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.
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 Order of the Boar is sponsored by The Red Knight - New Zealands own online provider of functional medieval armour and other fine handcrafted products including drinking horns, hand made journals and walking sticks among others.
What's New - February 2018
We had a busy January where we ran two week-end training camps for our team. We also made great progress on training our new horse Rocky in the way of the joust. Unfortunately our veteran Warhorse - Charlie - has a bad respiratory infection which has put him out of sorts for the last couple of months and our display offering is limited because of his absence.
However we are still doing our show at Baldric's Big Day out at Stratford on Saturday February 17th with Monty, Will and Rocky. We will be doing displays of skill-at-arms amd melee.
In March an all-Order of the Boar team is heading over to Kyral Castle near Melbourne as the New Zealand team in the Tasman Shield tournament over the weekend March 17th - 18th. The Australian team is very strong, consisting of some professional (full time) jousters so we are looking forward to this challenge.
17th February - Baldric's Big Day Out, Stratford
17th - 18th March - Tasman Shield - Kyral Castle, Ballarat, Australia. Order of the Boar are providing 3 riders to represent New Zealand in the 2nd Trans Tasman Shield tournament hosted by Kyral Castle.
22nd - 23rd September - St Ives Medieval Fair, Sydney, Australia - As support crew for a specialist joust using solid wood lances.
November - Featherston, Commemoration of the signing of the Armistice.
We get a few inquiries from people about our group, how to learn to joust etc. So we thought that we would describe the roles within our group.
Rider - If you want to learn to joust or do other riding in our group you need to be an accomplished rider with your own horse. Sometimes we have the capacity for a non-owner rider who pays a monthly fee towards the upkeep of our horses. at the moment we do not.
Foot Crew - If you want to support our activities from the ground and learn how to care for horses this is a very important role in our group. It is also the starting point for people who want to eventually become riders as all riders also need to be fully capable of working from the ground.
Both Riders and Foot Crew train weekend afternoons north of Upper Hutt weather permitting.
Foot Fighter - If you want to learn sword fighting and other medieval martial arts then you can join our Foot Combat Team that trains in Upper Hutt on Saturday mornings. A monthly membership fee applies