The weapons are real. The action is real.
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
(click on logo to visit website)
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.
News: December 2014
Harcourt Park Jousting Returns in 2015!
Click on our Events
page for more details!
We are holding our flagship event - The Harcourt Park World Invitational Jousting Tournament
again on February 21st and 22nd 2015 at Harcourt Park Upper Hutt. This is New Zealand's biggest public medieval re-enactment event and is also one of the premiere jousting events of its type in the world.
The World Invitational "Grail of Chivalry
" jousting tournament will be a little bit different then previous years in that it will be a 14th century joust. That means all the jousters will wearing 14th century armour and costume. The 14th century was the pinnacle of the jousting era with many deifferent styles and types of armour being developed and experimented with so this will be a grand spectacle not seen in modern day jousting.
Supporting the jousting will be th inaugural "Pacific Cup
" for full contact Armoured Combat featuring the best competitive medieval foot fighters from New Zealand and abroad.
In addition there wil be our regular supporting events - the Medieval Village
, Mass Medieval Foot Battles
, Individual Foot Combat Tournaments
, Junior Knight School Tournament
, Longbow Archery
competitions and displays, and both Medieva
l and Modern
food, beverage and craft stalls. Order of the Boar Sponsor