Dark Horse will hold its annual business meeting and officer elections on Monday, 17 June at 7:30PM at the club. Please plan on coming to hear the status of the club and to have your voice heard. The agenda will be:
Review of the past year
Election of Officers
All officer positions are open, President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. We need volunteers to run for election especially since several of our current officers do not plan to run for reelection.
It was a long day at Amelia, VA for Dark Horse youth and junior foil fencers. Compared to last summer's scrimmage at Amelia, when Dark Horse dominated the foil events, this spring Dark Horse faced much improved competition by Southside Richmond, Chester Knights, and Amelia Steel fencers. In the junior event, Sam "Chef" Churchill won the bronze medal for third place, while Joseph "Swift" Boudreau, who championed last summer's junior foil event, came in fourth. In the youth foil event, Carter "Panther" Harrison, Paul "Brisco" Anderson, and Nicholas "Thornblade" Dunn competed in a pool of eight against five fencers from the other clubs. Due to a severe lack of time to conduct a full direct elimination round several matches were cut short. The final match came down to "Thornblade" and a fencer from Amelia Steel. It was a one-touch, 30-second match. In what may have been the shortest and fastest youth direct elimination foil match ever, "Thornblade" prevailed to win the gold medal! At the award ceremony, the Good Sportsmanship medal was awarded to "Panther."
The Club will be closed on May 9th for a church function. The club will also be closed on the 15th and 16th to allow the church to set up for the Greek Festival that weekend.
Dark Horse Fencing Club and the University of Mary Washington Fencing Club competed in the 2013 epee scrimmage hosted by Dark Horse. The preliminary round of fencing resulted in the following seeding for the direct elimination round of matches: Everts (1), Anderson (2), Edemobi (3), Traylor (4), Turner (5), and Humphries (6).
Standing from left-to-right are epee fencers Paul Edemobi (UMWFC), Derek Anderson (UMWFC), Logan "Wolverine" Everts (DHFC), and Blake "Blade" Traylor (DHFC). Kneeling from left-to-right are epee fencers Kim Humphries (UMWFC), and Paul "Two-Swords" Turner (DHFC).
For the final match between the 1st and 3rd seeded fencers, Coach George (DHFC) refereed with the assistance of floor judges, Joseph "Swift" Boudreau and Sam "Chef" Churchill. Edemobi quickly scored the first point; however, at the mid-point of the match Everts scored a tying point. With the score 6-6, the combatants exchanged touches until with the score still tied up now at 9-9, Paul attacked. His attack missed; but "Wolverine" scored with a stop hit for the victory, 10-9.
1) Logan "Wolverine" Everts (DHFC)                                                              2) Paul Edemobi (UMWFC)                                                                           3) Derek Anderson (UMWFC)                                                                        4) Blake "Blade" Traylor (DHFC)                                                                    5) Paul "Two-Swords" Turner (DHFC)                                                              6) Kim Humphries (UMWFC)
Dark Horse Fencing Club hosted this year's annual sabre scrimmage with the University of Mary Washington Fencing Club, on February 13th. The scrimmage came down to the #1 and #2 seeds, Steven "Phoenix" Pressendo, and Joseph "Swift" Boudreau, respectively.
After the break, score 8-5 for Pressendo, Swift scored the first point when the bout resumed. The next five points scored belonged to Phoenix. With the score 13-6, it looked like a blow-out. The resourceful Swift patiently changed tactics, enabling him to close the wide gap to 10-13. Now, Phoenix called up all his reserve energy for one final push and reached 15 points before Swift. Pressendo is the 2013 St Valentine's Sabre Massacre Champion, score of 15-10.
Champion: Steven Pressendo (Richmond Fencing Club/Dark Horse Fencing Club)     2nd Place: Joseph Boudreau, Dark Horse Fencing Club                                     3rd Place: Justin "Kansas" Hurley, Dark Horse Fencing Club                              4th Place: Derek Anderson, University of Mary Washington Fencing Club
Referee: Coach George Havrilak
Scorekeeper: Jenna Stockton, president, University of Mary Washington FC