National Jousting Championship Tournament
Come Ride With Us!
Saturday October 13th, 2018
Petersville Farmer's Woods
The thrill of a rider and horse thundering down the track with the skill and precision to "pick off" three small rings IS the present day sport of jousting! Even though the origin of the sport is more than
160 years old in this country (see the History of Jousting), there has been a recent revival in interest and participation in "The Sport of Kings." Jousting is the State Sport of Maryland and now includes clubs from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Participants are from all backgrounds and all ages and compete in four different skill levels.
When most people think of jousting, they think of the medieval knights charging against one another for a fair maiden’s hand. What the King figured out early, was that he lost a lot of good knights to injury that way! Tournament jousting (just called "tournament" in the early days) was the result. Tournament was a way for knights to prove their combat skill and horsemanship, yet avoid unnecessary risk of injury.
Today, jousting (or ring jousting) is a more recreational sport, yet the competitive spirit of the knights and maidens remains alive and well. It is not uncommon for participants and spectators alike to nervously watch and cheer as their favorites take their charge! Riders from all five states participate in several of the larger tournaments during a season that starts in April and culminates in State and National Championship Tournaments in October. Each state (and region) involved also have smaller, local tournaments throughout the summer and each come adorned with "bragging rights" for that season!! Local communities get in the act as well, some sponsoring local tournaments, craft fairs, bake sales and art shows as part of a community event!
Browse these pages to see why so many are enjoying this equestrian sport with the flavor of the past! Check out our schedule for more information on actual tournaments. Visit our Jousting Hall of Fame online and get directions to visit it in person. If you are interested in participating, visit the Learn to Joust page. Enjoy your visit and please feel free to email us with any questions that you may have about "The Sport of Kings."
Farm Credit, Equine Services - sponsor of the National Jousting Association
The National Jousting Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the equestrian sport of jousting, also known as the "ring tournament."
Buck Schuyler, President - P.O. Box 92, Henderson, MD 21640, 410-482-2176
National Jousting Association
P.O. Box 14
Mt. Solon, VA 22843