The Jousting Life

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)

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