Chivalry Isn’t Dead — Jousters Prepare for October Tournament

Chivalry isn't deadA massive black Percheron with a white star on his forehead turns and, on cue, gallops toward a target. The rider strikes the end of a horizontal pole with his lance. They trot back into place at the end of a line as several other riders prepare for their chance at the goal.

Men and women practice games going back to at least the 1400s on imposing mounts on the first Saurday each month in a “tiltyard” — a fenced field — on Highland Valley Road.

It’s a sight that’s hard to miss.

“We usually get a few people who come by and watch, but we’re not really set up for a lot of people,” said instructor Jeffrey Hedgecock Saturday. He and his wife, Gwen Nowrick, operate Knight School, Inc., teaching both riders and horses the ancient chivalric pursuits.

The jousters come from all over Southern California to practice for an annual October tournament in Poway, at the Poway Rodeo Grounds. About every three months, they dress up in their armour to practice in Ramona. The next time they’ll do that will be in April.

Full story with video at Poway Patch

SUBSCRIBE TOMEDIEVAL ARCHIVES PODCAST

STAYCONNECTED

Related Posts

Support Medieval Archives

Your journey into the Middle Ages starts with the Medieval Archives podcast. Offering in-depth history lessons, interviews with medieval historians and authors and entertainment review you will learn history from the experts.

Medieval Archives is an ad-free experience so you can enjoy an uninterrupted medieval history lesson. Help the show continue creating exceptional episodes with a donation.

Support Medieval Archives with a contribution today.

Discussion about this post