Are you amongst the fans of television’s latest craze with its fierce knights, beautiful ladies, divided loyalties, cruelties and battles of strength and power? Or do you just enjoy history, horses, lively entertainment and a Mallorcan barbeque?
On 24th September this year we had an all-day Medieval Games at the stables. Regular riders and some newbies are learning jousting, archery and even decapitation (but only the pretend sort) now and over the coming months in preparation for next year’s games.
The riders and horses wear medieval costume and the competitors are armed with shields, swords, lances, bows and of course their flowing standards. There is a fantastic atmosphere as the horses thunder around the arena and a real sense that the Age of Chivalry has returned. The riders carry their own family crests and the day of the battle commences with a horseback parade and carries on with fiercely fought battles of skill. At the gallop, the competitors collect hanging rings on their lances. They later joust with wooden horses as their foe. They whip off the heads of evil enemies, in this case made of sawdust and attempt to hit a bull’s-eye with their arrows whilst staying on their horses.
For the last two years the winners have been women. Will a Knight of the Realm beat our victorious ladies next year or will another lady take the throne? Calls are out now for new competitors who would like to join in the training.See the Medieval Games icon on our home page for more information.
Hipica Formentor attended the Carnival parade in Sa Pobla on March 1st. The riders dressed in scarlet and gold and wearing long flowing cloaks, carried swords and shields as their horses took the town by storm. The horses walked calmly through the crowded streets completely unafraid of the wild carnival atmosphere with music and dancing all around them. People were delighted to see real horses and lifted up their children to pat them. The riders had a great time too and stopped off for a friendly drink before going into battle.
Hipica FormentorFrom days of old when knights were bold
Old friends who have ridden with us in the past will now find us in a new location. We have a bigger ménage and more space for our horses to exercise and play when they are not working. We are within the Albufera wildlife reserve, where the countryside is flat and open with sandy tracks and views of the mountains. The stable is close to the Ma13 road which runs from the end of the motorway from Palma and continues to Alcudia.
Turn towards the coast at the blue sign saying CTP3. This is on the right when driving towards Alcudia. Follow this road until you cross a bridge which turns to the right. After the bridge take the first right and follow the roads which snakes along until you see the stables.