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Jousting in South Dakota

August 26, 2012

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New Riders of the Golden Age Full Armored Jousting
South of AARP Centennial Stage at the SD State Fair in Huron
Thursday, Aug. 30 and Friday, Aug. 31
Jousting – 10:30 am and 6 pm
Gaming Show at 3 pm
Saturday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 3
Gaming Show – 12 pm
Jousting – 3 pm and 6 pm
* The gaming show consists of quintain jousting, spearing apples and chopping cabbages
The New Riders of the Golden Age from War Horse Farm in Sarasota, Florida, have been jousting professionally since 1982 and have appeared at Renaissance Festivals, state and county fairs and other events all over the USA and Canada.

The use of Belgian, Percheron, Shire, and Clydesdale horses and full suits of period-designed 16th century tilting armor differentiates the New Riders of the Golden Age from other jousting groups and organizations. The use of period equipment allows the New Riders to engage in an authentic full contact joust, and the great horses add an unmatchable sense of power and presence to the joust.

The lance passes are real. This is the culmination of their training and the training of the horses. It is the true test of skill and focus. The lances are made of genuine solid pine and neither cuts nor scores are made on the wood to assist with their breaking. So at a full run with a 10 ft. long pole, when the lances meet their target and splinter into pieces and/or one of the knights finds himself flying off the tail-end of the horse is when the New Riders and the audience truly find out what it means to be a knight. The “blow-outs” are not staged; they are as real as the lances.
This information taken from the following link:
http://www.sdstatefair.com/events/fairgrounds.asp

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