose is to practice getting hit, maintaining gait, and riding to the end of the lane. ~30 minutes, pending the number of participants.Passes with lances for re-authorizing riders: Carousel of passes with lances & tips (for the new/re-authorizing rider). Authorized rider will NOT have a lance, but will present good targets. The purpose is to practice hitting on target, follow through, maintaining gait, and riding to the end of the lane. ~30 minutes, pending the number of participants.Full Passes: Both riders will have lances with tips and will run 2 passes each. Would like to carousel this as well, so as to get as many runs as steeds and riders will allow. Focus on hitting target, following through, maintaining gait, and riding to the end of the lane. ~1 hour, pending participants and energy level.Please note: I will be requiring a canter or gaited-equivalent. The mounts in Calontir that I've seen trot the tilt in the past do *not* have smooth trots that would facilitate a safe pass, in my opinion. I have seen some of our gaited mounts have a proper smooth Gaited movement (such as Kate, when she gets into it), and that is allowed. Trotting, though, will not be. If by the end of the 2nd portion (passes without lances) a steed is not moving at a canter/gait, I will ask that the rider move to a different mount or try again at a future event.
Don't forget to review the armor requirements (Starting Page 9-http://sca.org/officers//equestrian/pdf/equestrian_handbook.pdf) and read through the Jousting hand-out (http://goo.gl/997RkI). Any questions, please let me know!
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