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Interested in Roman Riding?
#1
Amongst other things, Comitatus puts out Roman cavalrymen from various Roman periods around six times each year. We operate a “football team” system, whereby everybody gets a chance to practice riding as a Roman, but the first team ride in public displays. Due to illness or absence riders have the opportunity to step up into the first team, or get there by hard work.

Currently we have eight riders. On occasion we put out five cavalrymen in public displays. Next season we would like to increase the numbers of riders. We have the saddles and can make the tack to make this possible. New horses arrive each year. But we would like some more Roman riders.

Many experienced re-enactment riders come to us who would like to ride, which is great. But ideally we would like riders who have a genuine interest in recreating the Roman period. That interest and enthusiasm carried us through the times when it’s wet and muddy, cold and miserable.

We have two riding sessions booked in the autumn to introduce people to Roman riding. They will be held near Goole in East Yorkshire on,

11th October Sunday starting from 11 a.m
15th November Sunday starting from 11 a.m.

PM me for details. These sessions are very much aimed at members of Comitatus who just want to have a go. No previous riding experience is required and it’s very relaxed. But by the spring of 2010 it would be good to have a few more of us riding at events.

http://www.comitatus.net/cavalry.html
John Conyard

York

A member of Comitatus Late Roman
Reconstruction Group

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#2
Good luck to you and your group, John. Stay in the saddle, and keep this project growing. It's always wonderful to see horsemen galloping across the field.

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#3
Thats really cool, I would love to have calvary as part of our group, but its hard to find horses in Chicago, and I don't think the mounted police officers would be willing to let us "borrow".
Quintus Licinius Aquila
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#4
Quote:Thats really cool, I would love to have calvary as part of our group, but its hard to find horses in Chicago, and I don't think the mounted police officers would be willing to let us "borrow".

Maybe you could offer to let them get kitted out?
Visne partem mei capere? Comminus agamus! * Me semper rogo, Quid faceret Iulius Caesar? * Confidence is a good thing! Overconfidence is too much of a good thing.
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#5
Indeed a very nice offer, but also for me a bit too far away. Anyway, I hope to have my own cavalry project started next year, so I'll be riding anyway, if everything goes fine.
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Jvrjenivs Peregrinvs Magnvs / FEBRVARIVS
A.K.A. Jurjen Draaisma
CORBVLO and Fectio
ALA I BATAVORUM
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#6
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Quote:Maybe you could offer to let them get kitted out?

Hmm.....with the reputation of Chicago police officers i'm not sure how safe it would be to have them riding around the city with spatha in hand.........
Quintus Licinius Aquila
aka. Kevin Williams

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#7
As opposed to a glock or a S&W.... :lol: :lol:
Visne partem mei capere? Comminus agamus! * Me semper rogo, Quid faceret Iulius Caesar? * Confidence is a good thing! Overconfidence is too much of a good thing.
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Batavian Coh I
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#8
Quote:As opposed to a glock or a S&W.... :lol: :lol:

You have a point, though i think i'd rather be shot than have the nasty wound that a spatha or gladius makes
Quintus Licinius Aquila
aka. Kevin Williams

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#9
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Gaius Julius Caesar:2fi3gz04 Wrote:As opposed to a glock or a S&W.... :lol: :lol:

You have a point, though i think i'd rather be shot than have the nasty wound that a spatha or gladius makes

Hmmm, a clean cut or stab wound in comparison to a small entry wound with internal concussion damage.....I'll give both a miss thanks :lol:
Visne partem mei capere? Comminus agamus! * Me semper rogo, Quid faceret Iulius Caesar? * Confidence is a good thing! Overconfidence is too much of a good thing.
[b]Legio XIIII GMV. (Q. Magivs)RMRS Remember Atuatuca! Vengence will be ours!
Titus Flavius Germanus
Batavian Coh I
Byron Angel
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#10
Luckily our city it´s too far...or we´ll be abandoned by my groups starting cavalry section (also late Roman, BTW).

I look forward to see Comitatus in action :wink:
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sheep´s bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes.
[Image: escudocopia.jpg]Iagoba Ferreira Benito, member of Cohors Prima Gallica
and current Medieval Martial Arts teacher of Comilitium Sacrae Ensis, fencing club.
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#11
Thanks for all the PM's. Hopefully you have all recieved the information giving time, place and what to expect. If not please drop me a line.

I was very pleased that one of this season's new riders got to ride in her first public displays last Sunday. We were really only supplying two riders plus a guide horse. But a member having to get home on the Sunday morning, and just the right sort of arena layout made it possible to field an an extra rider. And it all went very well.

The next cavalry show at Sewerby Hall has an arena covered in trees. It's a more challenging prospect. You have to ride the horse speedily past the crowd, plan your route dodging the trees, shoot an arrow, hope the horse doesn't decide to go through a tree, and get out fast. And the trees grow larger every year Smile

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It's interesting to note that every Roman cavalry project I know is late Roman. Perhaps early Romans spend too much time polishing their armour to get it dirty. :evil: I wish Iagoba and Jvrjenivs every success in their endeavours.
John Conyard

York

A member of Comitatus Late Roman
Reconstruction Group

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#12
Well, as I said, I am interested in the earlier period.
Possibly all the later cavelry is more interesting top those who want a heavy armoured impression?
Visne partem mei capere? Comminus agamus! * Me semper rogo, Quid faceret Iulius Caesar? * Confidence is a good thing! Overconfidence is too much of a good thing.
[b]Legio XIIII GMV. (Q. Magivs)RMRS Remember Atuatuca! Vengence will be ours!
Titus Flavius Germanus
Batavian Coh I
Byron Angel
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#13
I want to do tibero-claudian period. (But knowing that I just became a new tiro of the Fectienses Seniores, I might also develop some later impression). Anyways, thanks for your wishes, and I must say I'm also thankfull to your effort, as I already learned a lot from your experiences wrote down on your website.

There seems to be some flavian Cavalry around (Timetrotter and Legio X equitata/Gauthier Clerens), but I also didn't see much tibero-claudian cavalry impressions. Always the nicer flavian or 2nd century stuff is used when representing earlier cavalry.
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Jvrjenivs Peregrinvs Magnvs / FEBRVARIVS
A.K.A. Jurjen Draaisma
CORBVLO and Fectio
ALA I BATAVORUM
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#14
We do many types of Roman cavalry, in many different types of display.

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Have a look at:

http://www.comitatus.net/armyages.html

But in this country clients want us to concentrate on AD 43- AD 410.
John Conyard

York

A member of Comitatus Late Roman
Reconstruction Group

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<a class="postlink" href="http://www.historicalinterpretations.net">http://www.historicalinterpretations.net
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#15
The first session is next Sunday, and we have 10 or 11 riders attending. For some it will be their first time on a horse. Others want to refine their horse archery. I'll post pictures and let you know how we get on.
John Conyard

York

A member of Comitatus Late Roman
Reconstruction Group

<a class="postlink" href="http://www.comitatus.net">http://www.comitatus.net
<a class="postlink" href="http://www.historicalinterpretations.net">http://www.historicalinterpretations.net
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