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 - July 2017
As a few of you know, we have an aging team of War Horses which makes it difficult at the moment to put on big events like we used to. When our horses get old we don't move them on but instead use them for as long as we can for training and then let them live out their remaining years with us.
This makes it difficult to bring on younger horses as you can only support a certain number of horses at a time.
Last month though we brought Rocky who is an 11 year old Stationbred who was originally from Erewhon Station. He is now settling in and later this year we hope to start training him as a Warhorse.
(Rocky April 2017 when we purchased him at Stratford)
24th - 25th September 2017 - St Ives Medieval Fair (Sydney). We are supporting the specialist solid lance joust at this event as judges.
February - Manukau Medieval Market - We plan to add jousting back in our participation at this event which over the last couple of years has focused on mounted Skill-at-Arms and Melee.
February - Baldric's Big Day Out, Stratford - The organisers and public loved our jousting at this biennial event (in 2014 and 2016) and have asked us to expand our display into an actual jousting tournament.
ANZAC Day - Featherston Dawn Service. We are providing 4 horses and troopers as part of our New Zealand Mounted Rifles activities.
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.
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