We've all dreamt of being a knight in shining armour
and this collection of Medieval jousting games makes that dream on horseback a
reality! This mix of jousting games , horse riding skills and axe throwing will
see brave horsemen and women defending their honour in the modern version of
the medieval jousting arena - no previous gallant antics necessary, anyone can
learn to joust!
As well as the jousting from Medieval times, you
can up your game by combining other skills to become a very proficient combat
expert or even a trick rider in just one day. Can you imagine vaulting on a
horse or even managing to ride and fire arrows at the same time? And even
though you won't be taking part in a full on jousting tournament, you might try
and bit of head to head duelling or even axe throwing. And of course everything
you need is included, so just bring along a whole load of courage and a good
helping of dauntlessness!
Jousters wanted - no horse riding experience
Partaking in a spot of Medieval jousting or
entering a jousting games tournament might not the first leisure activity that
comes to mind of a weekend, but when we found out we were going to be offering
a range of horseback activities at Intotheblue, there was no shortage of
volunteers wanting to give these exciting games and skills on a horse a
Just imagine it now…thousands of
spectators packed into the hot arena getting ready to cheer on the noble
knights as they prepare for their bout of jousting games. The smell of fresh
hay, the smoke and steam rising from the blacksmiths's tents. And all that for
the honour of winning a duel on horseback that probably involves the hand of
some fair maiden, proving that Medieval jousting games where about more than
just keeping the rich amused.
Jousting games making a
Since the 1970s Medieval jousting games and
showcases have seen a resurgence in popularity, with many renaissance fayres
and events incorporating jousting games and tournaments featuring actors. There
has even been a return to combat in the saddle as a competitive sport rather
than just a theatrical showcase. Our jousting games are suitable for anyone,
whether you have already been on horseback or not.
Traditionally, headstrong charger horses were
dressed in head shields (chanfons) and decorated in the heraldic flags of the
honourable knight who would be going into battle in these exhilarating jousting
tournaments. However, these mounts have all been selected for their steady
temperament and they are all used to the excitement of a few games of jousting.
Learn some nifty Medieval jousting and
horse trick skills
The temperament of the horse is also
the key to success on our other horsey experiences too , which could see you
vaulting onto your horse and even pulling off a few stands and hold tricks
whilst the horse is trotting! Not exactly Medieval, but just as exhilarating in
its own way, with no previous riding experience necessary.
Similarly, for the Medieval experiences you
don't need to be a knight to learn to joust, as these games are all about fun.
You will get to hold a lance and maybe even spar with your opponent as you
gallop head to head, ready to tilt and attack. It’s all in the name
of fair play of course, with the aim for you to make contact with your opponents
shield. In these post Medieval jousting days, the expert jousters aim to break
the lance or knock the rider off their horse rather than fighting or anything
even more sinister!
So with these Medieval jousting experiences and
games it's clear chivalry and the honourable arena sports from 'ye olde worlde'
times are not forgotten. You'll get a wonderful insight into what it must've
been like competing in horse riding showcases and wild jousting tournaments
under the watchful gaze of the king and thousands of enthusiastic onlookers