Ivon and Hlutwige, Lord and Lady Stromgard invite you to the StormRider Emprise to be held at the Grand Thing, May 27-29 A.S. Fiftyone.
Let all the nobles of An Tir, and of all the known Kingdoms, who are not banished or enemies of the King our Lord, know that there is to be a great festival of arms and a very noble tourney, each mounted on a great horse contestants shall display their arms, crests, banners and horses, as is the ancient custom. This grand tournament will be hosted by the noble and powerful Barony of Stromgard at the Grand Thing, May 27-30 Anno Societatis Fifty-one (2016).
The most resplendent and vaunt Equestrian shall be mantled with the title of StormRider and become the Equestrian Champion of Stomgard. Competitors! Please be prepared with your Letter of Intent at Baronial Court prior to the beginning of the tournament. Should you prove victorious, you will be required to swear fealty to the Baron and Baroness. Please send an electronic message to Ivon and Hlutwige prior to the event, to let them know that you would like to compete and to facilitate planning.
The StormRider Emprise shall follow the vision of the Emprise of the Black Lion, and shall adopt as many attributes as possible from King René's treatise and incorporate them into an event which will be enjoyable for SCA equestrians, and spectators. We wish to thank the members of the Barony of Madrone and the Madrone Equestrian Guild for their help and assistance in furthering period equestrian tournaments.
The format of the StormRider Emprise tournament is inspired by the 1460 treatise by René of Anjou "traictié de la forme et devis d'ung tournoy" and will be the A La Carte system. This means that during the morning presentation upon the field, your herald will declare the games in which you will participate. There will be SEVEN (perhaps eight) different choices available. You will pick FIVE by having your herald strike the shields representing the four chosen activities. You will compete in those four activities and your scores will be tallied. Scoring methods will vary from game to game, but each activity will have same maximum number of points as any other activity.
Every game score will consist of an element score (how many rings/pigs etc. for solo games, how many "wins" or breaks for paired games) as well as some points from the judges on panache, courtesy, sportsmanship and the like. Additional points may be granted at the judge’s discretion for other reasons, for example presentation, stunning costume and barding, authenticity, or chivalric behavior.
The games for the Championship of the StormRider Emprise will be:
Please note that some of these activities require special authorization beyond the regular Rider authorization (Jousting and Behord). If you plan to compete in these activities, please make sure that you authorize for your chosen games before the event. Since there are five activities which require no special authorizations, it is possible to compete in the tournament without being authorized for any special activities. Riders of all authorization levels
and skills are encouraged to take part.
Each contestant may as an option, keep a stall for their horse and decorate in a manner that is in accord with their persona. The judges will visit each stall and competitor though out the day to talk about their horse and their persona. Also to see that the horse is well cared for.
As to the makeup of the four judges, King René recommends:
And you ought to know that the appellant lord always ought to choose half the judges: that is, two from the country of the defendant lord, and the other two from his own country or elsewhere, at his pleasure: and he ought right willingly to choose the judges from the most notable, honorable and ancient barons, knights and squires that he can find, who have seen the most and travelled and who are reputed wiser and more knowledgeable about feats of arms than other men.
How the StormRider Emprise is similar: Per King René's recommendations, we also have four noble judges who lend their wisdom and experience to the overseeing of the tournament and the resolution of any conflicts.
How the StormRider Emprise is different: Unlike the judges for King René's tournament description, our judges
are not required to organize the logistics of the tournament itself -- this is being done by the Barony of Stromgard.
All mounted competitors are encouraged to create a crest of historically accurate size.
Heralds & Heraldry
Herald involvement and heraldic pageantry will be another component of the StormRider Emprise. Heraldry in all of its forms will be encouraged: banners, caparisons, pennants, and of course a tabard on your Herald.
All competitors must be prepared with a letter of introduction and intent to the noble Baron & Baroness, and the judges at Baronial Court the morning of the tournament. Competitor’s may use words stylistically similar to (or directly from) the King René text or appropriate to their persona. At the opening of the tournament all competitors with their horse will be presented by their herald.
To advertise the tournament, King Rene recommends:
Hereafter follows the form and manner in which you should cry the tourney... And to make this better known, all princes, lords, barons, knights and squires of the above marches, and others from whatsoever nations they are, not banished or enemies of the king, our lord, who wish to tourney to acquire honor, may carry these little shields that will be given out presently, so that everyone may know who are the tourneyers. And anyone can have them who want: the little shields are quartered with the arms of the four knights and squires who are judges of the tourney. How the StormRider Emprise similar: We also give little shields to the competitors, quartered with the arms of the four judges. Coming soon to an event near you!
Championship Contact Information
EMIC: Rachel Anne Parker
Tournament Organizer: Sir Edward Ean Anderson
ContactBaron Ivon to request space. There is space for horse trailers on the opposite side of the arena from where the barns are. No fee for horse stalls.