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post #1 of 7 Old 11-06-2013, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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I know about different types of equiestrian sports: from dressage to barrel racing to saddleseat, but I've never heard much about jousting before. Does anyone have any experience with it? I heard some people talking about it the other day. I never really thought of it though and it has me thinking! It is a sport in itself isn't it? How do you train for it? What are rules/ basics/ anything? I'm just very curious to know more :)

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-06-2013, 04:55 PM
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Yes! In northern Germany, we do a form of jousting called "Ring Reiten" roughly translated into "Ring Riding".

You basically canter your horse and try to pick up a rubber ring with a modified joust (it looks like a hoof pick). If you miss the ring - no points. If you get the ring but the horse breaks into a trot - you guessed it, zero points.

It requires good hand/eye coordinations as well as a fairly controlled/reliable canter.

I was wondering myself if that exists here in America.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-06-2013, 04:58 PM
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Look on here: Mounted Games Across America: Home

They do ring jousting and other things. I've been waiting for a newbie clinic to open near me.
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-06-2013, 05:03 PM
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Here is a pic of ring riding.
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-06-2013, 05:07 PM
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oh! looks like fun!
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-06-2013, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thats pretty cool! I've never heard of that before :) Always learning new things! I can imagine how much balance, focus, and coordination it must take

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I would avoid real jousting. There are some clubs in the US that do the real thing, and there is a TV show on it as well. Some of those people get really badly hurt. I've watched 2 episodes of the TV show and in the second episode one of the men got taken away in an ambulance with a head injury.

I watched one event by the local jousting club. Getting knocked off sure looks like it hurts. Even at the trot on a pony (which was all they were doing).

My friend was part of a jousting club in her youth. I don't remember the entire story but one of the men in the club almost got killed. Ended up getting knocked underneath the horse with the horse dragging him.

As far as hitting targets... As a kid I tied a board to a tree so it would swing. I would take a broom handle and hit it. I also put swimming pool rings in the fence (large O rings). I would ride by and try to catch them on a stick.

Another game I liked is where you put a pot of dirt on a fence post, and try to put the flag in the pot with the fastest time without knocking the pot off the fence.

Easter egg hunts on horse back are fun!
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