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 - particularly Jousting, we also portray the role of the horse in military history. So in addition to the medieval period, we also portray 16th Century Anglo/Scottish 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.
(Order of the Boar Summer 2020 Workshop - Day 1
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 2023
Baldrick's Big Day Out 2024 - Stratford, 13th April 2024. For the first time since Covid, we are planning to do an actual jousting display at this event.
We are at the end of a rebuilding phase and more events are in the pipeline for 2024 and 2025.
2023 - A Year of Rebuilding
This year has seen the rebuilding of our Upper Hutt team with veteran Order of the Boar jousters Callum and Sasha training regularly. It was been a sad year too with the unexpected death in May of Callum's veteran Warhorse Monty. Despite this set back, Callum's second horse Nugget has really stepped up to the plate.
In October we assisted in the running of medieval cavalry and infantry training at NAAMA 2023 which was very successful. Over the coming Summer we will be fine-tuning our jousting skills and upgrading our equipment. We plan to run our first jousting display for many years next April but for event organisers, we are now back in business!
Order of the Boar members are dispersed around the Lower North Island. We are always happy to accept new members and you can join as either a rider, foot fighter or as foot crew.
To join as a rider you must have your own horse that is suitable for our activities as well as the means to be able to transport it to training sessions and events.
Foot fighters train to engage in stunt fights and performances with the horses and their riders. Foot crew (our unsung heroes) assist the riders during training and displays.
Jousting - Upper Hutt Team - Callum
Foot Fighter - Upper Hutt Team - Callum
Jousting - Stratford Team - Emily
Jousting - Hamilton Team - Simon
For all display inquiries please contact Callum