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Well said Eowyth.
Thanks.
Nesscia
On Jan 16, 2015 4:27 PM, "Eowyth þa Siðend" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Several have mentioned - Well, what about being welcomed by the Laurels
> and Pelicans? To which I respond - Please don't.
>
> (( Note: This is mine, and only MY, personal, opinion - DO NOT TAKE THIS
> as indicative of all equestrian member thoughts, as it is NOT
> representative of every individual's experience or personal journey or
> viewpoint.))
>
> Eowyth's Personal Opinion (EPO) (since I have not seen an equestrian
> comment on this thread and I feel like there should be *some*
> representation because people keep mentioning us):
>
> I would be saddened and _slightly_ disappointed for the Laurels OR the
> Pelicans to recognize me for my *skills* on the equestrian martial field,
> as opposed to my knowledge or service given to the Kingdom & Knowne Worlde.
>
> I want the Laurels to recognize my work & teaching on equestrian & horse
> training techniques, equine breeding knowledge, research into the history
> of horses in the medieval ages, clothing horses in the medieval times,
> rider clothing, and my (currently budding) knowledge of leather-working or
> metal-working as it applies to equestrian things (and other things, as the
> scope expands). And my teaching & sharing of the above (and to be
> discovered) knowledge with others. But Not because I'm a hot lance, look
> good, and score well on the jousting field.
>
> I want the Pelicans to recognize my service as a retainer for the Kingdom,
> as local Exchequer, as a Kingdom Officer's Deputy, a Kingdom Officer (one
> day), a Society Officer's Deputy, a Society Officer (one day), an event
> steward & crew chief, as a marshal, and as a contributing member to the
> Kingdom and the Knowne Worlde. And not because I can hold my own in the
> Lysts.
>
> My skills as an equestrian have little or *nothing* to do with my
> research, service, or creative products (i.e. Caparisons, bridles, etc.).
> And to have them shoved together "because" makes my heart heavy and my head
> hurt. I feel that one part of what I do is simply being overlooked because
> it doesn't "fit" anywhere or that my other accomplishments are being pushed
> aside because that skill is more "ooh shiny" (because ponies) than those
> Laurel-type items (such as research, etc.) or Pelican-type items (such as
> serving as a Local/Kingdom/Society officer, etc.).
>
> Which is why I was thrilled, delighted, and ecstatic when the Eo orders
> were created - FINALLY. Finally, the *skills* on the field would be
> recognized for what they were - PROWESS on the Martial Field. Not service
> as a torse or teaching & creating as a leather mallet. How to become a Peer
> from there? Well - that's another discussion (no really - these are two
> separate discussions, albeit related).
>
> If the Laurels or Pelicans were to one day think that I am worthy enough
> to be considered a fellow member of Their Orders, I would *hope* from the
> deepest parts of my heart that it would be not because "You're a good
> equestrian on the field" but because I actually fit what it means to be a
> Laurel or Pelican. Because I have created (or researched) amazing medieval
> topics or I have served to the utmost of my capacity. Not because I know
> how to ride & compete.
>
> Anyway, all that to say - those who know me well, know where I stand on
> the "Additional Peerage" subject, but that opinion has nothing to do with
> this opinion of I do not believe that a Skilled Equestrian should be
> considered a Pelican or a Laurel based on Prowess (as the two orders
> currently stand and are defined as). I want to earn those Accolades based
> on the Merits befitting a Laurel or Pelican, and I don't consider _martial_
> prowess to be included in what defines a Pelican or Laurel.
>
> My quarter & change opinion. Sorry for the rambling.
>
> Ever & always in service,
>
> Eowyth þa Siðend
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