Matt Daniel(Photo by CVS) Ryan Saathoff on Ziggy(Photo by Jay Baum) Steve Hemphill jousts Sean Gullick(photo by A Jousters Wife) Dustin Stephens on Sampson(Photo by Jay Baum) Federico Serna takes a hit(Photo by AzulOx)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Photos and Results from the First Day of Arundel International Tournament 2014

The first day of the grueling seven day Arundel International Tournament is over. After the first three sessions of jousting, Poland is leading the team competition and Andy Dean is in first place for the individual competition. The teams and jousters competing at Arundel Castle this year are:

Team England – Andy Deane and Phillip Lietch

Team France – Patrice Rolland and Steve Gagnon

Team Poland – Jan Gradon and Jarek Struczyński

The Burgundian Alliance - Ben van Koert and Per Estein Prøis-Røhjell

The Knight Marshal this year is Andreas Wenzel. And the Ladies Court includes Catherine Tranter, Kate Vigurs and Kyle van Dolah-Evans. Click on the names to see a brief biography and photos of each.


The Scoreboard at the end of Day 1(photo from Arundel International Tournament)


Andy Deane looks happy to be in the lead at the end of Day 1(photo by ARW Photography)


Jarek Struczyński jousts Per Estein Prøis-Røhjell during Day 1 of the Arundel International Tournament 2014(photo by ARW Photography)


Phillip Leitch jousts Jan Gradon during Day 1 of the Arundel International Tournament 2014
(photo by ARW Photography)


Arundel Castle on the first day of the Arundel International Tournament
(photo by ARW Photography)


Arundel Castle International Jousting & Medieval Tournament(video by Flo Powell)

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Arundel International Jousting Tournament 2014 Starts Today

Arundel International Jousting Tournament 2013

"Arundel International Tournament 2013" Score Summary

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Jousting in Schaffhausen a Success!

According to tournament organizer Arne Koets, over 14,000 people came to watch the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen which was held in association with an exhibition of knightly arms and armour at the Museum zu Allerheiligen. Quite the turnout considering that the stands were only built to hold an audience of 890, the weather was frequently "inclement" and one of the jousts was held during the final match of the World Cup. According to Arne,"Quite a few shows were sold out, and the visitor numbers were much higher than expected. About 80% of all possible tickets sold."

And, of course, there is more TV news coverage of the Die Grossen Ritterspiele zu Schaffhausen:


TELE TOP: 14'000 Besucher an Ritterspielen in Schaffhausen(video from TELE TOP)

You can read the article(in German) that goes with the above video by clicking here.


One of the mounted melees during the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen
(photo from Museum zu Allerheiligen)

Although the live jousting is over, there is still time to see the rest of the exhibit of knightly arms and armour which will continue until September 21 at the Museum zu Allerheiligen.

More articles about the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen:
Toby Capwell Posts Pictures of the Schaffhausen Tournament

Toby Capwell's Third Blog Post About the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen: 'Helmets Off'

Arne Koets Comments on the Tournament So Far, Plus More TV News Coverage of the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

Tobias Frin Talks About the Riding at The Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

Even More TV News Coverage of The Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

Toby Capwell's Second Blog Post About the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

More TV News Coverage of the Schaffhausen Tournament

Toby Capwell is Writing Blog Posts about the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen!

TV Coverage of the Grand Tournament of Schaffhausen 2014

Video: Toby Capwell Explains His Passion for Jousting

Promotional Video for Die Grossen Ritterspiele zu Schaffhausen


Arundel International Jousting Tournament 2014 Starts Today

Text and image from Arundel Castle:

With prestigious competitors from Norway, the Netherlands, France, Australia and Poland, this is one of the largest tournaments in the United Kingdom. The week-long event, held under the shadow of the mighty Castle, attracts large audiences from far and wide to enjoy the magnificent 15th century jousting action. Set in 1470, the tournament offers a whole week of action with three jousts per day.

Knights compete for the ultimate glory of winning the Championship of Arundel Castle. In addition to the individual medal, an award is also presented to the most chivalrous knight, but the most hotly contested prize of all is the team award. This year’s teams are made up of old rivals, the Kingdoms of England and France, plus two new teams, the Burgundian Alliance and the Kingdom of Poland.

“This prestigious event is truly the highlight of our year at Arundel Castle,” commented Castle Manager, Bryan McDonald. “Visitors of all ages will be able to revel in the sights, sounds and smells of an authentic medieval tournament which brings the drama of 15th century Britain to life.”

As well as cheering on their jousting team of choice, visitors will be able to witness hand-to-hand combat with a medieval tournament from the knights and men-at-arms of Raven Tor living history Group. Set within an authentic medieval encampment, the Distant Trumpets storyteller will enthral visitors with tales from the period. In addition, have-a-go archery, craft displays and the musicians of Rough Musicke combine to make this a unique event sure to capture the imagination and entertain the whole family.


Arundel International Tournament 2014(image from Arundel Castle)

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Toby Capwell Posts Pictures of the Schaffhausen Tournament

For his fourth and possibly final blog post about the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen, Toby Capwell decided to share a number of pictures of the event.

From The Wallace Collection:

Wallace Collection Curator in Combat: NEW UPDATE! Part 4


Jousting tournaments are not known for their live reporting… until now. Toby Capwell, our Curator of Arms and Armour, reports from ‘The Great Tournament of Schaffhausen’ in Switzerland. Remember to keep checking in for updates or add the blog to your RSS feed!

Fourth Report- Monday 21 July, Final Weekend
Well, we’ve made it to the final weekend. It’s been getting hotter and hotter and therefore physically much more challenging for everyone involved in the tournament. Two more days left!
There have been a lot of fantastic photos being made over the last week, so I thought in this installment, possibly the last, I’d pick out some of my favourites to feature here. I don’t need to say much about them- they speak for themselves and tell their own stories.
Many thanks again to Isis Sturtewagen and the museum staff photographers for this amazing record of a really special event.
Enjoy!
TC

To see all of the pictures, click here.


Squire Max Knegjens holds aloft the broken crest of Arne Koets
(photo from The Wallace Collection)

More articles about the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen:
Toby Capwell's Third Blog Post About the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen: 'Helmets Off'

Arne Koets Comments on the Tournament So Far, Plus More TV News Coverage of the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

Tobias Frin Talks About the Riding at The Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

Even More TV News Coverage of The Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

Toby Capwell's Second Blog Post About the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

More TV News Coverage of the Schaffhausen Tournament

Toby Capwell is Writing Blog Posts about the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen!

TV Coverage of the Grand Tournament of Schaffhausen 2014

Video: Toby Capwell Explains His Passion for Jousting

Promotional Video for Die Grossen Ritterspiele zu Schaffhausen


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Toby Capwell's Third Blog Post About the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen: 'Helmets Off'

This is an excerpt from the third of a series of blog posts that Dr. Tobias Capwell (aka Toby Capwell) has been writing about his experiences in the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen. In this post, he introduces the other jousters involved in the tournament.

From The Wallace Collection:

Wallace Collection Curator in Combat: NEW UPDATE! Part 3


Jousting tournaments are not known for their live reporting… until now. Toby Capwell, our Curator of Arms and Armour, reports from ‘The Great Tournament of Schaffhausen’ in Switzerland. Remember to keep checking in for updates or add the blog to your RSS feed!

Third Report – Friday 18 July, The Riders
Its Day 8 of 11 and the weather has changed in a big way. It’s HOT. Don’t get me wrong, the sunshine is glorious and its nice not to be getting soaked whenever we get on the horses, but the heat is a new challenge. Out in the sun, you can feel your armour slowly heating up, like your own personal humanoid-shaped oven. Now I’m thinking all that effort polishing the heck out of my armour is paying off- I must be reflecting a lot of heat. Black armour doesn’t seem like such a good idea anymore… I’m certainly glad to be shiny today.

In this installment I thought it would be nice to introduce the riders here at Schaffhausen- we’re so often enclosed in our steel carapaces its sometimes difficult to get a sense of who we actually are. So welcome to ‘helmets off’.

To read the rest of the article, click here.


Joram van Essen breaks his melee club across the back of Toby Capwell's head
(photo from The Wallace Collection)

More articles about the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen:
Arne Koets Comments on the Tournament So Far, Plus More TV News Coverage of the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

Tobias Frin Talks About the Riding at The Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

Even More TV News Coverage of The Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

Toby Capwell's Second Blog Post About the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

More TV News Coverage of the Schaffhausen Tournament

Toby Capwell is Writing Blog Posts about the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen!

TV Coverage of the Grand Tournament of Schaffhausen 2014

Video: Toby Capwell Explains His Passion for Jousting

Promotional Video for Die Grossen Ritterspiele zu Schaffhausen

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Video Interveiw with Professional Jouster Ripper Moore

According to Ripper Moore,"This was an interview done by some good folks from our local college. It profits from featuring my lovely wife." You may remember Ripper as the coach of the red team on the tv series Full Metal Jousting:



Ripper Moore(photo by Steven Kohus)

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Arne Koets Comments on the Tournament So Far, Plus More TV News Coverage of the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

Despite his busy schedule, Arne Koets, the organizer of Die Grossen Ritterspiele zu Schaffhausen took a few minutes to chat with me online. The Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen is a grueling 10 days long, with jousting and mounted melees twice daily. Arne owns two jousting horses, Maximillian who is a grey Andalusian gelding and Sultan who is a Lusitano stallion, and is alternating which horse he rides during the tournament in order to avoid tiring one horse out.


Arne Koets on his Lusitano stallion Sultan faces Joram van Essen on his Murgese stallion Zogo during a mounted duel at the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen 2014
(photo from The Wallace Collection)

Here is what Arne had to say about the tournament so far:
"The tournament is a real challenge due to the weather and the 20 performances we are riding. Yet the riding has been really good. The Sunday night ride was the best so far I think. We had many broken lances, and many broken clubs as well. It has been extremely well received, to do a truly museum-based event where we bring back an actual tournament with all its parts.

"As you might gather from Toby's blog, it is meant to show authentically how the event would work, and we structured it to fit the precise history and persons rather than as a sporting event. Yet the combat is real and unscripted, using historically shaped solid lances, wooden clubs and steel rebated swords. It has attracted academics from all over the world, and they are loving it. Hopefully many good things will come of it.

"It seems to be supporting serious knightly combat in the German speaking world. We really are doing the 'turnier' and the 'nachturnier'. The turnier is the fight with clubs (mounted melee) and the nachturnier is the crest melee with swords. We are being taken very seriously by all the curators and museum directors, and we have had visits from the Landshuter guys, Wien Museums, Philadelphia, Georgia, Coburg, Munich, loads of academics.

"Noel Fallows [the author of Jousting in Medieval and Renaissance Iberia], also came to the tournament. It was quite an honour to meet him." – Arne Koets

And of course, there is still more TV news coverage of this spectacular tournament/historical research opportunity. (Again, I had to download the video from the SWR Landesschau Baden-Württemberg website and upload it onto YouTube because the SWR site allows downloads, but not embedding.)


TV news coverage of The Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen from July 16
(video from SWR Landesschau Baden-Württemberg)

Die Grossen Ritterspiele zu Schaffhausen has even been featured in a 30 minute long Swiss cultural program, though other cultural events are also included in the episode. After the introduction, the segments about the tournament come at 7:45(living history displays), 16:15(interview with Arne) and 24:50(jousting and mounted melee).


Kulturplatz an den grossen Schaffhauser Ritterspielen(video from SRF TV)

More articles about the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen:
Tobias Frin Talks About the Riding at The Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

Even More TV News Coverage of The Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

Toby Capwell's Second Blog Post About the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen

More TV News Coverage of the Schaffhausen Tournament

Toby Capwell is Writing Blog Posts about the Grand Tournament at Schaffhausen!

TV Coverage of the Grand Tournament of Schaffhausen 2014

Video: Toby Capwell Explains His Passion for Jousting

Promotional Video for Die Grossen Ritterspiele zu Schaffhausen