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equestrian activities

Welcome All Equestrians to An Tir – West War.

There will be something for everyone this year! Jousting, Mounted Combat and Horse/Chariot Archery for the Martial minded. Carousel riding for those who love the artistry of flatwork with your horse. Trail riding onto the nearby beach and on a Quest along trails in the local hills for peaceful riding. Mounted Patrolling to peruse the encampment and help your fellow reenactors. Schedules are coming

Important site specific Rules:

  • When riding the site outside of the arena please limit your group to no more than four.
  • You must clean up after your horse while riding the site. Pick-up bags for horse leavings (we all know what I am talking about here, don’t be silly about it), and easily portable equipment will be available at the eq. arena. Remember, we all want to expand horse use within the society and cleaning up after ourselves is one of the best ways to ensure that. Take the equipment and a couple of bags with you, I guarantee your horse will give you the opportunity to use them on the encampment roads. Don’t think to yourself “I will come back later with a bag and rake” you won’t get back in time before someone comes across the mess and freaks out. Clean up your horse’s mess on the road, when they make it. If I get complaints, I will have to shut down riding on the encampment roads and I really don’t want to do that, but I will.
  • When riding anywhere on the site, including the arena, there must be an Equestrian Marshal present. The Eq. Marshal can be mounted or unmounted, so long as they are there. This includes Mounted Patrols.
  • No, you cannot take your horse into the Merchant Area, even if there is no one else there. Period.

faq

  1. Do I need a health certificate for my horse?  ---  Yes, Oregon requires the following:
    • A Health Certificate (Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, CVI)
      • If you are coming from Washington, Idaho, or Montana you can use your 6 month CVI ‘Passport’. You will still need a Travel Permit number, see below.
      • If you are coming from California you will need a CVI that is good for 30 days. You will still need a Travel Permit number, see below.
    • Negative Coggins (aka Equine Infectious Anemia) less than 6-months old.
    • An Individual State Travel Permit for each horse.
    • These are only good within 15 days of issue. Your vet needs to call and get the permit number from Oregon State. Do not get it too early.
    • A Brand Inspection is not required, but is always a good idea.
    • As always, double check with your vet. Requirements can change.
  2. Is there a website that has this information?  ---  Yes  
  3. Will indoor stalls be available?  --–  No, there are no indoor stalls available, only your portable paddocks will be allowed.
  4. Where can I put my Truck/Trailer, Horse pen, encampment?  ---  This will be similar to 2013. There will be a set of spaces provided, that you will be able to use for your Truck/trailer, Portable Horse pen and encampment. This will be northeast of the War Field. Current estimated space is a 30’ X 80’. Contact here for horse trailer space reservation.
  5. Can I get authorized in an equestrian game/skill?  --–  Yes, there is room in the scheduled classes and daily open riding times to become authorized in a skill/game. It is the riders’ responsibility to get with an authorizing marshal and the EqMIC early, at least a day before the event you wish to be authorized for.
  6. If I am an Eq. Marshal, can I ride the site alone?  –--  No. Because of the size of the event and the large number of non-horse people you may only ride alone in the arena/Equestrian area. Do not go out onto the encampment roads as a lone rider. Remember you are an Eq. Marshal because you have shown good judgment and horsemanship in the past. Know your horse and its limits on being crowded because people will crowd your horse. Be able to ensure your horse is never hemmed in on more than one side, always give them at least 2 and preferably 3 ways out. Know yourself and be willing to be assertive, but calm, with the people that desperately want to touch/pet/feed your horse, to keep them safe, and your horse calm and safe. Always be willing to get off your high horse (even if it means you will not be able to get back up again), back people up or off to the side, and walk your horse away. We all know that people lose their minds around horses because ‘they’re so pretty and magical’ (insert high-pitched, silly voice here) you are responsible to be horse and people savvy for them, assume that they will not be. The best thing is only ride in groups of 2-4, this will give you an additional set of eyes to watch behind and to help with crowd control. Remember, if your horse leaves something, you are responsible to get down right then and clean it up, not later when you “have time and can come back with a bag”, but when it happens. If you are riding in at least a pair, you can get your partner to do that for you.
  7. Will more information be posted as we get closer to the event?  --–  Yes! Absolutely! As we get closer, more questions will emerge and be added to the FAQ. More information on the event organization will likely add to the site specific rules, it may even subtract from the site specific rules. Check back often.
  8. Are there rental horses available? --- No, not at this time. While we are pursuing the possibility, at the moment plan on the answer being no rental horses. Your best bet is to contact a horse owner who is going and arrange to borrow.
  9. A word about Drones and Horses: Drones are a popular way of capturing the action on the war field and at the different competitions that will be at the war. They allow you to get a perspective that cannot be captured from the ground and we all enjoy watching the action later, but our equine companions do not get any of that. To them the buzzing, flying, un-natural thing is just wrong and almost certainly a danger. In the last year there have been several occurrences at SCA and other events where a drone has panicked a horse and resulted in injury to the rider and placing the people watching in danger. Please keep your drones well away from any horse, being ridden or not, and absolutely, do not fly it within 30+ meters (30 yards) of any part of a field where horse activity of any type is occurring, even if that distance exists on the activity field between the drone and the horse do not bring your drone onto any part of the field the horse activity is happening on. For other SCA photography and filming policies, click here.
  10. Will there be set-up rental stalls? --- No

Local Veterinarian

  • Town and Country Veterinary Clinic, 15740 Highway 101 Brookings, OR 97415, 541-469-4661

Equestrian Schedule

See the Scenario page.


Horse Travel Resources

If you are hauling to the War from the south, here are two possible overnighting places. More resources, and in other direction, can be found at http://www.campingandhorses.com/find_a_horse_campsite.htm.

Red Bluff
Skeet Gould Ranch
Diane Gould ph 530.528.1831 or email skeetgould@ymail.com
There are 10 stalls for overnight stabling with big rig access.

Redding
A&B Horse Hostelry
P.O. Box 492527 Anderson/Redding, CA 96049 Tel: Cell phone - 530-356-8987 and Home -530-221-4354 E-mail: bahah1@charter.net
Facilities: We provide equine layovers 5 minutes off I-5 @ Exit 673 for travelers with horses & those vacationing in our area with horses. This is not a boarding facility, therefore we can stable your large load. A turnaround area is available for big rigs. We focus on equine health & comfort. No horse is allowed in the barn without a negative coggins and current health certificate.

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