The Jousting Life

Friday, January 30, 2015

Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015

Editorial note:  The Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo, Mozhaisk, Russia is a private(not open to the public), historical joust.  Many thanks to Dmitry Savchenko for sharing the details of the tournament with The Jousting Life (both this year and last year) and to Eugenia Komarova and Andrew Boykov for sharing their beautiful photographs of the event.

Written by Dmitry Savchenko

The fifth annual Christmas Tournament was held 5 - 7 January 2015, in Khrabrovo, near Mozhaisk in the Moscow Region of Russia. This Tournament has already become a traditional event. There, in a circle of friends, in a festive atmosphere, we open the Russian tournament season. Furthermore, a large winter event allows jousters to maintain their shape and skills as horsemen as well as a field team. Since last year, the tournament participants are jousting with lances, fighting in mounted melee and on foot, with long swords and poleaxes.

Sergey Zhuravlev(left) and Yuri Bogunov(right) joust during the Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)
Sergey Zhuravlev(left) and Yuri Bogunov(right) joust during the Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)

This year, the Christmas Tournament had a record number of participants: it was attended by forty participants, of whom seven fought on foot and eight were horsemen. The horsemen were subdivided into Knights and Squires. Knights joust with lances, while a squire’s level of training and armor does not yet allow them to joust. So for the present, the squires train, eager to achieve results, and they fight in mounted melee with swords, compete in mounted skill-at-arms and also fight on foot.

Left to right: Yuri Bogunov, Dmitry Savchenko, Viktor Ruchkin and Sergey Zhuravlev during the mounted melee at the Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)
Left to right: Yuri Bogunov, Dmitry Savchenko, Viktor Ruchkin and Sergey Zhuravlev during the mounted melee at the Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)

Tournament competitions were held over two days, and Saturday evening, January 6, was marked by a grand celebratory feast. During the feast, we completely re-created the ceremonies of a medieval feast – from hand washing and strict order of serving dishes to the feast servers' service under control of the Feast Steward. Cultural activities during the feast included medieval music played by the "Sсhellen" ensemble, the medieval theater play Orpheus and Eurydice and various fun games, like “Jesting Jousting”.

Julia Davidoskaya serves the meat during the feast held at the  Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Eugenia Komarova)
Julia Davidoskaya serves the meat during the feast held at the
Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Eugenia Komarova)

It should be mentioned that this year the Tournament was held in hard weather conditions. During the night from 5 to 6 January, air temperature dropped to -26 °C, in the morning it was -24 °C and by noon the air warmed up to -21 °C. During January 7 – old calendar[orthodox] Christmas – the temperature stayed at -20 °C. It was a clear and calm beautiful winter day. Fortunately, all the participants of the tournament were equipped with appropriate winter suits. However, for the sake of the horses' health, we reduced the usual tournament time at the expense of some ceremonial moments. Nevertheless the tournament competitions were carried out in full.

The Winners of the Christmas Tournament 2015:
First, among the knights - Yuri Bogunov

Yuri Bogunov, Winner of the knights competition during the  Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Eugenia Komarova)
Yuri Bogunov, Winner of the knights competition during the 
Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Eugenia Komarova)

First, among the squires - Yuri Galilov

Yuri Galilov(left), Winner of the squires competition, fights Yuri Bogunov(right) during the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Eugenia Komarova)
Yuri Galilov(left), Winner of the squires competition, fights Yuri Bogunov(right) during the
Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Eugenia Komarova)

Ladies Court Prize - Victor Ruchkin

Jouster Viktor Ruchkin, Winner of the Ladies Court prize during the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)
Jouster Viktor Ruchkin, Winner of the Ladies Court prize during the
Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)

Tournament Scores Table:
by Head Marshal Sergey Vislenev and Judges Rafael Gukasov and Alexander Kolyaskin

Left to right: Rafael Gukasov, Sergey Vislenev and Alexander Kolyaskin, judges during the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Eugenia Komarova)
Left to right: Rafael Gukasov, Sergey Vislenev and Alexander Kolyaskin, judges during the
Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Eugenia Komarova)

Knights Jousting:
(l.b. – lance(s) broken)
1st match: Dmitry Savchenko vs Yuri Bogunov(winner) (1 l.b. – 2 l.b.)
2nd match: Sergey Zhuravlev (winner) vs Victor Ruchkin (2 l.b. – none)
3rd match: Yuri Bogunov(winner) vs Sergey Zhuravlev (2 l.b. – 1 l.b.)
4th match: Dmitry Savchenko (winner) vs Victor Ruchkin (2 l.b. – 1 l.b.)
Total Scores:
1. Yuri Bogunov 4 points for 4 l.b. + 3 points for 1 place = total 7 points, the Winner of the Jousting
2. Sergey Zhuravlev 3 points for 3 l.b. + 2 points for 2 place = total 5 points
3. Dmitry Savchenko 3 points for 3 l.b. + 1 point for 3 place = total 4 points
4. Victor Ruchkin 1 points for 1 l.b. = total 1 point

Yuri Bogunov(Winner of the Jousting) and Sergey Zhuravlev joust during the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)
Yuri Bogunov(Winner of the Jousting) and Sergey Zhuravlev joust during the
Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)

Knights Mounted Melee:
Absolute Winner - Dmitry Savchenko, 3 points

Dmitry Savchenko(Winner of the Mounted Melee) and his wife Marina Savchenko at the Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)
Dmitry Savchenko(Winner of the Mounted Melee) and his wife Marina Savchenko at the Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)

Foot Combat:
1st match: Dmitry Savchenko – Konstantine Klang 2:5
2nd match: Yuri Bogunov - Yuri Galilov 5:1
3rd match: Victor Ruchkin - Sergey Zhuravlev 3:5
4th match: Victor Ruchkin - Dmitry Savchenko 0:5 (last fight for semifinal)
5th match: Yuri Bogunov – Konstantine Klang 5:3 (semifinal)
6th match: Dmitry Savchenko - Sergey Zhuravlev 4:5 (semifinal)
7th match: Yuri Bogunov - Sergey Zhuravlev 3:5 (final)
8th match: Dmitry Savchenko – Konstantine Klang 5:2 (3rd place fight)
Total Scores:
1. Sergey Zhuravlev – the Winner in Foot Combat – 3 points for 1 place
2. Yuri Bogunov – 2 points for 2 place
3. Dmitry Savchenko – 1 point for 3 place

Sergey Zhuravlev, Winner of the Foot Combat during the  Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Eugenia Komarova)
Sergey Zhuravlev, Winner of the Foot Combat during the
Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Eugenia Komarova)

Overall Scores in the Knight’s Tournament:
First place - Yuri Bogunov with 9 points

Yuri Bogunov, Champion of the Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)
Yuri Bogunov, Champion of the Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015
(photo by Andrew Boykov)

Second place - Dmitry Savchenko and Sergey Zhuravlev tied with 8 points each

More photographs from the event:

L to R: Yuri Bogunov, Sergey Zhuravlev, Sergey Vislenev(Head Marshal), Dmitry Savchenko and Viktor Ruchkin at the Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Eugenia Komarova)
L to R: Yuri Bogunov, Sergey Zhuravlev, Sergey Vislenev(Head Marshal), Dmitry Savchenko and Viktor Ruchkin at the Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Eugenia Komarova)

Yuri Bogonov jousts Dmitry Savchenko (photo by Eugenia Komarova)Dmitry Savchenko carries his broken lance to the end of the tilt  Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photos by Eugenia Komarova)
Left: Yuri Bogonov jousts Dmitry Savchenko
Right: Dmitry Savchenko carries his broken lance to the end of the tilt
Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photos by Eugenia Komarova)

Sergey Zhuravlev jousts at the Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)
Sergey Zhuravlev, Christmas Tournament at Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)

Sergey Zhuravlev fights Yuri Bogunov (photos by Andrew Boykov)
Dmitry Savchenko fights Constantine Klang (photos by Andrew Boykov)
Left: Sergey Zhuravlev fights Yuri Bogunov (photos by Andrew Boykov)
Right: Dmitry Savchenko fights Constantine Klang (photos by Andrew Boykov)

Yuri Galilov, Constantine Klang, Dmitry Savchenko, Sergey Vislenev, Viktor Ruchkin, Rafael Gukasov, Yuri Bogunov and Sergey Zhuravlev at the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)
Yuri Galilov, Constantine Klang, Dmitry Savchenko, Sergey Vislenev, Viktor Ruchkin, Rafael Gukasov, Yuri Bogunov and Sergey Zhuravlev at the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)

Members of the Ladies Court L to R: Marina Savchenko, Daria Ryzhov, Maria Tarasova, Margarita Zolotaryova, Ksenia Galilova and Elizaveta Rylova(not shown) at the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)
Members of the Ladies Court L to R: Marina Savchenko, Daria Ryzhov, Maria Tarasova, Margarita Zolotaryova, Ksenia Galilova and Elizaveta Rylova(not shown) at the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)

The Feast at the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)
The Feast at the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)

A chicken knight riding a suckling pig mount at the feast of the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photos by Eugenia Komarova)A chicken knight riding a suckling pig mount at the feast of the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photos by Eugenia Komarova)
A chicken knight riding a suckling pig mount at the feast of the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photos by Eugenia Komarova)

Hand washing during the Feast of the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)
Hand washing during the Feast of the Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015
(photo by Andrew Boykov)

Dmitry Savchenko(standing) speaks to the participants at the Feast of the  Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)
Dmitry Savchenko(standing) speaks to the participants at the Feast of the
Christmas Tournament in Khrabrovo 2015 (photo by Andrew Boykov)

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2 comments:

  1. I'd love to go go
    to this tournament
    in 2016/2017.
    I wish I could buy a dvd Ntsc-English version of the event.
    since I don't know Russian.
    I'd love to buy an 8x10 print of the Knights fighting in the
    snow, if I can.
    Thanks Dave-Fisherman.-U.S.A.

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    1. Each photograph is credited to a photographer. You might try looking the photographer up online and asking about purchasing a copy of the photo.

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