Easter Jousting at Royal Armouries 19th to 21st April 2014 – The Competitors

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASaturday 19th April is the first day of this year’s competition for the Jubilee Horn. The horn is seen here in the parade prior to last year’s final.

The event continues all through Easter Weekend. Each day there will be two shows at 12:00 and 15:00. Tickets are available on the Royal Armouries Website.

Friday 12:00 & 15:00
Saturday 12:00 & 15:00
Sunday 12:00
£5.00 Adult £3.00 Children/OAP

Monday 15:00
£6.00 Adults £4.00 Children/OAP

There are four Knights competing for the title over the three days. Who Will prevail and be named Champion?

The show includes skills at arms performed by Squires from Atkinson Action Horses.

Mike QuintainSuch as striking at the quintain with lance. The shield on the quintain is around the size of the shield used in a Joust, or the Targe as it is properly known.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStriking at hoops with lance. The hoop is at roughly the height of a mounted man’s hearty, which is behind the Targe.

Both ideal practice for the Joust.

Following the skills at arms is the Joust. Please be aware that the Joust is not scripted, each Knight is fighting to win. This is a very competitive sport.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe main target is the Targe, a strike to the Targe scores three points, a strike to the body score two points and a strike to the arm scores one point. To score the lance should shatter.

If the lances cross there is no score. Hitting a horse can lead to disqualification. Safety of the horses is paramount.

All this action takes place in the Tiltyard. The fence in the middle of the arena is the Tilt. The phrase ‘at full tilt’ referring to going at full speed comes from this sport.


The competitors are:

Andy Deane

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAndy is the Royal Armouries champion and the current holder of the Jubilee Horn.

Andy wears Gothic armour with English influences his heraldic symbol is that of his family, two lions on a field of red with an upright sword.

Popular with the home crowd but being a museum there could be many from out of town.

Stacy Van Dolah-Evans

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStacy is the current holder of the Sword of Honour from last years Tournament of Champions. He is also the Champion of Arundel Castle. The 2012 holder of the Jubilee Horn. Stacy will be keen to retake the trophy.

Italian Armour for Export to Burgundy in the style of 1475. His heraldry is a field of black with three white chevrons but his targe is white, the image almost worn away.

Stacy is a member of Destrier, one of the top Jousting teams in Europe.

Mark Caple

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMark wears Gothic armour that many consider to be the best on the circuit.

Also a member of Destrier Mark was a member of the winning team at Arundel Castle competition in July last year.

Mark also rides as a Roman cataphract, heavy cavalry from late 1st century onwards.

Steve Morris

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASteve Morris, here wearing armour based on that of Edmund Tudor, the crest is based on a painting by Botticelli and his Dragon shield is taken from ‘Prince Arthur’s Book’, created by Henry VII for his eldest son.

Steve took part in last years Tournament of Champions last Summer and has been jousting for over twenty years.

This is good entertainment for all ages. I’ve seen a lot of Jousts at the Royal Armouries and if you take a look around this blog you will find several articles covering Knights in action.




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