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MEET OUR HORSES

The Jousting Horses

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Diego

Gelding

Mystery breed

Liver chestnut with flaxen mane and tail

Born in 2004

Diego came to STALC at age 3 and grew to become Captain Radar’s go-to jousting horse. Fast, strong and usually brave - Diego is popular with both jousters and fans. Although, he has been known to occasionally become scared of decorative plastic flowers (especially when they rustle in a gentle breeze). It’s always an adventure with Diego.

TV appearance(s): Heartland Season 9 Episode 7

Loves: FOOD

Hates: Decorative plastic flowers

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Rowan

Mare

Percheron/Quarter Horse Cross

Black

Born in 2005

Rowan is a high octane speed freak and natural jousting horse. A fearless competitor and all business in the tiltyard. She was originally a trail horse before being purchased by STALC from Birds Hill Park Ranch in Winnipeg. During the off season she tolerates such activities as being the medic horse for the Calgary Hunt Club and training actors (but really she’d rather be jousting). 

TV appearance(s): Starred as “Abby” on Heartland Season 9 Episode 7

Loves: Speed

Hates: Waiting

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Calypso

Mare

Percheron/Belgian/Quarter Horse cross

Black

Born in 2008

This mighty mare is built like a tank and full of sass. The product of two jousting horses - dam Juliet of STALC and sire Deathstar owned by Greg Boxma, Stettler, AB. She was born on Freehold Farm and has been competing in the joust since 2014. 

TV appearance(s): Heartland Season 9 Episode 7

Loves: Mayhem and destruction

Hates: Ropes

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Peter Horne

Gelding

Quarter Horse/Draft Cross

Chestnut

Born in 1996

Peter ‘the Great” Horne came to Freehold Farm from the Horne family in 2011. Before his jousting career, he was an Albertan ranch horse. This quiet country boy quickly became a favourite in STALC with his lovable personality and unwavering desire to please his rider.

TV appearance(s): Starred in The Alan Nursell Experience program (on The Discovery Channel in 2015), Heartland Season 9 Episode 7

Loves: Having his face scratched, and cookies

Hates: Having an itchy face

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Cassio

Gelding

Cassio is part escape artist and part male model. He came to STALC in 2012, previously being in John Scott’s movie string. While being a film star hasn’t panned out, jousting has been going well (especially when his favourite guest knight, Jessy Dufresne, visits). Nevertheless, on slightly windy days, Cassio is typically to be found majestically trotting around the fields rehearsing for his big break in a shampoo commercial.

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Mare 

Quarter Horse Cross

Buckskin

This highly opinionated mare joined STALC in 2014. While she has jousted before, Anne is currently undergoing refresher training as sometimes her impressive abundance of sass gets in the way of remembering her manners.

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Skill at Arms Horses

Rebel

Gelding

American Paint Horse

Born May 20, 2012

Owned by Courtney Isbister

Rebel is new to the STALC crew, and is used for Skill at Arms. Rebel came to Courtney at 3 years old and has now done a little bit of everything. He’s a great mountain horse, pony club mount, hunt horse, kids pony, team and breakaway roping, you name it Rebel is up for it.

Loves: his cousin Sky (future STALC horse)

Hates: being left at home

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Duchess

Mare

Canadian

Born 2007

Owned by Brook Bohning

Brook purchased Duchess in 2010 as a young unbroke rescue horse to train. Don’t let her humble beginning fool you, Duchess is a hard working, stubborn and bossy queen and we wouldn’t have her any other way. When she isnt ruling over her herd at home she can be found doing many things. As a multi talented mount she has a long resume including gymkhana, drill team, parades, jumping, ranch horse, mountain trail riding, polocrosse, trick trained, fire trained, mounted archery and a skill at arms mount she excels at almost anything. However, her passion is the medieval games and here is where she truly shines, showing off her bravery, speed and agility. Duchess has a strong personality and work ethic but doesn’t work for free. She can be found smiling for cookies, robbing pockets and tasting many props incase they are edible.

Likes: going as fast a possible, cookies

Dislikes: waiting her turn.

Maverick

Gelding

Morgan

Born 2007

Owned by Lori Smith

What can’t this powerhouse of a little horse do? He has done parades, demonstrations, performances and horse shows. Jumping, trails and cattle work. Dress him up or dress him down he’s game for it all… best when Duchess is near by but he’s just dramatic that way. Kids horse, hunt club, pony club, tricks, polocrosse he does his best for his rider. Perhaps don’t harness him or make him drag things though, that’s shifty.

Loves: going fast especially if there’s jumps

Hates: being left behind

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Horses in Training

Mercury

Gelding

Percheron cross

Dapple Grey

Born in 2008

Mercury was purchased at 6 months old from Aldor Acres Family Farm in Langley B.C. He has stamina by the bucketful and is currently in training to harness some of that stamina as he is a little over eager to do and try everything that is put in front of him. His good heart sometimes gets overrun by all those pesky ideas floating around in that big head of his, but once he focuses, he truly is unstoppable. His favourite pastime is trying to steal cookies from pockets and if jousting doesn’t work out for him, he could always have a fall back career as a pickpocket.
Loves: Attention

Hates: Personal Space, feeling left out

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Arthur

Gelding

Arab/Standardbred Cross

Artie AKA The Brains of the Operation – If something happens in the herd, you can bet your muck boots that Artie is behind it. Unfortunately he will have alibis and sworn affidavits that say otherwise, so good luck proving ANYTHING. Artie, came to STALC in 2003 and is the COO of the STALC herd. Artie is one of the smartest beings at the STALC training facility, and yes, that includes some of the squires. Occasionally Artie participates at a joust as a Marshall's horse, but more frequently he is used for riding or leading other horses.

Loves: Stretching & Yoga

Diamond

Gelding

Purebred Quarter Horse

Black with Star

Born in 2010

Owned by Ashe Cutler

Diamond came to the Freehold Farm back in 2013 at three years old, and was privately boarded on the farm until August 2021, when squire Ashe Cutler purchased him. In his life before the farm, Diamond was in training to become a cow horse, but didn't quite make the cut and ended up in auction. Now, the gentle gelding, is in training with his squire companion to be brought up as a Skill at Arms horse. He is incredibly kind natured and is one of the littlest warriors in the group.
Loves: Nibbling Toes and snow
Hates: Inflatable Plastic Dinosaurs and wind

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Merlin

Gelding

Clydesdale Cross

Black roan

Born May 2015

Owned by Deez Lees

In his previous jobs, Merlin worked in logging and then attempted the ranch horse lifestyle for a bit. These pursuits didn't quite work out, and his loving owner decided to try find a home that would be a better fit for him. He was purchased in 2021 by Deez to train as a medieval games mount, and eventually, for jousting. Merlin found himself at the farm facing his new training as a medieval war horse. He took to his new life immediately and excelled at everything he was shown (cookies helped) and has great potential. Merlin has a curious and sweet nature. He loves to see everything and be involved in all the action at the farm. He's always one of the first horses to greet you at the gate, even if he gets chased away by Mercury.

Polaris

Gelding

Percheron

Black

Born in 2008

This son of Deathstar and Beauty (both winning jousting horses) came to Freehold Farm in 2012 via Greg Boxma. In spite of his pedigree, Polaris is having a little setback in his own journey to jousting history, but you will be hard pressed to find a sweeter horse in any herd.

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Shabraque Grandeé Zhari

Mare

Canadian

Dark Bay

Born in 2012

Zhari was bred at Shabraque Canadian Horses by Bonnie’s family. As with all Shabraque horses, Zhari’s name reflects the family’s military service history. Trained in a multitude of disciplines, Zhari is an active mare who definitely needs a job. As such, she often moonlights as a Therapy Horse for Can Praxis. Together with Bonnie, Zhari is learning the ways of the Joust and other skills!

Loves: COOKIES

Hates: Waiting for people

Retired Jousting Horses

Ice

Ice

Gelding

Percheron

Grey

Born 1996 (maybe 1992)

A former pulling horse, Ice was purchased in 2014 from a farm in Central Alberta for JF as his main jousting mount. In 2018 JF officially gave Ice to Freehold Farm as a training mount for jousters-in-training. Ice has been a staple of STALC jousting events for many years, and has won numerous competitions. A group favourite, it’s easy to see why with his stunning looks and gentle nature. Now retired, Uncle Ice looks after the youngsters on the farm and teaches them the ropes of being future jousting horses.

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Willow

Mare

Mystery breed - feedlot rescue

Paint

Born in 2003

Willow’s jousting debut was in 2014 and went on to compete throughout western Canada. She retired in 2019 and now dedicates her full attention to being the herd boss at the STALC training facility.

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Galahad

Gelding

Probably a Shire Cross - feedlot rescue

Bay

Born in 2003

An absolute mammoth of a horse, Galahad, would make an excellent substitute for a war elephant. He jousted across North America before deciding to retire in 2014. He is very sociable and loves to do things with people. Lately, he’s been working on training new jousters.

Loves: FOOD and anything that looks like it might be food

Hates: Inflatable plastic dinosaurs and being lonely

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Freya

Mare

Belgian/Quarter Horse Cross

Bay

Born in 1989

This ancient being was STALC’s very first jousting horse. Always a fierce competitor, she excelled in the list, competing extensively throughout Canada and the US. Throughout the years, Freya had the thankless task of training many of STALC’s jousters. Her no nonsense attitude and stern training methods have stuck fear into the hearts of many of the greats. She retired from jousting in 2014 and starred in the Alberta Ballet Company’s production of Don Quixote.

Loves: Ballet

Hates: Tomfoolery and shenanigans (looking at you, Echo)

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Druid

Gelding

Druid was lovingly rescued by Dale Gienow. Druid had a storied career in Eastern Canada before heading West with Dale in 2014. Due to his size and colouring, Druid is definitely a guy that stands out in the crowd.  While he may appear docile and a 70’s child when out in the field, he is strictly all business in the list and has the distinction of coming in 1st and 2nd place at Brooks Medieval Faire in 2015.

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Juliet

Mare

Belgian/Quarter Horse Cross

Chestnut

Born in 1999

Juliet was purchased by STALC in 2003 from Horse Haven Rescue Society. The horse trailer was her second home as she travelled throughout North America. Juliet was the first STALC film star, when she was featured as the main horse in A Good Knight Story. Juliet’s daughter Calypso is a current rising star in the jousting world (see Current Horses). Juliet retired in 2008, covered in glory. She’s currently living at Freehold Farm where she has a hand in training the next generation.

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The Kid's Stable

Tano

Mare

Belgian/Paint Cross

Bay

Owned by Deez Lees

Born in May 2020

Tano was born on May 17th, 2020, on the Setzer farm in Niton Junction, Alberta. The Setzer's bred APHA riding horses, and Belgian draft pulling horses. It's from this combination that Tano gets her excellent breeding. She came to Freehold Farm at just 3 weeks old with her mum, so this has been her home for most of her life. Tano has shown she has the determination, and sass, to make it with the big horses. She still has some growing to do, even if she thinks she's big enough now.

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Ivanhoe

Weanling

Canadian/Belgian cross

Born in July of 2021

Ivanhoe was born at the STALC training facility. He has a long way to go, but is considered future jousting stock.

Fergus

Owned by Courtney Isbister

Bio coming soon

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Echo

Bio coming soon