Join The Real Thing
For numerous reenactors and horsemen Destrier is, and has been throughout its existence, the gateway to medieval horsemanship. Many of the world's leading jousters have started out as members of Destrier.
If you would like to explore the world of historic equitation, become a jouster, or simply take part in the recreation of 15th century tournament and cavalry, Destrier is your society of choice.
All we expect from our members is passion and commitment. Riding abilities are not mandatory to join - there is ample need for non-riding members. Every new Destrier member starts as a valet or squire supporting the show on the ground. Those interested in riding in the shows will attend the group's monthly training weekends over the winter, familiarising themselves with our horses and the use of weapons from horseback.
With time, as new members expand their equipment and their riding skills, they can progress from the "ground crew" to riding in the Hunting Games show, and later on to riding in battle. Once the necessary equipment and skills are acquired, jousting training can begin, and the first appearance as a jousting knight is at hand.
Destrier offers a variety of membership levels reflecting this system:
Ground Crew£15 per annum
Enabling participation at events without riding.
Our Ground Crew members are indispensable in supporting the shows as valets, squires and scorers, or even just as a camp follower. Previous experience with horses is not necessary for this as training can be given.
Rider£20 per annum
Enabling participation at events as a rider (but not as a jouster).
Our riding members compete in the Hunting Games and Skill-at-Arms shows, support the joust as mounted scoring marshals and lance runners, and ride in battle. Basic riding skills are required, as is attendance at a minimum of two full training days prior to the relevant show season.
Jouster£30 per annum
Enabling full participation at all events.
Requirements include advanced riding skills, experience at riding in armour, adequate lance control skills, and ownership of a 15th century harness and other equipment compliant with Destrier safety guidelines. At least two full training days must be attended prior to the relevant show season.
Family£38 per annum
A special membership offering a reduced fee to families wishing to attend Destrier events.
Family membership is available to couples with at least one child under the age of 16, and covers one rider or jouster, one ground crew member, and all children. If both parents are riders, only one may participate in a display at one time (which is however interchangeable). Children must be kept supervised also during shows, and are included in the group insurance.