Donwenna La Mareschale

My first SCA event was Coronation A.S. XVIII  Jason & Natalya 28 May 1983

            Donwenna's  Projects

THL Donwenna La Mareschale (known as Beast Healer ), is the daughter of a Norman warrior who came over in the battle of Hastings. After the war, William the Conquerer assigned him to the Welsh border patrol, where he met a nice Welsh lass---the daughter of a local noble who raised horses.  Given my father's abilities with warhorses, he took the opportunity to marry the Welsh lass and set to raising and training warhorses.   As a first born daughter, I was named for a local Welsh saint (St. Donwenna). The locals went to her shrine to pray for help in healing their sick animals.  As I grew older I aptly followed my namesake's-- as well as my father's skill--with animals.  

Honors in Caid
  • Queen's Equestrian Champion 1991
  • Queen's Horse Guard/Alisandra
  • Queen's Horse Guard/Ceinwen
  • Queen's Horse Guard/Crystal`
  • Queen's Horse Guard/Darla 
  • Queen's Horse Guard/Dashive
  • Lt. Queen's HorseGuard /Darla 
  • Cpt. of Queen's HorseGuard/Trista
  • Dreiburgen Baroness' Lady in Waiting
In the SCA
Although my persona is Welsh-norman,  I am fascinated by all things that are associated with the Medieval Equestrian .  I have highly developed my persona as the Mounted Warrior of the  Middles Ages.  In the entire Known World, I am one of the few mounted women warriors who competes while wearing full armor.  I did the research for all of my tournament gear including the armor and  saddle.  My black armor was created specifcally for me to wear for riding in equestrian tournaments.  My saddle was created by a professional military saddlemaker to fit me and my horse.  My riding backround as a youth was in competition gymkhana, but once I joined the SCA in my late twenties, I started learning the way of the mounted warrior from Duke Sir Armand de Sevigny. Thus, I now ride as a mounted warrior and am skilled handling many forms of weapons on horseback.  At the 2003  Emprise of the Black Lion, I was the only woman to make it to the semi-finals for Mounted Crest Combat.   I credit the past twenty years of  learning how to ride as a mounted warrior within the SCA for my success.  During 2005-2006, my airfare was paid to several other kingdoms in order to teach about Equestrian activities. 

There is room for many types of riding in the SCA as long as we re-create the riding that was done in period.  I have  been dedicated to teaching Period SCA Equestrian activities although my main interest is  in portraying the mounted military warrior as I have done so for over twenty years .   In fact, I have participated in and autocratted many non-military SCA Equestrian activities:  quadrilles for  SCA performance, Quests in conjunction with unmounted folks,  Garbed Trailrides,  Hawksheye Equestrian students training seminars, to name but a few major projects.  Additionally,I am committed to teaching and promoting  Equestrian activities for Beginners and so have taught at Equestrian Ithras, PENNSIC, monthly shire SCA EQ training sessions and  SCA Equestrian Playdays.  

I have been asked why I portray personas other than Welsh-norman. The fact is, that I often immerse myself in various aspects of the Medieval Equestrian; as long as it has to do with horses in the Middle Ages, I am committed to doing research about it.  Thus, I have studied   tack, horseback weaponry, and horse trappings for Norman, Middle Eastern, Hungarian, Viking, Cossack,  Scythian, Mongolian,  and Japanese with an eye towards creating each  
entire outfit for  me and my horse. I find it all simply fascinating and am enthralled with comparing them.  

I have attained everything I set out to do as a mounted warrior, so I have new venues to onquer. Thus, I am now training as a horseback archer.  I use this skill particularly for my newest passion: research and re-enactment of hunting on horseback.     This is the most challenging skill I have ever tried to do on horseback. 

I was the Minister of the An Tir Hunt Guild 2004-08 and again in 2011 .   I was the initial Chronicler of the Hunt Guild newsletter, Acupium. The Hunt Guild started in An Tir, but now covers  several other Kingdo.  I promote and teach classes about period horseback hunting techniques across the  Known World.   During 2005-2006, the following Kingdoms have paid me an Honorarium so I could teach their equestrians on matters pertaining to horseback warfare and hunting: Atlantia, West, Trimaris.  I also taught classes at Gulf Wars 2006. 

I have been the Adminstrator for the Royal Equestrian Guild of An Tir from 2012 till 2016.  

I have been a Deputy to each Society Equestrian Officer continuously for the past 15 years.

I mostly compete in Equestrian Tournaments and usually place within the top three.    In the Society for Creative Anachronism, I reside in the Shire of Earnrokke in the Kingdom of An Tir,I moved here over 15 years ago from the Kingdom of Caid.  I have a son, Giraldus Evienece and a daughter, Ximena, plus horses, dogs, and cat.

I was the founding seneschal of Earnrokke in An Tir, where I lived for almost 20 years.  I later served as Echequer, A&S Officer, and the editor of the shire newsletter, Eagle Eye

In Modern life
I am  retired from private practice as a veterinarian and am exploring a career in Public Health Medicine. 

  • 11/22/86 Award of Arms (Caid)  
  • 11/19/88 Dolphin (Caid Kingdom service/Equestrian)
  • 05/21/88 Tower of Dreiburgen (Caid  Baronial service) 
  • 03/10/90 Illuminated Tower of  Dreiburgen (Baronial arts--Equestrian Arts) 
  • 09/23/90 Harp Argent  (Caid  Kingdom Arts--Equestrian Arts)
  • 06/12/99 Goutte de Sang  (An Tir  for  service  as the Society Equestrian Officer)
  • 2002-Princess of the Mist  Token (for service to Westrealm Princess's  Equestrian program) *
  • 2003 Lancer (Dragon's Laire)By: Murakami Tsuruko Oct 12, 2003 (AS XXXVIII) through Oct 6, 2007 (AS XLII)
  •  5/15 / 2004--Silver Dolphin (service to Aquaterra although living in Midhaven)
  • 6/25/05 Jambe de Lion (Equestrian arts)
  • 08/27/05-Lion et de la Lance (Equestrian arts)
  • 01/07/2006-Flower of Chivalry (Trimaris)*
  • 01/14/2006-Forget-me-Not (Angharad)
*awarded for contributions to their equestrian program although not residing in that kingdom 
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My device is:  Sable muletty argent, a palomino horse contourney courant proper, in chief a tilting lance fesswise reversed Argent. 
Honors in An Tir
to Baroness Tsuruko of Dragon's Laire

My  Badge is used for  the Company of St. Anne:    Sable, muletty argent, an armored horse's head couped contourney a bordure.
This page was last updated on: July 13, 2021
Flower of Chivalry token
Ever in bloom in the garden of the Dream, and there do the blossoms of Courtesy and Sincerity flourish. By Grace of these virtues does one shine forth as an exemplar of the Flower of Chivalry. We the Crown of Trimaris do recognize and honor Donwenna la Mareschale.
Done this 7th day of January AS XL
Queen Judith, Trimaris

My motto
 I commit, I attain, I prevail
Donwenna brought in to teach in Atlantia July 2005
Donwenna in full kit on Bonapaparte at Emprise in Atlantia 2005

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