Queen's and King's Archery Championship June 15, 2019

The finalists, retiring champs and Royals. The finalists, retiring champs and Royals.

The championship was held in Barony Beyond the Mountain at the Summer Solstice Shoot event. 51 archers registered to compete. Queen's Champion, Master Colin Ursell, and King's Champion, Lord Ruan Shi Tian, introduced the theme of the shoot as the Chinese Zodiac:

"A long time ago, before his departure from earth, Buddha decided to have a grand race. All of the animals in the kingdom were invited, but unfortunately, only 12 animals showed up at the event. Grateful for their efforts, Buddha rewarded them by naming each year of the Chinese Zodiac calendar after these 12 animals."

"The 12 animals that came for the grand race were the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. These are what we now know as the Chinese zodiac animals."

"After hundreds of years of really not much going on, the Pig decided that in his year, 2019, he would gather the other animals once again for another great contest, the East Kingdom Archery Championship. Each animal was tasked with devising a challenge for our archers to find the most skilled, determined, and focused."

Queen Fortune and Her attendants enjoy the shade. Two lines of group shooting. King Ozurr shoots along with the competitors.
Queen Fortune and Her attendants enjoy the shade.   A line of archers.   A line of archers.   King Ozurr shoots along with the competitors.  

Queen Fortune, King Ozurr and Princess Margarita, and the outgoing Champions, addressed the competitors, then the day's shooting began.

Various photos from the day of shooting.
describe   describe   describe   describe

score card 2019 The long day of shooting complete, scores were totaled and sorted, then the archers were asked if they wished to continue in the competition or to withdraw with honor.

The following top scorers declined to participate in the finals:

The final 16 competitors were seeded and paired for one-on-one shoots, the winner of each advancing. The archers, their scores for the day (in parentheses), and their progress through the finals are shown below. The winner of the day was Master Aleksei Dmitriev , and he was proclaimed Queen's Champion . Later, in Court, King Ozurr selected Lady Julian Ridley as King's Champion . The retiring Champions, Colin and Shi Tian, were thanked for their service, and the new Champions were invested with their regalia.

Top 16 Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Finals  
Peter the Red (78)        
Gwilym zz Flynt (44) Peter      
Eoin an Doire (61)   Aleksei    
Aleksei Dmitriev (60) Aleksei      
Godric of Hamtun (62)     Aleksei Winner
Ryan MacWhyte (47) Ryan      
Nest verch Tangwistel (62)   Osmond    
Osmond de Berwic (48) Osmond      
Cathain Reiter (65)        
Dorian of Lewes (46) Dorian      
Julian Ridley (61)   Julian    
Alberic Maqi Droata (56) Julian      
Conor O'Ceallaigh (64)     Julian 2nd
Emma Makilmone (47) Emma      
Elizabeth Hawkwood (62)   Emma    
Njall Randvesson (50) Elizabeth      

Photos provided by Baroness Arlyana van Wyck and Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood.
(Click on thumbnails to see larger versions.)