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 > -- Manage your subscription at http://listserv.unl.edu. listserv.unl.edu > lists do not accept incoming email from Yahoo.com, AOL.com or Dropbox.com > due to their DMARC policies. -- Manage your subscription at http://listserv.unl.edu. listserv.unl.edu lists do not accept incoming email from Yahoo.com, AOL.com or Dropbox.com due to their DMARC policies.