The Jousting Life

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Petter Ellingsen: Jouster at "The Grand Tournament in Sankt Wendel"

In case you don't already know, “The Grand Tournament of Sankt Wendel” is this weekend. This tournament was probably the most talked about and anticipated tournament during the past year, and it is finally here! TJL has been interviewing those competing in the tournament, and jouster Petter Ellingsen managed to send his answers to the questions while actually en route to Sankt Wendel.

Petter Ellingsen (photo from Facebook)

According to the page listing the jousters of the “Grand Tournament of Sankt Wendel”:
Petter Ellingsen is 37 yrs old and lives with his girlfriend and 3 kids on a small farm outside Oslo in Norway. He currently has his own company, Ridderhest, which specializes in horses for Film, television and events. Petter started to ride at the age of 24 just to be able to start jousting. He has competed internationally since 2002 and has jousted in 11 different countries around the world, both with balsa and solid lances.

How did you become involved with the Grand Tournament of Sankt Wendel(GTSW)?

I've known Arne Koets for 10 years, and was invited to join when a spot opened up earlier this year.

What changes have you made in your equipment in preparation for the GTSW?

Fairly drastic ones. I've got a complete new suit of armor made by Danish armorer Per Lillelund Jensen.

Petter Ellingsen in his new armor (photo from Facebook)

What kind of specific training or practice have you done in preparation for the GTSW?

Mostly training to use the arret properly – so running at the shock quintain with both solid and balsa lances.

Tell me the name of and a little about your history/relationship with the horse you will be riding in the GTSW.

I'm riding Lux, a 9 yr old Lipizzaner gelding. I got him 2 years ago and have been training him towards film work and jousting since then.

Petter Ellingsen on Lux (photo by Onee Enerud)

What part of the GTSW are you most nervous about?

I'm not really nervous about anything. I'm here to break lances and hit my friends with swords and clubs. ;-)

What are you most looking forward to at the GTSW?

Same as above. ;-)

Petter Ellingsen at Gniew 2012 (photo by Marcin Lipinski/StudioA)

To learn more about "The Grand Tournament in Sankt Wendel", check out their website which includes both a German version and an English version.

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