• Clement Weather Favors Battle Along the Rappahannock Fencing Scrimmage

    Youth and juniors from Chester Knights, Amelia Steel, Mechanicsville and Dark Horse fencing clubs held a foil and epee scrimmage Friday evening, 20 February, entitled Battle along the Rappahannock, to commemorate the birthday month of America’s great music composer and conductor, John Williams.

    In the Junior Epee Event, Logan “Wolverine” Everts (Dark Horse) won the gold medal by the score of 9-3 over Emma “Doc” Bone (Mechanicsville) who won the silver medal, and Cory “Mattern” Mitchell (Dark Horse) won the bronze medal.

    In the Y-12 Mixed Foil Event, Anna “Thornblade” Dunn (Dark Horse) won the bronze medal, Evin Gwaltney (Amelia Steel) won the silver medal, and Carter “Panther Joppich” Harrison (Dark Horse) won the gold medal by the score of 15-12.

    Two Cadet mixed, composite foil teams formed to compete in a team relay match.  Team District 13 captained by Paul “Brisco Baldini” Anderson (Dark Horse) included Ms. Taylor Davis and Nick “Miles CW” Dunn (Dark Horse).  Team Three Musketeers captained by Tim Armstrong included Gavin “Giorgio Avola” Cornell (Dark Horse) and Mitchell Brooks.  “Brisco” and “Giorgio” started the action fighting to a 5-4 decision in favor of team District 13.  Tim Armstrong brought Three Musketeers back, however, with a decisive 6-0 victory over Taylor Davis.  With bouts tied 1-1, and team score 10-5 in favor of Three Musketeers, Nick and Mitchell faced off in bout three.  Inspired by his US foil champion hero, Miles Chamley-Watson, Nick answered District 13‘s need by propelling District ahead, 15-11, outscoring Mitchell, 10-1.  The match continued to seesaw with the 4th bout, as Gavin, inspired by Italian foil champion hero, Giorgio Avola, brought Three Musketeers right back with a 9-4 victory over Taylor Davis.

    The 5th bout proved to be the breakout opportunity for team District 13.  “Brisco” won the bout over Mitchell, 6-1, enabling District 13 to pull ahead for good, 25-21.

    In the 6th bout, “Miles” padded District‘s lead, 30-24, with a victory over Tim.  Taylor made an awesome contribution for team District 13 as she successfully fenced Mitchell to a 5-5 tie in the 7th bout.

    “Giorgio” almost pulled Three Musketeers back into a tie, by outscoring “Miles”, 7-5, in the 8th bout.  With the score 40-36 in favor of team District 13, the two strong captains crossed swords for the final bout.  Tim had physical advantage able to outreach Brisco; but Brisco had more experience which he poured out en route to District 13‘s victory, 45-37.

    Special appreciation to Coach Mark Logan for refereeing the epee event and all the parents of Amelia Steel and Chester Knights for coming the distance to Fredericksburg, VA in frigid arctic like cold weather to make the scrimmage a memorable event.  Pictures will be forthcoming.

    Also, Dark Horse is very grateful to John and Lucy Bone, Nettie Dunn, and Maura Harrison, for setting up the strips, equipment troubleshooting, bout committee duty, refreshments, and photography.

    Another inter-club scrimmage is being planned in the spring, possibly April 24th.

    On Monday, 23 Feb, Paul Anderson, Nick Dunn, and Gavin Cornell held a fence off to determine who is Dark Horse’s best Cadet foil fencer.  It had been planned that Friday’s scrimmage would determine the fact; however, the results were inconclusive.  So, at practice Monday, the Cadets fenced a preliminary round to warm-up, then a direct elimination round of 15 touch matches.  Paul was triumphant!  He settled the matter by defeating Nick, 15-10.  Paul was awarded a Leon Paul FIE electric foil for his accomplishment by the scrimmage’s sponsor.


  • Fighting Irish Brigade Sabre Scrimmage

    University of Mary Washington Fencing Club and Dark Horse Fencing Club sabre fencers have rescheduled their annual sabre scrimmage for Thursday, 19 March, at 7pm.  The scrimmage will be hosted by Dark Horse.  Doors will open at 6pm.

    Fighting Irish Brigade Sabre Scrimmage

  • CANCELLED: St Valentine’s Sabre Massacre Scrimmage, 19 Feb

    Due to the inclement weather today, the University of Mary Washington Fencing Club and Dark Horse have decided to cancel this evening’s sabre scrimmage.  We will endeavor to reschedule the sabre scrimmage in four weeks.

  • Snow Call: DHFC Closed Tues and Wed, 17-18 Feb

    Because of the inclement weather and for the safety of our members and staff, the club will be closed 17-18 Feb.

    We expect to reopen Thursday, 19 Feb at 6pm in time to prepare for the annual St Valentine Sabre Massacre scrimmage.

  • Super Bowl Friday Foil Fencing Frenzy

    Dark Horse Fencing Club foil fencers celebrated the upcoming Super Bowl a couple days early with an exciting foil team scrimmage.  The captains of each team chose the name of a super bowl team, though a few fencers decided they would take the name of their favorite world champion foil fencer.

    The Seahawks captained by Paul “Eragon” Turner, with middle fencer, Nick “Miles Chamley-Watson” Dunn, and anchor, Sam “Storm’n” Morgan.  The Patriots captained by Blake “Blade” Traylor, with middle fencer, Carter “Panther Joppich” Harrison, and anchor, Paul “Brisco Baldini” Anderson.

    1st bout: “Brisco Baldini” and “Miles C-W” fenced to a 3-3 tie.  Patriots 3   Seahawks 3

    2nd bout: “Blade” and “Storm’n” also fenced to a 3-3 tie.           Patriots 6   Seahawks 6

    3rd bout: “Panther Joppich”  out-dueled  by “Eragon, 1-4.        Patriots 7    Seahawks 10

    4th bout: “Blade” broken by “Miles C-W”, 2-7.                           Patriots 9    Seahawks 17

    5th bout: “Baldini” disengages and remises “Eragon”, 5-1.       Patriots 14  Seahawks 18

    6th bout: “Panther Joppich” blown out by “Storm’n”, 2-8.           Patriots 16   Seahawks 26

    7th bout: “Blade” defends well and holds “Eragon” to 0-1.         Patriots 16   Seahawks 27

    8th bout:  “Panther Joppich” defeated by “Miles C-W”, 4-10.     Patriots 20   Seahawks 37

    Patriots go into their 2-minute drill with the last bout between “Baldini” and “Storm’n”.  “Baldini” applies unrelenting pressure but is unable to quell “Storm’n”, though he wins the 9th bout: 7-4.  Final score:  Patriots 27   Seahawks  41

  • “Brisco” Ties for Third Place in Y-14 Foil Fencing Event

    Paul “Brisco” Anderson tied for third place in the boys Y-14 foil fencing event at the Winter Regional Youth Circuit fencing tournament hosted by the Richmond Fencing Club in Richmond, VA, on Saturday, 17 January.  The Winter RYC was sanctioned by the United States Fencing Association and sponsored by the Virginia Division of the USFA.

    At the conclusion of the preliminary round, Brisco was seeded #6, while his fencing club mate, Conner “Stryker” McKevitt was seeded #5.  Subsequently, Brisco won his first two direct elimination round matches, including a spectacular come from behind victory over the #3 seed, Henry Ballentine by the score of 15-14, before losing his semi-final match versus #2 seed, Lawrence Crandon, 15-10.  Stryker lost his first direct elimination match versus the #4 seed, Quentin Smith; however, he succeeded in winning the 6th place medal.

    In the boys Y-12 foil fencing event, Carter “Panther” Harrison finished about 13th out of 16.

    In the mixed boys and girls Y-10 foil fencing event, Anna “Thornblade” Dunn won the 5th place  medal.

    Next tournament for many of our youth is the Capitol Clash Youth and Cadet tournament at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD, 7-8 February.

  • Winter Regional Youth Circuit Fencing Tournament , Saturday, 17 January 2015


    Attached PowerPoint slide announces Dark Horse Fencing Club has three youth so far preregistered for foil fencing events on Saturday, 17 Jan 15, at the Richmond Fencing Club, for the spectacular annual Winter Regional Youth Circuit fencing tournament.  To preregister for an event visit:


  • “War of the Buttons” Foil Team Relay Match, 11 December 2014

    In honor of renown English composer, Rachel Portman, best known for scoring films, such as “War of the Buttons”, who celebrated her 54 birthday on 11 Dec, Dark Horse fencers reenacted the War of the Buttons with considerable fencing license.  Left-handed fencers, captained by Sam “Storm’n” Morgan, chose to name their fine team, “Dominating Unicorns”, while the right-handed fencers, captained by Emma “Doc” Bone, chose again the glorious name, “District 13″.

    First bout pitted the two captains and they fought well to a 2-2 tie.  Second bout paired two equally matched opponents, “Eragon” Turner for the Unicorns versus “Thornblade” Dunn for team D13.  Thornblade eked out victory by outscoring Eragon, 4-3.  With the overall score 6-5 in favor of team D13, “Blazer” Ramos came to the strip for the Unicorns to cross foils with “Miles” Dunn for team D13.  Once again the fencers showed they were learning their lessons well, as they fought to 4-4 tie.  At the conclusion now of Round One, D13 held a one point lead, 10-9.

    Round Two, 4th bout: Eragon came up short versus Doc, 4-6.  Team D13’s lead increased to 16-13.

    Fifth bout: Storm’n now warmed up dealt Miles a crushing defeat, 8-3, and for the first time in the match, team Dominating Unicorns had the lead: 21-19.

    Sixth bout:  Doc made an operational substitution in hopes of recovering the lead.  “Brisco” Anderson substituted for Thornblade in order to bout Blazer.  Her substitution decision was correct.  Brisco was victorious and scored enough points to tie the match at 23-23.   That was the score at the end of Round Two.  One round to go

    Round Three, 7th bout:  Storm’n went to his strong bench to bring in “Panther” Harrison, a right-hander, to substitute for “Eragon” to fence “Miles”; however, Doc countered his move by benching Miles and returning “Thornblade” to duel Panther, calculating that Thornblade and Panther were evenly matched.  Oh it was not to be.  Panther showed remarkable resilience and timing as he outscored Thornblade by an amazing 11-3.  With the score, Unicorns 34 – D13 26, a shaken Doc went on to fence Blazer in the 8th bout.  Blazer padded team Unicorns lead with a 5-4 victory over Doc.

    Down to the last bout now, with the score Dominating Unicorns 39 – District 13 30, the Unicorns captain came to the strip to hold off D13’s last hope, “Brisco” Anderson.  The bout evinced outstanding fencing as Brisco threw combinations of feints to draw out mistakes by Storm’n.  However, at the end of regulation time the Two Titans of the Tournament fought to a 3-3 tie.  Team Dominating Unicorns truly dominated the third round of match play as they galloped past team District 13, by the score 39-30.


    Dominating Unicorns                                                  District 13

    Sam “Storm’n” Morgan, team captain                         Emma “Doc” Bone, team captain

    Paul “Eragon” Turner                                                 Nick “Miles” Dunn

    Cole “Blazer” Ramos                                                  Anna “Thornblade” Dunn

    Carter “Panther” Harrison, substitute                         Paul “Brisco” Anderson, substitute

  • UMWFC Eagles Encircle DHFC Mustangs at The Battle of Fredericksburg Foil Fencing Tournament

    University of Mary Washington Fencing Club cruised to first and second place foil fencing event victories over the Dark Horse Fencing Club, 4 December 2014.  The foil fencing event, entitled 2014 Battle of Fredericksburg, VA, commemorates the American Civil War battle fought here, and is the first of three inter-club fencing tournaments fought each academic year.  The sabre fencing event, entitled St Valentine Sabre Massacre, is scheduled for 19 February 2015.  The epee fencing event, entitled St George the Dragonslayer Epee Tournament, is TBD.

    At the end of the preliminary round of foil bouts, UMWFC right-handed foil fencers, Breck O’Donnell and Gabe Cowan, held the 1st and 2nd seed, respectively, for the direct elimination round of combat matches.

    Lefties, Cole “Blazer” Ramos and Sam “Storm’n” Morgan, held the 3rd and 4th seed, respectively, for Dark Horse Fencing Club.

    In the wild card match, #8 seed Nick “Miles” Dunn (DHFC) struggled to overcome surging #9 Paul “Eragon-Two-Swords” Turner (DHFC), 10-6.

    In the quarterfinal round, Breck defeated “Miles”, by the score of 10-2.

    Gabe also defeated his opponent, #7 seed Connor “Stryker” McKevitt (DHFC), by the score of 10-2.

    “Storm’n” defeated #5 seed Paul “Brisco” Anderson, by the score of 9-2.

    Surviving a last second scare, “Blazer” narrowly defeated #6 Bryan “Race” Dunn, 6-5.  On the last play of the match, “Race” attacked but his touch fell flat against Blazer’s metallic jacket.

    In the semi-final round, Breck quelled “Storm’n”, 10-7; and, Gabe quenched “Blazer”, 10-6.

    In the fence-off for 3rd place, “Storm’n” edged “Blazer”, 10-7; while, in the final match, Breck mastered his clubmate, 10-7.

    Final standings:

    1. Breck O’Donnell, UMWFC
    2. Gabe Cowan, UMWFC
    3. Sam Morgan, DHFC
    4. Cole Ramos, DHFC
    5. Paul Anderson, DHFC
    6. Bryan Dunn, DHFC
    7. Connor McKevitt, DHFC
    8. Nick Dunn, DHFC
    9. Paul Turner, DHFC

    Class Picture

    Three Rearing Stallions awarded

    Breck and Gabe

    Sam Awarded 3rd Place

    Blazer awarded 4th place

  • Coach George’s Foil and Epee Class, Monday, 24 November

    Because of the short week with everyone having holiday travel plans for Thanksgiving, Coach George will hold a foil class from 6-8pm, and an epee class from 8-9pm, Monday, 24 November.  Furthermore, Coach George will hold a foil class, 6-7:30pm, Tuesday, for fencers preparing to compete in the January Regional Youth Circuit; the Capital Clash, in February; and the Junior Olympics.