Jouster Blog Series – Sir Anthony Hodges

Jouster Tony Hodges-photo

Name:   Sir Anthony (Tony Hodges)

Motto:  ‘non ad iniuriam facere ius’  ‘It’s never wrong to do right’

Heraldry: 

Jouster Sir Anthony heraldry

 

 

 

 

Did you know:   Sir Anthony, a skilled Jouster,  has a lifetime of competing and training horses in  several different disciplines.  He is a member of the Kryal Castle Mounted Knights team in Australia since 2014, where Sir Anthony trains with the accomplished and well known knights  Sir Phillip Leitch, Sir Cliff Marisma, Sir David Williamson and Sir Justin Holland.

And there’s more:   Sir Anthony also  runs training days for riders and their horses in skill-at arms, joust, general horsemanship and other disciplines.  He has now added International status to his achievements due to a recent invite from Sir Charlie Andrews to Sonora Celtic Faire in the United States.  This  style of jousting is known as ‘heavy jousting’ with solid lances.  His aim is to ride that perfect pass and feel the perfect break of the lance.

Career Highlights:  

Winner: 2015  Skill at Arms Timeline festival

Winner:  2016  Iron Fest Joust

4th place: Sonora Celtic Faire USA 2017Jouster Sir Anthony

Top 5: Goldfields Medieval Faire 2016

3rd place:  Abbey Medieval Festival Australia  2016

 

So to see Sir Anthony’s skill as a jouster live at the Abbey Medieval Festival, book here!

Abbey Medieval Festival Sponsor MBRIT examines Medieval Tourism

MBRIT Tourism

 

 

 

 

JOUSTING TOURNAMENTS WERE A FORM OF TOURISM IN MEDIEVAL TIMES 

Noblemen and noblewomen, the most exciting season of the year has almost arrived – tournament season that is! Spectators from lands near and far will be travelling from their castles and villages to Moreton Bay Region this July to relive history and witness one of the greatest sporting tournaments to ever exist – the Abbey Medieval Festival jousting tournament! Jousting tournaments were the most prestigious events on the medieval social calendar throughout the Middle Ages and medieval people would often flock to every tournament to watch the knights battle and show off their combat skills to the crowd. Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism is a proud sponsor of the Abbey Medieval Festival, and is very excited about the tourism that events like Abbey provide to the region. The jousting sessions are one of the draw cards for Abbey Medieval Festival and are events you definitely do not want to miss! Jousting sessions are ticketed events that will draw many other nobles to the Abbey Medieval Festival on July 8 and 9. Make sure you and your friends secure a spot in the Jousting Tournament grandstand so you can cheer on your favourite knight in shining armour and tell them to ‘break a lance’!

 

 Jousting as a tourism experienceJousting and the significance of jousting tournaments

 

Jousting was a medieval sport that involved knights charging at each other on horseback. Participating in the tournaments was often their way of earning respect and admiration from the crowd. Crowds would travel from great distances to the tournaments to watch the knights for entertainment purposes – as winning or losing a jousting tournament would often affect a knight’s social status and be a popular topic of conversation after the tournament. Tournaments were a great way for boosting tourism through medieval towns and villages as many people would travel far distances to witness these spectacles.

 Who attended jousting tournaments?

Jousting tournaments in the medieval era were attended by many people of varying social status. Considered to be one of the most important events to attend, many people of royalty would travel to jousting tournaments. Their appearance at such an event was a sign of support to knights, some of whom they may have entered into the tournament to represent their families. Merchants and families predominantly from the noble class would also travel to jousting tournaments to watch the thrilling action unfold. Because of the number of people in attendance, these events helped to support local merchants sell their wares and the greater local economy.

Even more jousting from the Abbey Medieval Festival

So because jousting tournaments were a well loved feature in medieval times, Queensland is proud to bring even more  jousting to you in 2017!  New on the program for this year’s Abbey Medieval Festival,  is the additional Friday afternoon joust tourney.  So you not only have a chance to see jousting on the Saturday and Sunday, but now on Friday 7th July,  gates open at 1.30pm  for as special behind the scenes view of a pre-constructed  Abbey Medieval Festival.  With limited seating, this event will offer patrons – in the spirit of a truly personal tourism experience –  a unique chance to get up close and personal with medieval  jousters.  The rest of the grounds will be off-limits, so prepare a list of questions that you’ve always wanted to ask a Jouster and make this tourism experience your opportunity to interact with a Medieval Knight.  Huzzah!  Get tickets here!

Jouster Blog Series – Lady Elizabeth Brown

Liz Brown JoustJousters competing at the 2017 Abbey Medieval Festival 

Welcome again to our Jouster blog series.  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 Elizabeth Brown

 

Heraldry:  Lady Elizabeth’s colours are magenta and blue and her shield bears the Cross of St Columb, Cornwall, England

Did you know:  Lady Elizabeth has been involved with the Abbey Medieval Tournament for over 10 years, supplying and training  the amazing horses that we see each year.    She is more well known for being the Head Marshall.   Lady Elizabeth first took to the field in 2009 and then returned in 2016, when she was the highest hitting female jouster.  She is the owner of Moonlight Manor Horse Riding.

And there’s more:  Lady Elizabeth is also a horse riding instructor, riding in Equestrian disciplines, teaching in Greenbank, South Brisbane.   The Lady Elizabeth hails from England, Canada and Australia and could in fact, represent all three countries.

 

To see the Lady Elizabeth and our other fantastic jousters, don’t forget to book you tickets here.

 

 

 

 

Jouster Blog Series – Ecuyer Le Marquis

Jouster Ecuyer Le Marquis

Jousters competing at the 2017 Abbey Medieval Festival

 

Welcome once again to our Jouster Blog series.   Each week we feature a jouster, some you will be familiar with, some not so.   This week we are very proud to feature our international jouster.    This is a great opportunity for you to get to know our participants,  a little about their background, skill and abilities and jouster spirit!  Keep posted!

 

 

Name:  Ecuyer Le Marquis ( Michael Sadde)

 

Motto:  ‘pro rege saepe, pro patria semper’ – ‘For king often, for country always.

 

Heraldry:Jouster Michael Sadde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know:  Sir Michael, one of our international Jousters at the Abbey Medieval Festival in 2017, was born in France, began competing in jousting competitions in 2009 and has participated in international tournaments around the world, including Belgium, France, Poland, Italia, England, Australia, United States, Canada, Russia, and Denmark.  His first time to Australia, this  former rider of the Republican Guard at Paris, and is now a professional jouster.  He is the organizer of the Tournament of the Order of Saint Michel in solid lances and President of the ‘écuyers de l’histoire’  leading a team of 25 members.

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Sir Michael and our other jousters at the Friday afternoon joust.  Book your tickets here!

 

 

Jouster Blog Series – Sir Luke Binks

Luke Binks

 

 

Name: Sir Luke Binks

Born – 01/07/1981
Motto: Deeds not words – Factis non verbis

Heraldry: Yellow and BlackJouster Heraldry Luke Binks

Did you know: Luke has been a Jouster since 2001.  He is a professional reproduction armourer and the owner of Red Hart Reproductions.

Horse:  Luke will be riding Mayville Lodge Sincero, a twelve year old Andalusian Stallion and 2017  Abbey Medieval Festival will be this horse’s first tournament.

 

Did you know: Luke was born in Warwick, Queensland and developed a love for all things medieval from a very early age and was particularly inspire by Ivan Hoe, Excalibur and Robin Hood movies. From the age of eight, he was either playing with Knight Lego, making wooden swords, jousting from his bicycle or hunting rabbits with his bow.  At 14 Luke joined a re-enactment group and learned to fight in real armour with real weapons, further furling the flames.  At 21, Luke bought his first horse and learned to ride and fight from horse-back.  It was around this time that Luke started his business as a professional armourer.

And there’s more: 16 years later, Luke has not stopped.  He has traveled the world jousting and has been a pioneer for the Australian and global jousting community. He has jousted in Australia, New zealand, Belgium, Holland, France, England, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Norway, Sweden and Russia.

Career Highlights:  Luke was the first and only Australian ever to have been invited to joust at the Sword of Honour tournament held at the Royal Armouries  of England.  He was also one of three knights in the world to re-introduce jousting with authentic historical lances.  He has lived and trained jousters and jousting horses on three different continents,  all the whilepursuing his career as an armourer.  Luke has won many titles in his long and illustrious career in medieval tournaments but loves nothing more than making accomplishments at home on his own horses and team mates.

To see this amazing Jouster, Sir Luke, please book your tickets here.

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Amanda Challen

Jousters of the 2018 Abbey Medieval Festival

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 !

 

 

Jouster Blog Series – Justin Holland

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!

 

Jouster Justin Holland

Jouster Justin Holland

Name:     Justin Holland

 

Motto:      Invictus in Animo  (Unconquered in Spirit)

 

Heraldry: Trois argent fleur de lys, gules ( three white Fleur de Lys on a red field)

 

Did you know?      Justin is one of the progenitors of the modern sport of jousting in Australia, and has  been jousting since 1996, and since then has jousted in most states of Australia, as well as New Zealand, Belgium, France and Poland.

Justin was hired to set up and train the joust team for the new Kryal Castle, Ballarat, in 2012.

Justin now runs Nova Hollandia Entertainment, a historical education and entertainment company in NSW

And there’s more…. Justin has a B.A. Hons in Classical Studies and Latin.  He is one of only six  people to have jousted in Tasmania, and the first!  He personally floated two horses to the Abbey Tournament in 2013 from Ballarat, Victoria….a round Heraldry for Justin Hollandtrip of 4000km!  He has been runner up at the Abbey Tournament 7 times!

Career highlights:  Abbey Medieval Festival Jouster champion 2006, 2012, 2014, and 2016.  Champion Jouster of Castle Gniew, Poland 2010

 

 

So,  if you would like to see Justin, and other amazing Jousters at this year’s festival, click here to get your tickets !

 

 

 

LAST MINUTE TIPS!

Tips and Tricks when planning for the Abbey Medieval Festival!

 

Yellow Shield

  • Ticket sales close on Thursday 6th at midnight!  If you’re not in by then, prepare to line up at the gate!
  • If you are using a GPS to get to the Festival, use Abbey Medieval Festival as your destination OR Old Toorbul Point Pt Caboolture – this is where is car park entrance is.
  • The Sponsors Village (outside the festival site) will be the last place you can by a Coke or Softdrink for 600 years!  Program sales, a Kombi photo station and much more!
  • Please keep a really good eye on your kiddies! We hate to see any kids missing their parents, (and vice versa) but if that does happen, we do have the security and a Sheriff’s tent tent just inside the main gates,  so come and see us there.
  • The Prepaid ticket lane is the to Right Hand side of the road when you arrive at the Gates, and yes, there are still many more tickets to be bought on the day! –
  • There have been a few mozzies around lately so pack that mozzie spray!
  • Gates open at 8:45am, so get here early to be at the front of the queue, so you can make the most out of your day! 
  • Dont forget to SHARE YOUR FUN! Abbey Festival Facebook and Instagram at #abbeyfestival2017  #visitmoretonbayregion #thisisqueensland #medievalstory
  • Whether you are a volunteer or a VIP – please stick your parking permit on the windscreen so that it can easily be read by the parking marshals (the dashboard doesn’t work with sun-glare!)
  • No alcohol on sale before 10.00 – please observe Queensland laws – we do!

 

Most of all HAVE A GREAT DAY!!

 

Whats new to the Abbey Medieval Festival 2017?

New to the Abbey Medieval Festival 2017

This year we are living up to all expectations some incredible new program additions, authentic groups and amazing stall holders. We have a brand new Friday event – The Friday Joust Tourney – which will give you a very unique view of the festival.

  1. We have updated layout including a new re-enactment village called St. Edith’s Village
  2. Who likes archery? How about horseback archery?  Then you won’t want to miss   Medieval Horse Sports Australia and Knights of Camelot Horse Archery will be demonstrating Horseback Archery.  This incredibly exciting demonstration will feature Australian Horse Archery champions showcasing mounted skill at arms from  three of Australia’s Champion Horse Archers, and will  incorporate the use of bow, sword and lance.  Not to be missed!
  • The 16th century re-enactment group Condottieri will be debuting their new cannon
  • New re-enactment villages including:-
    • Crusader quarter –
    • Dark ages will be redesigning their layout to make an easier throuughfare for the public
  • Trebuchet  – you will not be disappointed

 

And there’s Finger Looping?

 

Anything else?….we will keep you posted.

The second new Village precinct is the “Crusaders Quarter” which will host specialist re-enactment groups. Here, for your entertainment and education, you can see shows and displays such as Bedouin Coffee Making, Cavalry Tactics and Horses: East Meets West talk, and a Lucet and Weaving Workshop.

new templars

Make sure you visit the Info Booth this year, as we will have a REAL SUIT OF ARMOUR on display. This armour was recently purchased by the Abbey Museum, and is originally from the 15th Century!

 

New in the VIP area is a 2 storey, ‘tudor’ themed viewing gallery for our special guests and Sponsors!

 

  • We have wonderful and very exciting addition to our jouster family with the announcement that we have a jouster travelling from France to compete for the Abbey Tournament Champion title!

new joust

 

The Festival is going green! We are determined to keep the festival as environmentally sustainable as possible, so we strongly encourage you to BYO water bottles.  There will be 4 Water Rehydration Stations for unlimited free re-fills.   However, we will be selling limited bottled water around the Festival, including at the St. Michael’s stall.

 

To see all this and much more, plus all the much loved shows and displays from previous years, buy your tickets now!

 

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My Banquet Experience

Read this wonderful blog on a guest’s Banquet Experience

Banquet

Last year was my first year at the Abbey Festivals’ Medieval Banquet and WOW! My Husband and I had been anticipating it as I prepared our outfits for the night. We had some preconceptions about how it might be but in no way were we expecting what we got. Did it live up to our expectations? NO IT DID NOT! To be truthful it far exceeded them all.

When we arrived we joined the line waiting patrons who had also obviously spent many hours and or dollars on their costumes. The display of regalia was superb, from full skirts to fur hats, belts garnished by every medieval accessory required for such an event. As the line moved we had the opportunity to watch other Lords & Ladies take their turn to have a photo taken of themselves in a special portrait booth and, of course, we had ours done also. What a great souvenir of the night!

Our anticipation grew as we edged closer to the Banquet Hall, spurred on by medieval buskers. We approached the table with tickets in hand and were introduced to our first medieval custom of the night. Our hands were washed with fragrant rose-scented water and gently dried. I mean, the last time that happened to me I was a wee toddler and the washer was my Mum. Off to a good start.

We entered a Banquet Hall, the surrounding walls covered with giant banners, tables decorated with ivy and candles, subdued lighting (but not dark) at the front of the Hall was the High Table for Honoured Guests. Unfortunately we were not to be seated there but had been lucky enough to purchase tickets on the centre isle and quite close to the front. We found our seats and sat for several moments just taking it all in. My husband was a little confused as to why there was the cut bottom of a large round loaf of bread in front of him. Luckily the person next to him had been to previous events and stopped him before he could break off a piece of the bread. ‘That’s your plate’ he said and proceeded to educate us about the ‘trencher’. Phew, just dodged our first arrow.

Then we spotted the Bar and made our way across. I ordered a Mulled Wine and Hubby had a Honey Mead. Both were so yummy we were back in the line soon after for seconds.

We just made it back to our seats when the Honoured Guests arrived in a procession down the isle. I curtsied deeply and Hubby bowed low as they passed by. The Steward of the Hall introduced each of the High Table Guests. Oh my Goodness, this guy kept us in stitches all night with medieval style banters and quips. At one point he chanted something in Latin and his voice was so powerful it gave me goose bumps.

The sumptuous food was served over several courses, or ‘removes’ in medieval terms, each platter was shared among those seated around us and there was plenty to go around. If there was anything left on the platters my Hubby cleaned them off. He’s a huge eater that never puts on weight so I was quite astonished that he commented on how full he was by the end.

Throughout the night my excitement levels were kept high by entertainment from the Steward of the Hall, roving minstrels, a band of gypsy dancers in stunning costumes and jewellery. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better the Fire Tribe performed a breathtaking display. I could have reached out and touched them and the heat which emanated from their fire sticks and hoops took my heart rate to fever pitch.

All too soon the Honoured Guests were escorted from the High Table. We were reluctant to leave the Hall and the new friends we’d made, but all good things must come to an end. We talked about the event all the way home and then went through it all again over a coffee & port, promising that we would return for the next years’ Banquet.

We saw the Facebook post on the Abbey Medieval Festival page about the new ‘Premium Seating’. I thought “Oh my, I can get all this again plus the ability to rest my tender tushy on a cushy. I’m getting our tickets the day they go on sale”.

To finish up, I can’t wait till Banquet night is upon us again, Tickets have been purchased and printed out, costumes have been made and we’re bringing friends with us who have never been before. I can’t wait to see the smiles on their faces. My only regret is that we have to wait a whole year between events.