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Middle Kingdom Schutzenfest
Popinjay hand bow prize
Wood and bronze Popinjay by Colette Zilka, bronze chain by Zenith Quinn Drake
Welcome to the official web site of the Middle Kingdom Schutzenfest.
The Schutzenfest was begun in response to a perceived need for a master level competition to challenge the members of the Order Of The Greenwood Company and provide a venue for recognizing the skills of up and coming archers.
This is a twice annual archery competition, held in late Winter and late Summer.
The Winter competition is held in conjunction with the annual Better War Through Archery Competition.
The Summer shoot location moves annually.
The shoot is open to any and all archers and is broken into two divisions, hand bow and crossbow.
The highest scorer in each division is declared the winner of the contest and becomes the Schutzenkonig of that division.
There are two prizes consisting of wood and bronze popinjays suspended from bronze chains, one holding a hand bow and the other holding a crossbow.
The winners are accorded the right of retaining and wearing the prizes for six months.
After that time they must either appear at the next Schutzenfest to defend their prize, or surrender it to the next winner.
Former holders of the prizes are awarded popinjay hat pins.
Bronze pins go to first time winners, silver to individuals who have won twice, and gold to those who have won three or more times.
An example of one of the bronze pins is posted below.
This competition is currently sponsored by the archery community of the Middle Kingdom of the SCA, and Alchem Incorporated.
Bronze Popinjay Pin
Forester Zuriel Nightshade was the first archer to win the hand bow prize at the Eastwatch Grand Archery Tournament in the Fall of 2012.
There were no crossbow entrants at that first event.
Neko Me and Cirion
Forester Zuriel was unable to defend the prize the following Winter.
It was won by Forester Neko Me in the Winter of 2013.
Forester Cirion was the first to win the prize with a crossbow in the Winter of 2013.
Forester Kenshin won the hand bow prize at Melee In Roswell in the Fall of 2013.
There were no crossbow challengers and Forester Cirion retained the prize for crossbow.
Forester Cirion successfully defended the crossbow prize in the Winter of 2014.
Forester Kenshin was unable to defend the hand bow prize in the Winter of 2014 due to a broken wrist.
It was won by Renzo Kuken.
Renzo was the first archer who was not a Forester of the Greenwood Company to win either prize.
This was also Renzos first archery tournament and his first SCA event.
This was an impressive showing.
Better War Through Archery is a well attended archery event and Renzo was shooting against nearly a dozen Foresters of the Greenwood Company.
Not only did he beat all of the other hand bow shooters, he beat the top crossbow score by three points.
Forester Cirion again successfully defended the crossbow prize in the Summer of 2014 at Reign Of Arrows III.
He remains undefeated and apparently invincible.
Raithe of Ealdormere
Renzo was unable to defend the hand bow prize in the Summer of 2014.
It was won by Raithe of Ealdormere, who is the first non Middle Kingdom archer to win the prize.
Raithe shot well against a large field of opponents on a very challenging course, including a 100 yard clout.
Forester Cirion "The Undefeatable" again successfully defended the crossbow prize in the Winter of 2015 at Better War Through Archery.
Raithe of Ealdormere was unable to attend to defend the hand bow prize.
Cirion and Dearg
The hand bow prize was won by Forester Dearg of Oakenshield shooting against a field of eighty opponents using a new bow he had never shot previously.
Dearg had the second highest score for the day beating all of the other hand bow shooters and all of the crossbow shooters with the exception if Cirion.
Forester Cirion "The Yet Undefeatable" again successfully defended the crossbow prize in the Summer of 2015 at Reign Of Arrows 4.
Forester Dearg of Oakenshield was unable to attend to defend the hand bow prize.
Cirion and Raithe
The hand bow prize was won for the second time by Raithe of Ealdormere.
He won it at the previous Reign Of Arrows.
This makes Raithe the first hand bow shooter to win the Schutzenfest more than once.
Forester Cirion again successfully defended the crossbow prize in the Winter of 2016 at Better War Through Archery.
Raithe was unable to attend to defend the hand bow prize.
Cirion and Muldonny
The hand bow prize was won by Muldonny of the Cleftlands.
The competition consisted of shooting an actual apple off of a target head.
Participants started at close range, shot up to 6 arrows until they struck the apple or the head, or missed with all 6.
Competitors who hit the apple went on to the next round, shot at a longer range.
This went on until only one shooter remained, who was the ultimate winner of the competition.
Pretty much everyone assumed, since this was a William Tell shoot and untimed, the final winner would be someone shooting a crossbow.
The field was reduced to Muldonny, Forseter Lucas, both shooting hand bows, and Cirion shooting a crossbow.
Lucas was eliminated and the line could be moved no farther back.
It came down to a sudden death shoot off between Muldonny and Cirion.
Muldonny placed an arrow solidly in the middle if his target apple.
To the shock and surprise of many, Cirion shot and missed.
This makes the second time in the Schutzenfest that a hand bow archer outshot Forester Cirion and his crossbow.
The previous occurrence was at BWTA in 2014 when Renzo Kuchen managed to outscore Forester Cirion.
Forester Cirion again successfully defended the crossbow prize at Reign Of Arrows 2016.
Forester Muldonny was unable to attend to defend the hand bow prize.
Tarquin and Cirion
The hand bow prize was won by Forester Tarquin.
This was one of the larger Reign Of Arrows with approximately 40 competitors providing some serious competition.
It was also the first time at this event that the hand bow prize was not taken out of kingdom by Raithe of Ealdormere.
We had a large number of people competing with crossbow including Robert Thorne who is returning after an absense of many years.
Robert came in second place.
Forester Cirion again successfully defended the crossbow prize at Better War Through Archery 2017.
Forester Tarquin was unable to attend to defend the hand bow prize.
Cirion and Gunnarr
This was a very well attended event with plenty of competition in both divisions.
Cirion again successfully defended the crossbow prize, but according to him it was close.
The handbow winner is Gunnarr Bogsveigir of Rivenstar.
She is one of the few non Foresters to win at BWTA, and the first female winner since Forester Zuriel won the original Schutzenfest.
This is an impressive achievement since Gunnarr is new to archery and has attended only a few prior events.
Forester Cirion again successfully defended the crossbow prize at Reign Of Arrows September 30th, 2017.
Gunnarr Bogsveigir drove up from Rivenstar to defend the hand bow prize.
Cirion and Gunnarr
It was a beautiful day and perfect weather for shooting.
A large number of people entered and competed this year including a number of members of the Greenwood Company.
In the end the two winners were Forester Cirion and Gunnarr, with Gunnarr outshooting Forester Tarquin by one point.
This is the first time the hand bow prize was successfully defended.
It also proves Gunnarr's earlier win at Better War was due more to skill than simple beginner's luck.