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 - December 2017
It has been a busy year for the Order of the Boar. Upper Hutt based jouster Simon Nielsen has been over to Australia several times to joust at events at Kyral Castle. Upper Hutt based jouster Callum Forbes was invited over to the first Historical Solid Lance Jousting World Champions at St. Ives in Sydney where he was one of the chief judges.
We remain challenged on the horse front which limits our capability to run big events in New Zealand. Earlier this year we had to retire one of our veteran warhorses PJ who jousted for us between 2005 and 2017. He is seeing out the rest of his days at our Upper Hutt base.
(PJ in his earlier days - Omaka Airshow 2008)
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.
Early April 2018 - Trans 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. This will be a very challenging event for us as the Australian team is made up of mostly professional jousters (e.g. they do it for a living!)
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