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.
What's New - June 2016
The Order of the Boar is in Winter training mode as most of our training is weather dependent. However this does not mean things slow down!
In a couple of weeks we hope to assess a new War Horse as we have been offered a horse on trial use. If he works out, we will be spending this Winter training him. Here he is below. His name is Freddie and he is a trained stunt horse.
Long term Order of the Boar rider Lisa Green has launched her new business:
All Order of the Boar Warhorses are clients of Lisa's and can attest to how great she is!
Jousting at Baldric's Big Bay Out
November 2016 - Upper Hutt Highland Gathering, Harcourt Park.
March 2018 - International Jousting at Anderson Park, Napier.
Order of the Boar Training Video:
Lance Handling Basics
The Red Knight is on on-line shop for New Zealanders who want to buy good quality reproductions of medieval armour and other historically inspired items at a fair price. The Red Knight is the exclusive distributor for the internationally acclaimed Lord of Battles products in New Zealand.
The Red Knight is also 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 a boar's head engraved on it. It is available with either a plain finish or with brass rim and 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.