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Thanks to Master Rhys Terafan Greydragon for submitting this account of the tourney and the resulting scoring.  Master Terafan currently serves as the Society Equestrian Marshall, and offered to sponsor the Jousting Tourney.

Jousting requires a specific authorization, in addition to the basic equestrian authorization, and a higher level of armor than most equestrian activities. It’s uncommon to find enough riders who have both the authorization and the equipment for a competition, except at major events such as the East Kingdom 50 Year Celebration or Inter-Kingdom wars.

Thanks also to Mistress Tannis of Tirydon of Atlantia for her kind permission to use her photos.

Hear now the words of Master Terafan:

The noble jousting tournament consisted of 3 different competitions, each scored independently and intended to help bring some pomp and circumstance into equestrian activities.

Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick and Master Rhys Terafan Greydragon Joust at EK50

Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick and Master Rhys Terafan Greydragon Joust at EK50

  • First, a “helmschau” to display (a minimum of) the rider’s helm, helm crest, and their banner.
  • Second, a heraldic presentation of the rider into the arena
  • Third, the actual joust

The helmschau and heraldic presentation were judged by the king-at-arms, Duke Brion Tarragon, and by three noble ladies, Duchess Anna Tarragon, Duchess Katherine Stanhope and Countess Mathilde de Cadene.

The Helmschau was worth 5 points:

  • Master Rhys Terafan Greydragon: 4 pts
  • Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick: 5 pts
  • The learned Ken Mondschein, a visitor to these lands: 2 pts

The Heraldic Presentation was worth 5 points:

  • Master Rhys Terafan Greydragon: 4 pts
  • Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick: 5 pts
  • The learned Ken Mondschein, a visitor to these lands: 2 pts

The Joust was intended to have 27 points possible (3 opponents, 3 passes each), but only wound up with 18 points possible (because each person only had 2 opponents as the tournament was called due to the heat, and because of a mishap).

  • Master Rhys Terafan Greydragon: 18 pts
  • Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick: 9 pts
  • The learned Ken Mondschein, a visitor to these lands: 1 pt
Master Rhys Terafan Greydragon at EK50

Master Rhys Terafan Greydragon presents his banner to the crowd during his heraldic presentation into the arena

The outcome of the overall tournament was

  • 1st: Master Rhys Terafan Greydragon – 26 pts
  • 2nd: Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick – 19 pts
  • 3rd: The learned Ken Mondschein, a visitor to these lands – 5 pts

One additional competitor was disqualified from the tournament altogether (and their scores in the previous phases omitted) after striking their opponent’s horse with their lance during the joust.

A major element that we preach with both foam lance jousting and wooden lance jousting is that we cannot tolerate having a horse get struck.  The disqualified competitor must go back and train a lot more with lance and quintain, and must demonstrate good lance control and follow-through, before they will be allowed to attempt another authorization.