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 :)
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.
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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Here is a pic of ring riding.
oh! looks like fun!
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
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. :shock:
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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