Note: This is not the official FAQ. This is provided as a service by the Madrone Equestrian Guild. Any of the information may change at any time without notice.
2006 practices are once a month, usually on the second Sundays. For dates, see the calendar. If you want to receive reminders, you can sign up for the Western An Tir Announce list by sending an e-mail message to: WestAnTirEquisAnnouncefirstname.lastname@example.org.
Practices are held at Lang's Horse and Pony Farm, Mt. Vernon Washington.
Directions from Seattle: Take I-5 North to the Anderson Road Exit, #225, in Mount Vernon, go right onto Anderson Road. Take immediate left onto Cedardale Road. You will be headed North and traveling parallel to I-5. At stop sign, go right onto Blackburn. Stay on Blackburn about 1 mile until road makes 90 degree turn to right. The name of the road changes to Little Mountain Road at the curve. The farm is located 1-1/2 miles up Little Mountain Road on the left. The entrance is marked with a large wooden sign reading "Lang's Horse and Pony Farm." Please drive all the way up the driveway to the farm's parking lot, which is located near the horse barn.
Go to the office (the little red shed) and sign in and pay. If no-one is at the shed, cross the little stream and look in the corral.
If you did not request a specific horse, ask the Lang's wrangler to match you up with one. Be honest about your abilities. You will have more fun on a less challenging horse while you are learning the games. One less thing to worry quite so much about.
If your session is in the morning, you will be expected to groom and saddle your horse. If you do not know how to do these things, let the wrangler know. Unless requested, all horse are tacked up in Western gear and usually hackamores.
When everyone is ready, the wrangler will help you mount up and the whole string will ride up to the upper arena for the practice.
At the upper arena, you will need to sign the SCA waivers and roster. If you are not an SCA qualified rider, let the EMIC know so that they an qualify you.
Once you are in the arena, ride your horse around the perimeter of the arena for at least 5-10 minutes to warm up. Then you can trot them for another 5-10 minutes and finally canter.
Practices usually include the following activities:
For all day practices, you will have an hour break. The horses will be returned to the corral for water and to rest. You will pick them up there after lunch. Don't forget to check your cinch! If you are not riding in both sessions, please assist as groundscrew.
At the end of the day, the entire group will ride back to the corral. You are expected to un-tack your horse and tie them with the available halters.
Yes, contact HL Taradan ban Marca at horsefly@wavecable or call 1-360-724-3591 to reserve a horse at least 3 days before the practice. You do not need to prepay. Please cancel your reservation if you are not able to make it.
In 2005, the horses are $50 for a practice.
Yes, haul-ins are allowed. Cost is $10 per rider. Contact HL Taradan ban Marca at horsefly@wavecable or call 1-360-724-3591 to let her know you are coming and to confirm the required shots.
When the practice starts depends on the time of year and the planned activities for the practice.
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Feel free to contact the guild head or any of the other members of the guild for more information. You can send an e-mail message to HL Taradan ban Marca at horsefly@wavecable or call 1-360-724-3591.
Announcements and questions are also posted on the Western An Tir Equestrian List on yahoogroups.
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