Veterinarian performs historical equine reenactments
During my first job as a veterinarian 25 years ago, an assistant invited me to a Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) event, and I was instantly hooked. This international organization is dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. At that first event, I was awed by the beauty of the costumes and the people's chivalry. It was a welcome change from the everyday stresses. I've been an active member ever since.
I'm a mixed-animal practitioner and own nine beautiful horses. I met my husband, an avid equestrian and reenactor, through my participation in the SCA. Our side business, Joustabout, allows us to get paid to do what we love—perform historical demonstrations and teach people about medieval mounted warfare. The business also helps us feed all of our horses—five of them are in training to be our next generation of warhorses. What's more, both of our children have been brought up in the SCA, which is a family-oriented organization.Over the years, I've met other veterinarians in the SCA. Most of them are younger than me—and it's great to see a new generation take interest. Interacting with these younger members has enhanced my love of medieval veterinary medicine. I'm currently a member of the American Veterinary Heritage Society and in the process of translating an old English treatise on medieval horse medicine, which I hope to publish this year.
—Donna DeBonis, DVM