In the SCA we do some contact jousting,
but mostly we practice the games of skill that squires and other
mounted warriors would have partaken in, in the medieval period.
This includes hitting the quintain. The quintain is a rotating target
that helps the equestrian practice hitting a solid target. The more
forceful the strike, the more rotations the quintain makes, but
beware, on the other end is a counterweight that will come around
and strike you if you are not quick enough!
We also joust rings. The rings range from 6" to a mere 1" and the
equestrian must spear these with their lance, usually while at a
canter! Other activities include spear throwing and stabbing objects
on the ground. Sword work, where fake heads are knocked off of posts.
Obstacle courses and sometimes even archery from horseback.
Often these games are grouped together to form a course for the
rider to perform and sometimes teams of riders are needed to do
all of the activities. These games allow the riders to display their
medieval gear and horse costumes and are true spectacles where you
can easily believe you are in the middle ages...
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.
- Society Marshal's Equestrian Page