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. 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.
What's New - January 2017
11th February 2017 - Manukau Medieval Market, Levin. We are hosting a Mounted Skill-at-Arms competition as part of the 25th Anniversary of this event.
25th - 26th February 2017 - Order of the Boar Summer Workshop and Tournament - subject to the weather. This is a closed private event.
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
HARCOURT PARK TOURNAMENT
Our flagship event is our World Invitational Jousting Tournament at Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt every 2 years. We have been running this event since 2003. We ran the last one in 2015 and decided to take a break from it as running the event was starting to become financially unviable as our funding sources were drying up. Also our horses aren't getting any younger and finding suitable horses to joust is not easy.
Since then a lot of people have been asking me if the event will ever be held again. I am starting to think about running it in February 2018 but this will depend very much on the horse situation and the funding. Harcourt Park fans can support the funding aspect by visiting The Red Knight. The site has a unique range of products many of which make ideal gifts. A portion of the Red Knight sales is donated to Order of the Boar and helps fund our events. So even a small purchase will help towards funding the next Harcourt Park tournament.
Long term Order of the Boar rider Lisa Green has launched her new business:
All Order of the Boar Warhorses are clients of Lisa's and can all attest to how great she is!