Sylvan Glen Equestrian Authorization

Mother nature challenged Sylvan Glen’s equestrians once again on authorization day!  Gale force winds howled through spring’s sunshine and deep mud, knocking over equipment and carrying conversations away.  Our intrepid equestrians refused to be swayed and gathered on the fields of honor at the Bower farm.

An Imposing Silhouette: Rachel and Pierre Pointelle, Scott and Cassandra, and Lady Banshee

Intrepid Equestrians of Aethelmearc

Lord Gunnarr and Lady Banshee traveled down from Endless Hills to conduct authoriztions and direct the merry mayhem.  Lady Bathory Rose accompanied them.  Participating equestrians were: Scott, Noel, Rachel, Mark and Kirsten.  Paticipating equines were: Cassandra, Sioux, Dolly,and Pierre Pointelle.  Rosamund ground crewed– thanks Rosamund! The newborn colt studied the grown warhorses from his lookout in the roundpen and impressed us all with his levade (a controlled rear used during mounted warfare as defense against artillery and elephant warriors.)

Gypsy colt in levade

The authorization process first tests the rider’s control of the horse with the reins carried in one hand, leaving the other hand free for a weapon.  Riders performed figure-eights and transitions (changes in gaits) to prove their communication with their mounts.  We then took up weapons and demonstrated the games.   In Gunnarr’s words, all riders passed the authorizations “with flying colors.”

Mark and Dolly Behead the Enemy:

Mark and Dolly Behead the Enemy

 Noel and Sioux Tilt the Rings:

noel and sioux tilt the rings

Kirsten and Pierre Pointelle Gallop the Reed Chop:

KIrsten and Pierre Pointelle Gallop the Reed Chop

We put our horses and equipment away and reconvened in the barn.  Bathory Rose brought forth examples of her beautiful horse barding and caparisons.  The patient Pierre Pointelle (made even more agreeable by Rachel’s endless apple supply) modeled the exquisite equine garb.

Mark, Kirsten and the Endess Hills contingent then joined Margarita, Bera, and Snaebjorn at the fairgrounds to discuss layout and scheduling for the upcoming Siege of Glengary.   The site is perfect and the autocrat is amazing.  We equestrians invite you join us in September… and for all the practices leading up to an unforgetably good time!

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On the passing of Sally Swift…

 My wife, Kirsten, regards her.. and has since she was 13… as one of her pivotal mentors in natural horsemanship. When Kirsten learned that Sally had passed, she was devastated, yet inspired. We’ll have a post coming soon. But for now, we just acknowledge her passing with grief and wish her much happiness, joy, and peace in her new life and a deep and abiding respect for the profound effect she has made in in so many lives. She will be missed and remembered…

… she will Inspire.

In love and respect,

Mark & Kirsten

Birth Announcement!

Luna the spotted draft mare delivered a spirited, strapping colt in the wee hours of the morning.  Both mama and baby are doing great!

The colt’s daddy is Jack Flash, a Gypsy cob stallion imported from the UK. This particular cross gave a 2% chance of producing a chestnut tobiano, yet that describes him!  He looks like a miniature war horse with a perfect chanfron-shaped blaze. The foal will be registered as a Gypsy Sport Horse.

We are tossing around name ideas, playing with baby and doting on mama,  We look forward to a future full of adventures in trail riding, medieval reenacting, dressage, eventing, and just horsing around. It all begins with a natural horsemanship foundation!

We wish you all a Happy April Foals Day!

newborn gypsy sport horse foal

War Horse Foal- Birth Announcement!

gypsy sport horse colt

We are so excited to announce the birth of our newest war horse! Luna the spotted draft/ Shire mare delivered a spirited, strapping colt to welcome in April Fools Day. Both mama and baby are doing great!

The colt’s sire is Jack Flash, a Gypsy cob stallion imported from the UK.  The foal will be registered as a Gypsy Sport Horse.  He is a rare chestnut tobiano, and sports a perfect chanfron-shaped blaze!  We are not sure what color his eyes will end up.

We are tossing around name ideas, playing with baby and doting on mama, We look forward to a future full of adventures in trail riding, medieval reenacting, dressage, eventing, and just horsing around.

We wish you all a Happy April Foals Day!

 

Foal Announcement

Happy April Foals Day!  Luna the mystery mare gave birth to a strapping colt in the wee hours of the morning. Mama and baby are hale and hearty.

The colt is a Gypsy Sport Horse by Jack Flash, a registered tri-color stallion inported from the UK.  He is a beautiful chestnut tobiano color with a chanfron-shaped blaze (the chanfron is the face armor used by medieval knights on their horses).  He already needs to crouch to nurse.  He’s gonna be a tank!

We look forward to a fun future of trail riding, medieval reenacting, dressage, eventing, fox chasing and adventuring, based on a natural horsemanship foundation.

Welcome to the world, wee little colt!

newborn gypsy sport horse colt

Happy April FOAL’S Day!

Gracie is an “auntie!”  Luna the Shire/ Spotted Draft delivered a hale and hearty colt in the wee hours of the morning.  Mama and Baby are both doing great.  Gracie peers around the divider post to keep an eye on them.

 watchful friesian

The newborn is a chestnut Tobiano by Jack Flash, an imported Gypsy Cob.  He will be registered as a Gypsy Sport Horse.

Gypsy sport horse colt

We look forward to a fun future of trail riding, medieval reenacting, horse shows and adventures.  All with manes and tails a-flying!