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The Arundel International Tournament 2016
Review

Always One of the highlights of my year ...and once again it proved to be everything you could want from a tournament ..

 

The combination of Beautiful Castle set in picturesque grounds and eight of the worlds top jousters on a variety of stunning horses competing over multiple disciplines for six days is sure to grab your attention.....

 

Along with the daily foot tournament on the upper lawns, birds of prey,the armourer and the many other attractions scattered around the grounds including the Castle itself there is more than enough to keep everyone entertained.....

The line up...

 Marshall of the field

Kyle Van Dolah-Evans

Per Estein Prøis-Røhjell

Ivar Mauritz-Hansen

Andrew McKinnon

Mark Caple

This year's tournament was made up of some old favourites and also some new faces to Arundel...with a few firsts for the event...

 

Kyle Van Dolah-Evans taking up the honoured position of Marshall of the field due to last years individual champion not being able to attend...and what a great a great job she made of it....Everyone was on their best behaviour and everything ran like clockwork...

 

Another first for the tournament was "The first female jouster" Marie Baron of France... For me one of the stars of the event..."Certainly not one to play it safe in the lists" It was great to see everyone competing on a level playing field ...Even against the might of  Jan Gradon & Per Estein Prøis-Røhjell she stood her ground....very impressive !

 

The last three new kids on the block were Andrew McKinnon all the way from Australia representing England and Ivar Mauritz-Hansen half of team Norway and Łukasz Dutkiewicz team mate of Jan Gradon from Poland ......

 

Making a welcome return to the tournament were Luc Petillot of France,Per Estein Prøis-Røhjell from Norway, Mark Caple of England and last but not least Jan Gradon of Poland.

 

Along with the master of the commentary Kate Vigurs and Catherine Tranter behind the score book.....and not forgetting all the ground crew who do such a fabulous job in the tilt yard.....

Marie Baron

Luc Petillot

Jan Gradon

Łukasz Dutkiewicz

Commentator

Scorer

Kate Vigurs

Catherine Tranter

The Armour ...
Hunting Games

Hunting games...various disciplines to hone the skills of the knights..all of which are even harder than they look....

 

They include the "Rings"  a set of small rope rings attached to individual posts along the tilt rail...The rider must remove them with a lance while riding at speed...

 

Cutting Cabbages....again not easy....the idea to cut or smash the cabbages off the post using a variety of weapons ..Sword,Axe or even a Mace....

 

Archery on horseback ....simple in name difficult in reality.....

 

A spear in the dummy...two problems with this one...firstly removing the spear from a bale of hay at a canter...then actually throwing and hitting the dummy at speed....

 

Finally the Quintain ......The ultimate practice for the jousting competition....The idea to hit the square on a rotating pivoting beam on a post before the counterbalance strikes you on the way back round....The winner is the person who achieves the most rotations...

The Foot Tournament

The Foot Tournament is made up of Teams of combatants  representing different groups of countries which came together to fight as one back in medieval times.....

 

Throughout the six days they fought each other twice a day with a varied array of weaponry and varying amounts of armour no mean feat on the hotter days....

 

The most impressive display of endurance and skill was when the team captains fought each other using the huge double handed swords. Battles could last for what seamed ages until one person would finally yield to his opponent......

 

After the battles the knights were on hand to talk about the weapons and armour and pose with the public for that perfect photo opportunity....

Jousting
The Team Champions Norway
The Chivalry prize Individual & Hunting Games champion

And finally a big thank you to Kyle & Stacy Van Dolah-Evans who put the whole event together, to everyone at Arundel Castle for hosting such a fantastic event and Atkinson action horses for their stunning horses.....

See you next year..

For more information on events at Arundel Castle or to visit please check out their website ......

 

www.arundelcastle.org

For information on Destrier's jousting events check out their website or find them on Facebook......

 

www.destrier.org.uk

To find out more information on Atkinson Action Horses and where to see them check out their website or social media ......

 

actionhorses.co.uk

For all history lovers Kate Vigurs is part of "History's Maid" and can be seen at various locations and events over the uk..... please visit their website to find out more about them and where they can be seen...

 

www.historysmaid.co.uk

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