by HL Felicitae de l’Hayes
The rules that an Archer needs to know is in the An Tir Book of Target.
Here is a link to the “An Tir Book of Target”, revised May 2003.
Pages 12 to 19 are what anyone that picks up a bow in the SCA needs to know.
Note: This document is currently in the process of being revised with a new version expected to be signed off by June of 2005.
A lot of the terms used in the document will be ‘Greek’ to a total novice Archer. The best way to learn Archery is to show up at the Archery range at events or at a local Archery practice and ask questions. Most Archers are excited to talk about their passion! Just be courteous if a competition or shooting for score is in progress.
Please feel free to hunt me down. I generally have some limited loaner gear so if I know you will be showing up I can reserve it for you.
The rider should be familiar with the SCA Equestrian Handbook available at: http://www.sca.org/officers/marshal/combat/equestrian/equestrian_handbook.pdf
Per: SCA, Inc. Equestrian Handbook, SECOND EDITION
To be authorized to do Mounted Archery, see page 8 of the SCA Equestrian Handbook. http://www.sca.org/officers/marshal/combat/equestrian/equestrian_handbook.pdf
Part III - SCA Rider Authorization Regulations
B. Rider Level Regulations
2. Special Level: there will be a special authorization process for the following situations:
g) Mounted archer-must comply with archery regulations as well as Equestrian Regulations of the SCA and their kingdom. SCA equestrian archery regulations are defined in Appendix III of these rules.
Appendix III - SCA Minimum Regulations for Mounted Archery
These regulations are for both mounted and chariot archery.
a) Beginner and Intermediate riders must have an EqM (or an Advanced rider designated by the EqMIC) lead their mounts past the archery target(s) and have their reins within reach.
b) Advanced riders have two options for in-motion mounted archery. They may either:
To do Mounted Archery you need to be proficient at both marshal activities. Target Archery and Mounted Equestrian. There are no shortcuts to success.
Only after you are proficient at both should you combine them for double-the-challenge!
SCA Target Archery Rules - http://www.sca.org/officers/marshal/combat/archery/target_archery_rules.pdf
SCA Equestrian Handbook -
(See Appendix III - SCA Minimum Regulations for Mounted Archery)
An Tir Book of Target - http://www.zateev.net/ontarget/framesets/target_frameset.html
An Tir Kingdom Equestrian Book of Horse (as of March 2005, not yet
Inter-Kingdom Equestrian Competition (IKEQ) -
Set-Up Criteria and Rules For Mounted Archery (scroll to bottom of page)
This is the best resource for SCA Archers.
NW Archery - http://www.nwarchery.com/door/
Suzanne with NW Archery knows SCA gear. She makes some of the best Cedar Shaft arrows you will find anywhere.
Truemark Archery - http://www.truemarkarchery.com/
Andras Truemark and his wife Liesl merchant at a lot of SCA events. You will usually find them near the archery range. They carry a lot of used bows and everything you need to shoot them. Truemark Archery also carries Istvan Toth's Hungarian horse bow line. This includes the full size Mongolian and Hungarian bows in the heavier poundage (30 plus lbs) plus the Scythian young adult or ladies bow and the children's bows.
International Horse Archery
History of the International Horse Archery Festival - http://www.horsearchery.org
This site provides additional information on the International Horse Archery Festival, including links to previous festivals, additional history of the festival and much more.
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