The Shire of Darach
The Ventura County California Chapter of the SCA, the Society for Creative Anachronism

Fighter Practices
Armoured Combat and Rapier Fence

Armoured Combat

Armored Champion

Armored Champion: Duke Sven Gunnarson
Description?  An Honored Hero of Darach Shire. Was Awarded the title of Armored Champion of Darach Shire at Darach Shire's 39th Anniversary tournament.

Starting at noon.

Armoured Combat (aka Heavy Weapons) is an unchoreographed martial art, recreating swordplay of the middle ages, using rattan swords, shields, and a variety of other secondary weapons. Armoured Combat practices are held out at Rancho Conejo Playfields, 950 Ventu Park Road Thousand Oaks, almost every Sunday afternoon, from 11:00 a.m. until about 4:00 pm. Please contact the Armoured Combat host to confirm practices. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in Armoured Combat.
Parking is limited and you should enter at the second entrance, turn left, unload, and park.

Fighters: please check your authorization status at the Caid Marshallette database


Rapier Champion

Rapier Champion: Don August Todde McDonnell
Description?  Won the Rapier Championship at the Darach Anniversary Tournament.

Starting at noon

Rapier is medieval Fencing in the round, using foil, rapier, musketeer, or schlager (no saber). Currently rapier practices are almost every Sunday, at Via Marina Park in Oxnard. When the weather turns sour, there are sometimes indoor fencing practices. Please contact the fencing host to confirm practices. You must be at least 14 years old to participate in Rapier.

Almost every Sunday afternoon, from 12:00 (noon) until about 4:00 pm, the Rapier and Armoured Combat fighters meet for practice at Via Marina Park, in Oxnard.

Fighters: please check your authorization status at the Caid Marshallette database

Location and Participation Information

There are usually some shade trees at the parks, and it's fine to set out blankets, chairs, tables, whatever your heart desires to make your time in a park more enjoyable. Fighters and their families sometimes bring small children with them to practice. Periodically we have costumed fighter practice. You should bring your own water and/or snacks, although sometimes people bring extra water and cups to share. Observers (non-fighters) are always welcome, but will be asked to keep a safe distance from the fighting.

Directions & Map

Fighter Practices time and locations may vary, check the Yahoo Groups List for cancellations and rescheduling.

Map to Fighter Practice Armoured Combat(Heavies): Take the 101 Fwy to Thousand Oaks. Exit Ventu Park Rd and head North. Enter Rancho Conejo Playfields Park at the second entrance.

Rapier Combat: Take your favorite route to Ventura Rd. or Victoria Ave., travel south (away from the 101 freeway). From Victoria, turn left on Wooley Rd., and right on Kelp. From Ventura Rd., turn right on Wooley Rd., and left on Kelp. The park spans the block between Offshore and Kelp on Keel Way.



Equestrian Champion

Equestrian Champion: Lady Courtney of the White Meadow
Description?  An Honored Hero of Darach Shire

What is it? Equestrian encompasses a variety of both armored and unarmored mounted activities including speed-based tournaments, jousting, mounted archery, crest combat, parades, de-spooking, driving, and pato. Riders regularly use swords, spears, lances, maces, and javelins while taking an interest in both riding and the historical presentation of their steeds.

All breeds of horses are welcome. Horse ownership is strongly encouraged but not required. Horseless ground crew and event production volunteer opportunities are available.

Equestrian practices are held on Sundays in Somis. Additional joust training clinics and events are held across Southern California and Nevada. Please contact the equestrian autocrat to confirm practices. Some age restrictions apply. Equestrian: Dona Arabella da Siena,