The weapons are real. The action is real.
From the full force, full contact medieval joust to the discipline and grit of the early 20th century New Zealand Mounted Rifles, The Order of the Boar is New Zealand’s own cavalry re-enactment group.
We are a non-profit group that specialises in recreating various aspects of history emphasising the role of the horse and rider. We portray our activities at public displays throughout New Zealand in support of community events and charitable fund raisers. Our flagship event is our own Harcourt Park World Invitational Jousting Tournament which we hold every two years in Upper Hutt.
While we have a particular emphasis on the medieval period, we also portray the role of the horse in military history. So in addition to the medieval period, we also portray 16th Century Border Reivers and First World War New Zealand Mounted Rifles.
We pay particular attention to horse welfare while also portraying our activities as historically accurate as possible.
We are also well known both locally and internationally as one of the pioneers in rediscovering the art of medieval jousting and its development as a modern sport both in New Zealand and around the world.
The Red Knight
The Red Knight is on on-line shop for New Zealanders who want to buy good quality reproductions of medieva larmour and other historically inspired items at a fair price.
The Red Knight is our main sponsor and proceeds from the Red Knight go towards helping to fund our team as well as helping us put on our public displays.
Our featured product this month is a dark ages/medieval drinking horn with brass fittings including a lion headed finial. The Red Knight stocks a wide range of drinking horns including plain and decorated medium sized horns like this one. If you would like further information on this popular product range please visit here.
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News: July 2015
Regular Visitors will have noted a lack of updates lately. This is because we have been reviewing our website. The site in its current form has been relatively unchanged for several years and we think it is time for a change. The site is currently being redesigned and we will be releasing the new site sometime nest month.
ANZAC Day 2015 100 Year Commemorations.
Although we are better known for our jousting and medieval displays, we also portray other historical periods as well. Our portrayal of First World War New Zealand Mounted Rifles is not well known but it is a period of great interest to us. For the last few years we have been acquiring both period and reproduction uniforms, equipment and horse tack. We can now basically field two troopers and their horses in fully authentic kit.
It was a great honour for us to put on our first ever Mounted Rifles display as part of the 2015 ANZAC Day commemorations at Trentham Race Course on Saturday 25th April.
Sarah Hay wins the Harcourt Park Jousting Tournament!
Full Story Here
Photos and Event Videos Soon!
29th March - Goblin Hunters at Caterton
Late May - Blacktown Medieval Faire (Australia)
Mid September - St Ives Tournament (Sydney, Australia)
Order of the Boar Members will be attending these events.
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