Carosella 2021

Carosella is our annual three-day multi-disciplinary Mounted Arts symposium. After the pandemic hiatus in 2020, we’re delighted to announce that Cornwall Ridge Farm will be host to three full days of workshops, clinics, lectures, demos, and fun and friendly competitions. There are classes suitable for all levels of riders and martial artists, from complete beginners to experts. Unmounted passes are available for those who wish to take part from the ground only.

The 2021 workshop schedule and timetables are below.

Dates: 24 – 26 September 2021

Full Pass (3 days): $495 + gst / unmounted $265 + gst
One Day Pass: $250 + gst / unmounted $125 + gst
Individual Tournament divisions: $15 registration + $45 per competition + gst
Note: Full passes and Sunday only passes cover entry into unlimited tournament divisions
Carosella + Mounted Combat Intensive (6 days): $1495 + gst / unmounted $495 + gst

Carosella 2021 Schedule

Please note that while most of these workshops and competitions are confirmed, exact times are still subject to change.

COVID-19 MEASURES: To protect the health of participants, volunteers, and instructors, some of whom are immune-compromised, we are limiting indoor participation to those who have received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine OR who can provide proof of a recent (within 72 hours) negative COVID test. In addition, masks will be mandatory for indoor activities as per our general COVID guidelines.

Friday Sessions

Riding Clinics

10am – 11:30am
Instructor: Jennifer Landels
Level: all
Pre-requisites: some previous riding experience

Need to knock the rust of your riding skills or familiarize yourself with our school horses? Want a semi-private session to introduce your own horse to mounted combat or to our environment? These half-hour private and semi-private clinics with our lead instructor Jen Landels are ideal for a quick tune up before diving into Carosella. Register early to save your spot!

Beginner Horse Archery

10am – 1pm
Instructor: Robert Borsos
Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Prerequisites: none

The mounted archers of Eastern Europe and Asia were a force to be feared with good reason.  The history and techniques of Hungarian mounted archery have been preserved and come to us via Borsos Torz Horse Archery Club.  In this workshop you will learn the differences in draw between mounted and unmounted archery, do ground exercises to strengthen and steady the body for greater speed and accuracy and learn to shoot with the Kassai horsebow from the ground, and from horseback.

Intro to Gatka

11:30am – 1:00pm
Instructor: Gatka Federation of Canada
Level: All
Prerequisites: none

Learn the basics of this Indian martial art, practised by the Sikh community.

Bolognese Sword & Rotella

noon – 1pm
Instructor: Devon Boorman
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: familiarity with single-handed sword

Join Academie Duello’s regular Friday sidesword class here at the barn. This month’s focus is on rotella (large round shield) but you can use a smaller shield.

Equine First Aid

noon – 1pm
Instructor: Eleanor Landels
Level: All
Prerequites: none

What are the signs of colic, laminitis, tying up, and other common ailments of the horse? What are the different types of wounds, and how do you treat them? What is the normal temperature, pulse and respiration of a horse? Learn to take when to call the vet and what to do until she gets there in this essential information-packed session.

Panel Discussion: The Road to Armoured Combat

1:00 – 2:00pm
Jessica Finley, Devon Boorman, Benjamin Davis
Join our guest instructors for a panel discussion on how they became literal knights in shining armour. Get insider info on what it’s like to put together a full harness, and what it’s like to move … and fight … in armour!

Things that Go Flap, Thwack, & Zing: Sacking Out the Horse for Weapons Work

2:00 – 3:30pm
Instructor: Jennifer Landels
Level: Intermediate
How do you introduce swinging swords, flapping flags, and zinging arrows to an animal that finds a plastic bag threatening? Get inside your horse’s head and show them how to cope with metaphorical and literal slings and arrows to prepare them for mounted combat. Objects introduced will include swords, spears, flags, bows, quintain, and armour.

Hungarian Archery from the Ground

2pm – 3pm
Instructor: Robert Borsos
Level: Beginner – Advanced
Prerequisites: none

Here’s your chance to try your luck at shooting flying discs, adopt unorthodox positions such as lying down, and practise your reload and aim while moving, all from the ground.

Armoured Combat Fundamentals

2:00 – 3:30pm
Instructors: Jess Finley & Devon Boorman
Level: All
Find out whether you have what it takes to be a knight in shining armour! In this workshop you’ll practise the fundamental movements of fighting in armour. This workshop is suitable for beginners — no armour necessary! For experienced harnissfechten practitioners, this is an excellent opportunity to get individual coaching from these internationally reknowned instructors.

Intermediate Horse Archery

3:00pm – 4:30pm
Instructor: Robert Borsos
Level: Beginner – Advanced
Prerequisites: Beginner Horseback Archery, and Riding 1 or equivalent.

A continuation of Beginner Horseback Archery, designed for those who took the course in the morning, or at a previous workshop.  A chance to do more shooting from horseback, adding in canter for those who are ready for it.

Beginner Horsemanship

3:30 – 4:30pm
Instructor: Eleanor Landels
Level: Beginner
Prerequisites: none

Learn how to lead, groom, handle, and tack up a horse safely with Pony Club B level stable management expert Eleanor Landels.

Longsword Fundamentals for Mounted Combat

3:30 – 5:00pm
Instructor: Dave Wayne
Level: All
Prerequisites: none

Working from the ground you will develop and refine your technique with the quintessential knight’s weapon, the longsword, focussing on the use of the sword in one hand.  Plays will include strategies for defeating the opponent’s sword from multiple guards in near and off side passes, while protecting your mounts.

Riding Assessments

4:30 – 5:30pm
Instructor: Isabel Landels
Level: Riders with prior experience

This is a chance for experienced riders outside the program to have an informal riding assessment to qualify for further workshops and the tournament, and for participants in the Mounted Combat Intensive to sign off their Level 1 Riding.

Fiore’s Armoured Plays

4:30 – 6:00pm
Instructors: Devon Boorman and Benjamin Davis
Level: All

Explore the armoured plays from the 15th century manuscript of Fiore dei Liberi.

Guided Sparring Practice

5:30 – 7:00pm
Instructors: Dave Wayne and Devon Boorman
Level: all

A chance to practise our tournament methods and ruleset with friendly sparring. Beginners are welcome to try sparring for the first time. All entrants to the weapons tournaments who are not Academie Duello/Cavallo members need to attend either the Friday or Saturday Sparring Practice for a safety check prior to the tournament.

Saturday Sessions

Intro to Mounted Combat

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10am – 11:30am
Instructors: Jennifer Landels & Dave Wayne
Level:  Beginner
Prerequisites: none

Never ridden a horse or swung a sword?  No problem!  In this  workshop you will learn longsword fundamentals from the ground, and have a group riding lesson that includes handling a sword from horseback.  This class is also recommended for experienced swordsmen with little or no horse experience, and experienced riders who have done little or no sword work.

Lichtenauer’s Armoured Plays

10am – 12:30pm
Instructor: Jessica Finley
Level: All
Prerequisites: some familiarity with longsword helpful

Having delved into the Italian tradition of Fiore dei Liberi yesterday, Jess will now take you into the rich German tradition of harnissfechten with the school of Johannes Lichtenauer.

Bruchius’s Rapier Plays

10:30am – 11:30am
Instructor: Marli Vlok
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: familiarity with rapier

Join Academie Duello’s regular Saturday rapier class with Marli Vlok, who will be exploring some of the plays of 17th century fencing master Johannes Georgius Bruchius.

Conformation & Unsoundness

10:30am – 11:30am
Instructor: Isabel Landels
Level: All
Prerequisites: none

How can you tell if a horse is built for it’s job? Will it stay sound, or is its conformation inclined towards injury and unsoundness in later life. Learn how to identify a well-built, functional horse, and how to spot the signs of possible trouble simply by looking at a horse’s anatomy.

Fun with Flags – 17th Century Italian Flagwaving

11:00am – 12:00pm
Instructor: Marli Vlok
Level: All
Prerequisites: none

Flags have been a part of the battlefield since ancient times, and in the early modern period solo and formation flag displays became increasingly popular. Learn how to throw, twirl, and wave historically-sized flags — all skills you can eventually take to the saddle.

Riding Clinics

11:30 – 1:00pm
Instructor: Jennifer Landels
Level: all
Pre-requisites: some previous riding experience

Need to knock the rust of your riding skills or familiarize yourself with our school horses? Want a semi-private session to introduce your own horse to mounted combat or to our environment? These half-hour private and semi-private clinics with our lead instructor Jen Landels are ideal for a quick tune up before diving into Carosella. Register early to save your spot!

Longsword Gioco Stretto Plays

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Instructor: Adrian Jones
Level: Intermediate
Pre-requisites: familiarity with longsword.

Join Adrian Jones for Academie Duello’s Saturday Longsword Scholar class.

Lecture: Mounted Combat and the Modern Seat

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Lecturer: Ginger Larkins

A discussion on how mounted combat can change your seat, with an emphasis on the use of Armizare footwork and weapons on horseback.

Conditioning

Instructor: Isabel Landels
2:00pm – 3:00pm

A mounted warrior needs to be in shape, but so does her horse. Learn how to develop a program of conditioning that will ensure your horse is fit for the tasks you give him.

Mounted Spear and Flag

Instructor: Jennifer Landels
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Green Spur or equivalent

Take the flag-waving skills you learned with Marli to the back of a horse, and learn how to translate flags into spears.

Horsemanship Assessments

Instructors: Isabel Landels & Eleanor Landels
Level: Beginner

A chance to sign off Horsemanship Level 1 within the Cavalier Program.

Mounted Sparring

3:00 – 4:00pm
Instructor: Jennifer Landels
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Green Spur or Equivalent

Tune-up for the Green Spur tournament with drills and guided sparring.

Mounted Games

4:30 – 6:00pm
Instructors: Eleanor Landels & Isabel Landels
Level: Beginner – Advanced
Prerequisites: Riding level 1 or equivalent

Mounted Games are an age-old training device for cavalry of all eras.  This session provides a chance to practise these mounted games of skill before Sunday’s tournament, with coaching from Prince Philip Games Masters.  Riders must have Riding level 1 or an equivalent certification, or have been assessed earlier if using school horses.

Guided Sparring Practice

4:30 – 6:00pm
Instructors: Dave Wayne and Devon Boorman
Level: all

A chance to practise our tournament methods and ruleset with friendly sparring. Beginners are welcome to try sparring for the first time.

Sunday Competitions

Grooms’ Competition

Judges: Isabel Landels & Eleanor Landels
Level: All
Prerequisites: Horsemanship 1, or own horse

Teams of two will compete to turn out the best groomed horse in 45 minutes prior to the mounted competition.  Competitors will be marked on their own and the horse’s turnout, correct fitting of tack, efficiency and overall impression.   School horses provided.  Competitors may state partner and/or horse preference when registering; individual entries will be paired.

Mounted Team Games

Level: Riding Level 1 and up
Divisions: Beginner, Intermediate, Open
Prerequisites: Riding 1 or equivalent, or own horse

Teams of 2-4 riders will race against the clock to complete relays of skill-at-arms games. Teams will be assigned to facilitate shared horses.

Spear, Longsword, Sidesword, and Armoured Tournaments

Level: All
See this document for the tournament rulesets

Horse Archery

Level: Riding Level 1 and up
Divisions: Open
Prerequisites: Riding 1 and Intermediate Horse Archery

Unmounted Games & Archery

Level: All
Prerequisites: None

Speed-shooting competition from the ground.

Individual Mounted Games

Level: Beginner, Intermediate and Open
Prerequisites: Riding level 1 or equivalent, or own horse

Like the team games, these races are timed.  However, riders are competing individually

Green Spur Tournament

Level: Green Spur rank and up
Prerequisites: Cavaliere Program members who have achieved the rank of Green Spur or higher

See this document for the tournament rules.