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, April 23, 2014

Historical Images: Naked Snail Jousting

A while back, I posted an article on The Jousting Life that discussed the strange popularity of images of snail jousting in manuscript illuminations. Those images depicted knights jousting against snails. However I recently discovered another historical image of snail jousting which is a little bit different.

Historical image of Naked Snail Jousting(photo by unknown)

Unfortunately, there was not much information posted with this image. Only the following text:
Beaune - BM - inc. 003, t.III. Baldus de Ubaldis. Lectura super Institutionibus . 1480-1481.

If anyone has more information or even any theories about this image, I would love to hear them.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The First Day of the Leeds Easter Jousting Tournament 2014

A nice write up about the first day of the Leeds Easter Jousting Tournament appeared on, of all things, a blog about Judge Dredd. Steve Hargett, the creator of the blog apparently likes challenges, and writing about jousting can indeed be a challenge. Here is the intro to his blog post:

The first day of this years Easter Tournament, competing for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Horn. Here seen in the parade before the final in 2013.

The Golden Jubilee Horn was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Leeds in 2002 to mark the 50th year of Queen Elixabeth II’s reign. presented to her at Harewood House the queen offered it back to the Royal Armouries as a prize for Jousting Champion. This competition is the only Joust sanctioned by the Queen.

The current Champion from 2013 is Andy Deane.

The horses, ground crew and all but one of the mounted squires for this event are provided by Atkinson Action Horses.

There are three parts to each round in this Tournament. The Skill at Arms by the Mounted Squires. Trick Riding by the Mounted Squires and the Joust of Peace by the Knights.

To read the complete article and see the many pictures he included, click on the link below:
Easter Tournament – Good Friday 18th April 2014 – a review of the day.

Stacy Evans(left) jousts Mark Caple(right) during the first day of the Leeds Easter Jousting Tournament(photo by Steve Hargett/Kelly Fowler)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Promotional Video for St Ives Medieval Faire & Tournament

The St Ives Medieval Faire will take place September 20 - 21 in St Ives, Sydney, Australia. There will be a historical village, a traditional archery range and a birds of prey display, but, of course, the most important feature for those of us interested in jousting will the jousting tournament.

Promo video for St Ives Medieval Faire(video by Ben van Koert/Kaos Historical Media)

The tournament is based on the idea that the olde world jousters(those from Europe) will be challenging the new world jousters(those from Australia). In addition to the jousting(with shaped solid lances such as those used in Sankt Wendel), there will also be a mounted melee. The jousters involved will be:

From the olde world:
Petter Ellingsen from Norway
Arne Koets from the Netherlands
Bertus Brokamp from the Netherlands

From the new world:
Rod Walker
Luke Binks
Andrew McKinnon
Phillip Leitch

For more information about the tournament, check out the St Ives Medieval Faire website and Facebook page.

Andreas Wenzel jousts Petter Ellingsen with shaped solid lances
(photo by Ben van Koert/Kaos Historical Media)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Video: Dr. Noel Fallows Talks About Chivalry and Jousting

Dr. Noel Fallows is an Associate Dean of International and Multidisciplinary Programs in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia. Within the jousting community, Dr. Fallows is best known for his book Jousting in Medieval and Renaissance Iberia, for which he was awarded the University of Georgia’s Creative Research Medal.
"Only sparingly given, the medal is awarded by the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., to faculty as recognition of outstanding accomplishment in research and creativity for a research project or creative activity with a single coherent theme." -- Camden House News
The following video was created by Bill Evelyn, a video producer for the University of Georgia, as part of a program to honor Dr. Fallows.

If some of the video looks familiar, it's because it's from "The Grand Tournament of Sankt Wendel", a historical jousting tournament which took place in the fall of 2012. (You can read more about it in a number of previous articles on The Jousting Life.) According to an interview with Dr. Fallows, such attempts to recreate historically accurate tournaments as well as other forms of re-enactment can benefit the academic community.
"I am not a re-enactor myself, but I do believe that historically accurate re-enactments can provide plausible answers to some of the questions that arise about how armour actually worked. In turn I also hope that my book will be of practical use to the re-enactment communities that strive for historical accuracy." -- Dr. Noel Fallows
The complete interview is published on the Boydell & Brewer website. Boydell & Brewer are the publishers of Jousting in Medieval and Renaissance Iberia as well as a number of other books that jousters, re-enactors and others with an interest in history might enjoy.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jousters 'Do Something Noble' to Help Goodwill Industries

A number of jousters and those associated with jousting donated their time, horses and equipment to help make a commercial called "Do Something Noble" for Goodwill Industries International, a non-profit agency that "works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work."(quote from Goodwill website)

There are two versions of the commercial, the long version:

Do Something Noble, extended version (video by Goodwill Central Texas)

and the short version:

Do Something Noble, short version (video by Goodwill Central Texas)

The jousters involved in the commercial included Jeffrey Basham riding his quarterhorse mare Pooh Bear, Sean Gullick riding his Missouri Foxtrotter gelding Red, Steve Hemphill riding his Friesian/Percheron cross mare Tinkerbell and Dave Wise riding his Percheron cross mare Ladybug. Dawn Hemphill and Jen Jobst who frequently act as ground crew for jousting tournaments also rode horses in the video. Dawn rode her quarterhorse gelding Moose and Jen sometimes rode Red and sometimes her Haflinger gelding Paddington(there was some switching around of horses for various shots).

The King, who was portrayed by Keith Ewing who neither jousts nor rides, rode Jen's horse Paddington. The boy featured in the commercial was Keith's son, who rode Steve's quarterhorse gelding Lucky. Members of the Barony of Bryn Gwlad(a regional group of the Society for Creative Anachronism) portrayed the townspeople. On a more personal note, my husband, who is also a jouster, helped out behind the scenes while they were filming the parts of the commercial set in the medieval town.

You can read more about the making of the commercial and see photos from the set in the post on Jen's blog titled, "In which Paddy makes his acting debut and Red plays a stunt double".

Experienced jousting horse Red(aka Feerless War Pony) is not bothered by having a cameraman(who doesn't know how to ride) with a steadicam attached to him on his back.
(photo by jenj)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Joust For Fun: Unusual Things to Do in Armour

A photo album was recently started on The Jousting Life Facebook page featuring pictures of "Unusual Things to Do in Armour". Rod Walker of Full Tilt Jousting(who you might remember from the tv show "Full Metal Jousting") thought that this video fit the theme of the album nicely. However, since it is difficult to include a video in a photo album, it is being posted here.

Jouster Rod Walker is featured in an unusual ad(video by Alinta Energy)

The knight in the video is played by Rod Walker for most of the scenes, though in a few scenes of cantering down the street a lighter weight girl named Jacinta is riding in Rod's armour to make it easier for the horse. Two horses were actually used in the making of the commercial, neither of which belonged to Rod.

If you would like to see the photo album "Unusual Things to Do in Armour" as well as other pictures and links relating to jousting, check out The Jousting Life Facebook page.