Madrone Equestrian Guild FAQs - Getting Started

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  1. How do I get started?
  2. Do I need a horse?
  3. Are there a lot of equestrian events in An Tir? How come I never see them?
  4. How do I become qualified and what are the levels?
  5. What is an EM, EMIC, IKEQ, MEG, and a KEO?
  6. When are practices and events?

 

 


How do I get started ?

If you have a horse, come to a practice!  If you don't have a horse, come anyway and help groundscrew.  If you are in the Barony of Madrone area, come to a guild meeting. See the Madrone Equestrian Guild Calendar for dates.  You should familiarize yourself with the An Tir Book of Horse, the rules for participating in SCA equestrian in An Tir.

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Do I need to own a horse?

Owning a horse is not required. Some events have rentals available.

The Shire of Midhaven has a monthly practice that has excellent rental horses. 

There are many non-riding things you can do to be involved including: Groundscrew, Grooms, List ministers, and Scorekeepers.  Get to know the horse owners, they may offer you a ride if the horse is suitable for you.

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Are there a lot of equestrian events in An Tir? How come I never see them?

An Tir is blessed with a vigorous equestrian program.  There are an average of one equestrian event month, with two-three events per month in the summer.  Events usually in conjunction with a regular SCA event such as a war or tournament. Equestrian activities run concurrent with other activities, and are often tucked away in the back fields.  Ask at the gate if there are equestrian activities. But DON'T bring your horse unless you are sure!

You can find a useful planning calendar of events on the Guild site.

 

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How do I become qualified as a rider and what are the levels?

There are three levels of riders in the SCA.  They are based on the gait that you can ride your horse and safely guide them through a course. 

To become qualified at a particular level, you must perform a qualification ride for four warranted equestrian marshasl (EM)   This usually involves riding your horse at the gait you are trying to get qualified at and navigating poles in a weaving pattern while using the weapon on the course as proscribed.   When you pass the qualification, then the EMIC will report your qualification to the Kingdom Officer and a green card should be issued.

At this time, Mounted Crest Combat and Jousting require a separate qualification by specifically warranted EMs.

You can find a list of the warranted EMs on the Kingdom Equestrian Web site  http://www.antir.sca.org/Offices/Marshallate/Equestrian/index.php or most equestrian events have a time set aside for qualifications.

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What is an EM, EMIC, IKEQ, MEG, and a KEO?

An EM is an Equestrian Marshal. An equestrian marshal can authorize riders and oversee equestrian activities.

An EMIC is an Equestrian Marshal In Charge. An EMIC is responsible for all equestrian activities and safety at an event or practice.  They are also responsible for reporting to the Kingdom officer after every event and practice.

IKEQ is the Interkingdom Equestrian competition. Using a standardized set of equipment and rules, equestrians from all over the known world can virtually compete against each other.  After an IKEQ session, the scores are forwarded to the IKEQ coordinator. Once a year, the standings are announced and an IKEQ champion is announced.  An Tir has always done very well in the IKEQ. The official IKEQ web site is at http://www.animalhospitalonmidway.com/scaikeqc_index.html

MEG is the Madrone Equestrian Guild

The KEO is the Kingdom Equestrian Officer, also known as the Royal Equestrian.  The KEO is responsible for reporting to the Kingdom Earl Marshal, of whom he/she is a deputy, and to the Society Equestrian Marshal. He/she also warrants new EMs, oversees events, maintains the kingdom's equestrian rules and consults with their Majesties on any equestrian issues. The official KEO web page is at

For more terms, see the Glossary.

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When are practices and events?

You can find a useful planning calendar of events on the Guild site.

Local practices for the Barony of Madrone (Greater Puget Sound, WA) are intermittent. See the Madrone Equestrian Guild Calendar for dates.

The Shire of Midhaven (Mt. Vernon, WA)  has monthly practices. 

Visit the An Tir  Kingdom Equestrian Officer's web calendar for upcoming events http://www.antir.sca.org/Offices/Marshallate/Equestrian/index.php

 

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