Ann Harrington Shilling and Knarr
Andre Renier and Riley
Arthur Smith and his horses
Bill Woodford and the horses he's ridden
Bobbie Patterson and Apollo
Charlie Andrews and Jaegermeister
Dale Walter and Brenin
Dave Wise and Ladybug
David Mesimer and Reggie
David Young and Boccaccio
Dustin Stephens and Sampson
Dusty Martel and Vego
Elizabeth A Laubhan and Sweet Zorro
Federico Serna and Captain
Heather Perillo and Darktanion
Jefferson Pike and Frankie
Joel Hill's horse Ares
Kelly Hicks and Sam
Krissie England and Loki
Matt Daniel and Rock
Ryan Saathoff and Ziggy
Scott Wilson and Pocket
Sean Gullick and Red
Shawn Morrow and Starbuck
Steve Hemphill and his horses
Steve Martel and Aries
Tiffany Geissendorff and Ladybug
Virginia Hankins and Casanova
(Photo by Andrew Nimrod)
Duke (ridden by Steve Weems in photo)
Never Faltering, Ever Steady, Always waited patiently at the end of the list until I was ready. You were the heart that keep me warm with your soft cheek against my face and your calming breath on my neck, and you always watched for me to show you what was next. We put our faith in each other, and though that we gained strength & trust, building a bond such as no other. Now that you have taken your leave with an eternal rest, I will always remember you as one of the best.
May you rest in peace my most dedicated Friend, Companion, and Partner" -- Steve Weems
Sadly, Duke passed away in February 2012 due to complications from cancer. He will be sorely missed by many in the jousting community. Click here to see the Duke's memorial page.
Zeus (ridden by Steve Weems in photo)
Anyone that had ever seen Zeus was awe inspired not only by his size but also his Presence and Speed. He was 18.2 hands tall, weighed close to 2100 lbs and could run as fast as an Arabian. In fact he beat an Arabian in a flat out race once. Zeus Definitely lived up to his name for he was a god among horses. To joust on him was always an adventure. With his sheer size and speed it often made opposing knights uncomfortable to have to Joust against him. He would take off at a charge so quickly that a "whip lash effect would travel through my Armour causing it to sound like a metal "Bullwhip". Lances would sometimes fly 30-40 feet backwards from the speed and virtuosity of a well placed hit!
Zeus had a "child like" personality and would act up on occasion. Only if you proved to him that you were really his partner and were working together then he would shine. He would require an extra effort on the part of the handler/rider but when that connection was made, he would really prove what an incredible animal he really was! Anything not worth working for is not worth having! Zeus had a non stop attitude and would run and run, even with abscesses and torn ligaments, he would not stop. I once did 11 non stop Passes with him and he charged full speed on everyone of them while my opponent's horse would "trot" down.
He has also been immortalized in the Music Video "N' Dey Say" by Nelly, and a International Print Ad for the "Honda Ruin" Motorcycle. He has traveled the county competing in Jousting Shows Entertaining thousands and thousands of people. He may have passed at a young age but he has done more than most humans. "The Light that burns twice as bright burns half as long" and he has ever burned so brightly!
When he was sedated yesterday before being euthanized, He lay down and I held his head in my lap and arms while he passed.
May you forever charge through the heavens." -- Steve Weems