Horsing around: The Australian Jousting Championship brings the cavalry to Kryal Castle

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Horsing around: The Australian Jousting Championship brings the cavalry to Kryal Castle

Words by Staff Writer

Prepare to be transported back in time to the exhilarating world of medieval chivalry as Kryal Castle plays host to the Australian Jousting Championship this month.

Set against the backdrop of the majestic castle, the Australian Jousting Championship promises to deliver the grandeur and excitement of the world’s original extreme sport.

Scheduled for Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th, the event will feature Australia’s finest jousters competing in a high-impact tournament. This competition stays true to the traditions of the high Middle Ages, with competitors donning replica medieval armour and adhering to rules steeped in history. The clashes between competitors wielding three-meter wooden lances are sure to be both intense and bone-shaking.

Australian Jousting Championship 2024

  • Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26
  • Kryal Castle
  • Tickets are on sale now

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here.

Leading the charge is world champion jouster and experienced director at Kryal Castle, Mr. Phillip Leitch. Leitch will face off against a formidable field of seven jousters, including the dynamic husband and wife duo from New South Wales, Liberty and Rodney Deaman. Joining them are Queensland’s Amanda Challen and Victoria’s own Alexander Gay, Renae Marisma, Gregory Nash and Ken Spillard.

Beyond the thrilling jousting matches, attendees can immerse themselves in a weekend packed with medieval entertainment and family-friendly activities. From perusing medieval merchants’ stalls to witnessing archery displays and axe-throwing demonstrations, there’s something for everyone. Kids can also get in on the action with activities like potion-making and face painting, ensuring an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Jousting, derived from the Old French word “joster” meaning “to approach” or “to meet,” has deep roots in medieval martial culture. Originally a military exercise for heavy cavalry, jousting evolved into a specialized sport during the late Middle Ages. While it declined in popularity in the 17th century, modern enthusiasts have revived its spirit through re-enactments and tournaments like the Australian Jousting Championships.

So, mark your calendars and prepare to witness history come to life at Kryal Castle as Australia’s best jousters clash in a spectacle of skill, courage, and medieval pageantry. Don your finest attire, raise your banners high and join us for a weekend of unforgettable excitement at the Australian Jousting Championships.

For more information and to get your tickets, head here.