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The Madrone Equestrian Guild organizes classes on a regular basis, covering all aspects of SCA equestrian activities.

Upcoming Classes

There are no upcoming classes scheduled at this time. See our articles page while you're waiting.

Future classes and workshops in the planning:

  • Disguise a riding helmet with a medieval hat cover (planned Feb 09)
  • Wooden waster/sword for medieval gaming workshop
  • T-tunics for your horse, make a simple half-circle caparision
  • Make strap barding
  • Bringing your horse to its first SCA event
  • Make a medieval-style saddle blanket to disguise a modern saddle
  • Make a pattern for a leather chamfron (shaffron)
  • Medieval Mane and Tail styles
  • Design a fun and challenging medieval game course
  • The proper grooming of a Warhorse in preparation for a tournament
  • Foam jousting tip and lance workshop

The Madrone Equestrian Guild is proud to announce two concurrent classes on Saturday, May 3:

!!!Caparison Draping Taught by Annisa Gabrielli ->Come learn how to make a full-coverage fabric garment for any horse. This type of garment is appropriate for tournaments from the 12th through the 16th centuries, and is an ideal foundation for impressive displays of heraldry. There will be a demonstration of draping material directly on the animal for a custom fit, and transferring that information to a paper pattern. A variety of different styles will be discussed. Also covered will be examining period reference materials to determine fabric choice, shape and construction methods. The same principles of draping may also be applied to human clothing.
Cost: $5

!!!Silk Banner Painting Taught by Guillaume de Garrigues ->Nothing flies like silk. Learn the basics of painting silk heraldic banners using a gutta resist. It's a modern technique, but it's a quick and relatively easy way to get your heraldic device flapping in the wind, adding pageantry to your encampment and to your presence on the field. Class includes instruction, demonstration of techniques, and all materials needed for making a triangular banner of approximately six feet in length. Class size is limited, please pre-register by sending e-mail to
Cost: $12

Date: ->Saturday, May 3, 2008

Time: ->10:00 a.m. both classes begin ->4:00 p.m. finish (approximate) -> Please bring a sack lunch

Location: ->6301 308th Avenue SE ->Preston, WA 98033 -> map

Past Classes

Saturday, April 12, 2008 - Strap Barding

Subject: Come learn how to make strap barding in leather or cloth to fit your horse
Instructor: Mistress Kerij-e

Saturday, February 9, 2008 - Trail Riding & Road Safety Part 1

Subject: Riding & Road Safety based on the British Horse Society's Training
Instructor: Kathleen Heller/ Rignach of Argyll

November 11, 2007 - Renaissance Warfare in Theory and Practice

Taught by Gordon Frye, a director of the School of the Renaissance Soldier''

Thursday, August 9, 2007 - To Drape a Caparison

Taught by HL Annisa with assistance from Mistress Kerij-e
Learn how to make a pattern for a custom caparison for your horse. This flashy style is appropriate for the 13th through 16th century, and is an ideal place for heraldic display. This is a demonstration of draping a caparison on a live horse and then drafting a pattern. We will also discuss tabard styles and other styles of bards and caparisons.
No preregistration required.''

Thursday, August 16, 2007 - To Arm for Tournament

Taught by Viscount Rapheal with assistance from other guild members
A hands-on workshop to make a weapon or a crest for the Emprise. (The instructor recommends attempting no more than two of the following items during the class time). * make a behord crest * make a padded sword or mace * make a ring or quintain lance See the materials list to determine what to bring for the item you wish to make.

At September Crown (Sunday 4 p.m. in the "great hall") - To Create a Banner

Here are the details for the banner painting class at September Crown offered by the Madrone Equestrian Guild in preparation for the Emprise of the Black Lion VII.

The class will take place on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the "great hall". Banners and paint supplies will be available, in the following combinations:

$12 - 24 x 36 banners (including paint)
$ 9 - 24 x 36 banner only
$ 3 - paint only

This is a hands-on session to paint a rectangular cotton banner, with consulting artists on hand. Bring to class a full color drawing of your device.

Please join us! Get started on a banner!

Thursday, September 6, 2007 - Work Party

Bring your project that you are working on for the Emprise.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - Class / Work Party (with emphasis on the tournament)

Bring your projects and your questions about "putting the whole thing together".

!!Proposals for additional classes Edward - journeys through Europe, with photos Illaria - saddle making Gordon - a topic of his choosing Bev - how to make an ecranche Classes are from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be held at 6301 308th Avenue, Preston WA

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