The Jousting Life

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Sherwood Joust 2014: After Words

After the Sherwood Forest Faire competitive jousting tournament(which was held the last weekend of the faire), I asked several of the jousters what they would like to say about the tournament. Here are their replies:

David Schade is the leader of the New Riders of the Golden Age, the jousting troupe who hosted the tournament:
"Over the years I had developed my skill set with the horses and the guys. I was aware of other teams and competitions between them, but I was happy with my little corner of the world and never really worried about them. Fast forward to 2013 at the Sherwood Forest Faire, and I received my first taste competing in a tourney. And in 2014, I found myself getting ready to compete again. Charlie Andrews and the Knights of Mayhem were among some of the competitors. Charlie's reputation as a competitor was well known. Having an opportunity to ride against him certainly piqued my interest. Who knew what was about to happen?

"My matches with Charlie were easily some of the best of my career. There are a handful of guys with that kind of skill. It was amazing, and I loved it. The guys he brought with him were skilled too and a lot of fun to ride against. Winning was a good feeling, but those matches with Charlie could have easily gone the other way. It was just that close. I appreciated the opportunity to ride against those guys. It was great." -- David Schade

David Schade(left) and Charlie Andrews(right) shake hands as they pass each other in the tilt on the way back to their 'home' side(photo by Suzanne DeMink)

Charlie Andrews is the leader of the Knights of Mayhem, who provided additional jousters and horses for the tournament:
“New Riders of the Golden Age are the Real Deal. It was an Honor to Joust with them!! David W Schade is a bad ass, nothing but respect my friend. Great Jouster and even better person.... Look forward to seeing you in the Lysts again!!! Silas was an unbelievable Marshall, he is hands down one of the best I've seen!! Ryan was a stud to Joust with!! The ground crew was outstanding!! Thank you all for making us feel welcomed and for an amazing Joust!!!” -- Charlie Andrews

Charlie Andrews(left) and David Schade(right) hold aloft the remains of their lances after a successful jousting pass(photo by Suzanne DeMink)

Eddie "The Hitman" Rigney is a member of the Knights of Valour:
"The Sherwood tournament was great. Hats off to David Schade and his whole crew, both the jousters and the ground crew. I made some wonderful friends." -- Eddie Rigney

Eddie Rigney(left) breaks his lance against Ryan Scammon(right)(photo by The Jousting Life)

Joshua Warren is a member of the Knights of Mayhem:
"I would like to say that the New Riders of the Golden Age handled themselves with grace and a chivalry. It was an honor and a privilege to tilt with these gentlemen and lady. Silas was poised and professional, he knows the true definition of showmanship. I revel at the opportunity to exchange lances with these brave Knights again. The success of the tournament is a testament to what may be accomplished when those of a like mind, come together to achieve a common goal. Thank you for a wonderful experience." -- Joshua Warren

Joshua Warren(left) jousts Ryan Scammon(right)(photo by Suzanne DeMink)

Elizabeth Jones is not officially a member of any troupe, but was the guest of the New Riders of the Golden Age:
"Sherwood's closing tournament was an amazing experience, and I am grateful to of been part of it. All the jousters were spectacular. There were some great matches, and the high level of camaraderie made the weekend one to remember. Instead of everyone getting worked up and overly competitive, all the jousters were there to just have a good time and put on a good show for the audience, which we did! Two double un-horsings on the first day, numerous knock offs, and an amazing finale joust really showed the fans how amazing jousting can be. Plus we had the most entertaining and excellent Marshall ever!

Silas Holtz informs and entertains the crowd during the joust(photo by The Jousting Life)
"Silas selflessly stepped down from being a competitor to help put on a great show, and he did great! Everyone was a pleasure to work with, from jousters to ground crew and squires. I hope that everyone who saw the tournament walked away with an appreciation for jousting and the work that we do. Thank you to all who made it great!" -- Elizabeth Jones

Ryan Scammon(left) and Elizabeth Jones(right) unhorse each other during a jousting pass
(photo by Suzanne DeMink)

James "WildEagle" Johnson is a member of the Knights of Mayhem:
"It was a honor to cross lances with David and his group. The hard work that Charlie has put me through and all the good training and mentoring prepared me for that violent un-horsing with Eddie. Yes, I was injured going into the tournament but I have no regrets for being there and enjoying everybody over the weekend. Thank you everyone for having the Knights of Mayhem. All the help from the ground crew was absolutely amazing and to put on a show like that, we cannot do it without any of them. Most of all I want to thank everyone that showed up to support and watch. I hope they had just as much fun as we did." -- James "WildEagle" Johnson

James "WildEagle" Johnson waits for the joust to begin(photo by The Jousting Life)

Photographer Suzanne DeMink, who kindly allows The Jousting Life to use her pictures, flew down from Michigan specifically to photograph the Sherwood Forest Faire Jousting Tournament. She also had something to say about a group of people that are absolutely essential for every tournament, but who rarely receive cheers from the crowd for the work that they do.

"Today, my sincere kudos go the the grounds crew and squires that worked the Sherwood Forest Faire. They were amazing. If the lyst fell down, they were running to fix it; they were running to pick up every broken lance piece; they were adjusting armor; they were assembling more lances on the fly; they were stopping horses from blowing out the lyst; they were engaging the crowd; they were doing it all, and making the whole event look effortless!

"Several of them sustained injuries and conditions that required the paramedics, and some could not even tell you what had happened - they were so caught up in the moment that they didn't even feel it. It was amazing to watch, and an honor to meet you all. Thank you for all that you do!" -- Suzanne DeMink, photographer

David Schade receives a lance from Jonah Andrews while other members of the ground crew help Joshua Warren with his horse and armour(photo by The Jousting Life)
[Editorial note: I am embarrassed to admit that I do not know the names of the other two ground crew. If you know their names, please post them in the comments.]

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