For the most part we practice the games of skill that squires and other mounted warriors would have partaken in. This includes hitting the quintain, "jousting" at rings, spear throwing, and stabbing objects on the ground. In addition, we do sword work against inanimate objects. As well, we have begun doing Mounted Crest Combat. Most often you will see us executing an obstacle course including many of the above elements and sometimes includes archery from horseback. We also do light contact jousting and perform cavalry maneuvers.
"The games really display a partnership between horse and rider. Not everyone needs to own a horse and medieval tack to participate. Ground crews to help reset targets and assist the riders are always welcome. In fact it is a great way to get introduced to our activities! Of course, spectators are highly encouraged." - SCADemo.com
The East has a long history of equestrian activities. The first Equestrian Champions were selected in 1997.
Mistress A'isha bint Jamil's recollection of the early days:
It was Ellen du Grandchamp, Anna Dimitriova Belokon, Countess Amshah el Sirhan (later Baroness Carillion, I think?), Elizabeth Hawkwood, Sir RIchard Blackmore, and me. The six of us sat down and hammered out the initial set of rules, which we proposed to Master Bjorn Karlson, who was Earl Marshall at the time.
He agreed that all involved should be the first marshals, for purposes of bootstrapping and creating other marshals, I declined because while I felt that I was capable of overseeing activities, I did NOT think I was capable of watching someone else ride and making judgments about their skill level. (I didn't think we should be doing that at all, but I lost that argument). I did a lot of the paperwork - formatting the first rulebook, designing and printing the original qual cards, etc. Amshah had a wealth of information on how things were done out west, having been part of starting activities in Caid.
Richard did a tremendous amount of work, writing to people (by snail mail, because this was in the early 90s) in every other kingdom to find out if they were doing horses, and if so to ask for a copy of their rules. He and Elizabeth came to us from being part of the jousting team in the Kingdom of Acre, so they were fonts of information about that too. I believe his information gathering brought to corporate attention just how badly under-insured we were at the time too - we had coverage for only 10 days a year, and they were doing more than that just in Atlantia.
Kingdom Equestrian Officer: Master Duncan Kerr
Deputy Kingdom Equestrian Officer: Viscountess Gwenllian Rhiannon of Dragonkeep
Tir Mara Crown Principality Deputy Marshal of Equestrian Activities: Mistress Ellen du Grandchamp
Southern Region Marshal: Baroness Kiena Stewart
Central Region Marshal: Duchess Katherine Stanhope
Northern Region Marshal: Viscountess Gwenllian Rhiannon of Dragonkeep