Barrie Swordplay Association

I think at some point in everyone's life there is a time when they have dreamed about Knights.  Whether the dream is to become a Knight or to be rescued by your Knight in shining armour.  Since we don't live in  the fourteenth century, the Barrie Swordplay Association just maybe the place for you to live your dream.

Barrie Sword Play Association KnightEstablished in 2007 the Barrie Swordplay Association holds classes every Monday night at the Bayfield Mall across the hall from Sir Games A Lot.  Classes cost $10 each and run from 6-9pm.  Safety is the number one concern of the group.  Without the proper training someone could be seriously hurt, quickly and easily.  That is why each class consist of a warm-up, drills that focus on proper footwork and sword techniques, and free time at the end of each class to spar or continue to practice.  The group focuses training on three main styles of combat: English Backswording, Italian Long Sword, and Viking/Medieval Sword and Shield.

The Barrie Swordplay Association has performed for thousands of fascinated spectators at events such as Casa Loma's Renaissance Fair and Celebrate Barrie.  Their Performances have earned the Barrie Swordplay Association the title of Honourary Knights of Casa Loma.

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If you would like to learn more about the Barrie Swordplay Association please visit the links below.

Barrie Swordplay Association on Facebook Barrie Swordplay Association Website Barrie Swordplay Association on YouTube Casa Loma

Ontario Rodeo Association Finals 2011

Alliston played host to the Ontario Rodeo Association Finals 2011 from September 30th to October 2nd.  The rodeo was held inside the Alliston Memorial Arena, with capacity crowds each of the three days.

Ontario Rodeo Association Finals 2011 - Cowboy getting ready to ride

The top 7 contestants in each category from the previous 14 Ontario Rodeo Association events qualified to be a part of the finals.

Categories included...

  • Bareback Bronc Riders
  • Saddle Bronc Riders
  • Steer Wrestlers
  • Team Ropers
  • Breakaway Ropers
  • Tiedown Ropers
  • Barrel Racers
  • Junior Bull Riders
  • Junior Barrel Racers
  • Bull Riders

Horse Pull Competition - Trent Woods Photography

Fall is here, and that means fall fairs are happening every weekend around the region.  Part of many fall fairs is the Horse Pull Competition.  

Horse pulls are one of the biggest crowd pleasers at any fall fair.  Entries consist of a pair of horses, and a teamster. There are usually two classes that the teams of horses draw in, the light (up to 3200 pounds) and heavy (over 3200 pounds).

One team at a time the horses are hitched to the sled.  Blocks of concrete are added to the sled for additional weight for a total starting weight of around 1500 pounds.  Depending on the competition  The team maybe required to draw the sled 12, 15, 20, or 26 and a half feet, at which point the draw is considered a full pull.  If the sled stops its forward motion during a pull, the team must unhook,  a measurement is taken to see how far the team was able to pull the sled.  The team may then re-hitch and and attempt to complete the pull.  If the team is not able to complete the pull their final ranking is determined by the amount of weigh pulled and how far they were able to pull that weight.  After all teams have pulled additional weight is added to the sled.  The pull continues until only one team remains.

If you have never see a horse pull, it really is something not only to see but feel and hear.  When the teams start working to pull the sled you can feel the ground shake when they plant their feet.  At this particular horse pull the winner of the light category had a full pull of 8300 pounds, while the last team standing in the heavy class had a successful full pull of 8500 pounds.

To find a Horse Pull near you please visit the Central Canadian Horse Pulling Association