As the war drums of summer begin to fade, the pounding of hooves alert the Midrealm that Mounted War Games are afoot! Welcome to the third Mounted War Games hosted by the Shire of Shadowed Stars. With a full selection of Equestrian games and challenges, armored fighting, rapier combat, archery competitions, hound coursing, and more, this yearly outdoor event has something for everyone. Check out what this year's Mounted War Games III has to offer.
We're honored to host Master Patrick von Brandenburg for a special guest workshop covering the essentials of period mounted combat. Using a pair of unique "Equi-Sim" horse simulators, Master Patrick will demonstrate and guide participants through the arts of mounted grappling, swordsmanship, and lancing in a thrilling 2-hour course starting at 2:00PM on Saturday. Master Patrick has also generously offered to share his wealth of knowledge of Period Riding and Resources and Cut and Thrust swordsmanship on Sunday.
The site for Mounted War Games III is Heritage Stables in Peru, Indiana, a 24-acre private horse stable with open grass fields that accommodate all marshaled events with ample room left over for camping. There's also a large indoor sand arena in case of inclement weather with amenities available for riders and their steeds.
1577 E Paw Paw Pike
Peru, Indiana, 46970
(ages 18 and over)
Adult Day Trip*
(ages 18 and over)
Minor Day Trip*
(6 and under)
Bedded Box Stall
|Preregister through ACCEPS and save!|
|*Counts toward family cap of $60.00. Additional $5.00 surcharge applies to nonmembers 18 and over.|
There's more than enough space for camping, so bring along a tent and join us. Tent locations are "first come, first served," and our camping area (a large and level field) provides plenty of room to spread out comfortably.
The Shire of Shadowed Stars is pleased to offer the services of our concessions tavern, the Golden Shoe, which offers lunch, dinner, and more. Check out the menu below. Personal propane stoves are also allowed.
For safety reasons, non-horse people should stay out of the barn area except to access the restrooms and showers. Minors require direct supervision around horses and in the barns at all times. The site is wet. No uncontrolled fires allowed, but social bonfire gatherings are held each night and inexpensive firewood is available on site. You are responsible for your trash — if you bring it, please leave with it.Back to the Top
|7:00PM||Chariot Archery (all archers welcome)|
|8:00AM||Authorizations (please be on time)|
|9:00AM||The Quest to Rescue the Prince (challenge course)|
|12:00PM||BREAK FOR LUNCH|
Lichtenaur’s Mounted Combat Class
with Master Patrick von Brandenburg
|5:00PM||Crest Combat Authorizations|
|6:30PM||Crest Combat Battle|
|7:00PM||Mounted Armored Combat|
|8:00AM||Driving a Cart 101|
|9:00AM||Chariot Archery (all archers welcome)|
|12:00PM||BREAK FOR LUNCH|
|2:30PM||History of Jousting|
|6:00PM||Double Quintain Competition|
|9:00PM||Announcement of Scores and Awards|
NOTE: If you are planning to bring your own horse, or if you wish to authorize for equestrian activities, please contact the equestrian marshal in charge, Lady Kiltigern, in advance.Back to the Top
|11:00AM||Circle bear pit tourney|
List opens for:
|5:30PM||Scorecard turn-in deadline|
|6:00PM||List closes; semi-finals announced|
|(Sunrise) 7:30AM||duel at Dawn|
|12:30PM||Cut & Thrust Class with Master Patrick von Brandenburg|
Throughout the course of the day, each contestant must pick a series of duels with other contestants, offering insults, demanding satisfaction, and ultimately slipping off quietly to settle their disputes like well-bred lords and ladies. In order to qualify, each contestant MUST fight duels in each of five BASIC civilian weapon styles. Each duel is ten passes with the total number of wins and losses recorded in each basic category.
HOWEVER, prowess of arms is determined by the percentage of wins to losses, not total number of wins. That's where the bonus rounds come into play. If a contestant wishes to increase his or her standings after completing all five BASIC styles, he or she may continue to offer BONUS round duels, which are significantly more challenging.
If, at any time, a contestant isn't authorized in a style, he or she may either choose single sword or pick another style with the consent of his or her opponent. All doubles count as losses for both participants. No two participants may duel twice in a row, so when it's down to two remaining fighters, the main tourney is over. Good dueling grounds will be outlined around the camp and a marshal will be present at all times to see that justice is done in good conduct.
The two finalists with the highest scores will compete in a spectacular finalé staged as a period judicial duel. Seconds will be selected to negotiate terms (which must be approved by the MiC) and the final duel will take place either at the first light of dawn (or the last light of day, if conditions require it). The winner will take home as shiny new cloak.
But wait, there's more! There will also be a special prize for the participant who best embodies the noble virtues of our current-middle-ages courtier. Here are the criteria:
There will be spectators running around observing the action, and each participant will be evaluated for his or her bravado, showmanship, honor, and wit. All participants are also encouraged to submit ballots (they may not vote for themselves). As always, the most important aspect of this tourney is to have fun and look good doing it.Back to the Top
|7:00PM||Chariot Archery (on Equestrian list — all archers welcome)|
Range opens for:
|12:00PM||RANGE CLOSED FOR LUNCH|
|9:00AM||Chariot Archery (on Equestrian list — all archers welcome)|
|9:30AM||Main range opens for open shooting|
|Event Steward||Lady Cassandra of Wyndhaven||(419) 965–2833*|
|Event Co Steward||Lady Gwendolyn||(260) 760–8480**|
|MiC Equestrian||Lady Kiltigern|
|MiC Armored Combat||Lord Fergus McPherson||(260) 466–9462|
Lord Philipp Reimer
|MiC Archery||Lord Eadric|
|Tavern Keeper||Baroness Halldora|
*No calls after 9PM EST please.
**No calls after 10PM EST please.
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