Blanchard, "Lady Shannon" is the Red and Black Knight,
her war horse is Prince. Shannon is the owner/ manager of Mounted Fury and Cedar
Springs Equestrian Center in Farmington, Arkansas. She is originally
from Texas where she graduated from Sul Ross State University with a
4 year degree in Equine Science.
Upon moving to NW Arkansas, she started
her horse facility where she offers boarding, lessons, and training.
Working with a variety of horse breeds, she and her many students
have shown successfully in Dressage, Hunter Jumper, and Open
Shannon formed Mounted Fury with her
advanced riding students in 2004 and it has evolved into into the
current medieval re-enactment group (with lots of help!) performing at
Renaissance Faires and Educational Demonstrations, and Festivals in Arkansas
When not working with the horse program,
Shannon enjoys many activities with her husband and 4 children
including snake collecting, karate, hiking, and artwork.
"Lady Katharine", is
Mounted Fury's Green Knight and her jousting mount is Khalil. She is originally from Fayetteville and
is a current student at the
University of Arkansas, majoring in Anthropology and French.
A student of Shannon's for 14 years, Katie trains and competes
occasionally in Dressage and Hunter/Jumper classes. She is now an
assistant riding instructor at Cedar Springs Equestrian Center.
Katie started learning skill and accuracy games, such as rings and
spear throwing, in 2004 when Mounted Fury began training for their
debut performance. She especially likes unmounted sword combat and
is interested in learning to use various weapons and techniques.
Aside from jousting with the group and riding her own horse, Katie
also enjoys recreational and competitive figure skating.
Jackie Harris, “Lady Jacqueline”,
is the Red and Yellow Knight riding war horse Lacey. She is from
Dallas, Texas where she showed Palominos throughout her youth. She
began learning Dressage and Jousting three years ago when she came
to ride at Cedar Springs Equestrian Center while attending the
University of Arkansas.
Jackie also rides and trains her own horse, a 4-year-old quarter
horse gelding, in Dressage and Reining.
Jackie has an artistic mind and a knack for costume designing which
is very helpful to the group. She also enjoys competitive figure
Leslie Rose, "Lady Elizabeth" has
been an active member of Mounted Fury since late 2005, but has been
affiliated with Cedar Springs since 2001 when she volunteered to
work for Shannon while going to college. Leslie is originally from
California, but was raised in Uniontown, Arkansas.
Leslie and her husband Josh Greb own and operate Whispering Winds
Arabians located Short, Oklahoma. Their herd consists of both
Egyptian related and Crabbet lines. With their herd complete, they
are striving to produce sensible, quality Arabian Sport Horses that
possess both athletic ability and the Classic Arabian type. More
information on their farm can be found at
In 2003, Leslie graduated from the University of Arkansas in
Fayetteville with a B.A. in Poultry Science. Leslie is presently
working with Simmons Prepared Foods in Van Buren, Arkansas and is
also working toward a B.A. degree in both Business and Accounting at
the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith.
Some of Leslie’s hobbies are training her horses, drawing horses and
spending time with her husband and family.
Natasha Raezer, “Lady Anna” is the
Blue and Yellow Knight and has been a page and squire in the Mounted
Fury act since 2006. She has been riding at Cedar Springs since she
was a six year old. She is mounted on her war horse Lacey.
Natasha aspires to compete more seriously in Dressage in the future
and would also like to compete in Hunter/Jumper. She’s been a junior
camp counselor at Cedar Spring’s summer camp and would love to
instructing in the future.
Natasha is a rising 8th grader at Ramay Junior High School and is
taking several AP courses.
Kellie Cantu, "Lady Calleigh"
Knight in Training. Kellie has been in this area for most of her
life, having graduated from Springdale High School and Northwest
Arkansas Community College with an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies. She
recently joined the Northwest Arkansas Dressage club, and is also
involved in the Washington County Young Riders 4-H Club with her
daughter who also loves horses!
Currently Kellie works in Customer Service and hopes to enter the
Paralegal field when finished with school. She is enjoying
exercising some creative skills coming up with costumes for her new
role as Knight in Training. Her War Horse in Training is Later,
Gator. Wish them well in their quest for Knighthood!
Honorable Past Troup Members
portrays the Blue Knight for Mounted Fury. She
graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2006 with a computer
science major. She has been working with horses and riding since
eighth grade, and is one of the troupe's Founding Knights.
Laura has been training horses almost as long as she has been
riding, and has also instructed students for almost four years. Her
primary riding focus has been dressage and jumping, as well as
Laura currently works in an IT department, but enjoys the free time
she gets to spend with the horses. She owns two Arabians, including
her jousting mount Fire Mage ("Magelet").
Favorite song for jousting: Theme from "Robin Hood Prince of
Shield: Hawk with crossed swords over quartered blue/black, Favorite
role in show: Tie between "Death" in "The Chosen One" and "Future
Squire" in the 2007 University Horse Festival. The
favorite snacks of Laura's noble steed are peppermints and apples.