Name: Elizabeth Jennings riding as Lady Eliza-Jane
Heraldry: Lady Eliza-Jane’s heraldry is made up of three red poppies to pay tribute to the past, present and future Veterans of War. The red poppies are positioned above the “black dog” in the centre of the shield which is representative of depression and/or PTSD.
Did you know? Lady Eliza Jane is new to the world of Medieval Jousting, marking the 2017 Abbey Medieval Festival as her first major tournament. Lady Eliza-Jane is an active member of the Order of the Gryphon led by Sir Luke Binks and trains primarily under the watchful eye of Sir Anthony Hodges. Spending most of her life with horses, Lady Eliza-Jane’s love of horseback adventure begun in the Tasmanian High Country alongside skilled mountain cattleman. She has a diverse background in competitive equestrian pursuits including dressage, showing, eventing, mustering, polocrosse, side-saddle and in 2015 representing the Queensland Mounted Infantry Historical Troop in New Zealand for an Anzac Tent-Pegging Challenge.
And there’s more: Lady Eliza-Jane owns and operates Redgum Walers Equine Facilitated Learning Centre in Calvert Queensland. Here she she continues her family tradition of breeding, training and competing Waler horses. And in addition to horsemanship, team building and empowerment workshops, Lady Eliza-Jane provides equine therapy based programs to individuals including foster children and veterans suffering from PTSD.
With every hard hit received from a lance, Lady Eliza-Jane will be reminding herself it is just another hit to the “black dog”.
To see Lady Eliza-Jane jousting at the Abbey Medieval Festival 2017, along with our other amazing jousters, book your tickets here.