Pageantry is period and most of the "games" that we do are in fact pulled
from period sources (reeds, rings, quintain, heads), not to mention actual
jousting & mounted combat. Those fall under the "weapons" activities, I

Also - racing - totally happened and may (or may not) have involved actual
weapons. ;-)

Now - the way that we run 'challenges', no, I don't believe that would have
been in practice back then. But the elements that make them up certainly
were. It was about practicing the skills needed & training the horses for
what they needed to do. And who is to say that they didn't combine running
at a target with a lance, to be followed swiftly with cutting the head off
a dummy? Seems practical to me.

In Service,


On Wed, Dec 25, 2013 at 6:27 PM, Alexander Caithnes <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Most of the stuff the eqestrians do that does.'t involve weapons is
> modified games from
> Pony Club or 4H. Why not research actual things instead of norrowing from
> modern sources? To me, taking stuff from modern game sources is kust plain
> lazy. If you eant to make stuff up, at least base it on something in
> period. There are lots of illuminations out there to extrapolate from.
> Take care,
> Alexander
> > So, a little further investigation leads me to believe that the rules
> were
> > written between 1558 and 1569.  Elizabeth didn't take the throne until
> '58
> > and in '69, Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk (the credited writer of the
> > rules) was imprisoned for treason.
> > I agree that we can't use a live rabbit.  We would have to modify the
> > rules to allow for a mechanized rabbit.  We could run two dogs at once
> > around a course and the winner would be the dog in the lead at a certain
> > point.  Or perhaps the dogs get points for being in the lead at different
> > spots along the course.  The issue I foresee is the two dogs deciding
> that
> > the rabbit is less interesting than each other.
> > As for other competitions, we should talk to the equestrian people to see
> > where they came up with the various competitions they do.  I'm sure we
> > could do something similar to an emprise.  I'm also picturing a small
> > crane for a weight lifting competition.  I'll keep looking and see what I
> > can find.  But I wouldn't restrict ourselves to only those things we can
> > document.  More stuff to do = more fun for all.
> > Murd