Jousters competing at the 2017 Abbey Medieval Festival
In this series of blogs, every week, we feature the wonderful Jousters competing at this year’s festival. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know our participants, a little about their background, skill and abilities. Keep posted!
Name : Lady Amanda Challen
Motto: Magnum vel domum ite (Go big or go home)
Heraldry: Per fess quartered dancettu azure and argent
Did you know? This will be Amanda’s second year competing as Jouster at the Abbey Medieval Festival. Amanda Challen is a Brisbane local, hailing from Strathpine. Born in Canberra, Amanda never quite grew out of “that horse phase” and while she is relatively new to the jousting scene, her skills have been twenty-six years in the making. Amanda has broken-in and trained many horses in an array of different disciplines such as competitive trail-riding, show-jumping, dressage, mustering, and droving. Amanda started out just as a trail rider, moved onto droving and then became a riding instructor.
When not sewing costumes, training horses and researching things historical – Amanda works for Queensland Racing as Sample Collection Officer.
Horse: Nyx – Amanda’s horse ‘Nyx’ has a fondness for bells on her harness, which serve as a musical warning when riding out.
Amanda’s interest in jousting started with Nyx’s sire – Fenris, who graced the Saint Michael’ s tourney field for many years. Nyx is the only horse Amanda has bred and the first horse she’s trained in jousting. Nyx is 7 years old this year and stands at 16.1 hands high. Nyx is approximately 652Kg and is a Percheron cross Clydesdale. Nyx tends to get quite upset if she misses out on any jousting, so much so that in 2016, not only did Nyx carry Amanda carefully and safely through her first joust, Nyx also carried Sir Luke for three of his four runs as well. Nyx was then invited to be used as a jousting mount at the St Ives international joust in September 2016, where once again she proved herself as competent Jouster.
Nyx and Amanda became Mounted Marshall for the jousting spectacular at the end of 2014, when Nyx’s enthusiasm and calm demeanour, led to Nyx to be invited to be used as a jousting horse for the Abbey 2015. At this tournament, Nyx carried an array of knights including Sir Cliff, Lady Vikki, Sir Justin and Sir John. While the knights didn’t come to blows over who got to ride her, it was a close thing!
The following year they were both invited back as jousters: Amanda’s first jousting tournament.
So, if you would like to see Amanda, and other amazing Jousters at this year’s festival, click here to get your tickets !